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Rankings and Recognition

When you remake the world,
the world tends to notice.

Don’t just take our word for it. Our reputation as one of the world’s top universities has been acknowledged by many leading college guides, industry, and internationally respected publications. As you search for the right university, consider what others have to say about RIT.

11 Pulitzer prizes have been awarded to RIT alumni in photography.

U.S. News Rankings

For more than 30 years, RIT has been recognized for educational quality and value in U.S. News & World Report. RIT has traditionally been listed among the top 10 regional universities since the magazine started its annual ranking of colleges in 1983.

  • More specific rankings from U.S. News
    • At the undergraduate level, RIT is consistently listed among the top 10 regional universities in the North. Here are the latest rankings in U.S. News & World Report: America’s Best Colleges 2016.
      • Ranked seventh in the “Best Universities – Master’s (North region)” category in the 2016 report. 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.
      • RIT ranked No. 2 for the most innovative school among regional universities in the north
      • In the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category, RIT ranked fourth among regional universities in the North
      • RIT ranked sixth among regional universities in the north for “Best Colleges for Veterans”
      • In the “Focus on Student Success” category, RIT was listed as one of only 13 colleges nationally recognized for excellence in the “Internships” listing
      • Among the best programs for undergraduate business, RIT’s Saunders College of Business ranked 93rd
      • RIT ranked 63rd in undergraduate engineering programs among universities where the highest degree is a doctorate
      • RIT was also cited as an “A+ school for B students”
      • From 2012, RIT still maintains the following rankings with U.S. News:
        • Ranked #62 in Physician Assistant
        • Ranked #70 in Physics
        • In the fine arts:
          • Ranked #2 in Glass
          • Ranked #8 in Metals/Jewelry
    • At the graduate level, RIT is among the top colleges and universities in the nation for master’s programs in fine arts, engineering, and business, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.” RIT is consistently ranked among America’s best graduate schools.
      • Ranked #20 among the nation's best online computer information technology programs
      • Saunders College of Business ranked 31st among the nation’s best online MBA programs (2016)
      • Saunders College of Business ranked #22 for “Best Online MBA Programs for Veterans”
      • Ranked 33rd among universities offering graduate-level studies in fine arts (MFA)
        • Ranked #4 in graduate studies in Photography (MFA)
        • Ranked #8 in graduate studies in Industrial Design (MFA)
        • Ranked #12 in graduate studies in Multimedia/Visual Communications (MFA)
      • College of Health Sciences and Technology ranked #40 for the physician assistant program
      • Ranked 43rd for the best online graduate engineering programs
      • School of Physics and Astronomy ranked 70th among the nation’s best physics graduate programs
      • Kate Gleason College of Engineering ranked 87th in engineering schools offering a doctorate
      • Kate Gleason College of Engineering No. 49 for “Best Online Graduate Program in Engineering” (2016)
      • Saunders College of Business ranked 85th among the nation's best graduate schools for business
      • Saunders College of Business ranked 175th for part-time MBA programs

Princeton Review

  • Listed in 2016 Princeton Review's “Best 380 Colleges” and “Best Northeastern Colleges”
  • RIT’s Saunders College of Business named to The Princeton Review’s “The Best 296 Business Schools” in 2015 edition.
  • Included in The Princeton Review’s “Guide to 353 Green Colleges: 2015 Edition” (five consecutive years)
  • RIT is recognized for being one of the nation’s best colleges for students seeking a superb education with great career preparation and at an affordable price (2016 edition: Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck)
  • More specific rankings from Princeton Review
    • Ranked third nationally for “Top Schools for Video Game Design for 2016”—undergraduate programs
    • Ranked seventh nationally for “Top Schools for Video Game Design for 2016”—graduate programs
    • Ranked seventh nationally for Career Services in 2012
    • Saunders College of Business at RIT ranked seventh on The Princeton Review’s “Top 25 Online MBA Programs for 2015” (EMBA)
    • RIT is ranked among the Top 25 “Most Connected Campuses” for its computing and information technology resources

American Indian Science and Engineering Society

For the sixth year in a row, RIT has been listed as one of the “Top 200 Colleges for Native Americans” in the Society’s Winds of Change magazine. The Top 200 List identifies colleges and universities where American Indian students attend in significant numbers, and where the campus community, Native American programs, and academic support services enable high levels of success for American Indian students.

American Institute for Economic Research

  • Rochester, N.Y., is ranked as the eighth best college town in a quantitative ranking released by the American Institute for Economic Research. The rankings were chosen from an analysis of 222 metropolitan statistical areas with student populations of 15,000 or more and shows Rochester as the No. 8 mid-sized metropolitan area for college students.
  • The Rochester region is named No. 18 nationally among the top college destinations for the “college experience.”

Animation Career Review

RIT’s School of Film and Animation ranked No. 15 nationally 

Aviation Week

RIT ranks third nationally as one of the key schools companies prefer when recruiting and hiring in critical skill areas for the aerospace and defense industries, according to Aviation Week’s annual Workforce Study. RIT graduates are recruited by a number of aerospace firms and defense-related organizations including Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrup Grumman, Sikorsky Aircraft, General Electric Aviation, General Dynamics, Cherry Aerospace, Impact Technologies, ITT, BorgWarner and NAVAIR. In the past several years, commercial aerospace corporations such as SpaceX have also hired RIT graduates. Employers consistently note the quality of RIT students and the academic preparation received in academic programs within the engineering, engineering technology and computing areas.

