Rochester Institute of Technology Overview
Located in Rochester, New York, Rochester Institute of Technology is a private not-for-profit institution. Rochester is a good match for students who enjoy the safety and convenience of the suburbs.
What Is Rochester Institute of Technology Known For?
- The 3% student loan default rate at RIT is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
- The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at RIT.
- For the 2019-2020 academic year, 72% of the faculty were full-time.
- Students who graduate from RIT with a bachelor's degree make about $66,280 a year. That's 62% more than those who graduate from other schools.
Rochester Institute of Technology Rankings
RIT landed the #372 spot in our 2023 ranking of best colleges. We analyzed 2,018 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. RIT also holds the #20 spot on the Best Colleges in New York ranking.
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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|#102||Best Graduate Certificate Schools||Tweet It - Post It|
|#176||Best Associate 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.
Awards From Around the Web
The following table lists some notable awards RIT has earned from around the web.
|#1||Best Electronics Engineering Technology Graduate Degree Schools||College Factual|
|#2||Best Communications Technologies & Support Schools||College Factual|
|#2||Best Graphic Communications Schools||College Factual|
|#23||Best Engineering Technologies Schools||College Factual|
|#29||Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Schools||College Factual|
|#126||Best Health Professions Schools||College Factual|
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||considered but not required|
How Hard Is It To Get Into RIT?
Approximately 60% of accepted students are men and 40% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 72%, and the acceptance rate for women is 76%.
Average Test Scores
About 75% 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 600 and 690. Math scores were between 620 and 730.
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
Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At RIT, approximately 65% of students took out student loans averaging $10,891 a year. That adds up to $43,564 over four years for those students.
The student loan default rate at RIT is 2.9%. 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 2,746 graduate students at the school.
Of the 12,122 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||600|
|Hispanic or Latino||1,068|
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 11th most popular in New York for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2019-2020.
Online Affordability Rankings of RIT
During the most recent year for which we have data, the full-time undergraduate tuition at Rochester Institute of Technology was $51,240 for both in-state and out-of-state students. The following table shows how RIT is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.
|Major||Tuition for In-State Students||Tuition for Out-of-State Students|
|American Sign Language||#1||#1|
|General Physical Sciences||#4||#4|
|Environmental Control Technology||#9||#9|
|Construction Engineering Technology||#12||#12|
|Computer Systems Networking||#19||#19|
|Foreign Languages & Linguistics||#28||#28|
|Mathematics & Statistics||#46||#46|
|Medical Illustration & Informatics||#48||#48|
|Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies||#61||#61|
Online Growth Rankings of RIT
The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Rochester Institute of Technology was 54.9%. This is the #629 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.
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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More about our data sources and methodologies.
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