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Rochester Institute of Technology: Academics, Admissions & Tuition

Learn what degree programs Rochester Institute of Technology offers. Research its academics, and read about its admission and financial aid info to make an informed education decision.

About Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), founded in 1829, is a private school located about six miles outside of downtown Rochester, NY. In addition to the 1,300-acre main campus, the school also has international facilities in Dubai and Eastern Europe. Nearly 18,000 students were enrolled as of Fall 2011, with the majority in undergraduate studies.

RIT has one of the world's oldest and largest cooperative education programs. Over 3,500 students participate in the co-op programs, which allow students to gain paid work experience related to their fields of study. Another distinctive feature of the school is its internationally recognized work with deaf students. More than 1,300 students are either deaf or hard-of-hearing. The school also has several men's and women's sports and activities, including Division I ice hockey teams. Students also participate in more than 200 student clubs and organizations on the RIT campus.


RIT has nine colleges with more than 200 academic programs culminating in associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. Many courses of study are offered virtually through one of the largest online learning programs in the nation.

The B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences is among the largest computing colleges in the nation, with nearly 3,000 full-time and part-time students enrolled. The college has five departments: Information Science & Technology, Software Engineering, Computing Security, Computer Science and Interactive Games & Media. The college also has a strong focus on research, particularly though its Ph.D. program in computing and information sciences.

The College of Applied Science and Technology is also a popular college at RIT, with nearly 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled. Programs in this college include environmental sustainability, engineering technology, packaging science and hospitality/service management.

Other colleges housed at RIT include the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), the E. Philip Saunders College of Business, the Kate Gleason College of Engineering, the College of Health Sciences and Technology, the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Science. The main campus also includes a centrally located library with four floors of materials and about 1,000 study spaces.


Prospective RIT students may print and mail an application or apply online via the Common Application and the school's supplemental form. Required application materials include a high school transcript and mid-year report, school counselor recommendation, SAT or ACT scores sent from the testing agency and a $60 non-refundable fee. For the 2011-2012 academic year, about 15,800 students applied for admission, and 59% of those students were admitted. Only 29% of admitted applicants actually enrolled at RIT.

As of 2012, RIT had more than twice as many male students as female students, and 90% of the total student body was age 24 or under. The school has a rather diverse student population, with nearly 40% of undergraduates of non-White ethnicity as of 2011.

Tuition & Financial Aid

The 2012-2013 RIT tuition rate for a full-time undergraduate student is $32,784 per year. With fees and costs for room and board, student activities and health facilities, yearly costs add up to $44,058. NTID undergraduate students pay a full-time yearly rate of $12,393, or $23,667 including room and board, student activities and health facilities costs.

In the 2011-2012 academic year, 94% of students received some form of financial aid. The RIT Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships assists students in applying for grants, scholarships, loans and work opportunities to help with tuition costs.

School Type Private not-for-profit, 4-year**
Degrees Offered Associate's, bachelor's, master's, doctorates, certificates**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Quarters*
School Setting Large suburb**
Student Body 13,549 undergraduates, 2,617 graduates in 2011**
Student Housing 13 residence halls; special interest and lifestyle housing available*
Schools and Programs Nine colleges, more than 200 degree programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 13 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Associate's: Liberal arts and sciences, general studies and humanities (60)
Bachelor's: Visual & performing arts (371)
Master's: Engineering (219)
Doctorate: Physical sciences (12)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates For students beginning in 2003:
28% in 4 years
68% in 6 years
70% in 8 years**
Admission Rate 59% of applicants in 2011-2012**
Entering Class Size Roughly 2,700 in 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 86% for full-time students and 60% for part-time students for 2010-2011**
Average SAT Score of Admitted Students 1220 for class entering in 2012*
Application Due Date December 1 for early decision, February 1st for regular decision (then rolling if space is available)*
Decision Notification Date January 15th for early decision, March 15th for regular decision (then rolling if space is available)*
Tuition (2012-13) Undergraduate tuition is $32,784 per year*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011: Federal grants (36%), Pell grants (35%), other federal grants (28%), state and local grants/scholarships (39%), institutional grants/scholarships (85%), federal loans (74%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 94% in 2010-2011**

Sources: *Rochester Institute of Technology; **Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, Rochester Institute of Technology, 1 Lomb Memorial Dr, Rochester, NY 14623
  • Phone: (585) 475-2411
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