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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.”

The Princeton Review Names RIT Among ‘The Best 373 Colleges’

4 Aug

Rochester Institute of Technology is again being recognized as one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features RIT in the just-published 2011 edition of its annual book The Best 373 Colleges.

Approximately 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges are included in the book. It has two-page profiles of each school and ranking lists based on student responses that highlight the top 20 colleges in more than 60 categories.

In its profile on RIT, The Princeton Review quotes extensively from students at the university who were surveyed for the book. The publication credits RIT for “uniting creativity, innovation and applied knowledge.”

According to the summary of RIT student comments, “Across the board, there is an ‘emphasis on hands-on learning,’ and most majors require students to complete a cooperative work experience.” RIT has one of the oldest and largest cooperative education programs in the nation.

RIT is internationally recognized for academic leadership in computing, engineering, imaging technology, sustainability, and fine and applied arts, in addition to unparalleled support services for students with hearing loss. More than 16,800 full- and part-time students, including more than 1,200 who are deaf and hard-of-hearing, are enrolled in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs at RIT.

The Princeton Review is a New York-based company known for its test preparation, education and college admission services.