Princeton Review names RIT among best colleges

High marks for diversity, academics, innovation and opportunities for real-world work experience




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Rochester Institute of Technology is considered one of the nation’s best universities for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The education-services company features RIT in the just-published 2017 edition of its annual book The Best 381 Colleges.

According to a summary of student comments, RIT is an “academic stalwart (that) boasts one of the country’s oldest and largest co-op programs and regularly turns out job-ready students from its arts, business and engineering programs alike.” Students call the workload “daunting,” but says professors are “more than happy to help” and “truly take pride in helping their students become successful.” One student said, “When I’m in a classroom, I feel like I’m learning and that I have a voice.”

The students give RIT high marks for diversity, including a vibrant LBGTQ community. And they cite RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf as “providing amazing accommodations for deaf and hard-of-hearing students who attend the university, including notetaking, interpreters and CPrint technology.” They also praised RIT campus life, calling it “a culture for everybody,” with a wide array of clubs, activities and organizations “where students are able to create what their minds generate.”

Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and only four colleges outside the U.S. are profiled in the book, which is one of The Princeton Review’s most popular guides.

“RIT’s outstanding academics are the chief reason we chose it for this book and we strongly recommend it to applicants,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s Senior VP-Publisher and author of The Best 381 Colleges. “We make our selections primarily based on data we collect through our annual surveys of administrators at several hundred four-year colleges. Additionally, we give considerable weight to observations from our school visits, opinions of our staff and our 24-member National College Counselor Advisory Board, and an unparalleled amount of feedback we get from our surveys of students attending these schools. We also keep a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity and character.”

The Princeton Review is an education-services company known for its test-prep courses, tutoring, books, and other student resources. School profiles and ranking lists in The Best 381 Colleges are available at PrincetonReview.com.

The Princeton Review is just one of several national rankings received by RIT.

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