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Rochester Institute of Technology is emerging into one of the world’s most innovative, agile, diverse and forward-thinking universities. At RIT, we forge greatness by being different. Here’s what makes us proud.


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Rankings and Recognition

Don't just take our word for it, our reputation as one of the world's top universities is well documented.

3rd largest

producer of undergraduate STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) degrees among all private universities in the nation.

19,000 students

from more than 100 countries, making us among the nation’s largest private universities


A University of Firsts


Series of four photos relating to microelectronics, fabrication, and biotechnology
1982
nation’s first microelectronics bachelor of science program specializing in the fabrication of semiconductor devices and integrated circuits
1983
first university in the nation to offer a bachelor of science degree in biotechnology
1990
nation’s first imaging science doctoral program
1991
first fully online program—years before the rest of higher education entered the online arena
1993
first nationally recognized information technology degree
1996
first university to offer an undergraduate degree in software engineering
2002
world’s first and only doctoral program in microsystems engineering
2008
world’s first doctoral program focusing on sustainable production systems
2012
among the first universities to create a department dedicated to computing security
2016
one of the nation’s first universities to offer a bachelor of science degree in digital humanities and social science

Academics

A world-leading technological university

  • Programs ranking in the top 10 nationally in the following areas: computing security, film and animation, fine arts (glass, metals and jewelry design), industrial design, online MBA, photography, and video game design.
  • Award-winning programs in a host of uncommon disciplines: sustainability, medical illustration, microelectronic engineering, packaging science, museum studies, American sign language/English interpretation, and diagnostic medical sonography.
  • Unique doctoral programs: RIT’s seven Ph.D. programs include astrophysics, color science, computing and information sciences, engineering, microsystems engineering, imaging science, and sustainability. Several interdisciplinary doctoral programs are in the planning stages.

For more information, visit our Academics page.


A world leader in education and access for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

RIT is home to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), the world’s first and largest technological college for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. President Lyndon Johnson and Congress established NTID in 1968.

Two students, one with a visible hearing aid, work at a computer.
Two female students sign to each other while sitting in front of a computer montior with images of themselves on it.

For more information, visit our NTID website.

Research

It’s not enough to solve problems.
Be a problem seeker.

Sponsored research grew by 18 percent in fiscal year 2015, reaching a record $62 million in funding. RIT received 356 new awards from a variety of state, federal, corporate, and foundation sponsors. Federal funding was at an all-time high with the National Science Foundation providing $13 million and the National Institutes of Health providing $3 million.

Nathan Cahill, standing, along with imaging science doctoral student Kfir Ben Zikri, is developing algorithms for a longitudinal study of lung nodules in CT scans.

Analyzing Biomedical Imagery: Nathan Cahill, standing, along with imaging science doctoral student Kfir Ben Zikri, is developing algorithms for a longitudinal study of lung nodules in CT scans.

Using 3D printers, open source designs, and a little bit of ingenuity, a group of students and a research scientist at RIT are helping to advance the quality of prosthetic devices and make them available to everyone.

For more information, visit our RIT Research website.

Global

When you remake the world,
the world tends to notice.

  • International campuses in China, Croatia, Dubai, and Kosovo
  • Partnerships with more than 60 nations, including Dominican Republic, Peru, and Sweden
  • Doubled international student population over the past 10 years, driven by explosive enrollment in the university’s graduate programs
  • A record 2,500+ international students from 103 countries chose to study at RIT this academic year
  • 43 RIT students (U.S. and international) currently studying and researching under Fulbright awards
Ritchie with students (some in graduation regalia) from the RIT Dubai campus
Ritchie with students and other people at the RIT Croatia campus


Flags from the various countries where RIT has a campus or partnership

For more information, visit our International Education and Global Programs website.

Achievements

RIT is a place where brilliant minds assemble and collaborate, where they pool together their individual talents across disciplines in service of big projects and big ideas.


Students

Students who improve HIV medications in Africa, conduct remote sensing on volcanoes in Iceland, help select the Mars 2020 rover landing site and win national cyber defense competitions


Fulbright logo

Three RIT students won Fulbright fellowships for the 2015-2016 academic year. RIT also had 40 international students from 25 countries attend the university this past year through the Fulbright Foreign Student Program.

Microsoft’s U.S. Imagine Cup logo

Two RIT students took a top prize in Microsoft’s U.S. Imagine Cup National Finals.

National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition logo

RIT’s cyber defense team is a perennial powerhouse at the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition. In the past three competitions (2013-15), they’ve taken home the gold, silver, and bronze.

Portraits of four RIT students who earned the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

In 2015, RIT was one of only eight universities in the country with four (the maximum number) undergraduate students earning the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, bringing the total awards to 27 since 2005.

Faculty

Our faculty create wearable technologies that protect soldiers. They work on the nation’s top advanced manufacturing initiatives. We're also home to a U.S. Professor of the Year.


David Borkholder, the Bausch and Lomb Professor of Microsystems Engineering

David Borkholder, the Bausch and Lomb Professor of Microsystems Engineering, develops wearable technologies that protect soldiers from blasts and athletes from concussions.

Todd Pagano, an associate professor and director of the Laboratory Science Technology program sits behind colored lab beakers.

Todd Pagano, an associate professor and director of the Laboratory Science Technology program at RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf, was named “2012 U.S. Professor of the Year” by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Callie Babbitt, an assistant professor at RIT’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability

Callie Babbitt, an assistant professor at RIT’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability, received a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation, to fund research on the sustainable management of end-of-life lithium-ion batteries. She represents a growing number of RIT faculty earning awards from NSF.

