Today, midway through our 2025 Strategic Plan, RIT is on a firm path to realize all we set out to accomplish—and more. We are becoming the university we want to be.

Message from the President

Portrait of Dr. David C Muson

David C. Munson Jr.
President

Continuing down the path to greatness

When we drafted a new vision statement for RIT’s Strategic Plan in 2018, the realities of a global pandemic were only a hypothetical part of our crisis training and preparation. While the university continues to carefully navigate the challenge of COVID-19, we have simultaneously never taken our eye off the plan’s goals and objectives as we envision our future.

We crafted our plan by focusing on four dimensions: people, programs, places, and partnerships.

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People

People

Turning Tigers into their best selves

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  • two students sitting outside and laughing.

    Community of innovators hits record numbers

    RIT’s community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni has grown larger than ever. Enrollment jumped to a new record last fall with 19,718 students studying across all campuses, up 1,050 from fall 2020.

  • student performing traditional Indian dance.

    Performing artists take center stage at RIT

    RIT is well on its way to developing the leading performing arts program in the nation for non-majors, attracting talented and creative students who can continue their passions for music, dance, theater, and other performing arts.

  • student working on a dress pattern.

    Students build businesses during gap year

    Gap Year Entrepreneurship Fellowships allow students to take time off from classes to focus on their growing business, new product, or compelling social innovation opportunity. In addition to the finances, RIT supports the students with mentoring and progress toward a degree.

  • logo for the National Science Foundation.

    Scholars earn coveted early career awards

    Three faculty members who chose to start their research careers at RIT received prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Awards in 2021. Their research aims to advance the foundations of machine intelligence, artificial intelligence, and clean energy.

  • environmental portrait of professor Jeyhan Kartaltepe in front of images of space.

    Professor helms program for NASA’s newest space telescope

    When the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)—the long-awaited successor to the Hubble Space Telescope—becomes operational this year, Jeyhan Kartaltepe will co-lead a team of nearly 50 researchers to map the earliest structures of the universe.

  • environmental portrait of professor Blanca Lapizco-Encinas.

    Biomedical engineering professor influencing next generation

    As an expert in microfluidic devices—tiny labs able to decipher bioparticles—Blanca Lapizco-Encinas and her research partners uncovered a mystery in how these particles can be better differentiated. As she has moved her own research forward, she is influencing a new generation of scientists to do the same.

By the Numbers


4,594

RIT awarded 4,594 associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, Ph.D.s, certificates, and advanced certificates in the 2020-2021 academic year.

970

Last fall, RIT enrolled 970 deaf/hard-of- hearing students—441 at NTID and the rest spread out among RIT’s other colleges and degree-granting institutes.

5,180

RIT’s largest college, Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, enrolled 5,180 students.

1.73M

There have been 1,733,512 total RITx course enrollments on the massive open online course platform edX. RITx has awarded 1,488 MicroMasters program certificates.

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Programs

Programs

Creating a university for the new economy

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  • student using pipette as researcher looks on.

    Undergraduate research on the rise

    With the help of strong mentors, undergraduate researchers cultivate critical thinking, collaboration, and problem-solving skills. Conducting research can help students synthesize concepts they learned in their classes to create something new.

  • students waiting in line at a career fair.

    Co-ops give students edge in job market

    More than 5,000 RIT students receive experiential learning by completing a co-op each year, often getting a foot in the door to a new career upon graduation. Started in 1912, RIT’s successful co-op program, one of the oldest in the nation, is also a resource for companies wanting skilled RIT students to work for them.

  • student wearing sensors on her head adjusts a robotic arm.

    AI research collaboration begins

    Cecilia Alm, an associate professor in RIT’s College of Liberal Arts, was awarded nearly $2 million by the National Science Foundation to lead a team of RIT faculty addressing a lack of diversity in the artificial intelligence research community and gaps in AI curricula.

  • researcher with different samples of organic materials called biochar.

