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Rochester Institute of Technology Overview

Located in Rochester, New York, Rochester Institute of Technology is a private not-for-profit institution. The suburban atmosphere of Rochester makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.

What Is Rochester Institute of Technology Known For?

2,804 Undergraduate Awards
$43,266 Avg Cost After Aid
57% Acceptance Rate
  • The student loan default rate at RIT is 3%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • The highest award offered at RIT is the doctor's degree.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 71% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from RIT makes roughly $62,400 a year. This is 53% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.

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Rochester Institute of Technology Rankings

We have ranked RIT as #235 out of 2,320 colleges and universities in the country in our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. It is also ranked #26 out of 149 schools in New York.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

RIT has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#27 Best Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#93 Best Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#135 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#165 Most Popular Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#198 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#204 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at RIT.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Communications Technologies & Support Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best American Sign Language Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Industrial Production Technology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Electronics Engineering Technology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Information Technology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Graphic Communications Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Electromechanical Engineering Technology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Computer Systems Networking Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Mechanical Engineering Technology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Best Engineering Technologies Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards RIT has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Best Colleges for Mechanical Engineering Technology College Factual
#1 Best Colleges for Information Technology College Factual
#2 Best Colleges for Engineering Technologies College Factual
#3 Best Colleges for Management Information Systems College Factual
#5 Best Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences College Factual
#43 Best Computer Science Schools Computer Science Degree

Where Is Rochester Institute of Technology?

Location of Rochester Institute of Technology

Contact details for RIT are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1 Lomb Memorial Dr, Rochester, NY 14623-5603
Phone: 585-475-2411
Website: www.rit.edu/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RITfb
Twitter: https://twitter.com/rittigers

How Do I Get Into RIT?

You can apply to RIT online at: www.rit.edu/admissions/apply

Admission Requirements for RIT

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into RIT?

57% Acceptance Rate
33% Of Accepted Are Women
62% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at RIT is 57%, which is a sign that the school is fairly selective. While it may not be as hard to get into as other colleges, you should not take admission for granted.

Approximately 67% of accepted students are men and 33% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 54%, and the acceptance rate for women is 62%.

Average Test Scores

About 62% of students accepted to RIT submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 590 and 680. Math scores were between 600 and 700.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Rochester Institute of Technology  ( 590 to 680 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Rochester Institute of Technology  ( 600 to 700 )
200
800
RIT received ACT scores from 38% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 24 and 31. Math scores were between 26 and 31. Composite scores were between 26 and 32.

ACT English Scores for Rochester Institute of Technology  ( 24 to 31 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Rochester Institute of Technology  ( 26 to 31 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for Rochester Institute of Technology  ( 26 to 32 )
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36

Can I Afford Rochester Institute of Technology?

$43,266 Net Price
68% Take Out Loans
3.1% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of RIT is $43,266. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At RIT, approximately 68% of students took out student loans averaging $8,753 a year. That adds up to $35,012 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at RIT is 3.1%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Rochester Institute of Technology Undergraduate Student Diversity

12,254 Full-Time Undergraduates
34% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 13,313 undergraduate students at RIT, with 12,254 being full-time and 1,059 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  RIT

There are also 2,941 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 12,254 full-time undergraduates at RIT, 66% are male and 34% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  RIT

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Rochester Institute of Technology students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of RIT Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,258
Black or African American 522
Hispanic or Latino 993
White 7,991
International Students 791
Other Races/Ethnicities 699

Geographic Diversity

New York students aren't the only ones who study at Rochester Institute of Technology. At this time, 45 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 100 countries are represented at RIT. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, China, and Saudi Arabia.

Online Learning at Rochester Institute of Technology

418 Took All Classes Online
2,665 Took At Least One Class Online
-0.8% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 3 bachelor’s degree and 13 master’s degree programs available online at RIT. In 2017-2018, 2,665 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at RIT has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 22nd most popular in New York for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of RIT

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Rochester Institute of Technology was -0.8%. This is the #2,258 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at RIT regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of RIT majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Computer & Information Sciences 14%
Computer Information Systems 23%
Computer Systems Networking 2%
Engineering 1%
General Physical Sciences 6%
Health Professions 4%
Hospitality Management 16%
Information Technology 48%
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 26%
Liberal Arts General Studies 26%
Physical Sciences 12%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at RIT ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at RIT.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Manufacturing Engineering #8
General Physical Sciences #10
Statistics #13
Graphic Communications #18
Communications Technologies & Support #23
Environmental Control Technology #26
Physical Sciences #27
Electrical Engineering #42
Mathematics & Statistics #55
Computer Systems Networking #57
Computer Software & Applications #76
Engineering #110
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies #110
Information Technology #127
Human Resource Management #141
Engineering Technologies #167
Computer Information Systems #188
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #218
Health & Medical Administrative Services #342
Computer & Information Sciences #417

