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 but 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.
Center for Religious Life
The Center for Religious Life affirms RIT's commitment to holistic education with the nurturing of mind and spirit in the college experience. This student-centered resource brings together students and religious leaders to explore and celebrate the unique and diverse values and cultures of religious traditions. The Center is a welcome space for all students that supports personal and community exploration of the religious, cultural, and spiritual traditions of the community, and facilitates interactions and dialogues to understand the values and cultures of others.
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.