    RIT expands Ph.D. portfolio

    RIT’s strategic plan calls for adding six to 12 new Ph.D. programs and conferring 50 doctoral degrees every year by 2025. The university already reached the latter goal with 51 Ph.D. degrees conferred in the 2020-2021 academic year.

  • student walking a runway wearing a piece that features black fabric and white chain-like structures.

    Technology blurs the line of making in arts programs

    In virtually every art course and studio environment at RIT, technology is integral to the delivery of content and production of work, whether it’s an “ancient” technology like using a hammer and anvil to forge metal or a computer numerical control plasma table to cut metal forms.

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Places

Places

Building spaces for creators and makers

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  • crane putting support beams into place on a building construction project.

    Makerspace complex will transform center of campus

    The largest construction project on the RIT campus in more than 50 years remains on track to open in fall 2023. When complete, the Student Hall for Exploration and Development (SHED) will cover more than 120,000 square feet of new construction as well as more than 83,000 square feet of renovations in two existing buildings.

  • student research in waders in a lake with a pole and a measuring device.

    Tait Preserve becoming hotbed for research

    RIT has an emerging new hotspot for interdisciplinary research about 25 minutes from the main campus. The Tait Preserve includes a 60-acre lake and a private mile of Irondequoit Creek adjacent to Ellison Park, offering endless opportunities for research, education, and conservation activities.

  • artist rendering of the exterior of a performing arts space.

    Performing arts complex debuts in 2024

    With thousands of RIT students involved in performing arts expected in the next few years, plans are moving forward for a performing arts complex that will feature a 750-seat theater and eventually a 1,500-seat orchestra hall for larger audiences.

  • artist rendering of the exterior of a brick academic building.

    Gifts make Saunders College expansion possible

    RIT business students can expect major changes to Max Lowenthal Hall, home of Saunders College of Business, after the completion of a more than $20 million expansion and renovation project in fall 2023.

  • people in an art gallery looking at jewelry and prints.

    Initiatives helping drive downtown resurgence

    RIT is contributing to Rochester’s revitalization efforts in a significant way, bringing a creative energy and economic development acumen translating into important arts, cultural, educational, and economic opportunities for the city.

  • students waiting at a half-wall to borrow photo equipment.

    Updates meet growing photo demands

    The extensive renovation of RIT’s College of Art and Design—with keen focuses on key areas within the internationally recognized School of Photographic Arts and Sciences (SPAS) and School of Film and Animation—made significant strides in 2021.

  • arist rendering of a stadium and field.

    Athletic facility improvements in home stretch

    RIT's outdoor athletic fields, including the outdoor track and baseball and softball fields, are getting a facelift. Next up: the installation of a state-of-the-art artificial turf field as well as the construction of a full stadium complex.

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Partnerships

Partnerships

Preparing students for a global society

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  • group of men walking on the campus of RIT Dubai.

    Global campuses celebrate milestones

    While students have engaged in virtual inter­national experiences throughout the pandemic, they once again began crisscrossing the globe last fall for in-person international education experiences.

  • student researcher adjusts equipment that makes batteries.

    Battery Prototyping Center doubles capacity to serve clients

    Since opening six years ago, RIT’s Battery Prototyping Center has nearly doubled its research and development projects with battery manufacturers from Boston to Silicon Valley. More industries are exploring designs for commercial quality lithium-ion batteries and seeking experts at the center to provide research about the development of different styles of batteries.

  • dance instructor looks on as students practice.

    Garth Fagan Dance partnership opens with a spirited first act

    RIT students are already benefitting from a new partnership with Garth Fagan Dance. RIT Performing Arts Scholars Program students are taking master classes and students are working on a semester-long arts management capstone project to deliver suggestions for the internationally known dance company to potentially implement.

  • film crew shooting a scene with an astronaut meeting an alien on the moon.

    MAGIC alliances prove mutually beneficial

    RIT’s MAGIC Center won a MegaGrant from Epic Games, the largest academic grant ever awarded by the industry’s leading game engine developer. The grant allows professors to participate in hands-on training with some of the world’s leading visualization and virtual production experts.