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Rochester Institute of Technology Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Computer Science 0 0 135 0 142 0 277
Mechanical Engineering 0 0 166 3 86 0 255
Computer Software & Applications 0 0 128 67 26 0 221
Computer Engineering 0 0 162 0 40 0 202
Electrical Engineering 0 0 118 0 81 0 199
Business Administration & Management 0 9 29 24 120 0 182
Design & Applied Arts 0 21 132 0 24 0 177
Liberal Arts General Studies 1 29 142 0 0 0 172
Computer Information Systems 0 27 43 0 71 3 144
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 0 125 0 17 0 142
Industrial Engineering 0 0 78 0 45 0 123
Information Technology 0 0 74 16 26 0 116
Allied Health Professions 15 0 62 0 36 0 113
Mechanical Engineering Technology 0 3 105 0 0 0 108
General Biology 0 0 104 0 0 0 104
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 0 29 0 36 0 65
Management Information Systems 0 0 64 0 0 0 64
Accounting 0 2 48 0 9 0 59
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 44 0 12 0 56
Chemical Engineering 0 0 53 0 0 0 53
Civil Engineering Technology 0 0 52 0 0 0 52
General Sales & Marketing 0 0 51 0 0 0 51
Electronics Engineering Technology 0 0 27 0 24 0 51
Graphic Communications 0 0 48 1 1 0 50
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 38 0 11 0 49
Computer Systems Networking 0 0 31 0 18 0 49
Applied Mathematics 0 0 28 0 17 0 45
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 0 34 0 9 0 43
Biomedical Engineering 0 0 41 0 0 0 41
Industrial Production Technology 0 0 7 0 32 0 39
American Sign Language 0 0 31 0 8 0 39
General Psychology 0 0 38 0 0 0 38
Statistics 0 0 8 4 22 0 34
Hospitality Management 0 2 19 0 10 0 31
General Physical Sciences 0 1 10 0 8 12 31
Computer Engineering Technology 0 0 30 0 0 0 30
Natural Resources Conservation 0 0 22 0 7 0 29
Chemistry 0 0 20 0 7 0 27
Environmental Control Technology 0 0 10 0 16 0 26
Biotechnology 0 0 25 0 0 0 25
Computer Programming 0 0 25 0 0 0 25
Physics 0 0 24 0 0 0 24
Electromechanical Engineering Technology 0 0 22 0 0 0 22
General Engineering 0 0 0 0 12 9 21
Economics 0 0 21 0 0 0 21
Fine & Studio Arts 0 0 12 0 9 0 21
Sustainability Science 0 0 0 0 13 6 19
Manufacturing Engineering 0 0 0 0 18 0 18
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 0 0 16 0 16
General Science Technologies/Technicians 0 15 0 0 0 0 15
International Business 0 0 14 0 0 0 14
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 6 0 8 0 14
Health & Medical Administrative Services 5 0 0 1 8 0 14
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 0 12 0 2 0 14
Materials Sciences 0 0 0 0 14 0 14
Architectural Sciences & Technology 0 0 0 0 13 0 13
Public Relations & Advertising 0 0 13 0 0 0 13
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 0 0 13 0 0 0 13
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 7 6 0 13
Political Science & Government 0 0 13 0 0 0 13
Human Resource Management 0 0 0 1 11 0 12
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 0 9 0 0 0 9
Public Policy 0 0 7 0 2 0 9
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 4 0 4 0 8
International Studies 0 0 8 0 0 0 8
Astronomy & Astrophysics 0 0 0 0 5 3 8
Business Support & Assistant Services 0 7 0 0 0 0 7
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 0 0 7 0 7
Museum Studies 0 0 7 0 0 0 7
Woodworking 0 1 5 0 1 0 7
Sociology & Anthropology 0 0 7 0 0 0 7
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 0 0 6 0 6
Precision Metal Working 0 6 0 0 0 0 6
Journalism 0 0 5 0 0 0 5
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 0 5 0 0 0 0 5
General Business/Commerce 0 4 0 0 0 0 4
Sociology 0 0 4 0 0 0 4
Housing 0 0 0 0 2 0 2
Nutrition Science 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
Health & Physical Education 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
Child Development & Psychology 0 0 0 0 2 0 2
Quality Control Technology 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Ethnic Studies 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Philosophy 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
General Visual & Performing Arts 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
General Architecture 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Audiovisual Communications 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Information Science 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Robotics Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Writing Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 24 132 2,648 124 1,120 33 4,081

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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