A Spirited, Connected Community
Catch the spirit! Students take their academic pursuits seriously, but they’ll be the first to tell you that they are passionate about life outside of the lectures and labs.
RIT is alive with energy and excitement—24/7. It won’t take long for you to find your niche in this community because there are so many ways to be involved. Take advantage of the opportunities for recreation and personal growth, leadership, and entertainment that are out there. Try something new. Stretch your mind and body—and grow.
The backgrounds and interests of RIT students contribute in many ways to the quality of campus life. RIT attracts students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries, providing a learning environment rich in diversity in classrooms, residence halls, and everywhere else on campus. A number of campus organizations and student services focus on the unique needs and interests of minority, deaf, and international students at RIT. You’ll have plenty of opportunity to interact with a mind-expanding mix of people.
- Alcohol/Substance-Free Lifestyle Option
- Co-ed Floors
- Honors Housing
- Intensified Study Floors
- Living-Learning Communities
- Mainstream Floors (with both deaf/hard-of-hearing and hearing students)
- Single-Sex Floors
- Single-Sex Suites
- 21 and Over Lifestyle Option
- Wellness Lifestyle Option
Special Interest Houses
- Art House
- Business Leaders of Tomorrow
- Computer Science House
- Engineering House
- Entrepreneurs Hall
- House of General Science
- International House (American and international students)
- Photo House
- Unity House (promotes cultural awareness and diversity)
- 14 Fraternities
- 12 Sororities
Living on campus
More than 7,100 full-time students live on campus in residence halls or apartments, and our self-contained, suburban location creates a safe and secure atmosphere. Just about anything you need is available and accessible, including athletics facilities, dining halls with cuisines from around the world, a post office, a health center, and even a convenience store in the residence halls. Our student housing is among the safest, most comfortable, and technologically advanced you’ll find anywhere.
Clubs and organizations
What are your interests? What do you do for fun? Whether you’re into art, gaming, music, literature, politics, science, or sports, you’ll almost certainly find others at RIT who share your enthusiasm. The diverse interests of our student body are reflected in the variety of activities and programs that take place on campus. More than 200 student clubs and organizations provide an incredible array of options.
School spirit: orange and brown
Every Friday is Spirit Day, when students, faculty, and staff wear orange and brown, RIT’s school colors. But it’s not just in the clothes—spirit is in everything we do, from supporting our athletic teams to decorating the campus for the Brick City Homecoming Festival to welcoming new students at Orientation.
… and green
Green is a color you’ll see more of here as the campus focuses on environmental concerns. Our comprehensive and interdisciplinary commitment is spearheaded by President Bill Destler, who signed the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment in 2008. Signed by several hundred colleges nationwide, the Presidents Climate Commitment provides support and a framework for colleges and universities to go carbon neutral.
RIT recognizes the need for wellness education in today’s society. To meet this need, RIT offers an exceptional program of specifically designed courses to help students develop and maintain a well-balanced, active lifestyle. Our programs involve optimal development of the physical self, the constructive use of stress energy, and effectiveness in communicating and dealing with emotions. Consistent application of the above concepts plus other aspects of the body-mind connection assist students to enhance their health. The Center for Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation’s Wellness Program offers more than 550 classes. The Wellness education requirement is designed to assist students in making healthy decisions and choices to support their academic and social interactions in college and beyond. The learning experiences provided throughout the wellness curriculum are an integral part of the total educational experience at RIT.
- Men’s Cross Country
- Women’s Cross Country
- Men’s Soccer
- Women’s Soccer
- Women’s Tennis
- Women’s Volleyball
- Men’s Basketball
- Women’s Basketball
- Men’s Ice Hockey (NCAA Division I)
- Women’s Ice Hockey (NCAA Division I)
- Men’s Swimming
- Women’s Swimming
- Men’s Indoor Track
- Women’s Indoor Track
- Men’s Wrestling
- Men’s Baseball
- Men’s Crew
- Women’s Crew
- Men’s Lacrosse
- Women’s Lacrosse
- Women’s Softball
- Men’s Tennis
- Men’s Track and Field
- Women’s Track and Field
Recreation and intramurals
With recreational interests at an all-time high, our extensive program includes co-ed teams in everything from basketball and flag football to inner-tube water polo and golf. Tournaments help to keep the competition interesting. More than 50 percent of our students participate in these activities each year, so intramurals are one of the best ways to make friends at RIT. Join the action, give it your best— and celebrate your victories.
A winning tradition
RIT’s intercollegiate teams have a history of excellence, recording many impressive seasons and capturing a number of conference and national championships. RIT teams are members of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), the Atlantic Hockey Association, the Liberty League, and the New York State Women’s Collegiate Athletic Association.
RIT’s Student Government supports bowling, equestrian, fencing, roller hockey, field hockey, men’s lacrosse, alpine skiing, men’s volleyball, water polo, and Ultimate Frisbee club-level teams, among others. Most club teams compete on an intercollegiate level, although some are solely for recreational purposes. Several have competed in national championship tournaments.
With the exception of your college and residence hall, you’ll probably find yourself in the Student Alumni Union and Campus Center more than any other building on campus.
There are plenty of other spots on campus to grab a coffee, snack, or meal—a coffeehouse in the library, a café and market, and custom wrap and pizza outlets, among others.
Park Point at RIT, which offers a combination of apartment-style housing for approximately 850 students, also has 80,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space, including Barnes & Noble @ RIT, the campus store.
Catch the Spirit
The Catch the Spirit publication provides an overview of student life at RIT.
View the Catch the Spirit brochure (PDF)