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The K-12 University Center at Rochester Institute of Technology creates transformative opportunities for youth and educators in science, technology, engineering, art and math. Our mission is to inspire, engage and prepare the next generation of STEAM innovators, by fostering collaborations among the university and community to provide high-quality education and workforce development experiences that will shape the changemakers and problem-solvers of the future. This comes with a commitment to recognizing strength in differences, and removing barriers to access and support pathways to success.




Youth served by RIT K-12


Annual state and federal grant funds received to support precollege and workforce development programs


Youth at Camp Tiger before the pandemic. Camps are back for 2023!


Middle and high school students served by LPP and STEP

Campus Experiences

RIT's K-12 University Center annually hosts more than 2,000 youth on campus for interactive, nontraditional admissions experiences. Plan a customized on-campus opportunity for your school and/or youth organization. The goal is to create hands-on opportunities, provide early college exposure, and have youth engage with near peers and college students who they can relate to in order to nurture connection and belonging.

Summer camps return for 2023!​​​​​
Youth in fourth- through 12th-grades can spend the summer on RIT's campus through Camp Tiger and other various camp experiences. Programs include art and design, cybersecurity, robotics, sports and more. Visit the summer camps link to learn more and sign up for 2023 camp opportunities.

For more information about camps and/or other campus experiences, contact kidsoncampus@rit.edu.

Latest News

  • March 24, 2023

    nine staff members pose for a group photo.

    RIT celebrates outstanding staff with university’s Presidential Awards

    RIT honored the service and dedication of its employees with the Presidential Awards for Outstanding Staff ceremony March 22. The annual awards are presented to staff members who exemplify outstanding service and dedication to the university and who exhibit a high degree of personal ethics and integrity while consistently demonstrating a strong commitment to student success.

  • March 22, 2023

    Three youth pose next to RIT backdrop during a past Imagine RIT event

    K-12 University Center prepares for Imagine RIT with youth visits to festival

    While Imagine RIT aims to promote student work from those attending the university, middle school students had the opportunity in the past to also highlight science displays and other projects they have worked on through the Science and Technology Entry Program administered by the K-12 University Center at Rochester Institute of Technology. The K-12 center works to promote youth experiences at the annual festival that attracts about 30,000 guests a year to learn more – and interact with – students on campus who are highlighting the work they’ve done throughout the school year in a variety of studies.

  • March 17, 2023

    Five students sitting around a table taking to each other

    Rochester Prep students participate in spring capstone that will last throughout March

    Rochester Prep High School students have been participating in the spring capstone program throughout March. It’s an annual opportunity – facilitated by RIT’s K-12 University Center – meant to help foster a relationship among the Rochester-based charter school and the university, in a partnership that began about a decade ago. It allows students to work alongside RIT faculty on various research projects, which also exposes them to other campus experiences.

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