The RIT Global Scholars program is a unique opportunity for students from RIT’s international campuses to study for up to two terms at the Rochester campus. The program is currently open only to matriculated students from RIT Croatia, RIT Dubai and RIT Kosovo. Please contact your home campus advisor for information regarding how the program fits into your academic plan.
Founded in 1829, Rochester Institute of Technology is a privately endowed, coeducational university with nine colleges emphasizing career education and experiential learning.
The RIT Student Body consists of approximately 15,400 undergraduate and 3,200 graduate students. Enrolled students represent all 50 states and more than 100 countries. Nearly 3,200 students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds are enrolled on the main campus along with approximately 2,500 international students. An additional 2,000 students are enrolled at RIT’s international campuses.
The campus is housed on a 1,300 acres (5.3 km2) property. This property is largely covered with woodland and fresh-water swamp making it a very diverse wetland which is home to a number of somewhat rare plant species. The campus comprises 237 buildings and 5.1 million square feet (474,000 m²) of building space.
The nearly universal use of bricks in the campus's construction — estimated at 14,673,565 bricks in late 2006 — prompted students to give it the semi-affectionate nickname "Brick City". More recent additions to the campus have diversified the architecture while still incorporating the traditional brick colors.
Rochester is a city on the southern shore of Lake Ontario in the western portion of the U.S. state of New York, and the seat of Monroe County. It is the third largest city in New York State, after New York City and Buffalo.
The 25th edition of the Places Rated Almanac rated Rochester as the "most livable city" in 2007, among three hundred seventy nine U.S. metropolitan areas. In 2010 Forbes rated Rochester as the third best place to raise a family. In 2012 Kiplinger rated Rochester as the fifth best city for families, citing low cost of living, top public schools, and a low jobless rate.