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Rochester Institute of Technology

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Introduction

In 1891, a literary society known as the Rochester Athenaeum and an institute of technical learning for local Rochester, New York residents known as the Mechanics Institute participated in a dramatic merger to form a new institution of education. This establishment became known as the Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute. Quite a mouthful, the name was later changed by board members to the Rochester Institute of Technology, or RIT.

In the 1950s, the future of the Rochester Institute of Technology was uncertain. The student and faculty population were barely fitting into the current campus and the state of New York was planning a brand new interstate highway that would force the school to demolish several of its most important buildings. However, an individual resident of Rochester, New York made a large donation to the institute, and the campus was relocated to Henrietta, a suburb of the Rochester metropolis.

Today, “Brick City,” the nickname given to the Rochester Institute of Technology because of its largely brick composition, is a thriving institute on hundreds of acres of natural forest and wetland. The institute has acquired a small college in upstate New York, is the location of one of the most prominent schools for the deaf in New England, and offers a wide variety of bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and doctorate degree programs to its students.

Academics

The educational structure at the Rochester Institute of Technology is very career-focused. Students are advised to have a specific career goal in mind and are assisted in developing a class curriculum that will push them toward that goal. The institute offers over two hundred major areas of study for bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and doctoral degrees.

Most of the students enrolled at Rochester Institute of Technology are pursuing a bachelor’s degree program in the arts and sciences field of study. The structure of Rochester Institute of Technology’s educational program is very different than tradition post-secondary schools. Instead of a semester structure with classes being taught for a sixteen-week period twice a year, classes are instead divided into quarters. Each quarter is ten-weeks long, and most students enroll in three quarters of study every year. This structure is projected to change in the next few years to a semester structure.

The Rochester Institute of Technology is a member of a unique conglomeration of colleges and universities known as the Rochester Area College Consortium. This arrangement allows students to effectively attend any school in the areas surrounding Rochester, New York with no additional fees or transfer difficulties. Many students take advantage of this arrangement, selecting courses from many different schools to design a degree that will best serve their educational goals.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

The Rochester Institute of Technology is the only school in the nation to offer a doctoral degree in the field of Imaging Science. Other schools in the nation do offer similar courses in physics and computer science, but Rochester Institute of Technology is the only institution that offers this degree. The research performed in this field of study is funded by a large portion of the institute’s budget. The school has partnered with local imagery companies such as Kodak and Xerox, giving the school and its graduates an excellent reputation in this field.

The first software engineering bachelor’s degree program was developed at Rochester Institute of Technology in the late 1990s. Today, a few other colleges offer this degree option, but Rochester Institute of Technology maintains the leading edge in research and knowledge opportunities offered to students who select this major.

Individual students who are in the top tier of total applicants to the university are often placed in the Rochester Institute of Technology Honors Program. All of the colleges at Rochester Institute of Technology offer different incentives for the students of the Honors Program. For example, students in the engineering college who participate in the Honors program often take trips to locations around the world to learn about effective global engineering. Students in the Honors Program also have the opportunity to live in the residence hall designated for honors students.

Admissions

Admission into the Rochester Institute of Technology is highly competitive. Students with an excellent academic performance in high school and on standardized tests are more likely to be granted admission into the institute. In some cases, students who wish to be enrolled in the college of art science have been admitted despite poor academic performance. In these cases, the student exemplified extraordinary talent in his or her submitted portfolio of photograph, graphic design, or other artistic ventures.

Applications for admission are preferable when submitted using the online form at the institute’s official website. However, students may download PDF forms of the application and send them via mail or fax. Students may also visit the campus in person and fill out an application for admission in the Admissions Office.

Students

The students at Rochester Institute of Technology are actively involved in many academic, social, athletic, and Greek clubs and organizations. Students are encouraged to participate in clubs that reflect their interests. Several of the residence halls located on campus are known as interest houses and only students who share the interests of the other residents are admitted into these houses. For example, the Photo House is a residence hall filled with residents interested in photography and other photographic arts. The Engineering House is home to the many engineering students on campus.

