Rankings and Recognitions

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.

11th

Top Schools for Co-op and Internship Programs

U.S. News & World Report, 2023

38th

Student Engagement

Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education

41st

“Most Innovative Schools”

U.S. News & World Report, 2023

105th

“National Universities”

U.S. News & World Report, 2023

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Academics

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, 2023

5th

Game Design/Simulation Development

54th

Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs

58th

Best Undergraduate Computer Sciences Programs

66th

Undergraduate Teaching

73rd

Best Undergraduate Business Programs

153rd

“Best Colleges for Veterans”

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, 2023

4th

“Top 50 Game Design: Undergraduate Category”

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

Princeton Review, 2023

4th

“Top 50 Game Design: Undergraduate Category”

Animation Career Review, 2022

5th

Top Game design Schools

8th

Top Augmented and Virtual Reality Colleges

12th

Top Animation Schools

Graduate Rankings

U.S. News & World Report, 2023

6th

Best Photography Graduate Programs

9th

“Best Online MBA Programs”

23rd

Best Graduate Fine Arts Programs

33rd

Business Analytics Program (2022)

69th

Best Engineering Graduate Schools

74th

Best Computer Science Programs

83rd

Best Physics Graduate Programs

90th

Best Graduate Schools for Business (2022)

108th

Best Physician Assistant Programs

119th

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.

37th

Most Trusted University in America

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

48th

“Best Value Schools”

U.S. News & World Report, 2023

105th

Social Mobility

Measuring how well schools graduate students receiving federal Pell grants
U.S. News & World Report, 2023

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.”

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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 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).


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 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.

Sustainability

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.

44th

Among the Top 50 Green Colleges
Princeton Review, 2023

2030

Target year for RIT to achieve a carbon neutral campus

6

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.

19th

Among universities in Forbes list of America’s top 1,000 employers

Forbes Magazine, 2022

20th

“Forbes’ America’s Best Employers by State”

Forbes Magazine, 2022