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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 global locations in China, Croatia, Dubai, and Kosovo.

RIT Student Body
Undergraduate 15,946
Graduate 3,101
Male 12,444
Female 6,603
Fall 2018 Total 19,047

THE RIT STUDENT BODY consists of approximately 15,900 undergraduate and 3,100 graduate students. Students from across the United States and from over 100 countries attend RIT. Nearly 3,600 students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds are enrolled on the main campus along with more than 2,600 international students. An additional 2,400 students are enrolled at RIT’s global 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 1,000 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 6,300 co-op assignments with nearly 2,300 employers across the United States and overseas.

Faculty and Staff
Full-time Faculty 1,109
Part-time Faculty 22
Adjunct Faculty 368
Staff 2,515
Fall 2018 Total 4,014

College of Art and Design
School for American Crafts
School of Art
School of Design
School of Film and Animation
School of Photographic Arts and Sciences
Saunders College of Business
B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
Kate Gleason College of Engineering
College of Engineering Technology
College of Health Sciences and Technology
Wegmans School of Health and Nutrition
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
Golisano Institute for Sustainability
School of Individualized Study

Degrees Awarded
Associate, Diploma, Certificate 160
Bachelor’s 2,821
Advanced Certificates 131
Master’s 1,242
Doctorate 31
2017-2018 Total 4,385

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.

The RIT LIBRARIES consist of Wallace Library, the RIT Archive Collections, and the Cary Graphic Arts Collection. Wallace Library provides a vast array of resource materials, both print and online, and is open 24/5 during the academic year. Librarians associated with each college are ready to assist with research and class assignments. The RIT Archive Collections serves as the official repository for RIT’s historically valuable records and artifacts. The Cary Collection is one of the country’s premier libraries on graphic communication history and practices, and has a policy of liberal access for all students. For more information:

Student Housing
Residence Halls 1,748 rooms for approx. 3,519 students
Apartments 850 units for 2,690 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, 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 to indoor soccer. Facilities include the Gene Polisseni Center, which houses RIT’s hockey arena and accommodates 4,300; 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; and outdoor facilities including an all-weather track, tennis courts, and several athletic fields.

2018-2019 Academic Year (two semesters)
Charges Students entering Fall 2018 Students enrolled prior to Fall 2018 NTID*
Tuition $43,546 $41,046 $16,518
Room (double) 7,598 7,598 7,598
Board (standard plan) 5,448 5,448 5,448
Fees 584 584 584
Total $57,176 $54,676 $30,148
*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 enrolling for the first time and living in an RIT residence hall have the 2018-2019 academic year expenses listed in the chart to the right. We estimate that the typical student also spends an average of $2,054 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 white
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).

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