Message from the President

Experiencing the future with technology, the arts, and design

Portrait of Dr. David C Muson

David C. Munson Jr.
President

Are you ready to explore? Are you ready to experience the unexpected and extraordinary? We commonly pose these questions to RIT students.

Our university has been planning, designing, building, and executing on ideas from students, faculty, and staff. We have the proof points to show RIT is among the top universities in the nation integrating technology, the arts, and design.

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People

People

Turning Tigers into their best selves

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  • two students sitting outside and laughing.

    Performing Arts Scholars hit new high

    More students involved in performing arts are currently enrolled at RIT than ever before. This year’s class includes a record 482 new students who received Performing Arts Scholarships.

  • two students sitting outside and laughing.

    Community members commit to diversity and inclusion

    People from across the university are helping RIT make substantial progress on the initiatives laid out in the Action Plan for Race and Ethnicity. Launched in July 2021, the plan unveiled an extensive series of initiatives designed to make RIT more diverse, equitable, and inclusive.

  • crowd of college students cheering on one side of a tug of war team.

    Photo gallery: Creating a community

    RIT is a place where students with diverse interests come together to grow and thrive. Our students are creating a community where their individuality, creativity, and innovation are always celebrated.

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Programs

Programs

Creating a university for the new economy

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    Doctoral offerings keep growing

    RIT is growing its Ph.D. offerings, adding one new program in the fall of 2023 and two in 2024. This fall, Saunders College of Business will offer a Ph.D. in business administration. In 2024, the College of Liberal Arts will introduce a new doctoral degree in cognitive science and the College of Science will launch a Ph.D. in physics.

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    Enrollment climbs in accelerated program

    RIT students are working toward a bachelor’s and master’s degree starting from the first day of classes. This past fall, 740 new first-year students enrolled in RIT’s Combined Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree program, designed for highly focused, goal-oriented incoming students.

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Places

Places

Building spaces for creators and makers

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    Shaping the SHED into a campus masterpiece

    As students head to class each day, a new showpiece is rising at the center of RIT’s campus. The Student Hall for Exploration and Development (SHED)—which was first announced in 2017 and funded in part by a $50 million gift from alumnus Austin McChord ’09—is a multi-use complex that will showcase RIT’s technology, the arts, and design. The SHED is on track to open this fall.

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    Composing a new home for musical theater

    A 750-seat music performance theater will be constructed on the RIT campus to offer a venue for musical theater productions. The new building will be the first of two theaters in a performing arts center. The first phase will be an iconic building with more than 40,000 square feet of space, with anticipated completion in 2025.

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    Upgrades for Tiger Athletics

    Major renovations continue for RIT Athletics facilities, which benefit thousands of students. A new artificial turf field, scoreboards, and lighting have been installed at Tiger Stadium. The project is expected to be completed in 2025 with the construction of a stadium complex featuring new seating, locker rooms, concessions, and a press box.

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    Expanding RIT’s research footprint

    RIT has been expanding its research footprint to accommodate the university’s growing research portfolio. The Student Hall for Exploration and Development (SHED), which opens this fall, is enabling the university to convert 10 existing classrooms, totaling more than 23,000 square feet, into new research space. Another 14,700 square feet of research space opened in January in Brown Hall.

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    Taking care of business

    Saunders College of Business has broken ground on the multi-million dollar expansion and renovation project at Max Lowenthal Hall.

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    Dubai campus recognized for ‘quirkiness’

    RIT Dubai’s new campus earned international recognition for its innovative design. Newsweek magazine named RIT Dubai’s Innovation Center to its “Quirkiest College Campuses” list in August.

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    Multidisciplinary center spurs creativity

    The crown jewel of RIT’s Center for Media, Arts, Games, Interaction & Creativity, MAGIC Spell Studios brings together the university’s academic strengths in game design and development, film and animation, and digital media, with a commercialization focus that provides Hollywood-scale virtual production experiences for students and clients.

