RIT welcomes most diverse class of freshmen
New academic year begins with 2,800 new students
Rochester Institute of Technology this week welcomes its most diverse freshman class of about 2,800 students. That gives a total approximate enrollment approaching 19,000 students for the first time at RIT, including about 2,200 students at its international campuses.
The class has strong academic credentials with a mean high school grade point average of 92.
Although official enrollment figures won’t be confirmed until mid-September, preliminary data indicate that 29 percent of the first-year class self-identified as people of color, up from nearly 27 percent last year. Deaf and hard-of-hearing students make up 8.5 percent of the new class.
Approximately 73 percent of the total incoming class will be entering STEM majors. About 69 percent of underrepresented minority students and 56 percent of female students will enter STEM programs, said Jim Miller, senior vice president for Enrollment Management and Career Services.
RIT is also welcoming 560 transfer students from other colleges and universities, and about 1,000 students starting graduate degrees.
Miller said applications this year increased three percent to a record of more than 20,500.
This year, 53 percent of the freshman class comes from outside New York state, and 7 percent comes from outside the United States, with the largest international groups from China, India, Canada, South Korea and Nigeria.
“This is an interesting class because they are diverse in so many ways — in race, gender, income level,” said Keith Jenkins, interim vice president and associate provost for Diversity and Inclusion. “The richness they bring to class discussions is simply refreshing.”
New students will move into their residence halls starting at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. From 3 to 6 p.m., a Tiger welcome picnic is planned outside the Gene Polisseni Center.
Also Tuesday, the popular Goodbye, Goodbuy! sale runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Clark Gym, offering literally tons of items at thrift store prices collected from students who moved out in the spring. Items include clothing, furniture, appliances, school supplies, electronics and more. The sale will continue through the week.
At 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, new students will participate in the Tiger Walk, as they are cheered on by RIT faculty, staff and parents when they enter Gordon Field House to attend the convocation starting at 11 a.m. It will be the first convocation with RIT’s new president, David Munson. And a family Ice Cream Sendoff is planned from 4 to 5 p.m. outside the Gene Polisseni Center.
On Saturday, a Tiger Activities Gala will be held in the Gordon Field House from 1 to 4 p.m.; from 8 p.m. to midnight, the Brick Bash dance party will be held outside the Student Alumni Union (or inside the Al Davis Room if it is raining).
And fireworks are scheduled for 9:30 p.m. Sunday.
For more information, go to the RIT Orientation page.
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Running in Circles: Engineering students build Human Hamster Wheel
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RIT researchers help conduct experiment to study how the first stars and galaxies formed
While many people flock to warm destinations for spring break, two RIT experimental cosmologists spent theirs 6,800 feet high on snow-covered Kitt Peak at the Arizona Radio Observatory. They were deploying an instrument to a 12-meter telescope for a project called the Tomographic Ionized-carbon Mapping Experiment (TIME), which aims to study the universe’s first stars and galaxies.
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Gas prices got you down? Imagine RIT attendees can get up to speed on electric, hybrid ‘e-bikes’
Imagine RIT visitors interested in learning about electric and hybrid-electric bikes get to participate in an interactive exhibit and discussion on the growing travel mode inside the Golisano Institute for Sustainability on April 27.
April 22, 2019
Imagine RIT preview: How phones and laptops can be tracked via their radio waves
A team of computing security students will demonstrate how the unique properties that exist in the radio waves of a wireless device can allow a third-party to single out, fingerprint and track that specific Wi-Fi device during the Imagine RIT: Creativity and Innovation Festival on Saturday.