RIT ranked among best regional universities by ‘U.S. News & World Report’
University cited in several categories and recognized among ‘Great Schools, Great Prices’
Sept. 10, 2013
by Bob Finnerty
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Rochester Institute of Technology is recognized in several categories for educational quality and value in the 2014 edition of U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges. Since U.S. News began ranking colleges in 1983, RIT has consistently been listed among the top regional universities.
RIT ranked seventh in the “Best Regional Universities (North)” category in the latest report among hundreds of schools that offer a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs. 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 ranked fourth among regional universities (North). The formula used 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.
In the “Focus on Student Success” category, RIT was listed as one of only 13 colleges nationally recognized for excellence in the “Internships” listing. RIT’s cooperative education program, which began in 1912, remains one of the largest in the nation and has been recognized every year since U.S. News began the category in 2002.
RIT was also cited as an “A+ school for B students” recognizing that RIT has a long history of admitting well-qualified students who may not be at the very top of their class and providing a value-added education through its innovative, specialized academic programs and strong emphasis on experiential education.
In further rankings:
• RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering ranked No. 65 nationally for undergraduate engineering programs among universities where the highest degree is a doctorate.
• RIT’s Saunders College of Business was ranked No. 72 nationally among best programs for undergraduate business education.
“There are more than 4,000 colleges and universities in the United States and we’re pleased to be recognized highly in several categories,” said RIT President Bill Destler. “We will continue to grow our reputation as a place where innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship flourish. RIT is positioned to move strongly upward in the ranks of great universities both nationally and globally.”