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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?

12,447 Full-Time Undergraduates
$30,068 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 degree 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

RIT landed the #178 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. RIT also holds the #20 spot on the Best Colleges in New York ranking.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that RIT has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for RIT

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for International Students 77
Best Colleges for Veterans 84
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 128
Best Colleges 178
Best Colleges for Diversity 714
Best Colleges for the Money 922

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 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Rochester Institute of Technology  ( 26 to 32 )
1
36

Can I Afford Rochester Institute of Technology?

$30,068 Net Price
68% Take Out Loans
3.1% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of RIT is $30,068. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for RIT

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$22,845 $23,359 $25,198 $30,349 $38,245

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

12,447 Full-Time Undergraduates
33% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 13,515 undergraduate students at RIT, with 12,447 being full-time and 1,068 being part-time.

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

There are also 3,069 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 12,447 full-time undergraduates at RIT, 67% are male and 33% 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 1,121
Black or African American 587
Hispanic or Latino 928
White 8,281
International Students 815
Other Races/Ethnicities 715

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 Majors

In 2017-2018, Rochester Institute of Technology awarded 5,560 undergraduate degrees and 2,306 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Accounting 2 48 9 0
Allied Health Professions 0 62 36 0
American Sign Language 0 31 8 0
Applied Mathematics 0 28 17 0
Architectural Sciences & Technology 0 0 13 0
Astronomy & Astrophysics 0 0 5 3
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 9 0 0
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 4 4 0
Biomedical Engineering 0 41 0 0
Biotechnology 0 25 0 0
Business Administration & Management 9 29 120 0
Business Support & Assistant Services 7 0 0 0
Chemical Engineering 0 53 0 0
Chemistry 0 20 7 0
Child Development & Psychology 0 0 2 0
Civil Engineering Technology 0 52 0 0
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 6 0
Communication & Media Studies 0 6 8 0
Computer Engineering 0 162 40 0
Computer Engineering Technology 0 30 0 0
Computer Information Systems 27 43 71 3
Computer Programming 0 25 0 0
Computer Science 0 135 142 0
Computer Software & Applications 0 128 26 0
Computer Systems Networking 0 31 18 0
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 34 9 0
Design & Applied Arts 21 132 24 0
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 5 0 0 0
Economics 0 21 0 0
Electrical Engineering 0 118 81 0
Electromechanical Engineering Technology 0 22 0 0
Electronics Engineering Technology 0 27 24 0
Engineering-Related Fields 0 44 12 0
Environmental Control Technology 0 10 16 0
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 125 17 0
Finance & Financial Management 0 38 11 0
Fine & Studio Arts 0 12 9 0
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 0 13 0 0
General Biology 0 104 0 0
General Business/Commerce 4 0 0 0
General Engineering 0 0 12 9
General Physical Sciences 1 10 8 12
General Psychology 0 38 0 0
General Sales & Marketing 0 51 0 0
General Science Technologies/Technicians 15 0 0 0
Graphic Communications 0 48 1 0
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 8 0
Health & Physical Education 0 2 0 0
Hospitality Management 2 19 10 0
Housing 0 0 2 0
Human Resource Management 0 0 11 0
Industrial Engineering 0 78 45 0
Industrial Production Technology 0 7 32 0
Information Technology 0 74 26 0
International Business 0 14 0 0
International Studies 0 8 0 0
Journalism 0 5 0 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 29 142 0 0
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 1 0 0
Management Information Systems 0 64 0 0
Manufacturing Engineering 0 0 18 0
Materials Sciences 0 0 14 0
Mechanical Engineering 0 166 86 0
Mechanical Engineering Technology 3 105 0 0
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 12 2 0
Museum Studies 0 7 0 0
Natural Resources Conservation 0 22 7 0
Nutrition Science 0 2 0 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 16 0
Philosophy 0 1 0 0
Physics 0 24 0 0
Political Science & Government 0 13 0 0
Precision Metal Working 6 0 0 0
Public Policy 0 7 2 0
Public Relations & Advertising 0 13 0 0
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 29 36 0
Sociology 0 4 0 0
Sociology & Anthropology 0 7 0 0
Statistics 0 8 22 0
Sustainability Science 0 0 13 6
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 7 0
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 6 0
Woodworking 1 5 1 0
Total 264 5,296 2,240 66

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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