Rankings and Recognition

When your goal is to change the world for the better, the world tends to notice.

Don’t just take our word for it. Our reputation as one of the world’s top universities has been acknowledged by many leading college guides, industry, and internationally respected publications. As you search for the right university, consider what others have to say about RIT.


Top Schools for Co-op and Internship Programs

U.S. News & World Report, 2024


Economic Diversity

New York Times College-Access Index, a measurement of economic diversity, 2023


“Most Innovative Schools”

U.S. News & World Report, 2023


“National Universities”

U.S. News & World Report, 2024

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As a student at RIT, you’ll learn in the classroom and in the real-world. Our instruction is future-focused, tech-infused, and designed for you to apply experientially.

Undergraduate Rankings

U.S. News & World Report, 2024


Game Design/Simulation Development






Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs


Best Undergraduate Computer Sciences Programs


Best Undergraduate Business Programs

A member of the R I T eSports team holding a controller.
A member of the R I T eSports team holding a controller.

Princeton Review


“Top 50 Game Design: Undergraduate Category” - 2024


“Top 25 Game Design: Graduate Category” - 2023

A member of the R I T eSports team holding a controller.

Princeton Review, 2023


“Top 50 Game Design: Undergraduate Category”


“Top 25 Game Design: Graduate Category”

Animation Career Review, 2022-2023


Top Game Design Schools


Top Augmented and Virtual Reality Colleges


Top Animation Schools

Graduate Rankings

U.S. News & World Report, 2023-2024


Best Photography Graduate Programs


“Best Online MBA Programs”


Best Graduate Fine Arts Programs


Business Analytics Program (2022)


Best Engineering Graduate Schools


Best Computer Science Programs


Best Physics Graduate Programs (Ph.D.)


Best Graduate Schools for Business (2022)


Best Health Care Management Programs


Best Biological Sciences Programs

Value/Return on Investment

An RIT education results in value and a return on investment by providing you with the skills to thrive in your chosen career.


Most Trusted University in America

(when measuring public trust in the top 135 doctoral research institutions)
Morning Consult, 2022


“Best Value Schools”

U.S. News & World Report, 2024


Economic Diversity

New York Times College-Access Index, a measurement of economic diversity, 2023

Money magazine

RIT is among the universities included in Money magazine’s “Best Colleges in America 2023,” which lists top colleges where your tuition (and time) is likely to pay off.

Four excited R I T students with, from left to right, one holding a first place electric vehicle trophy, one in a lab coat putting samples in tubes, one positioning a camera on a tripod, and one pointing and smiling into the camera.

Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity is about creating an intentionally inclusive and equitable environment for everyone to come together and thrive. How do we accomplish this?
By inviting you to be you.

STEM Workforce Diversity Magazine

RIT received national recognition for its work to help diversify the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workforce. STEM Workforce Diversity Magazine ranked RIT among its top 20 universities for 2021.

STEM Workforce Diversity Magazine, established in 1994, is the first magazine published for the professional, diversified high-tech workforce, which encompasses everyone, including women, members of underrepresented groups, people with disabilities, and non-disabled white males to advance in the diversified working community.

Winds of Change Magazine

For the 11th year in a row, RIT is listed as one of the “Top 200 Colleges for Native Americans” in the American Indian Science and Engineering Society’s Winds of Change magazine.

The Top 200 List identifies colleges and universities where American Indian students attend in significant numbers and where the campus community, Native American programs, and academic support services enable high levels of success for American Indian students.

INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine

2023 Diversity Champion. For the ninth consecutive year, INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine recognized RIT as a “Diversity Champion,” one of the first colleges and universities in the nation to receive the designation.

Diversity Champions exemplify an unyielding commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout their campus communities, across academic programs, and at the highest administrative levels.

Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award for successful efforts in the areas of campus diversity and inclusion (2014-2023).

Forbes Magazine

Ranked No. 151 in Forbes’ 2021 “America’s Best Employers for Diversity,” which also places RIT No. 19 among all U.S. colleges and universities.

Woman Engineer

RIT is designated by Woman Engineer as one of the Top 20 Universities, recognized for our offerings of a diversified curriculum, student base, and faculty, as well as our ability to foster a diverse and inclusive learning environment.


We create and use green technology as part of our commitment to the environment. Our goal is to be a model of sustainability for others while we look out for mother nature.

A collage showing two people working at a desk and the wind turbines outside of Sustainability Hall on the RIT campus.


Among the Top 50 Green Colleges
Princeton Review, 2023


Target year for RIT to become a carbon neutral campus


LEED Platinum and LEED Gold buildings
RIT requires all new buildings to be certified to a minimum of LEED Silver.

Employer Recognition

The faculty and staff at RIT love what they do and where they do it. We are dedicated to our students, their learning and outcomes, and our mission to change the world for the better.


Among colleges and universities in Forbes' list of America’s Best Employers 2023 for mid-size employers

Forbes Magazine, 2023


Overall in Forbes' list of America’s Best Employers 2023 for mid-size employers

Forbes Magazine, 2023