Pillar 2

Enhance the Student Experience

The creative energies of our students are not always contained within traditional academic structures, so we will increase the number of ways they can exercise their curiosity and innovative spirit.

Current pillar totals:

$129M

of $280M pillar goal
$129M Raised
$151M Left

Current Initiatives

Broaden opportunities for experiential education
Build innovative maker and learning facilities
Strengthen the performing arts

Broaden opportunities for experiential education

Broaden opportunities for experiential education

Our students receive the richest benefit when their education is fully lived, not just observed. A wide spectrum of experiential learning opportunities help to make learning relatable while increasing overall learning effectiveness. Programs and services like co-op, internships, global work and study, student project teams, community service, entrepreneurship, athletics, and student groups and societies increase student engagement as well as promote development of skills, knowledge and abilities. Help broaden and enrich the opportunities our students have to apply their knowledge in a variety of situations and experiences, support experiential education.

Build innovative maker and learning facilities
By creating an infrastructure to transform learning and engagement, we will attract, retain, and graduate students who will shape the future and improve the world through creativity, innovation, and collaboration at the intersection of technology, the arts, and design.

Build innovative maker and learning facilities

To enable transformational learning, which will ultimately transform the world, students and faculty must have a space where learning accelerates through deep engagement across disciplines, pushing students to take ownership of their learning and develop competencies of resilience, growth, curiosity, creativity and optimism.

The Innovative Learning Center will become the center of the university—the very heart of the RIT student experience. Your support of this comprehensive construction project, which will transform the Wallace Library into a collaboration space of the future, combine it with an enhanced Student Alumni Union, and build a connecting glass pavilion containing a state-of-the-art makerspace and dynamic classrooms, will enable the experiences, creations, collaboration, experimentation, intersection of disciplines and innovation to become reality in this reimagined space.
"By creating an infrastructure to transform learning and engagement, we will attract, retain, and graduate students who will shape the future and improve the world through creativity, innovation, and collaboration at the intersection of technology, the arts, and design."


Strengthen the performing arts
Participating in the performing arts uses both sides of the brain. It’s creative and fluid, and involves a high degree of technical ability and concentration. It’s both a craft and a science.

Strengthen the performing arts

Surprising innovations require surprising thinking, and links between the performing arts and academic success, personal confidence, innovative thinking and a host of employer-desired skills—like teamwork, flexibility, motivation, and passion among others—are demonstrated in countless studies and in the words of our alumni. It is no surprise that innovation requires creative thinking and that students immersed in arts and culture are more apt to think expansively. By making music, theater, and dance a fundamental part of an RIT education and developing the leading performing arts program in the nation for non-majors, we can ensure that our students have the diverse perspectives they need to excel in their careers. When you support performing arts, you help attract the most creative students while also helping them build important connections between their passions and their personal and professional goals.
"Participating in the performing arts uses both sides of the brain. It’s creative and fluid, and involves a high degree of technical ability and concentration. It’s both a craft and a science."