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Enrollment By the Numbers


Enrollment from all RIT campuses

Last fall, RIT enrolled a record 19,718 students, up more than 5 percent from the previous year.

Fall 2017
Fall 2018
Fall 2019
Fall 2020
Fall 2021
18,963
19,047
18,897
18,668
19,718
Students studing at RIT’s global campuses

Enrollment at RIT’s global campuses in China, Croatia, Dubai, and Kosovo continues to grow steadily and has more than doubled in 10 years.

Fall 2017
Fall 2018
Fall 2019
Fall 2020
Fall 2021
2,237
2,419
2,566
2,740
2,971
Enrollment for students from under-represented races/ethnicities (AALANA)

RIT is prioritizing increasing enrollment of African American, Latino American, and Native American (AALANA) students.
Excludes global campuses.

Fall 2017
Fall 2018
Fall 2019
Fall 2020
Fall 2021
1,982
2,006
2,006
2,207
2,321
International student enrollment at RIT’s main campus

Last fall, RIT had 1,896 students from more than 100 countries outside the United States enrolled at its main campus. These are the top five counties outside the U.S. that RIT students came from.

India
China
Canada
Nigeria
Vietnam
831
406
93
45
44
Degree program with the highest enrollment at RIT’s main campus

RIT’s main campus enrolled 14,055 undergraduate students and 2,819 graduate students last fall across nine colleges and two degree-granting institutions.

Undergraduate
Computer Science (BS)
Mechanical Engineering (BS)
Game Design and Development (BS)
Software Engineering (BS)
Computing Security (BS)
1,132
943
795
584
523

Graduate
Computer Science (MS)
Data Science (MS)
Business Administration (MBA)
Computing and Information Sciences (Ph.D.)
Human-Computer Interaction (MS)
348
143
134
112
88

Research By the Numbers


Sponsored research awards

RIT’s sponsored research awards surpassed $76 million for the 2020-2021 fiscal year, another significant milestone in spite of the challenges posed to research efforts brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In millions of dollars

FY17
FY18
FY19
FY20
FY21
$61
$78
$74
$82
$76
Research expeditures

Based on the NSF Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) Rankings, which ranks universities based on their research expenditures, RIT is now in the top 50 private research universities and the top 20 for those universities without a medical center.
In millions of dollars
* Estimated

FY17
FY18
FY19
FY20
FY21
$51
$49
$58
$58
$60*
Research proposals

Researchers submitted a record number of proposals in fiscal year 2021.

FY17
FY18
FY19
FY20
FY21
722
740
731
723
778
Federal awards by agency

The federal government awarded more than $38 million during the 2020-2021 fiscal year.
*All other federal agencies, such as Agriculture, Justice, and Labor.

NSF - $10.0M Defense - $7.5M Health - $7.5M NASA - $2.9M Energy - $2.1M *Other - $8.2M
Ph.D. degrees awarded in 2020-2021

The number of Ph.D. degrees awarded has gone up each year over the past five years, and last May RIT awarded its first Ph.D. in electrical and computing engineering.

Computing and Information Sciences
Engineering
Imaging Science
Microsystems Engineering
Astrophysical Sciences and Technology
Color Science
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Sustainability
15
10
10
6
5
3
1
1

Alumni By the Numbers


Giving by source

Total philanthropic giving in fiscal year 2021: $31,162,182
*Includes students, friends, former faculty/staff, and parents

Corporate - $9.6M *Other - $8.5M Alumni - $6.5M Private Foundations - $3.6M Trustees - $2.5M Faculty/Staff - $513.4K
Where alumni live globally

Top five locations outside the U.S.

Croatia
Kosovo
India
Canada
Dominican Republic
1,773
1,122
672
407
370
Alumni by decade

More than 150,000 people have graduated from RIT since 1926.

1926-1930
1931-1940
1941-1950
1951-1960
1961-1970
1971-1980
1981-1990
1991-2000
2001-2010
2011-2020
443
1,896
3,387
4,962
8,336
18,798
25,801
24,461
30,170
36,389