A modern heaven of higher learning, RIT is a reflection of great promise—a center for innovation and creativity and a community committed to advancing those ideals. Rochester Institute of Technology is a private doctoral university located within the town of Henrietta in the Rochester, New York metropolitan area.


The institute was originated in 1829 by a group of Rochester businessmen formed the Athenaeum, providing knowledge of literature, science and arts. The name of the merged institution at the time was called Rochester Athenaem and Mechanics Institute (RAMI). In 1944, the university changed its name to Rochester Institute of Technology. It also started awarding degrees in the years that followed. Growth in the number of programs that RIT offered and the size of its student population prompted the university to relocate from its urban setting.


The current campus is housed on a 1,300 acres property and its global partnerships include campuses in Croatia, Dubai and Kosovo. The campus comprises 237 buildings and 5.1 million square feet of building space. Students give it a nick name and called it a brick city.

The residence halls and the academic side of campus are connected with a walkway called the “Quarter Mile.” Along the Quarter Mile, between the academic and residence hall side are various administration and support buildings. 

Along the Quarter Mile is the Gordon Field House, a 160,000-square-foot, two-story athletic center, which was opened in 2004. The field hosts various campus and community activities, including concerts, career fairs, athletic competitions, graduations, and other functions.

Other facilities between the residence halls and academic buildings include the Hale-Andrews Student Life Center, Student Alumni Union, Ingle Auditorium, Clark Gymnasium, Frank Ritter Memorial Ice Arena, and the Schmitt Interfaith Center.

Located on the west end of the RIT campus is RIT’s Red Barn, the large, red-painted barn is the site of the university’s Interactive Adventures program.
Park Point at RIT (known as “College Town”) is an 80,000-square-foot multi-use residential and commercial enterprise on the northeast corner of the campus. Park Point is accessible to the rest of the RIT campus through a regular bus service loop, numerous pedestrian paths connecting Park Point to the RIT Main Loop, and main roads.


The university offers more than 200 academic programs, including seven doctoral programs across its eight constituent colleges. In 2008–2009, RIT awarded 2,483 bachelor’s degrees, 912 master’s degrees, 10 doctorates, and 523 other certificates and diplomas. RIT also offers unparalleled support services for more than 1200 deaf and hard of hearing students. The cooperative education program is one of the oldest and largest in the nation.
RIT is the full time undergraduate program constitutes the majority of enrollments at the university and emphasizes instruction in the “arts & sciences/professions. RIT is a member of the Rochester Area College consortium which allows students to register at other colleges in the Rochester metropolitan area without tuition charges. RIT’s full-time undergraduate and graduate programs used to operate on an approximately 10-week quarter system with the primary three academic quarters beginning on Labor Day in early September and ending in late May. On August 2013, RIT transitioned from a quarter systems to a semester system.

In 1990, RIT started its first Ph.D. program, in Imaging Science, which is also the first Ph.D. program of its kind in the U.S. RIT later started Ph.D programs in six other fields, comprising Astrophysical Sciences and Technology, Computing and Information Sciences, Color Science, Microsystems Engineering, Sustainability, and Engineering. In 1996, RIT also became the first college in the U.S to offer a Software Engineering degree at the undergraduate level.

It is most widely known for its fine arts, computing, engineering, and imaging science programs; several fine arts programs routinely rank in the national “Top 10” according to the US News & World Report


RIT has 24 men’s and women’s varsity teams including Men’s Intercollegiate Baseball, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track & Field and Wrestling along with Women’s Intercollegiate Basketball, Cheerleading, Crew, Cross Country, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track & Field, and Volleyball.

Other Activities

In addition to its academic and athletic endeavors, RIT has over 150 student clubs, 10 major student organizations, a diverse interfaith center and 30 different Greek organizations. RIT also has its own ambulance corps, bi-weekly television athletics program RIT SportsZone, pep band, radio station, and tech crew.  It also consists of fitness center and an auditorium hosting frequent concerts and other entertainment. Its opening in late 2004 was inaugurated by concerts by performers including Kanye West and Bob Dylan.


RIT is also ranked #2 in the “Great School, Great Prices” category for Regional Universities. The 2013 America’s Best Colleges ranked by Forbes.com placed RIT at #349 out of 650 colleges, while the 2011Webometrics Ranking of World Universities rank the school at #161 out of the top 12000 institutions, and #1 under the Regional
Universities category.

RIT’s undergraduate engineering programs have been ranked in the top 64 in the country by the US News and World Report. The college has garnered accolades that range from Ford Foundation Grants, Fulbright Scholars, Kellogg Foundation, Edmund S.Muskie Fellows, Ronald McNair Scholars, Pulitzer Prizes, Student Academy Awards, National Science Foundation Awards, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Fellows, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Grants, and Excellence in Engineering Education Award and the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship.

If you are planning to enter in this University, go ahead. You will surely have a wonderful future.