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 105th in the “National Universities” category (2023)
  • Ranked 11th among top schools' co-op or internship programs (2023)
  • Ranked 48th among “Best Value Schools” (2023)
  • Tied for 153rd among “Best Colleges for Veterans” (2023)
  • Ranked 66th for undergraduate teaching (2023)
  • Ranked 105th for social mobility, which measured how well schools graduate students receiving federal Pell grants (2023)
  • Ranked 41st among "most innovative schools" (2023)

Princeton Review

  • Listed in 2021 edition of The Best Value Colleges: 200 Schools with Exceptional ROI for Your Tuition Investment
  • Listed in 2023’s Best 388 Colleges. Also appeared on several other lists within the edition, including:
    • Best Northeastern Universities
    • Colleges That Create Futures, which are those that empower students to discover practical applications for their talents and interests through experiences that complement their classes and coursework
    • Top 50 Green Colleges
    • Fourth in the Top 50 Game Design: Undergraduate category for the game design and development program
  • RIT’s Saunders College of Business is ranked 27th in the “Top 50 Online MBA Programs” for 2022
  • Ranked 44th in “The Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges: 2023 Edition” (13th consecutive year in the ranking)

Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education

  • Ranked 155th among U.S. colleges in The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education rankings, placing RIT among the top 25 percent of colleges and universities in nation.
  • Engagement: Ranked No. 38 for engagement—how immersed students are in the academic experience, a result of survey responses on the difficulty of classes and the students’ likelihood to recommend RIT to their peers, among other indicators—placing RIT in the top 10 percent in the nation.
  • Right choice! If you could start over, would you still choose this college? Of all the students surveyed, those at RIT were more likely than students at most other colleges to say they would choose it again.
  • Inspiring! Does your college provide an environment where you feel you are surrounded by exceptional students? Students at RIT were more likely to feel inspired by their classmates than students at many other colleges.
  • Worth the Cost! Do you think your college will be worth what you and your family are paying? Of all the students surveyed, those at RIT were more likely than those at many other schools to believe their experience was worth the investment.

Undergraduate Programs

U.S. News & World Report

  • Ranked 54th out of more than 212 engineering colleges programs (Kate Gleason College of Engineering) (2023)
  • Ranked 73rd out of more than 516 undergraduate business programs (Saunders College of Business) (2023)
  • Ranked 58th out of 537 undergraduate computer science programs (Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences) (2023)
    • Ranked 5th in game design and development (2023);

Forbes Magazine

  • 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

Princeton Review

  • Ranked fourth nationally for “Top 50 Game Design: Undergraduate category” (2023)

Animation Career Review

  • Ranked 8th nationally for top augmented and virtual reality colleges in 2022
  • Ranked 12th nationally in its 2022 animation school rankings (among the top 7 percent of schools)
  • Ranked 5th nationally in its 2022 game design school rankings

Graduate Programs

U.S. News & World Report

  • Tied for 9th in the nation for “Best Online MBA Programs,” for the online executive MBA program offered by Saunders College of Business (2023)
  • In the 65th-85th range in the nation for “Best Online Master’s in Computer Information Technology Programs,” for graduate programs offered by the Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences (2023)
  • In the 79th-104th range for “Best Online Engineering Programs,” for graduate programs offered by the Kate Gleason College of Engineering (2022)
  • RIT graduate programs (2023):
    • engineering (69th)
    • computer science (74th)
    • fine arts (tied for 23rd)
    • photography (tied for 6th)
    • physician assistant (108th)
    • physics (tied at 83rd)
  • Saunders College of Business tied for 90th among the nation’s best graduate schools for business (2022)
  • Saunders College of Business ranked 33rd for business analytics program (2022)
  • Best Online Master’s in Business Programs, excluding MBA (125th-164th) (Saunders College of Business) (2022)

Princeton Review

  • Ranked 12th nationally for “Top Schools for Video Game Design for 2020”— 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)


Morning Consult

  • Ranked 37th Most Trusted University in America (when measuring public trust in the top 135 doctoral research institutions) (2022)

U.S. News & World Report

  • Ranked 48th among “Best Value Schools” (2023)

Princeton Review

  • Named among “Best Value Colleges for 2020.” Only 7 percent of four-year colleges qualify for the annual Princeton Review list.

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.”


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.

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

  • 2022 Diversity Champion. For the eighth 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 (2014-2022).

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.

Woman Engineer

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

Best Employer

  • Ranked 19th among universities in a Forbes list of America’s top 1,000 employers (2022)
  • Ranked 20th in New York state in Forbes’ America’s Best Employers by State, making RIT the highest rated university in the Greater Rochester region.