Individuals who self-identify as African American, Latino/Hispanic, or Native American


Individuals who self-identify as African American, Asian/Pacific Islander, Latino/Hispanic, or Native American

Co-op Without Courses

Students, both undergraduate and graduate, who are registered for co-op and not registered for any credit hours


A specific group of students established for tracking purposes

Credit Hours Consumed

The number of credit hours taken by students in an academic unit

Credit Hours Generated

The number of credit hours taught by faculty in a course section (determined by the number of students in a course section multiplied by the number of credit hours assigned to the course)


An award conferred as official recognition for the successful completion of a program of studies


Persons identified by the institution as such and typically those whose initial assignments are made for the purpose of conducting instruction, research or public service as a principal activity (or activities). They may hold academic rank titles of professor, associate professor, assistant professor, instructor, lecturer or the equivalent of any of those academic ranks. Faculty may also include the chancellor/president, provost, vice provosts, deans, directors or the equivalent, as well as associate deans, assistant deans and executive officers of academic departments (chairpersons, heads or the equivalent) if their principal activity is instruction combined with research and/or public service. Graduate, instruction, and research assistants are not included in this category

First Time Freshmen

Students who attend RIT and have not previously enrolled at another college or university. Included are students who have advanced standing credits from high school from Advanced Placement or college course work taken prior to high school graduation

First Time Full Time Freshmen

Students who enter and attend RIT for the first time at the undergraduate level on a full-time basis

Full Time Equivalent (FTE)

The number of Full Time students plus 1/3 of the Part Time students. FT and PT status is based on credit hours

Full Time Instructional Faculty

Faculty members who are employed full time and whose major regular assignment is instruction, including those with release time for research

Graduate Student

A student who holds a bachelor's or first-professional degree, or equivalent, and is taking courses at the post-baccalaureate level

Graduation Rate

The percentage of students in a given cohort who receive a degree, diploma, certificate, or other formal award within 150% of normal time for degree completion


Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Matriculated Students

Students who have been formally accepted as degree candidates through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions or Part-Time and Graduate Enrollment Services and are registered for courses


Students who have not been formally admitted for candidacy for a certificate, diploma or degree of the Institute and are taking courses on a space-available basis


New York State Education Department

Persistence Rate

The percentage of students who are enrolled in courses or registered for co-op.

Registered without Hours

Students registered only for classes that do not carry credit hours (E.g., physical education, some lab courses)

Retention Rate (RIT)

The percentage of persisting students plus the percentage of graduating students in a given cohort

Transfer Student

Students entering RIT for the first time who are known to have previously attended another postsecondary institution at the same level (e.g., undergraduate, graduate)

Undergraduate Student

A student enrolled in a 4- or 5-year bachelor's degree program, an associate's degree program, or a vocational or technical program below the baccalaureate

Year Level

A matriculated undergraduate student's year level is determined by the number of credit hours the student has earned, including transfer credit.