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Located in Rochester, New York, Rochester Institute of Technology is a private not-for-profit institution. The suburban atmosphere of Rochester makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.

463 Undergraduate Degrees
369 Graduate Degrees
$43,266 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
57% Acceptance Rate

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Rochester Institute of Technology Rankings

We have ranked RIT as #43 out of 408 colleges and universities in the country in our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. RIT also holds the #6 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.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#8 Best Computer Science Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#32 Best Computer Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#39 Best Computer Science Associate’s 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.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Computer Systems Networking Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Information Technology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Computer Programming Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Computer Information Systems Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Computer Software & Applications Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#26 Best Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards RIT has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Best Colleges for Information Technology College Factual
#2 Best Colleges for Computer Systems Networking College Factual
#3 Best Colleges for Computer Software & Applications College Factual
#5 Best Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences College Factual
#20 Best Colleges for Computer Science College Factual
#235 Best Schools Course Advisor

Where Is Rochester Institute of Technology?

Location of Rochester Institute of Technology

Contact details for RIT are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1 Lomb Memorial Dr, Rochester, NY 14623-5603
Phone: 585-475-2411
Website: www.rit.edu/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RITfb
Twitter: https://twitter.com/rittigers

How Do I Get Into RIT?

You can apply to RIT online at: www.rit.edu/admissions/apply

Admission Requirements for RIT

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into RIT?

57% Acceptance Rate
33% Of Accepted Are Women
62% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at RIT is 57%, which is a sign that the school is fairly selective. While it may not be as hard to get into as other colleges, you should not take admission for granted.

Approximately 67% of accepted students are men and 33% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 54%, and the acceptance rate for women is 62%.

Average Test Scores

About 62% 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 590 and 680. Math scores were between 600 and 700.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Rochester Institute of Technology  ( 590 to 680 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Rochester Institute of Technology  ( 600 to 700 )
200
800
RIT received ACT scores from 38% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 24 and 31. Math scores were between 26 and 31. Composite scores were between 26 and 32.

ACT English Scores for Rochester Institute of Technology  ( 24 to 31 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Rochester Institute of Technology  ( 26 to 31 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for Rochester Institute of Technology  ( 26 to 32 )
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36

Can I Afford Rochester Institute of Technology?

$43,266 Net Price
68% Take Out Loans
3.1% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of RIT is $43,266. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At RIT, approximately 68% of students took out student loans averaging $8,753 a year. That adds up to $35,012 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at RIT is 3.1%. 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

12,486 Full-Time Undergraduates
33% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 13,513 undergraduate students at RIT, with 12,486 being full-time and 1,027 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  RIT

There are also 2,950 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 12,486 full-time undergraduates at RIT, 67% are male and 33% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  RIT

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Rochester Institute of Technology students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of RIT Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,229
Black or African American 552
Hispanic or Latino 960
White 8,183
International Students 842
Other Races/Ethnicities 720

Geographic Diversity

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

418 Took All Classes Online
2,665 Took At Least One Class Online
-0.8% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 3 bachelor’s degree and 13 master’s degree programs available online at RIT. In 2017-2018, 2,665 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at RIT has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 5th most popular in New York for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of RIT

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Rochester Institute of Technology was -0.8%. This is the #1,689 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.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Computer & IS Security 48%
Computer Information Systems 23%
Computer Systems Networking 2%
Informatics 14%
Information Technology 48%
Internet Technology 2%

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.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Informatics #4
Data Modeling/Warehousing & Database Administration #17
Computer Systems Networking #57
Internet Technology #57
Computer Software & Applications #76
Computer & IS Security #76
Information Technology #127
Computer Information Systems #188

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 Computer Science Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Computer Science 0 135 0 142 0 277
Modeling, Virtual Environments & Simulation 0 128 0 26 0 154
Computer & IS Security 0 74 16 26 0 116
Informatics 0 29 0 71 0 100
Data Modeling/Warehousing & Database Administration 0 0 67 0 0 67
Internet Technology 0 31 0 18 0 49
General Computer & Information Sciences 27 0 0 0 3 30
App Specific Computer Programming 0 25 0 0 0 25
Information Technology 0 14 0 0 0 14
Web & Multimedia Design 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Information Science 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 27 436 83 283 3 832

References

*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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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