Best Colleges Online

RIT’s student incubator, the Simone Center for Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship, ranked #1 in the nation.


  • RIT ranked the top online college in New York state
  • RIT ranked 11th in its ranking of Best Online Colleges 2015
  • RIT’s hospitality and tourism programs are among the “20 best tourism degree programs” in the nation

Business Insider

  • RIT was ranked among the best computer science and engineering schools in the 2015 Business Insider ratings. The university placed 14th in the Northeast and 36th in the U.S. RIT was recognized for its comprehensive preparation of graduates for today’s workforce, particularly in important STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
  • RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering ranked among “The World's Best Engineering Schools” in 2012. Ranked 27th globally overall. The rankings were based on surveys with technology companies.
  • RIT’s School of Design is ranked 11th among “The World’s 25 Best Design Schools” in a 2012 survey.
  • RIT Dubai ranked 6th among the “15 Most Unique College Campuses In The World.” (2014)

Bloomberg BusinessWeek

  • Saunders College of Business ranked 91st among The Best Undergraduate Business Schools 2014
  • Saunders College of Business undergraduate program at RIT received high standings in the Bloomberg BusinessWeek survey of The Best Undergraduate Business Schools by Specialty 2013. The management information systems (MIS) program in Saunders College is now considered one of the more elite degree specialties in the U.S., and ranked No. 14 out of 123 business schools in the nation. Entrepreneurship at Saunders College ranked high at No. 21, marketing at No. 26, corporate strategy at No. 32, and international business at No. 52.
  • Among top design schools in the world in BusinessWeek's initial Best Design Schools survey

Center for World University Rankings

RIT was named among the top 1,000 out of 25,000+ degree-granting institutions of higher education worldwide by the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR). CWUR publishes the only global university ranking measuring the quality of education and training of students as well as the prestige of the faculty members and the quality of their research without relying on surveys and university data submissions. CWUR provides the largest academic ranking of global universities.

CEO Magazine

Saunders College of Business at RIT is cited in global MBA rankings as part of the online MBA category (2010, 2011, 2012). CEO Magazine says of the tier-one status:  “Typically, these schools demonstrate a high level of innovation and thought leadership; class sizes tend to be moderate; senior faculty is used and the make-up of students is diverse.”

The Chronicle of Higher Education

RIT is recognized by The Chronicle of Higher Education on the publication's 2012 list of “Great Colleges to Work.” RIT was also recognized as a great workplace by the publication in 2008, 2009, and 2011.

College Factual

College factual is the college rankings data provider for USA Today College Guide 2016.

  • Ranked #5 in Computer and Information Sciences
  • Ranked #11 in Management Information Systems (Saunders College of Business)
  • Ranked #12 in Design and Applied Arts ranked
  • Ranked #15 in Computer Engineering
  • Ranked #18 in Video and Photographic Arts

College Sustainability Report Card

Selected RIT as a “Campus Sustainability Leader”

Design Intelligence magazine

  • Industrial Design graduate program ranked No. 2 — “America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools 2012”
  • Industrial Design undergraduate program ranked No. 3 — “America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools 2012”


2015 Ranking of Best Masters Programs: Saunders College of Business ranked #29 in MS in Management and #33 among Entrepreneurship programs in the USA.

The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2017

  • One of only 26 private universities nationally ranked a “Best Buy,” based on academic ratings and price
  • Cited for strong academic offerings, co-op program, services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students and “diverse atmosphere on campus”

Forbes Magazine

  • Listed in Forbes Magazine as one of America's Best Colleges
  • America’s best midsize employers (2016)

Fulbright Scholars

  • Three RIT students won Fulbright Scholarships for the 2015-2016 academic year. The Fulbright program is the largest exchange program in the country and provides funds for American students to live in another country to teach English, conduct research, or earn a graduate degree.
  • RIT also had 40 international students from 25 countries attend the university this past year through the Fulbright Foreign Student Program. These Fulbrights even started their own club recently, the Fulbright Scholars Association.


Top 25 Universities to work for in 2014 (RIT, #23)

Global Gaming League

Ranked third in the first annual Top Gaming Colleges survey

Goldwater Scholars

In 2015, four undergraduate students won prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships. Each student receives $7,500 for the upcoming academic year. There are only seven other universities in the nation with four Goldwater scholars.

Great Value Colleges

Ranked 36th for “The Most Technologically Advanced Universities” in the world

Ranked #5 for “The Nerdiest Colleges,” 2014

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

RIT ranks among the country’s best values in private colleges, according to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance 2015 edition. RIT ranked 97th on the list of private universities.

RIT is named No. 1 among the “Best Online Colleges in New York” in 2015.

Saunders College of Business at RIT ranked fourth in the “Top 10 Most Social Media Friendly Online MBA Schools”

Parade Magazine

  • Listed in two categories of the magazine's “A-List Colleges”
    • Top Work/Study Programs
    • Great Internship Opportunities

Poets & Quants

RIT’s Saunders College of Business is ranked #100 for U.S. MBA programs.

Sierra Club

Recognized as one of America's 100 Greenest Universities.


Ranked the No. 1 “Geekiest Campus,” 2014

Times Higher Education

World University Rankings: Top universities in the United States, RIT ranked No. 138

USA Today

RIT’s Saunders College of Business named one of the top 10 colleges for a degree in management information systems (MIS)

Value Colleges

RIT’s Saunders College online EMBA program ranked #29 for “Best Value Online MBA Programs”

Washington Monthly

Ranked #46 nationally in Master’s University category, 2015.