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Archive of posts from August, 2010

Announcing a new academic major

30 Aug

RIT’s new bachelor’s degree in political science tightly integrates the traditional fields of American government and international relations to prepare students for a life and a career in an increasingly globalized world. The program will prepare principled leaders and responsible citizens for successful jobs in the public and private sectors.

RIT Again Ranked a Top U.S. University

24 Aug

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 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’s 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 also is 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 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.”

Student focuses on baseball

23 Aug

Dylan Heuer, a fourth-year visual media major at RIT, is spending this summer working as team photographer for the Rochester Red Wings baseball team. Heuer gained photography experience covering RIT’s Division I men’s hockey team, which played in the Frozen Four championship this past season.

Campus continues to expand

16 Aug

Construction of Institute Hall is underway. The new $26-million facility will house the chemical engineering and biomedical engineering departments, and provide expanded research labs and facilities for the university’s partnership with Rochester General Health System. Institute Hall also will be LEED certified and illustrate RIT’s commitment to a sustainable world.

The building is envisioned to feature an atrium space with expanses of glass that will maximize day lighting to its interior, and use renewable building materials. Institute Hall is scheduled to open in fall 2011.

Make visiting RIT part of your summer travel plans

4 Aug

There’s no better way to start off your college search than at one of our 2010 Tours and Group Information Fridays (TGIF) events. We’ve set aside two Fridays in August to let you and your family take a closer look at RIT. Join us for an overview of our academic programs, student activities, and the application process, and experience a student–led campus tour. Lunch will be provided. Register today!

2010 Tours and Group Information Fridays (TGIF)

Dates:  August 20, August 27

Agenda: 10am – 11am — Campus Tour *

11am – 12pm — Admissions Overview

12pm – 1pm — Lunch with Admissions

1pm – 2pm — Campus Tour *

* Choose the campus tour time that best fits your schedule