The University Magazine

President’s Letter

Our watershed moment: Becoming a ‘Doctoral University’

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RIT’s history is fascinating.

Our founding dates back to 1829 when Col. Nathaniel Rochester started the Athenaeum, an association “for the purpose of cultivating and promoting literature, science and the arts.” The Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute merged in 1891, bringing under one roof cultural education and practical technical training. And it wasn’t ... more »