FOUNDED IN 1829, Rochester Institute of Technology is a privately endowed, coeducational university with nine colleges emphasizing career education and experiential learning.
THE CAMPUS occupies 1,300 acres in suburban Rochester, the third-largest city in New York state. RIT also has global locations in China, Croatia, Dubai, and Kosovo.
THE RIT STUDENT BODY consists of approximately 15,900 undergraduate and 3,100 graduate students. Students from across the United States and from over 100 countries attend RIT. Nearly 3,600 students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds are enrolled on the main campus along with more than 2,600 international students. An additional 2,400 students are enrolled at RIT’s global locations.
RIT is an internationally recognized leader in preparing deaf and hard-of-hearing students for successful careers in professional and technical fields. The university provides unparalleled access and support services for the more than 1,000 deaf and hard-of-hearing students who live, study, and work with hearing students on the RIT campus.
RIT ALUMNI number nearly 125,000 worldwide.
COOPERATIVE EDUCATION provides paid career-related work experience in many degree programs. RIT has the fourth-oldest and one of the largest cooperative education programs in the world, annually placing more than 4,400 students in nearly 6,300 co-op assignments with nearly 2,300 employers across the United States and overseas.
HOUSING: Many of RIT's students live in RIT residence halls, suites, studios, apartments, townhouses, and at the RIT Inn & Conference Center. In addition, there are free-standing Greek houses that accommodate six of our fraternities and sororities. Incoming freshmen are guaranteed RIT housing.
STUDENT ACTIVITIES: Major social events and activities are sponsored by the College Activities Board, sororities, fraternities, and special-interest clubs of many kinds. There are more than 300 clubs and student organizations on campus.
RIT offers a wide variety of activities for students at all levels of ability. More than 50 percent of our undergraduate students participate in intramural sports ranging from flag football to golf to indoor soccer. Facilities include the Gene Polisseni Center, which houses RIT’s hockey arena and accommodates 4,300; the Gordon Field House, featuring two swimming pools, a fitness center, indoor track, and an event venue with seating for 8,500; the Hale-Andrews Student Life Center, with five multipurpose courts, eight racquetball courts, and a dance/aerobics studio; the Ritter Ice Arena; and outdoor facilities including an all-weather track, tennis courts, and several athletic fields.
RIT is now among the top 100 universities in the nation, having jumped 10 places in the “National Universities” category, according to U.S. News & World Report rankings for its 2018 edition. In 2017, RIT moved into the top “National Universities” category due to its rapid increase in research and Ph.D. graduates. In 2018, RIT ranked 97 out of 311 universities in this prestigious category, which offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus master’s and Ph.D. programs, and emphasize faculty research.