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Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester, NY 4-Year Private
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About RIT

Rochester Institute of Technology Overview

Rochester Institute of Technology is a private, nonprofit school in the suburban setting of Rochester, New York. RIT was founded in 1829 and enrolls around 16,790 students per year year, which includes 14,000 undergrads. RIT provides on-campus housing for up to 7,144 students. Most students live in off campus housing, and 90% of students spend their weekends on campus.

📆 Mark your calendar! January 15, 2023 is the final deadline to submit an application for the Fall 2023 semester. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should receive admissions decisions by March 1.

Student Involvement at RIT

Interested in music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of RIT's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? RIT students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Excited for Greek life? RIT has both fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? RIT has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at RIT on the Student Life page.

2022 RIT Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 71%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 93%
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.7
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 40%
Tuition $53,720
Percent of Need Met 85.6%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $51,335

Is RIT a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" varies. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is.

Let's take a look at these areas to get a clearer idea of what RIT offers and if the college might be a good fit for you.

RIT Acceptance Rate 2022

It is moderately difficult to get into RIT. RIT admitted 71% of all applicants in 2022. Last year, 21,683 students applied to RIT and 15,438 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at RIT

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It is a way to measure how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at RIT, around 88% are still enrolled the next year. 71% of RIT undergrads graduate within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outlook RIT Graduates

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. 95% of graduates from RIT recieve at least one full-time job offer within six months of graduating.

Recent RIT grads have an average starting salary of $61,204 a year. The average starting salary for all 2021 graduates was around $60,000 a year, though these numbers vary widely by major.

RIT's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

RIT's endowment was valued at $938.2 million in 2022, compared to a national average of $905 million. The school spends $12,059 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at RIT

Tuition cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

RIT meets 85.6% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend RIT full-time are awarded $51,335 a year in financial aid, on average.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2022 was around $38,631 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at RIT.

Based on this information, how does RIT sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is RIT a good school for you?

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Where is Rochester Institute of Technology Located?

RIT is located in the suburban setting of Rochester, New York, less than an hour from Rochester.

If you are interested in seeing RIT for yourself, be sure to plan a visit! The best way to reach campus is to take New York State Thruway to Rochester, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Greater Rochester International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what RIT and Rochester are like without leaving home.

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College Info

One Lomb Memorial Drive Rochester, NY 14623

Campus Setting: Suburban

RIT Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

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RIT ACT Scores


ACT Range

29 - 33

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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RIT SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

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Math SAT Range

640 - 740


Reading SAT Range

630 - 710

RIT Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at RIT is like? There are approximately 16,790 students enrolled at RIT, including 14,000 undergraduate students and 2,790 graduate students. 91% percent of students attend school full-time, 49% percent are from NY and 51% percent of students are from other states.


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