Students are also encouraged to attend the many concerts and performances given by students and guests throughout the academic quarters. Students also choose to visit the unique buildings at RIT and see other students’ projects and artwork on display.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

The Rochester Institute of Technology is the home of RITchie the Tiger and the entire Tigers’ varsity sports teams. Formerly a member of the Empire 8 NCAA Division III conference, Rochester has since moved into the Liberty League. Students can compete in varsity sports such as baseball, basketball, ice hockey, track and field, cross country, lacrosse, swimming and diving, and much more.

The school also has fitness facilities available for students to use on an individual basis or by enrolling in several of the athletic clubs, yoga classes, aerobic instruction courses, martial arts sessions, or spinning classes available on campus throughout the year.

Bibliography

  • Franek, Robert. The Best Northeastern Colleges: 212 Select Schools to Consider. New York: Princeton Review, 2008. Print.
  • “Rochester Institute of Technology | The National Society of Collegiate Scholars.” National Society of Collegiate Scholars. NSCS, 2011. Web. 17 May 2011. <http://www.nscs.org/rochester-institute-technology>.
  • Rochester Institute of Technology. RIT, 2011. Web. 19 May 2011. <http://www.rit.edu>.

Information Summary

Ranks 14th in New York and 151st overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 14 0.09
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 11 0.07
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.01
Arrest 8 0.05

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 1,148 0.54
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 31 0.01
Forcible Rape 95 0.04
Robbery 755 0.36
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 3,384 1.60
Larceny 6,849 3.24
Vehicle theft 701 0.33

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 1031st for the average student loan amount.
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Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Rochester, NY 14623-5603
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population27,387 (26,828 urban / 559 rural)
Households8,976 (2.36 people per house)
Median Household Income$42,036
Families4,781 (2.98 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, high graduate coexistence
GraduateSTEM dominant
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3625

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 335th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $33,932 $33,932 $33,932
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $492 $492 $492
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $1,191 $1,191 $1,191
FT Graduate Tuition $37,236 $37,236 $37,236
FT Graduate Required Fees $250 $250 $250
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $1,552 $1,552 $1,552
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $47,627 $47,627 $47,627
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $47,627 $47,627 $47,627
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $37,949 $37,949 $37,949

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $32,037 $33,258 $32,037 $33,258 $32,037 $33,258
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,050(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $10,413 $10,800
On-Campus – Other Expenses $975(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $10,413 $10,800
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $975(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,475(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$60
Graduate Application Fee$60
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 16,354 (11,202 male / 5,152 female)
Admitted 9,839 (6,740 male / 3,099 female)
Admission rate 60%
First-time Enrollment 2,784 (1,899 male / 885 female)
FT Enrollment 2,768 (1,888 male / 880 female)
PT Enrollment 16 (11 male / 5 female)
Total Enrollment16,583

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Recommendations
Formal competency demo
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association
NCAA Baseball Conference Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association
NCAA Track & Field Conference Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association

ACT Test Admission

108th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 34%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 25 / 31

SAT Test Admission

178th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 66%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 540 / 640
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 570 / 680
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1110 / 1320

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity7,062
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$6,530
Board Fee$5,210

