Rankings and Recognitions

When you remake the world, 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.


U.S. News & World Report

  • Ranked 102nd in the “National Universities” category
  • Ranked 43rd among best value schools—“Great Schools, Great Prices”
  • Ranked in top 50 among national universities in a national survey of “High School Counselors Top College Picks”
  • Ranked 64th among “Best Colleges for Veterans”

Princeton Review

  • Listed in 2019 edition of The Best Value Colleges: 200 Schools with Exceptional ROI for Your Tuition Investment
  • Listed in 2020’s “Best 385 Colleges” and 2018’s “Best Northeastern Colleges”
  • Featured in the 2017 edition of “Colleges That Create Futures: 50 Schools That Launch Careers by Going Beyond the Classroom”
  • RIT’s Saunders College of Business is ranked eighth in the “Top 25 Online MBA Programs” for 2019
  • Included in “Guide to 375 Green Colleges: 2017 Edition” (seventh consecutive year)

Other University-wide Rankings

  • Ranked 66th — fourth best among universities — by Forbes magazine on its 2019 list of “America’s Best Midsize Employers”
  • Listed in Forbes Magazine as one of America’s Best Colleges
  • Ranked 130th among U.S. colleges in The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education World University Rankings

Undergraduate Programs

  • U.S. News & World Report
    • Kate Gleason College of Engineering ranked No. 59 nationally for undergraduate engineering programs among universities where the highest degree is a doctorate
    • Saunders College of Business ranked No. 62 nationally among best programs for undergraduate business education
    • Ranked among 20 universities recognized for excellent co-operative learning and internship programs
  • Princeton Review
    • Ranked eighth nationally for “Top Schools for Video Game Design for 2019”— undergraduate programs
  • College Factual is the college rankings data provider for USA Today College Guide 2018.
    • Ranked fifth in computer software and application
    • Ranked seventh in computer and information sciences
    • Ranked ninth in engineering-related fields
    • Ranked 10th in management information systems
    • Ranked 10th in design and applied arts
    • Ranked 17th in film, video and photographic arts
    • Ranked 42nd for criminal justice
    • Ranked 53rd for “Best Schools for Veterans”

Graduate Programs

  • U.S. News & World Report
    • Saunders College of Business ranked 91st among the nation’s best graduate schools for business
    • Saunders College of Business ranked 26th in the nation for “Best Online MBA Programs,” for the online executive MBA program
    • Saunders College of Business ranked 120th for "Best Online Business Programs (non-MBA)"
    • Saunders College of Business ranked 93rd among the nation’s top MBA programs for full-time students (2020)
    • Saunders College of Business ranked 141st for part-time MBA programs
    • Saunders College of Business ranked 22nd for “Best Online MBA Programs for Veterans”
    • Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences ranked 41st among the nation’s best online information technology programs
    • Ranked 68th among the nation’s best computer science graduate programs
    • Kate Gleason College of Engineering tied for 75th in engineering schools offering a doctorate (2020)
    • Kate Gleason College of Engineering 63rd for “Best Online Graduate Program in Engineering”
    • Ranked 43rd for the best online graduate engineering programs
    • College of Health Sciences and Technology tied for 108th among master’s degree programs in physician assistant (2020)
    • Ranked 33rd among universities offering graduate-level studies in fine arts (MFA)
    • Ranked fourth in graduate studies in photography (MFA)
    • Ranked eighth in graduate studies in industrial design (MFA)
    • Ranked 12th in graduate studies in multimedia/visual communications (MFA)
    • School of Physics and Astronomy ranked 69th among the nation’s best physics graduate programs
  • Princeton Review
    • Ranked seventh nationally for “Top Schools for Video Game Design for 2019”— graduate programs
  • Times Higher Education/The Wall Street Journal
    • ​​​​​​​The MBA program at Saunders College of Business has been ranked 54th among business colleges and universities around the world. (2019)


  • U.S. News & World Report
    • ​​​​​​​Ranked 43rd among best value schools—“Great Schools, Great Prices.”
  • Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
    • ​​​​​​​RIT ranks among the country’s best values in private colleges, according to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance 2018 edition. RIT ranked 91st on the list of private universities.
  • Money Magazine
    • RIT is among the universities included in rankings by Money magazine’s: “727 Best Colleges for Your Money.”
    • RIT also ranked on a specialty list: “The 50 Colleges that Add the Most Value.”


  • Winds of Change magazine
    • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​For the ninth year in a row, RIT has been 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
    • 2019 Diversity Champion. For the fifth 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 (2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014).