U.S. News & World Report Ranks RIT Among Top Master’s Universities

University also rates second in ‘Great Schools, Great Prices’ listing

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Rochester Institute of Technology is recognized for educational quality and value in U.S. News & World Report: America’s Best Colleges 2011. Since the magazine began its annual ranking of colleges in 1983, RIT has consistently been listed among the top regional universities.

RIT ranks seventh in the “Best Universities – Master’s (North region)” category, up from ninth last year. RIT also received the second highest peer assessment score, which is a survey of presidents, provosts and deans from other universities judging a school’s academic excellence.

In the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category, RIT ranks second among master’s universities in the North, up from fourth place. The formula to determine which schools offer the best value relates to a school’s academic quality to the net cost of attendance for a student who receives the average level of financial aid. The higher the quality of program and the lower the cost, the better the deal, according to U.S. News.

“The challenging economic environment makes this particularly relevant for many students and their families,” says RIT President Bill Destler. “RIT has put forth a significant effort to enhance our financial aid initiatives, and this year’s U.S. News rankings certainly provide validation of that. ”

Under the heading of “A Strong Focus on Student Success,” RIT is listed as one of only 15 colleges nationally recognized for excellence in the “Internships” category. RIT cooperative education program is one of the oldest and largest in the nation, helping to ensure the university’s spot on this list ever since U.S. News began the category in 2002.

RIT is also recognized among the top 65 undergraduate engineering programs among universities nationally where the highest degree is a doctorate. In 2003, RIT launched its microsystems engineering Ph.D. program, the first of its kind in the nation.

In addition, RIT ranks at 67 among best programs for undergraduate business.

RIT is also featured as one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education in The Princeton Review’s annual guide, The Best 373 Colleges. The university is also included in the 2011 edition of The Fiske Guide to College, which features more than 300 of the country’s best and most interesting colleges and universities.

“RIT offers a student-centered, career-focused education that will lead to a real job,” says Destler. “RIT is the place where right-brainers and left-brainers meet—where the arts and technology collide. The university is receiving increased recognition for its unique range of academic programs, including science and technology, business, and design and the arts, combined with the outstanding programs of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. RIT is progressing to a position of even greater prominence in international higher education.”