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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 campuses in Eastern Europe and Dubai. 

RIT Student Body
Undergraduate 15,006
Graduate 3,057
Male* 12,104
Female* 5,959
Fall 2014 Total 18,063

THE RIT STUDENT BODY consists of approximately 15,000 undergraduate and 3,000 graduate students. Enrolled students represent all 50 states and more than 100 countries. There are 2,900 students from different racial and ethnic backgrounds, and 2,577 international students enrolled.

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 1,200 deaf and hard-of-hearing students who live, study, and work with hearing students on the RIT campus.

RIT ALUMNI number more than 114,000 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 4,100 students in more than 6,100 co-op assignments with more than 2,100 employers across the United States and overseas.

Faculty and Staff
Full-time Faculty 1,049
Part-time Faculty 19
Adjunct Faculty 489
Staff 2,246
Fall 2014 Total 3,803

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
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
Other degree-granting academic units: Center for Multidisciplinary Studies; Golisano Institute for Sustainability

Degrees Awarded
Associate, Diploma, Certificate 158
Bachelor’s 2,546
Advanced Certificates 73
Master’s 1,143
Doctorate 29
2013-2014 Total 3,949

DEGREES: RIT offers the following degrees: doctoral (Ph.D.) programs in astrophysical sciences and technology, color science, computing and information sciences, imaging science, 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 250 electronic databases, 40,000 electronic journals, and more than 150,000 e-books. Resource materials also include audio, film, and video titles and more than 500,000 books and print journals.

Student Housing
Residence Halls 1,748 rooms for approx. 3,487 students
Apartments 957 units for 2,814 students
RIT Inn and Conference Center 120 rooms for 241 students
Greek Housing Six buildings for 108 students
Global Village 69 suites for 412 students

HOUSING: Many of RIT’s full-time students live in RIT residence halls, apartments, or townhouses on campus. On-campus fraternities, sororities, and special-interest houses are also available. Freshmen are guaranteed 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.

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 2014-2015 Academic Year (two semesters) NTID*
Tuition $35,256 $14,040
Room (double) 6,758 6,758
Board (standard plan) 4,810 4,810
Fees 512 512
Total $47,336 $26,120
*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 2014-2015 academic year expenses listed in the chart to the right. We estimate that the typical student also spends an average of $2,025 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: RIT is chartered by the legislature of the state of New York, accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. 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.