Expect the Unexpected

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

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


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.

For more information, visit our NTID website.


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.

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.


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

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


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 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

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.

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

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.

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.


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

RIT alumni—nearly 121,000 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. 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. He is a member of the RIT Innovation Hall of Fame.

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 ’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 ’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 ’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.

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


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.

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.


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.

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

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.


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

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

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

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

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

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.

For more information, visit our RIT Athletics website.

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.

Highlight reel from Imagine RIT 2015.

For more information, visit our Imagine RIT website.

Whatever your passion, you can master it at RIT.