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Did you know?

  • RIT’s MAGIC Spell Studio, a 43,000 square foot, state-of-the-art production studio for gaming, digital media, film and animation production will open in 2018.

    Artist's rendering of what R I T's Magic Spell Studio's new studio will look like.
  • Golisano College is home to some of the world’s leading researchers in the fields of accessibility, cybersecurity, health informatics, pervasive computing, and geographic information systems for disaster response.

    Networking cables going into routers and switches
  • Our game design and development program was recently ranked #2 in North America by Princeton Review.

    Game Design and Development student in a lab
  • RIT won the 2013 Collegiate Cyber Defense National Championship and has won the Northeast Regional Championship in 2008, 2011-2015, and 2017.

    Banner for R I T's win in the 2013 Collegiate Cyber Defense National Championship
  • Golisano College alum Alex Kipman ’01 (software engineering) is the inventor and visionary behind Kinect for Xbox and the Microsoft HoloLens.

    Alex Kipman
  • Distinguished professor Vicki Hanson is President of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society.

    Vicki Hanson
  • Golisano College is recognized as a National Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research and Education by the Dept. of Homeland Security and National Security Agency.

    Logos of the U S Department of Homeland Security and the U S National Security Agency
  • Our Ph.D. researchers are some of the leading minds in cardiac research and are developing novel methods for treatment and analysis.

    Modeled heart
  • RIT was home to the United States’ first information technology and software engineering BS programs.

    R I T Student in working with a computer

Golisano by the numbers


Faculty and Staff





All enrollment and employment figures as of Fall 2016.
*If alumn of the computer science and information technology programs formerly housed in the College of Applied Science & Technology, and dual degree alumni are included, 
total is 12,641.


Degrees and Programs


Computer Science

Computing and Information Technologies

Computing Security

Game Design and Development

Human-Centered Computing

New Media Interactive Development

Software Engineering

Web and Mobile Computing



Computer Science

Computing Security

Data Science

Game Design and Development

Health Informatics

Human-Computer Interaction

Information Sciences and Technologies

Networking and Systems Administration

Software Engineering


Computing and Information Sciences


Rankings and Accolades

The Golisano College game design and development was recently ranked #2 in North America by Princeton Review (MS program ranked #4).

An RIT team took home the first-place trophy for the first time ever at the 2013 National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition. The team placed 2nd in the 2014 competition and 3rd in 2015 and 2017.

Computer science graduate program named one of Top 25 by

Distinguished Professor Vicki Hanson was recently elected President of the Association for Computing Machinery.

Golisano College was named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/ Cyber Defense Education for academic years 2014-2021, by the Department of Homeland Security and National Security Agency. In 2017, the college was further designated as a Center of Excellence in Cyber Defense Research.

Key News/Initiatives

Launching new Center for Cybersecurity, led by esteemed researcher Matthew Wright.

Pursuing research in Effective Access Technology, solving problems for people with disabilities through computing. Distinguished accessibility researchers Vicki Hanson and Matt Huenerfauth lead the Center for Accessibility and Inclusion Research (CAIR) and Linguistics and Assistive Technologies Laboratory (LATLab) respectively. Hanson was recently elected President of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society.

Recently established the Center for Computing Outreach, Research, and Education (C-CORE), a computing for all initiative aimed at bringing computer science education to students from all disciplines, backgrounds, and age groups.

In 2018, RIT will open the MAGIC Center, a state-of-the-art production studio aimed at blurring the lines between the arts and sciences through a multidisciplinary and entrepreneurial approach to digital media education, research, and commercial production.

We are expanding academic offerings in emerging areas. Golisano College has recently added programs in fields that include open-source software and big data. Moreover, we are strengthening programs in areas like Health IT and Data Science.

Research Contacts 

Pengcheng Shi
Pengcheng Shi
Associate Dean for Research & Scholarship and Ph.D. Program Director

Research Highlights

We are home to some of the country’s leading minds in human-computer interaction and accessibility. Labs in this area include the Linguistics and Assistive Technologies Laboratory, the Center for Accessibility and Inclusion Research, and the Future Everyday Technology Research Lab.

Dr. Naveen Sharma, our chair of software engineering, joins us from Xerox PARC where he was director of the Computing and Information Services Lab, and Chief Innovation Officer for information technology services.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently awarded Linwei Wang’s team more than $400,000 to continue her study of a novel analysis method that uses an algorithm to track electrical waves in the heart without the need for invasive, expensive procedure. In addition, Wang is one of three Golisano College faculty members to receive a prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award.

Dr. Mohan Kumar, our Chair of Computer Science, directs leading research in the fields of Distributed Systems and Pervasive Computing. He has published over 180 articles, supervised 16 Doctoral disserations and secured more than $4 million in research funding in these fields. The Computer Science department is home to the Applied Perception and Graphics Lab, the Document Processing and Pattern Recognition Lab and Pervasive Computing Lab.

Computing Security and Information Sciences and Technologies faculty have recently introduced a new Meshed Tree Protocol to make computer networks more reliable and secure from cyber attacks. The new standard was developed as part of an IEEE working group.

Additional research performed in areas that include software engineering and development, big data, computer graphics and visualization, and Health IT. External support for Golisano College research has more than doubled in the past three years.

Key Funding Initiatives

Computer Science House

Reflecting the growth and importance of this unique learning community, RIT is planning to create a new Computer Science House (CSH) in the residence quad. Part of a new RIT residence hall currently underway, the new CSH will provide expanded living, social, and work spaces to accommodate the significant demand for inclusion in the community.

Student research and travel funds

A growing experiential learning opportunity for computing students, undergraduate research offers real practice for students who will go on to research intensive careers or to graduate study in their field. Funding support for the research projects is key, as is student travel funding for undergraduate researchers who have the unique opportunity to attend and present at national conferences.

Likewise, student clubs and teams are in need of travel funds to support competition and conference travel requirements. From computing security competitive teams to Women in Computing’s annual trip to the Grace Hopper Conference, participating students seek funding to address registration and travel fees that are not addressed by tuition, college funding, or club fees.

Diversifying computing perspectives

Creating communities of students with faculty mentors is critical to drawing women and underrepresented minorities into computing fields. RIT’s Women in Computing serves as a model of success for female computing students. The Golisano College seeks to increase this program’s impact, as well as build similar programs for minority students to ensure the broadest perspective in the future’s computing community. In addition, drawing highly qualified students from underrepresented groups continues to be a key focus for the Golisano College, with a key component being scholarships for women and minorities.

Facilities expansion

The Golisano College building was full when its doors opened in 2003. Home to several of RIT’s fastest growing degree programs and rapidly expanding research initiatives, the facility is now limited the College’s ability to enroll new students, attract leading faculty, and support the technological demands of the computing field. A planned addition will add a two-story wing to the west side of the building, expanding both classroom, lab, and research space.


Kandice King
Kandice King
Director of Development
Dan Christner
Dan Christner ‘07
Associate Director of Alumni Relations, Golisano College