Alumni

Alumni who win Academy Awards, claim 12 Pulitzer Prizes and revolutionize the video gaming and sustainability industry.

RIT alumni—nearly 125,000 strong—can be found in all 50 states and 123 countries. Notable alumni range from CEOs to Academy Award winners in film animation.


Alex Kipman’s revolutionary inventions, the Microsoft Kinect and HoloLens, helped him earn National Inventor of the Year

Alex Kipman’s revolutionary inventions, the Microsoft Kinect and HoloLens, helped him earn National Inventor of the Year. Kipman ’01 is a member of the RIT Innovation Hall of Fame.

Kevin Surace ’85 was named Inc. magazine’s 2009 Entrepreneur of the Year for his work in the field of sustainability

Kevin Surace ’85 was named Inc. magazine’s 2009 Entrepreneur of the Year for his work in the field of sustainability. He is a member of the RIT Innovation Hall of Fame.

RIT alumni stand in front of a poster for Disney's Frozen, which they worked on.

A little bit of RIT lives inside the Oscar-winning movie Frozen. RIT alumni in film and animation have also won Academy Awards for Life of Pi and Disney’s Paperman.

View more alumni who are already great and making a difference.


Eight RIT alumni have won 12 Pulitzer Prizes in photojournalism.


David Carson's Ferguson photo

David Carson ’94, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

A member of the St. Louis County Police tactical team fires tear gas into a crowd of people in response to a series of gunshots fired at police during demonstrations in Ferguson.

William Snyder's photo of U.S. diver Mary Ellen Clark

William Snyder ’81, The Dallas Morning News

U.S. diver Mary Ellen Clark dives to a surprise bronze medal in the 1992 Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain.

Dan Loh's photo of Monica Lewinsky and her attorney

Dan Loh ’95, The Associated Press

Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky and her attorney William Ginsburg.

Experiential and Cooperative Education

Gold-plated Careers
forged from orange and brown.

RIT annually places more than 4,100 students in more than 6,100 co-op assignments with nearly 2,100 employers across the United States and overseas. In addition, experiential learning includes internships, research, and study abroad.


Overhead view of students and booths at an RIT career fair
More than 100 years of Co-op. Fourth oldest and one of the largest co-op programs in the world.
A student at her co-op

For more information, visit our Career Services and Cooperative Education website.

Sustainability

One of the world’s “greenest” universities, with two LEED platinum buildings and several gold. Home to the Golisano Institute for Sustainability (pictured at left) and a massive 2-megawatt solar energy farm among the largest for any New York college.


Solar panels and grass on the roof of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability

The 6.5-acre solar array can generate enough electricity to power more than 200 homes annually.

For more information, visit our Sustainability at RIT website.

Diversity

Leveraging Difference

RIT has long recognized the importance of diversity to organizational growth and synergy. In 2016, the university was recognized as a “Diversity Champion” and is a three-time recipient of the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award, both from INSIGHT into Diversity magazine.


  • RIT welcomed women decades before other colleges even considered co-education.
  • The 1968 addition of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf brought intellectual, linguistic and programmatic diversity unmatched in higher education.
  • In 2010, RIT began the Rochester City Scholars Program to ensure that finances would not be an obstacle for local students seeking a college education, and the first class graduated in 2014 (photo above).
  • RIT and its Future Stewards Program were recognized in 2016 for the seventh time as one of the “Top 200 Colleges for Native Americans” in the annual special college issue of Winds of Change magazine.
  • Expressions of King’s Legacy, one of the longest running programs in Rochester commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., launched conversations on diversity and race relations that’s brought defining changes to the university and the community. The campus event marks its 35th year.
An RIT students presents an attendee of Imagine RIT with her DNA in a tiny necklace vial

Diverse faculty and students are role models of success in STEM—science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Carl Atkins performs during the multicultural drum ensemble

During Black History Month, students participate as part of the multicultural African Drum Ensemble with Liberal Arts faculty member Carl Atkins.

For more information, visit our Diversity at RIT website.

Athletics

RIT has 24 varsity sports—22 compete at Division III; men’s and women’s hockey at Division I.


2010 NCAA Men's Frozen Four logo

Men’s hockey, elevated to Division I in 2005, reached the NCAA Frozen Four Championship in 2010.

Atlantic Hockey logo

In 2015, the men won the Atlantic Hockey Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Elite 8.

2012 NCAA Women's Hockey Championship logo

Women’s hockey won the NCAA Division III title in 2012.

Logos for the 1983 and 1985 NCAA Ice Hockey Championships

Men’s hockey won a Division II National Championship in 1983 and a Division III championship in 1985.

Logo for College Hockey America Championship

The 2014-15 women’s team won its second consecutive College Hockey America Championship, advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the first time as a Division I program since moving up in 2012.

Goaltender Jordan Ruby with the 2015 Atlantic Hockey championship trophy.

Goaltender Jordan Ruby with the 2015 Atlantic Hockey championship trophy.

For more information, visit our RIT Athletics website.

Imagine RIT logo

Imagine RIT

Each year, RIT demonstrates its leadership in innovation and creativity by sponsoring Imagine RIT, a campus-wide event that showcases the innovative and creative spirit of RIT students, faculty, and staff.


A student inspects an attendees iris during Imagine RIT
A student works on glass artwork during Imagine RIT
A student and his roboto appear at their exhibit during Imagine RIT

Highlight reel from Imagine RIT 2015.

For more information, visit our Imagine RIT website.



Whatever your passion, you can master it at RIT.