The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) was founded in 1829 by Colonel Nathaniel Rochester to promote the learning of literature, science and the arts to the local community and to offer public lectures and debates.
The modern RIT is a privately endowed, coeducational university set in 1,300 acres of land in suburban Rochester – the third-largest city in the New York state. RIT is among the world’s leading career-oriented, technological universities. Its outstanding faculty deliver innovative and creative programs that are enhanced by experiential education and world-class facilities. RIT is a world leader in experiential education, which includes cooperative education, internships, study abroad, and undergraduate research.
As home to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), RIT is a world leader in providing access services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. RIT enrolls students from every state and more than 100 countries. Eight colleges offer graduate and undergraduate programs in art and design, business, engineering, science and mathematics, criminal justice, photography, environmental studies, hospitality and service management, information technology, game design and development, bioinformatics, and many other exciting, innovative areas.
The university comprises nine colleges and emphasises career focussed, technological education. Among them is the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, which supports more than 1,200 students who are deaf or hard of hearing, offering specialised programmes, job placements and support services that is, say RIT, unique among any higher educational institution the world over. RIT 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.
The main RIT campus is located six miles from downtown Rochester, giving students access to big city resources within a smaller and more accessible environment. New York City, Boston and Philadelphia are a six hour drive away, while Niagara Falls and Toronto are much closer.
In addition to RIT’s international campuses, study abroad opportunities are also available via its partnerships with universities throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
RIT alumni number more than 121,000 worldwide. Among them are Linda Stutsman - Chief Information Security Officer of Xerox; Chester N. Watson - General Auditor of General Motors.
In 2016, RIT was ranked #107 in National Universities category by US News and World Report.
RIT currently has nine full colleges:
The most popular majors by the number of registered students are engineering, computer and information sciences, visual and performing arts, engineering technologies, business/marketing, computational and applied mathematics, liberal arts and humanities.
The five most commonly awarded degrees are in Business Administration, Engineering Technology, School of Photographic Arts & Sciences, School of Art and Design, and Information Technology.