Discover RIT

RIT is home to leading creators, entrepreneurs, innovators, and researchers. Founded in 1829, RIT is a private university with nine colleges emphasizing career education and experiential learning.

Advancing the Exceptional

Rankings and Recognition


RIT in Top 50 for High School Counselors

RIT is among the top 50 choices of high school counselors, according to U.S. News and World Report 2019 rankings.


Largest in STEM

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


Outcome Rate

For each of the past three years, 95 percent of RIT graduates enter either the workforce or graduate study within six months of graduation.

Series of four photos relating to microelectronics, fabrication, and biotechnology

Academic Leadership and Firsts

first female in the nation named to head a college of business, Edwina Hogadone appointed the dean of RIT’s College of Business.
chosen as the home campus for the federally sponsored National Technical Institute for the Deaf, which had been established in 1963 by Public Law 89-36 and signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson.
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
first engineering school in the nation is named after a woman when RIT designates the Kate Gleason College of 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 university at the intersection of technology, the arts, and design

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 11 Ph.D. programs include astrophysical sciences and technology, biomedical and chemical engineering, color science, computing and information sciences, electrical and computer engineering, engineering, imaging science, mathematical modeling, mechanical and industrial engineering, microsystems engineering, and sustainability.

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.


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

RIT sponsored research grew by 18 percent in fiscal year 2018, reaching a record $78 million in funding. RIT received 340 new awards from a variety of state, federal, corporate, and foundation sponsors.

RIT’s strategic research initiatives are in the following areas: Cybersecurity, Personalized Healthcare Technology, the Future Photon Initiative, Remote Sensing with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, and Computational Relativity and Gravitation.

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 the Research section of our website.


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

  • International campuses in China, Croatia (the cities of Dubrovnik and Zagreb), Dubai, and Kosovo
  • Partnerships with more than 60 nations, including Dominican Republic, Peru, and Sweden
  • Global enrollment has more than doubled in the past 10 years, driven by explosive enrollment in the university’s graduate programs.
  • A record 2,620 international students from more than 100 countries chose to study at RIT this academic year.
Ritchie with students (some in graduation regalia) from the RIT Dubai campus
Ritchie with students and other people at one of the RIT Croatia campuses

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


  • RIT alumni–135,000 strong–can be found in all 50 states and 123 countries.
  • More than 50 percent of the university’s alumni have graduated since 1990; about a third of alumni have graduated since 2000.
  • Notable alumni range from CEOs to Academy Award winners in film animation.

Eleven RIT alumni have won 15 Pulitzer Prizes in photojournalism.

David Carson's Ferguson photo

Credit: 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

Credit: 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

Credit: 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

RIT annually places more than 4,400 students in more than 6,200 co-op assignments with nearly 2,300 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
Infographic stating "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 using a pipette and analyzing equipment

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 below) and a massive 2-megawatt solar energy farm among the largest for any New York college.

Drone view of the rooftop 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.


Leveraging Difference

RIT has long recognized the importance of diversity to organizational growth and synergy. The university has been recognized as a prestigious “Diversity Champion” by INSIGHT into Diversity magazine three consecutive years (2016, 2017, 2018). In addition, RIT is also a four-time recipient of the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award.

  • 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 2017 for the eighth 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.

Diversity Champion award logo from INSIGHT into Diversity magazine
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.


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.

For more information, visit our RIT Athletics website and Athletics Hall of Fame.

Imagine RIT logo

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

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

Student exhibitor showing part of their exhibit to an attendee.

Highlight reel from Imagine RIT 2019.

For more information, visit our Imagine RIT website.