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Rochester Institute of Technology | RIT Undergraduate Programs

As the one of the largest producers of undergraduate STEM degrees among private universities, Rochester Institute of Technology is ranked among the top 50 Best Value Schools. Learn more!

Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester Institute of Technology encourages students to harness innovation and creativity at the intersection of technology, art and design. 

The main campus is located in the scenic Finger Lakes region of Rochester, New York. As a diverse, socially conscious community, RIT is a private university with additional campuses in China, Croatia, Dubai, and Kosovo. Students from nearly 100 countries attend RIT, with about 15,946 undergraduate students and 3,101 graduate students.The student to faculty ratio is 13:1. RIT is composed of nine colleges, including the world’s first and largest technological college for deaf and hard-of-hearing students, The National Technical Institute for the Deaf. RIT has 24 NCAA athletic teams for men and women including two Division I ice hockey teams, in addition to 300+ student organizations, Greek life, career services and co-op/internship opportunities.

Majors and Degree Offerings at Rochester Institute of Technology

As one of the largest producers of undergraduate STEM degrees among private universities in the nation, Rochester Institute of Technology is ranked 104th among national universities and among the top 50 Best Value Schools, according toU.S. News & World Report” 2020 rankings. RIT has one of the largest cooperative education programs in the world, annually placing more than 4,500 students in more than 6,200 co-op assignments with more than 2,200 employing organizations. A co-op gives students real-world job experience to help inform future career decisions. Co-op education at RIT is full-time (35 hours or more per week) paid employment. Students do not pay tuition while on co-op and earn approximately $105 million annually in co-op earnings.

Study abroad, faculty-led international excursions, cultural exchanges, and semesters of study at RIT’s global campuses provide students the opportunity to experience new cultures and expand their world view. 

RIT offers 85 bachelor’s degrees from the Colleges of Art and Design, Engineering Technology, Health Sciences and Technology, Liberal Arts, Science, Computing and Information Sciences, Engineering, Business, School of Individualized Study, and The National Technical Institute for the Deaf. 

RIT’s Saunders College of Business is ranked #1 in Western NY, and #66 nationally for undergraduate business programs in the “U.S. News & World Report” Best Colleges rankings. 

Nine alumni of RIT’s College of Art and Design have combined to win a total of 13 Pulitzer Prizes. Offering both BFA and BS degrees, the College of Art and Design provides a comprehensive selection of majors in disciplines related to visual communication, imaging, and science.

RIT is committed to increasing the number of women working in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields through participation in community outreach events. The Women in Science (WISe) program offered by the College of Science participates in outreach and education opportunities for undergraduates to mentor K-12 girls interested in math and science.

Admissions at Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester Institute of Technology offers three admissions pathways; apply directly to a major; apply to college-based Exploration Options; or apply to the University Exploration Option. Early Decision plans are available with the deadlines of November 1 (Early Decision I) and January 1 (Early Decision II). The regular application deadline is January 15. Most students applying to RIT choose a specific major as part of the admission process. In addition, all colleges offer undeclared options, and the University Exploration program is available to applicants with interests in two or more colleges. College credits earned in high school (AP, CLEP, DSST, IB) will be considered for possible transfer credit.

SAT/ACT Requirements for Rochester Institute of Technology

Admission to Rochester Institute of Technology is competitive. Each application is reviewed for strength of academic preparation, performance on standardized tests, counselor recommendations, and your personal career interests. See specific academic and standardized test requirements sorted by college on the Degree Specific Admissions Requirements matrix, including the SAT and ACT mid 50% range.  Note: Students applying to programs in the College of Liberal Arts have the option of submitting entrance exam scores

Rochester Institute of Technology Costs and Financial Aid

Ranked among The 50 Colleges that Add the Most Value by “Money Magazine”, an education from Rochester Institute of Technology is an affordable investment designed to prepare students for the future. 

At RIT, approximately 92% of full-time undergraduates receive financial assistance each year. Additionally, 65% of full-time undergraduate first-year students receive merit-based scholarships.The estimated cost of tuition for a RIT undergraduate student is $45,244, based on two semesters per year. 

Admitted undergraduate students are automatically reviewed for merit-based scholarships. If eligible, students will receive a notification letter and the award will be listed on your RIT financial aid award.

Students who would like to apply for need-based financial aid should submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) in accordance with the application timelines. By submitting the FAFSA, each student is automatically considered for need-based grant and scholarship programs.

Residence Life at Rochester Institute of Technology

Approximately 7,100 residents live in Rochester Institute of Technology Residence Halls, Greek free-standing houses, Special Interest Houses, Life Style Floors, RIT Inn, Global Village and Apartments. Freshman are restricted to residing in one of the 13 residence halls on campus. Residence halls are set up corridor style with shared single-sex bathrooms. Most bathrooms are designed with two shower stalls. In addition, most floors have a kitchenette with counter space, a sink, and a microwave. Smoking in all forms is not permitted in RIT housing.. Monroe County requires that smoking not be allowed in any public area. Pets are not permitted.

 The residence halls are a 15-minute walk to the academic side of campus via the Quarter Mile walkway. and are interconnected by underground tunnels with free laundry facilities, a post office and two convenience stores.

