Rochester Institute of Technology

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1 Lomb Memorial Drive

Rochester, NY 14623

Phone: (585) 475-2411
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
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U.S. News Rankings

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#7 Overall Score: 75 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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Rochester Institute of Technology is a private institution that was founded in 1829. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 13,711, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 1,300 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Rochester Institute of Technology's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 7. Its tuition and fees are $34,424 (2013-14).

Despite its name, the Rochester Institute of Technology offers programs in the liberal arts, art and design, and business, in addition to science and technology. Co-ops – paid, full-time work experiences – are an important part of an RIT education. For some majors, co-ops are required; for others, they are encouraged. Students also have the option of completing one of about 20 accelerated degree programs, earning, for example, both a bachelor's degree and an MBA in five years.

For a break from school work, students can hang out in the RITZ Sports Zone in the RIT Student Alumni Union or a game room run by the Residence Halls Association, among other options. There are about 300 student organizations, including fraternities and sororities. Freshmen are guaranteed university housing, and close to three-quarters of all students live on campus. Students showcase their school pride every Friday – also known as Spirit Day – by wearing the school's colors, orange and brown, in addition to showing support at RIT Tigers sports games. RIT has several graduate schools, including the E. Philip Saunders College of Business and the Kate Gleason College of Engineering. The university is also home to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, and students with hearing disabilities are eligible for discounted university tuition.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

RIT is a place where brilliant minds assemble and collaborate; where they pool together their individual talents across disciplines in service of big projects and big ideas. It is a vibrant community teeming with students collaborating with experts and specialists: a hub of innovation and creativity. It is an intersection of disciplines in science, engineering,technology, visual arts, social sciences, and business. It is a launching pad for a brilliant career, and a highly unique state of mind. It is a perfect environment in which to pursue your passion.

RIT is among the world's leading career-oriented, technological institutions. Ambitious, creative, diverse, and career-oriented students from every state and more than 100 foreign countries find a home in RIT's innovative, vibrant living/learning community. The university's nine colleges offer undergraduate and graduate programs in areas such as engineering, computing, information technology, engineering technology, business, hospitality, science, art, design, photography, biomedical sciences, game design and development, and the liberal arts including psychology, advertising and public relations, and public policy. Experiential learning has been a hallmark of an RIT education since 1912. Every academic program at RIT offers some form of experiential education opportunity which may include cooperative education, internships, study abroad, and undergraduate research.

Distinctive academic offerings include microelectronic and software engineering, imaging science, film and animation, biotechnology, physician assistant, new media, international business, telecommunications, and the programs in the School for American Crafts. In addition, students may choose from more than ninety different minors to develop personal and professional interests that complement their academic program.

As home of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), RIT is a leader in providing educational opportunities and access services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

Students work hard, but learning is complemented with plenty of organized and spontaneous events and activities. RIT is a unique blend of rigor and fun, creativity and specialization, intellect and practice that prepares alumni for long-term career success in global society.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1829
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $628,128,000


When applying to Rochester Institute of Technology, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling, and the early decision deadline is December 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due April 1. The application fee at Rochester Institute of Technology is $60. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 58.5 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 58.5%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by April 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Rochester Institute of Technology is 14:1, and the school has 47.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Rochester Institute of Technology include: Engineering Technology, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 87 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 14:1
4-year graduation rate 27%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Engineering Technology, General 12%

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Student Life

Rochester Institute of Technology has a total undergraduate enrollment of 13,711, with a gender distribution of 67.8 percent male students and 32.2 percent female students. At this school, 53 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 47 percent of students live off campus. Rochester Institute of Technology is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 16,362
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Rochester Institute of Technology offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Rochester Institute of Technology also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Rochester Institute of Technology, 50 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Students who have cars on campus 50%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Rochester Institute of Technology, 69.4 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $19,000.

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Tuition and fees $34,424 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,178 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics
Financial aid statistics

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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