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 573 149 138 183 13 2,254 452 3,777
Accounting 4 5 2 6 28 5 50
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 1 4 2 7
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 2 1 2 5
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects 1 1 4 1 28 2 37
Applied Mathematics, General 4 2 21 1 28
Art Teacher Education 1 6 7
Athletic Training/Trainer 1 1 2
Automation Engineer Technology/Technician 1 1 2
Biochemistry 2 1 10 1 14
Bioinformatics 4 1 6 11
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 2 1 1 16 4 26
Biomedical Sciences, General 2 4 2 6 1 46 9 70
Biotechnology 43 2 1 4 20 6 76
Business Administration and Management, General 35 10 6 4 86 42 183
Business/Commerce, General 1 2 2 13 1 19
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician 1 1 2 1 3 3 11
Ceramic Arts and Ceramics 1 4 5
Chemical Engineering 2 9 11
Chemistry, General 1 1 1 12 1 16
Cinematography and Film/Video Production 6 1 2 54 5 68
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician 1 7 3 1 46 8 66
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 1 1
Commercial and Advertising Art 1 8 6 2 47 10 75
Communication, General 1 3 3 7
Computational Mathematics 3 3
Computational and Applied Mathematics 2 1 1 2 6
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician 1 2 2 14 1 20
Computer Engineering, General 7 1 12 62 3 85
Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist Technology/CNC Machinist 6 1 7
Computer Science 51 3 4 8 104 17 187
Computer Software Engineering 10 2 3 1 33 4 53
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 22 4 1 5 52 7 92
Computer and Information Sciences, General 1 2 5 2 17 4 31
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance 16 2 2 2 1 44 14 81
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 1 4 1 2 23 4 35
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
Crisis/Emergency/Disaster Management
Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration 1 1
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician 1 3 22 5 31
Economics, General 1 1 1 5 8
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 37 2 3 11 82 11 146
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 2 2 1 21 2 28
Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Technology 3 1 16 2 23
Engineering, General 3 3 6
Environmental Engineering Technology/Environmental Technology 5 3 1 3 25 6 43
Environmental Science 2 9 3 14
Experimental Psychology 1 1
Facilities Planning and Management 4 4
Finance, General 22 1 1 4 13 3 44
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other 1 5 3 9
Fine/Studio Arts, General 1 1 2 14 6 25
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General 1 8 5 14
Furniture Design and Manufacturing 4 2 6
Graphic Communications, Other 7 3 10
Graphic Design 12 1 2 5 43 9 72
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management 2 2 2 4 3 13
Hospitality Administration/Management, General 2 4 1 3 1 33 11 55
Human Resources Development 20 2 10 3 37
Illustration 1 1 2 11 1 16
Industrial Engineering 24 2 1 3 35 3 68
Industrial Technology/Technician
Industrial and Product Design 4 4 2 32 8 50
Informatics 19 2 6 7 69 17 121
Information Science/Studies 1 1
Information Technology Project Management 1 1 5 3 10
Interior Design 3 1 13 2 19
International Business/Trade/Commerce 2 2 3 10 2 19
International/Global Studies 3 2 1 13 3 23
Journalism 2 1 3
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 4 14 11 6 93 42 170
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 2 3 4 3 13
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management 2 2
Management Information Systems, General 1 3 1 3 15 4 27
Manufacturing Engineering 11 3 12 10 36
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician 3 1 15 19
Mass Communication/Media Studies 3 1 4 8
Materials Science 5 1 4 1 11
Mechanical Engineering 19 2 2 7 180 8 218
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician 7 3 1 1 71 4 88
Medical Illustration/Medical Illustrator 1 2 1 26 6 36
Medical Informatics 2 3 2 7 1 15
Metal and Jewelry Arts 2 6 1 9
Modeling, Virtual Environments and Simulation 5 1 3 5 81 4 99
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 8 2 14 2 26
Museology/Museum Studies 3 1 4
Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician 1 1
Organizational Leadership 22 1 2 3 28
Packaging Science 4 4 2 4 26 11 51
Philosophy 2 2
Photography 2 4 5 1 64 14 91
Physical Sciences 6 15 21
Physician Assistant 1 1 20 2 24
Physics, General 1 1 1 15 18
Political Science and Government, General 1 4 1 7
Polymer Chemistry 1 1
Prepress/Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design 1 2 4 1 1 24 3 36
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing 2 4 6
Project Management 31 1 1 1 7 41
Psychology, General 2 5 1 25 4 37
Public Policy Analysis, General 6 2 8
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication 1 2 1 14 2 20
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other 1 1
Quality Control and Safety Technologies/Technicians, Other 1 1 7 4 13
Research and Development Management 4 3 7
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General 3 3 1 5 34 15 61
School Psychology 26 3 30
Science Technologies/Technicians, General 2 6 2 11
Secondary Education and Teaching 3 9 5 17
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation 2 4 1 2 40 5 54
Statistics, General 5 1 3 7 11 3 30
Sustainability Studies
Technical and Scientific Communication 1 1 2
Telecommunications Technology/Technician 38 2 6 46
Tourism and Travel Services Management 4 1 5
Urban Studies/Affairs 1 1 2
Visual and Performing Arts, General 2 1 2 5
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design 1 1 2
Woodworking, General 1 1

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 455th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $87,385 ($92,127 male / $74,525 female)
Number of FT Faculty 979 (642 male / 337 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,481
FT Faculty Ratio 0.7 : 1
Total Benefits $40,850,000

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