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?
- 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.
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.
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Program Level Awards
These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at RIT.
Awards From Around the Web
The following table lists some notable awards RIT has earned from around the web.
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Where Is Rochester Institute of Technology?
Contact details for RIT are given below.
|Address:||1 Lomb Memorial Dr, Rochester, NY 14623-5603|
How Do I Get Into RIT?
You can apply to RIT online at: www.rit.edu/admissions/apply
Admission Requirements for RIT
|High School GPA||required|
|High School Rank||recommended|
|High School Transcript||required|
|College Prep Program||required|
|SAT or ACT Scores||required|
How Hard Is It To Get Into RIT?
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.
Can I Afford Rochester Institute of Technology?
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
There are also 2,941 graduate students at the school.
Of the 12,254 full-time undergraduates at RIT, 66% are male and 34% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of Rochester Institute of Technology students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||522|
|Hispanic or Latino||993|
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
The following chart shows how the online learning population at RIT has changed over the last few years.
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%|
|General Physical Sciences||6%|
|Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities||26%|
|Liberal Arts General Studies||26%|
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.
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.
*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.
- College Factual
- National Center for Education Statistics
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