Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester Institute of Technology Student Enrollment Information

Located in Rochester, New York, the Rochester Institute of Technology is a not-for-profit, private university that offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs. Read about the pros and cons of the school, plus ranking, tuition and admission information.

Is Rochester Institute of Technology the School for You?

The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) is located in a suburban area of Rochester, New York, which is one of the largest cities in the state. This private university offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a wide range of fields, not just technology-based programs. Check out the following information to see if RIT is right for you:


  • Ranked #7 by the U.S. News & World Report in the Best Colleges Regional Universities (North) 2013 edition
  • Student-to-faculty ratio is three less than the national average
  • High number of academic programs available


  • Total cost was $6,504 higher than the 2011-2012 national average for private four-year universities
  • RIT's acceptance rate was 6.5 percentage points lower than the national average in 2011
  • Four-year graduation rates were 11 percentage points lower than the national average

Ranking & School Analysis

Not only is RIT a top-ranking school, according to the U.S. News & World Report, but some of its individual programs are also highly ranked, such as the photography program (ranked #6), the industrial design program (ranked #8) and the multimedia/visual communications program (ranked #12). A contributing factor to being ranked so high may include the low student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1, especially since the national average is 16:1 at private, four-year universities. Additionally, RIT offers a multitude of programs in the humanities, social sciences, hard sciences and technology. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) shows that the applicant acceptance rate in 2011 was somewhat low at 59%; the national average for that same year was 65.5%.

RIT offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs. Retention rates for the school were fairly high in 2011 at 86% for full-time students; however, graduation rates were somewhat low at 29% for students who started classes in 2005 and graduated four years later. NCES statistics for students who started in 2005 and graduated six years later were significantly higher at 64%. The NCES reported that RIT's overall cost of living on campus and paying tuition and fees was $44,475 in 2011, which is fairly high even for private schools, since averages for total expenses during that same year were $37,971, per the College Board.

The school is known for its global presence, especially since RIT has campuses in such places as Dubai and Eastern Europe. RIT is also known for its efforts in educating hard-of-hearing and deaf students. Some of the most popular degree programs in 2011 were in computer and information sciences, visual and performing arts, engineering technologies, business management and engineering, according to the U.S. News & World Report. If you're interested in earning a bachelor's and master's degree, RIT offers accelerated, dual-degree programs in certain fields.

Admissions & Financial Aid at Rochester Institute of Technology

The application process for getting into RIT is fairly standard and includes submitting transcripts, an admissions application and test scores. RIT accepts either ACT or SAT scores; however, for students who take the ACTs, the school recommends electing to take the optional ACT writing test. For some programs, you may need to submit a portfolio. For instance, students applying to the School of Art or the School of Design are usually required to submit portfolios with applicable art and design samples. RIT also recommends that students going into the School of American Crafts or the School of Film and Animation submit portfolio samples.

Private universities are often more expensive than public universities, and RIT is no exception. However, even for a private university, RIT is fairly expensive, with the 2012-2013 tuition and fees at $33,258, according to the College Board. The NCES reported that, in the 2010-2011 school year, 94% of full-time, first-year students received some form of financial aid. Of those students, 90% received aid through scholarships and grants, and 85% received scholarships and grants from RIT directly. Nevertheless, 74% of students still took out loans, and the average amount of federal loans taken out by students during this school year was $6,993.

Application & Tuition Info
Regular Application Deadline (2013-2014) February 1*
Financial Aid Application Deadline (2013-2014) March 1***
Admission Notification Date (2013-2014) March 15*
Application Fee (2011-2012) $50**
Acceptance Rate (2011) 59%**
All Tuition & Living Expenses (2011-2012)$44,475**
Average Scholarship or Grant Aid (2010-2011)$16,534**
Percent of Students with Need Met (2011) 82.1%****
Student Loan Default Rate (2009) 3.5%**

Student Life at Rochester Institute of Technology

RIT states that, as of 2013, there were 250 active clubs on campus. If you're interested in Greek life, there are 30 fraternities and sororities from which to choose. Although there are many organizations, certain organizations have more presence on campus, especially since they work with administrative staff and represent large groups of students. These organizations are known as major student organizations at RIT, of which there are 11.

While RIT states that it has students from all 50 states and from multiple countries around the world, the campus is not as ethnically diverse as some other universities. The NCES reveals that, in 2010, 63% of the student body was white, 5% was Asian, 5% was Hispanic and 5% was African American. Although 50% of the student body was comprised of in-state students, 3% were international students and 47% were from out of state in 2010, which may provide some regional and cultural diversity on campus.

RIT is home to several unique facilities, according to the College Board. Some of these facilities include darkrooms for both black/white and color photography, a laser optics laboratory, blacksmithing areas, robotic laboratories, animal care facilities, a student operated restaurant, an observatory, high-tech engineering facilities and glassmaking furnaces. Student support services on campus listed by the College Board in 2012 included legal services, career counseling, on-campus day care, personal counseling, substance abuse counseling, health services, tutoring and disability services.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Large suburban area****
Student Population (2011) 16,166**
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2012) 67% male to 33% female***
% of Full Time Students (2011) 91%**
% of In-state Students (2011) 50%**
% of International Students (2011) 3%**
Retention Rate (2011) 86%**
Campus Housing Available Yes***
% of Students Living on Campus 53%***
Extracurricular Activities More than 200 student organizations****

Sources: *Rochester Institute of Technology, **National Center for Education Statistics, ***College Board, ****U.S. News & World Report.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Bausch & Lomb Center, 60 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York 14623-5604
  • Phone: (585) 475-6631