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Prospective Students


Engineers play an important role in almost every aspect of modern life. As an engineer in the 21st century, you’ll work in teams to develop ingenious ways to transform the world in which we live. Chemical engineers are in high demand and work in many different industries in diverse capacities.

Chemical engineers apply the core scientific disciplines of chemistry, physics, biology, and mathematics to transform raw materials or chemicals into more useful or valuable forms, invariably in processes that involve chemical change.  Chemical engineers also apply their skills to solve problems in which engineering and chemistry intersect, and are key to addressing society’s challenges in the environment, immunology, alternative energy, and much more.

Admission into the chemical engineering program is competitive, but our admission process is a personal one. Each application is reviewed holistically for strength of academic preparation, performance on standardized tests, counselor recommendations, and your personal career interests. We seek applicants from a variety of geographical, social, cultural, economic, and ethnic backgrounds.


The bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Cooperative education

All undergraduate programs in the Gleason College have a cooperative education requirement. Co-op generally starts after completing two years of the program and ends so that the last semester attended is in residence. Co-ops may be one or two semesters in length and at any company that satisfies the program’s requirements. Academic advisers can provide students with information concerning the co-op experience.  A few of our co-op partners are:


Students have access to their program chairperson, a faculty adviser, a full-time academic adviser, the academic advising office in the College of Liberal Arts, and program coordinators from the Office of Cooperative Education and Career Services dedicated to specific engineering departments. In addition, office staff provide support for registration and help with records and scheduling. Part-time and evening students can arrange for these services at night by appointment.

Academic Enrichment

The RIT Honors Engineering program provides gifted engineering students the experiences above and beyond those offered in standard engineering classes. Students take honors engineering classes that emphasis product development in a global economy. Travel and field trips to key industrial sites allow students to observe core engineering disciplines as practiced in a variety of corporate environments and to appreciate the many dimensions of engineering professions. Seminars and social events with engineering faculty and advisers round out the program. Visit the RIT Honors Program for additional information.

Engineering students interested in study abroad should also consider taking a term at RIT Dubai. Here they can stay current with their RIT courses while experiencing another culture and studying with students from a wide variety of countries in the Middle East and beyond. All classes are taught in English and carry RIT credit. Check out RIT Global for opportunities and to get more information. 

Minors: RIT offers students more than 100 minors to choose from to enhance their academic program or further develop a personal area of interest. A minor in chemical engineering process analysis is offered for non-chemical engineering students who qualify.

Special Opportunities

An accelerated, five-year dual BS in chemical engineering/MS in Science, Technology and Public Policy is available to qualified students. This offer students the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in less time than pursuing each degree individually.

Student Organizations and Clubs

RIT offers you abundant opportunities to keep your mind sharp by keeping busy and getting involved. Just some of the options you’ll find on campus include a radio station, a campus magazine, a jazz ensemble, student government and community service opportunities.

Chemical engineering students often join AIChE, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers student chapter.

The Gleason College is home to a variety of student organizations and clubs that enrich the academic and social experiences of our students. To learn more about engineering clubs and organizations please click here.

The Center for Campus Life has more information on student activities.

Take the next step!

For admissions requirements, costs of attendance, online applications, and more, visit the following websites:

Links for Prospective Undergraduate Students

For more questions specifically about the Chemical Engineering program, please contact:

Julie Olney
Assistant to Dept. Head