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As one of the world’s leading technological institutions, RIT is a vibrant, connected community that is home to diverse, ambitious, and creative students from more than 100 countries. It offers an incredible array of academic programs; a diverse, committed, and accessible faculty; sophisticated facilities; and an unusual emphasis on experiential learning.

RIT was the first university in the nation to offer the following programs: imaging science Ph.D., information technology BS, software engineering BS, and microelectronic engineering BS.

Innovative specialized programs

Few universities provide RIT’s variety of career-oriented studies. RIT’s unmatched array of academic programs attracts designers, artists, photographers, and filmmakers on the one hand, and scientists, engineers, computing scientists, and entrepreneurs on the other. When these “left-brain and right-brain” students engage with RIT’s outstanding faculty, a learning environment is created where innovation and creativity flourish.

Experience counts

Since 1912, the hallmark of an RIT education has been experiential learning. RIT was among the first universities in the world to offer cooperative education. Last year, more than 3,500 co-op students alternated periods of study on campus with paid employment in nearly 2,000 firms across the United States and overseas. Today, experiential learning also includes internships, study abroad, and undergraduate research.

Jump-start your career or take time to explore

RIT is one of the few universities where you can immerse yourself in your major from day one. Or, if you need time to explore your options, undeclared options are available at both the university and college levels. If your interests span two or more colleges within RIT, the University Studies program offers students up to one year to focus their academic and career interests. If your interests fall within one college, but you are not sure of your major, most colleges offer an undeclared option to help you discover more about the majors within the college.

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Engaging faculty

Excelling in research and excelling in teaching, our faculty are passionate about their disciplines and their role in both the lab and the classroom. They are innovative and resourceful. They engage students in the process of discovery and the contribution of new knowledge to their fields.

Outstanding facilities

Our strong reputation for state-of-the-art academic facilities is rightly earned. RIT has invested more than $300 million in the renovation and construction of new academic and student life facilities over the past few years to accomplish a remarkable transformation. You’ll find outstanding facilities and equipment in every area of campus, and our commitment to student success ensures that these facilities are accessible when you need them.

Global, vibrant community

RIT attracts students from every state and over 2,000 international students from more than 100 countries. Embodying our commitment to diversity, more than 2,700 students of color have elected to study at RIT. Adding a social and educational dynamic not found at any other university are more than 1,300 deaf and hard-of-hearing students supported by RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

The variety of backgrounds and perspectives represented in the RIT community enriches the living and learning experience for all. As you interact on team-based projects, in residence halls, and in day-to-day activities, we believe you will be enriched and better prepared for the opportunities and challenges of global interdependence.