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Points of Pride

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 Changemagazine.
  • 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.