Rochester Institute of Technology Review

Rochester Institute of Technology confers an average of 3,900 degrees a year. A privately endowed college, it offers night and part-time classes and associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. It also offers 1-2 year certificates.

Rochester Institute of Technology Overview

Classified in 2010 as the ninth best master's university in the North by U.S. News and World Report, the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) is comprised of eight colleges that offer over 90 bachelor's degree programs. Located in the third largest city in New York, RIT offers dual degree options for a B.S. and M.S. or a B.S. and MBA.

Founded in 1829 as the Rochester Athenaeum, it began as an association for the intellectual pursuits of science, literature and the arts. In 1885, the Mechanics Institute was founded. In 1891, the Athenaeum and the Mechanics Institute merged. In 1944, the name Rochester Institute of Technology was adopted.

Admissions and Enrollment Overview

In order to study at the Rochester Institute of Technology, prospective students must complete high school and submit the ACT or SAT and a counselor recommendation. Applicants must complete the application, online or paper, and pay a non-refundable fee. An official high school transcript is also required. If applying into a design or craft field, an art portfolio is required. Once RIT has accepted the student, the school will mail out information regarding orientation and housing.

Campus Facilities and Learning Environment

Rochester Institute of Technology houses dozens of smart classrooms, microcomputer labs and computer centers. It has a greenhouse, computer-controlled observatory, laser optics laboratory and animal care facility. RIT has four libraries: the Wallace Library, the Cary Library, the RIT archives and special collections. The Wallace Library is the primary library, and the entire catalogue of books is available online.

Rochester has offered online classes for over 35 years. It was one of the first universities in the nation to utilize the Internet to offer education and now offers more than 45 undergraduate and graduate certificates and degrees.

Colleges at Rochester Institute of Technology

  • E. Philip Saunders College of Business
  • College of Applied Science and Technology
  • B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
  • College of Imaging Arts and Sciences
  • Kate Gleason College of Engineering
  • College of Science
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • National Technical Institute for the Deaf

Rochester Institute of Technology Contact Information

  • Address: One Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623
  • Phone Number: (585)475-2411