Kate Gleason College of Engineering
Inspiration today, reality tomorrow. Creating, inventing, innovating, attacking challenges, solving problems, improving the quality of life—these are the driving forces for engineers.
The engineer’s ingenuity is a driving force in our society. From space stations to nanotechnology, the potential for innovative engineering is endless. If you’re wondering what the future might look like, the Kate Gleason College of Engineering can show you the way.
The engineering program at RIT combines classroom and laboratory learning in technical areas with a broad liberal arts curriculum and cooperative work assignments to give you an education tuned to the 21st century wavelength.
We are dedicated to giving you and all the talented and motivated students in our programs an exceptional engineering experience. A top-rated education requires knowledgeable and engaged faculty and the latest equipment and technology. Intensive laboratory assignments in state-of-the-art facilities will give you plenty of practice with engineering design tools.
You have options
Within the College of Engineering, you’ll find biomedical, chemical, computer, electrical, industrial, mechanical, and microelectronic engineering majors. Most of these incorporate industry-specific options that let you specialize to a greater degree. So many choices will likely help you find the discipline that best suits your skills and interests. But you may discover options that you’d never considered before and want the time to decide which one to follow. In that case, you may want to apply to our engineering exploration program. You’ll take first-year courses that give you the foundation for entering the engineering major of your choice as a sophomore.
If you’re interested in pursuing graduate- level studies in engineering, you may apply for admission to an accelerated BS/MS degree program during your sophomore year and complete both degrees in five years of course work. Something else to consider: the college has launched the nation’s first interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in microsystems engineering and a Ph.D. in engineering that focuses on industries (communications, energy, health care, and transportation) with challenging problems facing our society.
A supportive setting
With more than 2,500 undergraduate students, the College of Engineering is small enough to allow for close faculty-student relationships, and we emphasize team-based problem solving. If you’d like to take part in undergraduate research or advanced independent study, you can work directly with faculty members who are investigating areas that interest you.
Here you’ll be part of an academic environment that encourages creativity, the sharing of ideas, and an enriching quality of life for all students. Our Women in Engineering Program offers special academic and career advising, professional development workshops, and female graduates who are mentors and role models. Similar support is available through our Minorities in Engineering Program.
RIT’s College of Engineering is one of the few engineering schools in the nation to require cooperative education for every student. The five-year BS program includes four years of academic work and 14 months of full-time, paid, professional work experience. Many RIT students receive job offers for permanent positions from previous co-op employers—indicative of industry’s respectfor our graduates.
RIT has been a national leader in cooperative education since 1912, and we offer students co-op opportunities throughout the nation. Active co-op employers include IBM, Bausch & Lomb Corp., Xerox Corp., Boeing Corp., Pratt & Whitney, McNeil Consumer Products, Harris Corp., Digital Equipment Corp., Advanced Micro Devices Inc., Mobil Chemical Co., and hundreds of others.