‘U.S. News & World Report’ ranks RIT among best graduate schools

Fine arts, engineering and business programs earn top 2014 spots

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Fine arts, engineering and business programs earned top spots in U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools.

Rankings among the nation’s top colleges and universities in graduate programs in fine arts, engineering and business programs show the depth and breadth of quality educational opportunities available at RIT.

According to U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools, RIT ranked:

  • Among the nation’s best schools offering a master’s in fine art, tied for 27th among universities offering graduate level studies in fine art, tied for sixth in photography, tied for eighth in industrial design and 12th in multimedia/visual communications. These rankings are based solely on a peer assessment survey of 230 Master of Fine Arts programs in art and design.
  • Among the nation’s best engineering schools, with the Kate Gleason College of Engineering ranked 102. U.S. News looked at programs that grant doctoral degrees, asking engineering school deans and deans of graduate programs, as well as corporate recruiters and company contacts, to rate overall quality. Indicators included student selectivity, faculty resources and research activity.
  • Among the nation’s best online MBA programs, with the E. Philip Saunders College of Business earning a ranking of 41st. These rankings were also based on surveys of deans, corporate recruiters and others, as well as other factors including salaries paid to graduates and employment rate.

“We are honored to be recognized on a national level for our graduate programs,” said RIT President Bill Destler. “The fact that RIT is consistently ranked among the best graduate programs in the nation in these diverse offerings — fine arts, business, as well as our long-established engineering college — is a credit to the academic quality and uniqueness of our university.”

America’s Best Graduate Schools, with more complete listings, is online at USNews.com.