Our Mission

Through an education rooted in technology-based applications, the College of Engineering Technology prepares students to become successful professionals within a global society. CET leverages this through its faculty’s broad academic and industrial expertise, responsiveness to industry needs and global opportunities, student-centered teaching, proactive and adaptive service systems, and leadership in global outreach development.

We value the balance among teaching, scholarly activities, and service that capitalizes on the strengths and interests of the individual. We embrace the philosophy and principles of experiential learning through the application of theoretical knowledge. We embrace and encourage innovative curricula, teaching techniques, student discovery, entrepreneurial activities, and international outreach. We pursue partnerships with industry, government, education, and alumni. We promote a student-focused environment through personal and professional interactions among students, faculty, and staff. We recognize and embrace individual diversity. We embrace the tradition of career-focused education and core values of RIT. Through the integrity of our curriculum and instruction, we instill these values in our students.

S. Manian Ramkumar

The cooperative education requirement allows our students to continue to adapt, grow, and succeed as they immediately apply what they are learning in the classroom to the real world. Our students “hit the ground running” once they are employed given our commitment and dedication to experiential learning and academic excellence. 

S. Manian Ramkumar
Dean, College of Engineering Technology

By the Numbers

Student Body
Undergraduate 1,566
Graduate 303
Faculty 77
Staff 39
Degrees Offered
Bachelor of Science 10
Master of Science 7
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Rankings and Recognition

Nationally recognized for packaging science and environmental programs.

Renowned faculty, of whom 98% are doctorally prepared, who bring a wealth of industry experience into the classroom. 

Recognized for providing experiential learning through extensive corporate engagement.

CET programs are ranked in the top 5% percent of engineering technology programs.

Veterans Upward Bound

The Veterans Upward Bound program represents a strategic partnership between the College of Engineering Technology and RIT’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion. A U.S. Department of Education TRiO Program, VUB at RIT is the first such program in Upstate New York and is designed to provide post-secondary training to veterans in the nine-county Finger Lakes region. CET has built a strong relationship with industry partners, local workforce investment boards, economic development councils, and veteran’s organizations. These valuable training accommodates unemployed and underemployed veterans in obtaining gainful employment. With a particular emphasis on low-income, first-generation veterans, the program provides mentoring, support in navigating the college experience, and connections to appropriate college campus resources.

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Key Facts

CET has the largest number of engineering technology graduates among private universities in the nation.

CET is a unique, skill-based undergraduate and graduate education provider.

CET has the highest percentage of students from Asian- , Latin-, African-, and Native-American ethnic backgrounds as well as first-generation college-goers.

CET developed and offered the first packaging science degree in the nation.


Please visit the college's accreditation page for information on enrollment and graduation data, program educational objectives, and student outcomes.