Life At RIT
Students come to campus from a variety of religious and spiritual traditions. Many will seek out the support and shared values of the religious community with which they identify. Others may explore the traditions and community from spiritual or religious expression new to them. It is not uncommon that students may do both – grow with the community in which they were raised and also explore the traditions and beliefs meaningful to friends and peers. Although it might be difficult for you, as a parent, to see your student explore spirituality and religious expressions different from your own family history, keep in mind that college is a time for your student to explore the meaning and purpose of life and learn about the world. This does not mean your student is making permanent decisions about his or her spiritual identity. Improving religious literacy can often help students deepen their root faith and gain cultural competencies that will serve them well in the workplace and life.
Spirituality & Religious Life
Spirituality & Religious Life programs affirm RIT's commitment to holistic education by nurturing of mind and spirit in the college experience. Its mission is to cultivate engaged and vibrant religious, secular, and spiritual communities on campus that explore deep questions of purpose, meaning, and value. Spirituality & Religious Life’s vision is for every member of our campus to experience the welcome, caring, and fun of a supportive community that enables them to grow into their best selves and put their values to work in the world. This includes helping people understand, appreciate, and work well with those different from oneself in religious, secular, or spiritual worldview and connect with off-campus religious, secular, and spiritual communities.
The Kilian J. and Caroline F. Schmitt Interfaith Center
RIT's Interfaith Center, a gift of Kilian and Caroline Schmitt and other generous donors, is located on the east side of the Student Alumni Union. It is the focal point for the diverse religious traditions within the university, housing two chapels, meetings rooms, and offices for the professional staff of the center.