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 104th in the “National Universities” category
  • Ranked among top 20 universities recognized for excellent co-operative learning and internship programs
  • Ranked 50th among “best value schools”
  • Ranked 69th among “Best Colleges for Veterans”
  • Ranked 83rd for student excellence based on percentage of first-year students in top 10 percent of their high school class and SAT/ACT scores
  • Tied for 108 among national universities cited for social mobility, which measured how well schools graduate students receiving federal Pell grants
  • Ranked in top 50 among national universities in a national survey of “High School Counselors Top College Picks” (2019)

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 “The Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges: 2019 Edition” (ninth consecutive year)

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 among 20 universities recognized for excellent co-operative learning and internship programs
    • Ranked 83rd for student excellence based on percentage of first-year students in top 10 percent of their high school class and SAT/ACT scores
    • Kate Gleason College of Engineering ranked No. 61 nationally for undergraduate engineering programs among universities where the highest degree is a doctorate
    • Saunders College of Business ranked No. 66 nationally among best programs for undergraduate business education
  • 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 eighth nationally for “Top Schools for Video Game Design for 2019”— undergraduate programs

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 tied for 28th in the nation for “Best Online MBA Programs,” for the online executive MBA program (2020)
    • 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 in the 45th – 58th range among the nation’s best online information technology programs (2020)
    • 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 ranked in the 74th – 94th range for “Best Online Engineering Programs” for its graduate programs. (2020)
    • 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)

Value

  • U.S. News & World Report
    • Ranked 50th among “best value schools”
  • 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.”

Diversity

  • Forbes Magazine
    • Ranked No. 115 in Forbes’ 2020 “America’s Best Employers for Diversity,” which also places RIT No. 13 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
    • 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).