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Partnerships

Partnerships

Preparing students for a global society

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    International programs enhance education

    Programs with RIT’s international campuses are helping to make well-rounded students. Six new scholarships being piloted this year will allow students from RIT’s main campus to travel to RIT Kosovo to explore the origin and resolution of armed conflict, reconstruction, and institution building at the end of wars.

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    National institute making an impact

    A national institute led in part by RIT marked five years of accelerating the transition to a circular economy in the United States in 2022. The REMADE Institute, founded in 2017 by the U.S. Department of Energy with an initial investment of $140 million, has grown to nearly 160 current members.

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    Business incubator grows companies

    The ability to see through body tissue may sound like something from a science fiction movie, but a start-up company in RIT’s Venture Creations business incubator has developed a device that makes this possible.

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By the Numbers


Enrollment from all RIT campuses

Last fall, RIT enrolled a record number of students for the second consecutive year. Figures include global campuses.

Fall 2018
Fall 2019
Fall 2020
Fall 2021
Fall 2022
19,047
18,897
18,668
19,718
19,772
Students studying at RIT’s global campuses

RIT has campuses in China, Croatia, Dubai, and Kosovo. Enrollment abroad continues to grow steadily, led by an expansion in Dubai.

Fall 2018
Fall 2019
Fall 2020
Fall 2021
Fall 2022
2,419
2,566
2,740
2,971
3,181
Enrollment for students from under-represented races/ethnicities (AALANA)

AALANA = African American, Latino American, and Native American students. Excludes global campuses.

Fall 2018
Fall 2019
Fall 2020
Fall 2021
Fall 2022
2,006
2,006
2,207
2,321
2,386
International student enrollment at RIT’s main campus

Last fall, RIT enrolled students at its main campus from more than 100 countries. These are the top countries outside the U.S. that RIT students come from.

India
China
Canada
Nigeria
Bangladesh
Vietnam
885
333
89
45
40
40
Degree programs with the highest enrollment at RIT’s main campus

RIT’s main campus enrolled 13,975 undergraduate students and 2,705 graduate students this 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)
1,140
974
787
614
534

Graduate

Computer Science (MS)
Data Science (MS)
Business Administration (MBA)
Computing and Information Sciences (Ph.D.)
Human Computer Interaction (MS)
327
177
130
115
89
Total commitments

Outright gifts and pledges committed each fiscal year.

FY 2018
FY 2019
FY 2020
FY 2021
FY 2022
$25,061,296
$34,346,513
$32,140,304
$31,022,406
$35,181,612
Philanthropic receipts

Cash and other tangible assets received each fiscal year.

FY 2018
FY 2019
FY 2020
FY 2021
FY 2022
$33,520,320
$31,658,998
$38,354,138
$29,604,371
$43,747,836
Tigers Connect

RIT’s online mentoring platform for creating professional connections between students and alumni is rapidly growing. Numbers are from fiscal year 2021-2022. Learn more at TigersConnect.

3,630
Alumni sign-ups
3,510
Student sign-ups
Ph.D. degrees awarded in 2021-2022

Last fall, RIT enrolled 438 Ph.D. students in programs across the university, with more programs scheduled to launch in 2023 and 2024.

Engineering
Imaging Science
Computing and Information Sciences
Color Science
Microsystems Engineering
Sustainability
Astrophysical Sciences and Technolgy
Mathematical Modeling
Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering
9
9
8
4
4
4
2
2
2
1
Research at RIT

R2
Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education research ranking.
$92M
Sponsored research awards for the 2021-2022 fiscal year.
21%
Increase in research funding since last year.
15
National Science Foundation CAREER Award winners since 2010.
$265M
Value of research proposals submitted in the 2021-2022 fiscal year, a new record.
79
Number of master’s and Ph.D. programs.
255
Hours designated for RIT-led research on the James Webb Space Telescope in its first year.
1
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