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1961
1961

The institute makes the decision to move from downtown Rochester to a new location.

Land in Henrietta, N.Y. is purchased and construction on a new campus begins in 1964.

1964
1964

First shovel in the ground in Henrietta.

1966

RIT is 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.

1968

RIT moves to its new campus in Henrietta. The Dedication Ceremony takes place during Homecoming Weekend in October 1968.

1972
1974
1974

A new complex for NTID is dedicated.

1979

The Eisenhower College, located in Seneca Falls, N.Y., is acquired by RIT. Eisenhower’s liberal arts programs are infused into RIT.

1982
1983
1983

A program in biotechnology begins.

1986

The Center for Microelectronic and Computer Engineering is dedicated. Facility serves as a center for undergraduate education and research in the design and fabrication of integrated circuits.

1989
1989

The Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science is dedicated. The building houses the new program in imaging science.

The Bausch & Lomb Center is dedicated. Bausch & Lomb Corp. provided funding for the building as part of RIT’s Access to the Future capital campaign.

1990
1990

RIT’s first Ph.D. program is established. The program, in Imaging Science, is the first Ph.D. program of its kind in the U.S.

1991
1996
1997
1997

The Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies, created with $20.75 million in federal and state funding, opens with a mission to increase the competitiveness of manufacturers through technology solutions and training.

1998

The Center for Excellence in Mathematics, Science, and Technology, established through a challenge gift by Thomas Gosnell, is dedicated.

2001
2001

The B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences is formed. The new college includes programs in computer science, information technology, and software engineering.

The IT Collaboratory is formed. The collaboratory is a state-funded joint project with the University of Buffalo and Alfred University. The center will focus on four areas of research: microsystems, photonic systems, remote systems, and high-bandwidth telecom networks. It will also investigate new technologies not yet in use, serve as a test bed for new product development and product enhancement, and take part in collaborative research with industry as well as provide training programs contributing to economic development in western New York.

2002
2003
2003

The Sentinel, a 70-foot, 110-ton steel sculpture by Albert Paley, is dedicated. The sculpture is located in a central location and serves as focal point at the main entrance of the campus.

2004
2004

The Gordon Field House and Activities Center opens. The 160,000-square-foot facility includes an aquatics center, a two-story fitness center, and a 60,000-square-foot multi-use arena and indoor athletic field.

2005

Construction begins on RIT’s $12 million, 35,000-square-foot Center for Bioscience Education and Technology.

2006
2007

RIT’s Center for Bioscience Education and Technology opens. The $12 million, 35,000-square-foot facility is a national model for comprehensive academic, community and career-training programs in biotechnology and medical sciences.

2008
2008

The first Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival draws more than 15,000 visitors to campus to see more than 400 interactive exhibits and displays, including new ideas for products and services, creative arts and crafts, and faculty and student research.

2010

Global Village, RIT’s $57 million international-themed retail and residential complex, officially opens. The project takes the shape of a European courtyard complete with an international market, Mexican cantina and fresh sushi bar.

The iconic work of international designers Massimo and Lella Vignelli is permanently archived at a new design center, the Vignelli Center for Design Studies. The Vignellis created the New York City subway signage, the Handkerchief Chair, the Paper Clip Table, the Stendig calendar, the interior of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in New York City, the corporate identity programs for Xerox, American Airlines, packaging programs for Bloomingdales and Saks Fifth Avenue, to name a few.

2012
2013

Golisano Institute for Sustainability, which houses one of the world¹s first Ph.D. programs in sustainability, opens its doors to a new home. The institute conducts cutting-edge research in nanotechnology, alternative energy development and sustainable design. It is one of the greenest buildings in the world, powered by the sun, wind and fuel cell technology.

2014
2014

The Gene Polisseni Center, home to men's and women's hockey, opens with a roar. The $38 million ice arena has capacity for 4,300 Tiger fans.

2016

RIT is officially considered a “doctoral university” by the leading national classification of U.S. colleges and universities. The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education elevates RIT from “Master’s – Comprehensive” to “Doctoral University.”

The university receives approval for its eighth doctoral program, a Ph.D. in mathematical modeling.

2017
2017