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The University Magazine

100,000 Strong

The total number of RIT alumni reaches a new peak

Commencement 2007 was a milestone occasion at RIT – for many reasons.

President Bill Clinton was keynote speaker. Retiring RIT President Albert J. Simone presided over his final commencement.

And 4,023 men and women made the transition from RIT student to RIT graduate, pushing the total of living RIT alumni over the 100,000 mark for the first time.

“This is a remarkable event in the life of RIT, and shows that the institute has arrived as a major university on the national and international stage,” says Brian O’Shaughnessy ’81, ’84 (chemistry), chair of RIT’s Alumni Network Board of Directors. “As alumni, we should all take great pride not only in the size of our alumni body, but in its accomplishments, its diversity, and its global reputation. All of our alumni continue to benefit from RIT’s growing influence and stature, and as such we have a collective obligation to support our alma mater, its educational mission, and its commitment to excellence.”

RIT’s 103,083 alumni live in every state in the U.S. More than 3,000 live outside the U.S. in 110 countries and on every continent except Antarctica. Nearly half have graduated since 1990, which makes sense considering RIT’s tremendous growth in the past 15 years. More than 15 percent hold multiple degrees from RIT. About 31 percent are women.

The statistics paint an interesting picture. Below are some of the highlights.

Alumni by years:
Alumni by colleges:
1900-1925: 72
College of Applied Science and Technology: 31,400
1926-1950: 2,429
College of Imaging Arts and Sciences: 23,147
1951-1960: 3,433
E. Philip Saunders College of Business: 17,887
1961-1970: 6,999
Kate Gleason College of Engineering: 12,604
1971-1980: 17,382
College of Science: 6,361
1981-1990: 24,988
National Technical School for the Deaf: 4,203
1991-2000: 24,243
B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences (created 2001): 3,609
2001-2007: 23,014
College of Liberal Arts: 3,290

Alumni in the United States

Alaska: 68
Louisiana: 118
Alabama: 176 Massachusetts: 3,213
Arkansas: 111
Maryland: 1,923
Arizona: 976
Maine: 490
California: 3,818
Michigan: 1,009
Colorado: 985
Minnesota: 497
Connecticut: 1,966
Missouri: 385
Washington, D.C.: 195
Mississippi: 47
Delaware: 240
Montana: 44
Florida: 3,894
Nebraska: 70
Oklahoma: 76 Vermont: 495
Georgia: 1,306
New Hampshire: 814
Oregon: 431 Virginia: 2,447
Hawaii: 133
New Jersey: 2,985
Pennsylvania: 3,744 Washington: 765
Idaho: 113
New Mexico: 229
Rhode Island: 322 West Virginia: 87
Iowa: 133
Nevada: 265
South Carolina: 599 Wisconsin: 368
Illinois: 1,295
New York: 47,467
South Dakota: 44 Wyoming: 23
Indiana: 451
North Carolina: 2,242 Tennessee: 452  
Kansas: 167
North Dakota: 29 Texas: 1,853  
Kentucky: 259 Ohio: 1,613 Utah: 152  

Countries and Continents where at least 10 RIT alumni reside:

Australia: 18
Greece: 24
Serbia and Montenegro: 33
Bosnia- Herzegovina: 83
Hong Kong: 26
Singapore: 24
Brazil: 20
India: 158
Spain: 47
Canada: 292
Israel: 10
Sweden: 14
China: 13
Japan: 99 Switzerland: 11
Colombia: 13
North Korea: 14
Taiwan: 113
Croatia: 972
South Korea: 27
Thailand: 98
Czech Republic: 231
Malaysia: 33
Turkey: 30
Dominican Republic: 44 Mexico: 28
United Kingdom: 45
France: 18
Netherlands: 12 Yugoslavia: 104
Germany: 43 Saudia Arabia: 10  

To find other alumni in your area, or to locate an individual RIT graduate, check the Online Community at www.rit.edu/alumni.