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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 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 2015.
      • Ranked eighth in the “Best Universities – Master’s (North region)” category in the 2015 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.
      • In the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category, RIT ranked fifth among master’s universities in the North.
      • In the “Focus on Student Success” category, RIT was listed as one of only 13 colleges nationally recognized for excellence in the “Internships” listing.
      • RIT ranked 65th in undergraduate engineering programs among universities where the highest degree is a doctorate.
      • Among the best programs for undergraduate business, RIT’s Saunders College of Business ranked 93rd.
      • 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 2015 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.” RIT is consistently ranked among America’s best graduate schools.
      • Ranked 27th among universities offering graduate-level studies in fine arts (MFA)
        • Ranked #6 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)
      • Saunders College of Business’s ranked 35th among the nation’s best online MBA programs
      • Gleason College of Engineering ranked 90th in engineering schools offering a doctorate
      • School of Physics and Astronomy ranked 70th among the nation’s best physics graduate programs

Princeton Review

  • Listed in 2015 Princeton Review's "Best 379 Colleges" and "Best Northeastern Colleges"
  • RIT’s Saunders College of Business named to 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)
  • More specific rankings from Princeton Review
    • Ranked seventh nationally for Career Services in 2012
    • Ranked eighth nationally for "Top Schools for Video Game Design for 2014" - graduate programs
    • Ranked seventh nationally for "Top Schools for Video Game Design for 2014" - undergraduate programs
    • 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.

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’s hospitality and tourism programs are among the “20 best tourism degree programs” in the nation.

RIT ranked 11th in it's ranking of Best Online Colleges 2015.

RIT ranked the top online college in New York state.

Business Insider

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.

CEO Magazine

The 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 Sustainability Report Card

Selected RIT as a "Campus Sustainability Leader"

Design Intelligence magazine

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

The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2015

  • Includes RIT among more than 300 of the country's most interesting colleges and universities.
  • One of only 21 private universities nationally ranked a "Best Buy", based on academic ratings and price.

Forbes Magazine

Listed in Forbes Magazine as one of America's Best Colleges


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

Global Gaming League

Ranked third in the first annual Top Gaming Colleges survey

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.

The 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

Sierra Club

Recognized as one of America's 100 Greenest Universities.


RIT is recognized by SuperScholar in its first Smart Choice ranking of online MBA degree programs of 2012.

The Online Executive MBA program offered by the E. Philip Saunders College of Business was awarded the No. 15 position. The ranking was designed as a tool to help prospective business students make a smart choice about where to invest their time and money in earning their MBA.


Ranked the No. 1 “Geekiest Campus,” 2014.

Washington Monthly

Ranked #24 nationally in Master’s category, 2013.