Women at RIT

At RIT, we’re cultivating a community of empowerment for women on campus.

RIT women are more than students and faculty. They’re scholars, athletes, researchers, leaders, passionate creatives, and so much more.

RIT is advancing the remarkable talents of women who call RIT home.

At the intersection of technology, art, and design, RIT women gain the knowledge, skills, and experience to pursue extraordinary careers in our technologically-driven world.

Women succeed in our community thanks to the support of friends, faculty, and mentors. You could say we have just the kind of inspiring environment for women to thrive and we’re adding to it every day.

But we’re missing one key element…

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Your tenacity to solve problems.

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Your creativity and innovation.

Three R I T students helping frame a house for Habitat for Humanity.

Your passion to change the world.

The Women of RIT are paving the way.

See their work and the amazing things they are doing…

Women in Leadership

You can’t influence change without a seat at the table. At RIT, five of our nine deans are women, and women serve in prominent leadership roles throughout the university. These extraordinary women mentor, guide, and continue building the foundation for your success.

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This is Home

RIT is a university with a community that supports you while you dream big. Our campus is your home away from home, and home is filled with friends that will become your family.

Get Involved

With over 300 student organizations and clubs, there are endless opportunities to get connected at RIT. Through inclusive programs, services, and unique opportunities, you have the chance to get involved on campus and in the Rochester community.

Get Connected

At RIT, success begins in the classroom and continues in groups of like-minded creatives. Joining an academic community can strengthen your bond with fellow classmates and enrich your classroom education. With renowned guest speakers, special events, and mentoring by upper class RIT women, these academic groups are a great place to join a community as unique as you.

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Women in Engineering

Women in Engineering, or WE@RIT, is an organization in Kate Gleason College of Engineering dedicated to expanding the representation of women engineers and preparing women for leadership roles in the engineering field. WE@RIT hosts numerous engineering career-focused events and programs every year, which are attended by hundreds of women engineering students.
 

Women in Technology

Women in Technology is dedicated to increasing the representation of women in the technical fields and programs offered in the College of Engineering Technology. Students involved in WIT participate in K-12 outreach programs to Rochester area middle and high schools. They also host an overnight immersion event for prospective college students who have been offered acceptance to an engineering technology program. 
 

Women in Science 

Based in the College of Science, WISe organizes outreach programs to inspire girls of all ages to become the next generation of women scientists. The group offers services and resources, organizes events, and plans activities designed to engage women studying in the sciences. 
 

Women in Computing 

Through professional, leadership, mentorship, and technical development opportunities, WiC encourages the advancement of women and all gender minorities in computing. The group sponsors WiCHacks, a hackathon for female and nonbinary computing students, as well as K-12 outreach and an overnight event for women who have been accepted into RIT computing majors.
 

Society of Women Engineers 

SWE is a national organization dedicated to helping women reach their full potential in engineering and leadership positions. RIT’s SWE chapter assists students in developing and building their leadership and professional skills through events, local and national conferences, volunteering, and more.
 

Women in Business

RIT’s Saunders College of Business helps to meet the growing demand for women in business disciplines. The college's history includes three women deans, beginning with the naming of our first dean Edwina Hogadone. She was the first woman in the nation named dean of a college of business. Our Women in Business organization connects women business majors with networking and outreach opportunities as well as support services to help them excel in business.
 

Get Active

Whether you’re competing on a varsity athletic team or a weekend warrior hitting the running trails, RIT will keep you moving.

Varsity Athletics

RIT has 12 Women Division I and III athletic teams. Be a part of a team or come cheer on the Tigers.

Read more about varsity athletics

Club Sports and Intramurals

Organized for friendly, fun competition. Stay active and celebrate the wins with your teammates.

Read more about club sports and intramurals

Wellness and Recreation

RIT’s wellness and recreation program helps you develop and maintain a well-balanced lifestyle.

Read more about wellness and recreation

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Get Expressive

Performing arts at a university known around the world for its excellence in science and tech? You better believe it.

Express your talents while you satisfy your thirst for learning.

Give Back

We can all live a life of service to others. Volunteering, in ways both big and small, can change the world. Get out there and make an impact.

Sorority Life

RIT is home to a number of sororities focused on academics, leadership, service, and improving the overall collegiate experience for all students.

Volunteering

We’re preparing you to exercise leadership as a thoughtful member of a rapidly changing global community.

RIT Women in the News

  • June 28, 2022

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    Mechanical engineering professor appointed to Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee

    Risa Robinson was appointed to the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee. Robinson, department head of mechanical engineering in RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering, brings extensive research in the area of fluid dynamics, particle inhalation and toxicological effects of various tobacco products and nicotine delivery devices.

  • June 6, 2022

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    Podcast: Creating a new School of Performing Arts 

    Intersections: The RIT Podcast, Ep. 59: In July 2022, RIT opens a new School of Performing Arts to offer additional creative opportunities for thousands of students who wish to pursue their passions in performance while majoring in a range of other fields. College of Liberal Arts Dean Anna Stenport talks with Thomas Warfield, director of dance at NTID, and Assistant Professor Yunn-Shan Ma, director of the RIT Philharmonic Orchestra, on ways RIT is making dreams come true for students interested in performing arts.

  • June 6, 2022

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    RIT professor earns NASA grant to study baby stars and newborn planets closest to Earth

    A team of RIT scientists is poring over NASA data for new insights about Earth’s youngest, closest neighbors. Joel Kastner, a professor in RIT’s Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science and School of Physics and Astronomy, received nearly $400,000 for a NASA archival study to advance our understanding of newly formed stars and planets.