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RIT in Brief

Rochester Institute
of Technology

FOUNDED IN 1829, Rochester Institute of Technology is a privately endowed, coeducational university with nine colleges emphasizing career education and experiential learning.

THE CAMPUS occupies 1,300 acres in suburban Rochester, the third-largest city in New York state. RIT also has international locations in China, Croatia, Dubai, and Kosovo. 

RIT Student Body
Undergraduate 15,741
Graduate 3,222
Male 12,355
Female 6,608
Fall 2017 Total 18,963

THE RIT STUDENT BODY consists of approximately 15,700 undergraduate and 3,200 graduate students. Students from across the United States and from over 100 countries attend RIT. Nearly 3,500 students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds are enrolled on the main campus along with more than 2,700 international students. An additional 2,200 students are enrolled at RIT’s international locations.

RIT is an internationally recognized leader in preparing deaf and hard-of-hearing students for successful careers in professional and technical fields. The university provides unparalleled access and support services for the more than 1,100 deaf and hard-of-hearing students who live, study, and work with hearing students on the RIT campus.

RIT ALUMNI number nearly 125,000 worldwide.

COOPERATIVE EDUCATION provides paid career-related work experience in many degree programs. RIT has the fourth-oldest and one of the largest cooperative education programs in the world, annually placing more than 4,400 students in nearly 6,000 co-op assignments with more than 2,200 employers across the United States and overseas.

Faculty and Staff
Full-time Faculty 1,089
Part-time Faculty 24
Adjunct Faculty 422
Staff 2,487
Fall 2017 Total 4,022

College of Applied Science and Technology
School of Engineering Technology
School of International Hospitality and Service Innovation
Saunders College of Business
B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
Kate Gleason College of Engineering
College of Health Sciences and Technology
Wegmans School of Health and Nutrition
College of Imaging Arts and Sciences
School for American Crafts
School of Art
School of Design
School of Film and Animation
School of Media Sciences
School of Photographic Arts and Sciences
College of Liberal Arts
National Technical Institute for the Deaf
College of Science
Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science
Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences
School of Mathematical Sciences
School of Chemistry and Materials Science
School of Physics and Astronomy
School of Individualized Study
Golisano Institute for Sustainability

Degrees Awarded
Associate, Diploma, Certificate 157
Bachelor’s 2,760
Advanced Certificates 103
Master’s 1,247
Doctorate 25
2016-2017 Total 4,292

DEGREES: RIT offers the following degrees: doctoral (Ph.D.) programs in astrophysical sciences and technology, color science, computing and information sciences, imaging science, engineering,  mathematical modeling, microsystems engineering, and sustainability; master’s degree programs: master of architecture (M.Arch.), master of business administration (MBA), master of engineering (ME), master of fine arts (MFA), master of science (MS), and master of science for teachers (MST); bachelor’s degree programs: bachelor of fine arts (BFA) and bachelor of science (BS); and associate degree programs: AS, AOS, AAS.

WALLACE LIBRARY is a multimedia center offering a vast array of resource materials. The library provides access to more than 450 electronic databases, 68,000 electronic journals, and more than 500,000 e-books. Resource materials also include audio and video/DVD titles and more than 367,000 books and print journals. 

Student Housing
Residence Halls 1,748 rooms for approx. 3,519 students
Apartments 957 units for 2,814 students
RIT Inn and Conference Center 121 rooms for 245 students
Greek Housing Six buildings for 108 students
Global Village 133 suites for 557 students

HOUSING: Many of RIT's students live in RIT residence halls, suites, studios, apartments, townhouses, and at the RIT Inn & Conference Center. In addition, there are free-standing Greek houses that accommodate six of our fraternities and sororities. Incoming freshmen are guaranteed RIT housing.

STUDENT ACTIVITIES: Major social events and activities are sponsored by the College Activities Board, Residence Halls Association, sororities, fraternities, and special-interest clubs of many kinds. There are more than 300 clubs and student organizations on campus.

ATHLETICS: Men’s Teams—baseball, basketball, crew, cross country, ice hockey (Division I), lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, track, and wrestling

Women’s Teams—basketball, crew, cross country, ice hockey (Division I), lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track, and volleyball

RIT offers a wide variety of activities for students at all levels of ability. More than 50 percent of our undergraduate students participate in intramural sports ranging from flag football to golf and indoor soccer. Facilities include the Gordon Field House, featuring two swimming pools, a fitness center, indoor track and an event venue with seating for 8,500; the Hale-Andrews Student Life Center, with five multipurpose courts, eight racquetball courts, and a dance/aerobics studio; the Ritter Ice Arena; outdoor tennis courts; an all-weather track; and athletic fields. The newly built Gene Polisseni Center, which seats 4,200, houses RIT's new hockey arena.

Charges 2017-2018 Academic Year (two semesters) NTID*
Tuition $39,506 $15,730
Room (double) 7,376 7,376
Board (standard plan) 5,290 5,290
Fees 562 562
Total $52,734 $28,958
*Deaf and hard-of-hearing students who are U.S. citizens enrolled in any undergraduate program and students enrolled in the ASL-English Interpretation program will pay these charges instead of the regular academic year charges.

EXPENSES: Full-time students living in an RIT residence hall have the 2017-2018 academic year expenses listed in the chart to the right. We estimate that the typical student also spends an average of $1,980 per year for books, transportation and personal expenses.

VISITS TO CAMPUS are encouraged and may be arranged in advance by calling 585-475-6631. Deaf and hard-of-hearing students may arrange campus visits by calling 585-475-6700, toll free in the U.S. and Canada at 866-644-6843, or by videophone at 585-743-1366.

UNIVERSITY COLORS: Orange and brown
UNIVERSITY MASCOT: Bengal tiger “Ritchie”

ACCREDITATION: Rochester Institute of Technology is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267-284-5000). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. In addition, individual colleges have professional accreditation for specific programs.

RIT does not discriminate. RIT promotes and values diversity within its workforce and provides equal opportunity to all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, creed, age, marital status, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, veteran status, or disability.

The Advisory Committee on Campus Safety will provide, upon request, all campus crime statistics as reported to the United States Department of Education. RIT crime statistics can be found at the Department of Education website,, and by contacting RIT’s Public Safety Department at 585-475-6620 (v/tty).

RIT is a registered trademark of Rochester Institute of Technology.