Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester Institute of Technology

Overview

Rochester Institute of Technology is one of the world’s leading career-oriented, technological institutions. Students come from all 50 states and over 100 countries and have equally as diverse academic interests. More than 3,200 students of color have found a home in RIT’s dynamic living-learning community. Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf supports over 1,200 deaf and hard-of-hearing students, adding a social and educational dynamic not found at any other university. The Institute’s nine colleges offer more than 90 undergraduate programs in engineering, computing and information sciences, engineering technology, photography, business, science, visual arts, health sciences and the liberal arts.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Pre-College Prep & Outreach The Upstate Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (ULSAMP)

The Upstate Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation was formed to attract and maximize the potential of students from underrepresented populations, specifically African-American, Latino American and Native American (AALANA) attending college in Upstate New York who are enrolled in STEM fields. Supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation, the ULSAMP program will work across the alliance of 7 Upstate colleges and universities to increase recruitment and the subsequent graduation rate of both first-time freshmen and transfer students, by enhancing academic experiences and opportunities.

Scholarship & Financial Aid Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection (HWSC)

Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection links urban adolescents to a support network of youth advocates and employers. Rochester Institute of Technology commits up to five, $10,000 per year renewable scholarships to students who successfully complete the program and enter the Institute as full-time freshmen, and up to five, $10,000 per year renewable scholarships for students who enter as full-time transfer students from Monroe Community College.

Scholarship & Financial Aid National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME)

RIT is a recipient of the National Action Council Minorities in Engineering block grant, which provides support for scholarships and academic support services for underrepresented students in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. In addition, RIT supports collegiate chapters of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), as well as many other organizations committed to student success.

Summer Bridge & Orientation MCAS Summer Bridge Program

The Multicultural Center for Academic Success (MCAS) Summer Bridge Program offered its first courses in August 2003. The Summer Bridge is a four-week summer academic enrichment, confidence and community-building program that consists of credit-bearing courses, enrichment education, exposure to research, and community service programs. The Summer Bridge Program accepts 40 students and is available to first-year students who have been accepted by RIT and paid their deposit to the university. Once the academic year commences, students will meet with their MCAS academic advisor on a weekly basis to discuss academic progress and services available to support their success.

Academic Advising & Support MCAS Summer Bridge Program

The Multicultural Center for Academic Success (MCAS) Summer Bridge Program offered its first courses in August 2003. The Summer Bridge is a four-week summer academic enrichment, confidence and community-building program that consists of credit-bearing courses, enrichment education, exposure to research, and community service programs. The Summer Bridge Program accepts 40 students and is available to first-year students who have been accepted by RIT and paid their deposit to the university. Once the academic year commences, students will meet with their MCAS academic advisor on a weekly basis to discuss academic progress and services available to support their success. Learn more about MCAS Summer Bridge Program

Student Diversity

  • 12,787
    Undergraduates
  • 66/34
    male/female
  • n/a
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 8%
    Asian
  • 5%
    Black or African American
  • 7%
    Hispanic/Latino
  • n/a
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 63%
    White
  • 3%
    Two or more races
  • 8%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 6%
    International/nonresident

Student Success

  • 88%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 66%
    Six-year graduation
  • 56%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 95%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 68%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 1,023
    Full-time faculty
  • 196
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 13:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Engineering, Computing, Engineering Technology, Visual Arts, Business Administration/Management, Information Technology

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Asian Culture Society, Korean Student Association, Latin American Student Association, Organization of African Students, Organization of the Alliance of Students from the Indian Subcontinent, Taiwanese Student Association, Vietnamese Student Association, Chinese Student Scholar Association

Affordability

Cost of Attendance

  • $38,024
    Tuition
  • $38,024
    In-state Tuition
  • $544
    Required Fees
  • $12,274
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $158,999,292
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $24,700
    Average aid package
  • $27,000
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 32%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 90%
    Students with financial need
  • 99%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 95%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 81%
    Students with need whose need was fully met

Admissions

Applicant Academics

  • 19,824
    # of applicants
  • 55%
    Admitted
  • 3.60
    Average HS GPA
  • 29
    ACT Composite
  • 550—650
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 590—680
    SAT Math
  • 520—620
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional

Deadlines

  • 01/15
    Regular application closing date
  • $60
    Application Fee
  • $60
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • yes
    Early decision plan
  • 11/15
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date