Location & Contact

Address 60 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY  14623-5604
United States
Contact Ms. Marian Nicoletti
Director of Admission
Phone: 585-475-6631
Fax: 585-475-7424

Majors & Degrees

Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Hospitality Administration Checkmark
Hospitality And Recreation Marketing Checkmark
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Special Products Marketing Checkmark
Tourism And Travel Services Marketing Checkmark
Communication, Journalism And Related Programs Associate Bachelors
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Digital Communication And Media/multimedia Checkmark
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Public Relations, Advertising, And Applied Communication Related Checkmark
Public Relations/image Management Checkmark
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Speech Communication And Rhetoric Checkmark
Communications Technologies/Technicians And Support Services Associate Bachelors
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics And Special Effects Checkmark
Desktop Publishing And Digital Imaging Design Checkmark
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Photographic And Film/video Technology Checkmark
Printing Management Checkmark
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Computer And Information Systems Security Checkmark
Computer Graphics Checkmark
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Computer Systems Analysis Checkmark
Computer Systems Networking And Telecommunications Checkmark
Data Modeling/warehousing And Database Administration Checkmark
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Network And System Administration Checkmark
System, Networking, And LAN/WAN Management Checkmark
Web Page, Digital/multimedia And Information Resources Design Checkmark
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Engineering Associate Bachelors
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Bioengineering And Biomedical Engineering Checkmark
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Engineering Technologies/Technicians Associate Bachelors
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Occupational Safety And Health Technology Checkmark
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Family And Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences Associate Bachelors
Food Service Systems Administration Checkmark
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Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
American Sign Language (ASL) Checkmark
Sign Language Interpretation And Translation Checkmark
Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences Associate Bachelors
Clinical Laboratory Science/medical Technology Checkmark
Diagnostic Medical Sonography And Ultrasound Technology Checkmark
Medical Illustration Checkmark
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Legal Professions And Studies Associate Bachelors
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Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
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Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Bachelors
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Natural Resources And Conservation Associate Bachelors
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Philosophy And Religious Studies Associate Bachelors
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Physical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Precision Production Associate Bachelors
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Psychology Associate Bachelors
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Public Administration And Social Service Professions Associate Bachelors
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Security And Protective Services Associate Bachelors
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Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
Ceramic Arts And Ceramics Checkmark
Cinematography And Film/video Production Checkmark
Commercial And Advertising Art Checkmark
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Crafts, Folk Art And Artisanry Checkmark
Design And Visual Communications Checkmark
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Application Fee
Avg. high school GPA for freshman
Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
Required for some programs Other requirements may exist (see below)
Recommended A minimum high school GPA of 3.4
One recommendation
Other requirements: Portfolio of original artwork for School of Art, Design and Crafts; interview for BS/MS physician assistant program

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen January 15th February 15th
Early decision plan November 15th December 15th
Other early decision plan Not reported Not reported
Transfer Not reported Not reported Yes

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score 25th % Info icon 75th % Info icon
SAT Critical Reading 590 680
SAT Math 610 720
ACT Composite 27 32

Tuition & Fees

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Full-time student fees
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Other Payment Considerations

Guaranteed tuition plan offered No
Tuition pre-payment plan Yes
Tuition payment plans offered Yes
Tuition deferred payment Yes
Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuition Employees

Financial Aid

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100% Percentage of students with need who receive financial aid
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Student Body

Total Undergrad students
International Students
Out-of-state students


Hispanic/Latino 7.36%
Black or African American 4.3%
White or Caucasian 62.92%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.12%
Asian 9.32%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.02%
Two or more races 3.85%
Other 5.67%


Male (67.59%)
Female (32.41%)

Campus Life


College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements Yes
Housing options Co-ed housing
Disabled housing
Men-only housing
Women-only housing
Freshman car parking
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 52%

Student Activities

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Campus events:
Brick City Festival (fall/parents' weekend), Freezefest (Winter Weekend) and Creativity and Innovation Festival/Spring Weekend

Student Services

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Student Organizations

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Campus Security & Safety

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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Badminton Checkmark No No
Baseball No Division 3 No
Basketball Checkmark Division 3 No
Bowling Checkmark Checkmark No
Cheerleading No Checkmark No
Crew No Division 3 No
Cross-country Running No Division 3 No
Equestrian Sports No Checkmark No
Fencing No Checkmark No
Field Hockey No No No
Football Checkmark No No
Golf Checkmark No No
Ice Hockey Checkmark Division 1 No
Lacrosse Checkmark Division 3 No
Racquetball Checkmark No No
Rock Climbing Checkmark No No
Skiing (downhill) No No No
Soccer Checkmark Division 3 No
Softball Checkmark No No
Swimming And Diving No Division 3 No
Table Tennis Checkmark No No
Tennis Checkmark Division 3 No
Track And Field No Division 3 No
Ultimate Frisbee No Checkmark No
Volleyball Checkmark Checkmark No
Water Polo No Checkmark No
Wrestling No Division 3 No
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Badminton Checkmark No No
Baseball No No No
Basketball Checkmark Division 3 No
Bowling Checkmark Checkmark No
Cheerleading No Checkmark No
Crew No Division 3 No
Cross-country Running No Division 3 No
Equestrian Sports No Checkmark No
Fencing No Checkmark No
Field Hockey No Checkmark No
Football No No No
Golf Checkmark No No
Ice Hockey Checkmark Division 1 No
Lacrosse No Division 3 No
Racquetball Checkmark No No
Rock Climbing Checkmark No No
Skiing (downhill) No Checkmark No
Soccer Checkmark Division 3 No
Softball Checkmark Division 3 No
Swimming And Diving No Division 3 No
Table Tennis Checkmark No No
Tennis Checkmark Division 3 No
Track And Field No Division 3 No
Ultimate Frisbee No Checkmark No
Volleyball Checkmark Division 3 No
Water Polo No Checkmark No
Wrestling No No No


Total Faculty
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 1,045
Part-time - 380
Male - 892
Female - 533
Rochester Institute of Technology