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Colleges / Rochester Institute of Technology

About RIT

Rochester Institute of Technology is a private, nonprofit school in an suburban setting in Rochester, New York. RIT was founded in 1829 and now enrolls around 16,168 students a year, including 13,422 undergrads.

RIT offers housing for up to 7,144 students. The majority of students live on-campus and first year-students are required to live in campus housing.About 90% of students stay on-campus during the weekends..

As of 2021, the total market value of RIT's endowment was $938.162 million The institution spends around $12,059 for each full-time student enrolled. RIT employs one full-time professor for every 13 undergrads enrolled.

2021 RIT Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 74%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 93%
Average GPA 3.7
Tuition $52,030

RIT Regular Decision Deadline 2022

The deadline to apply regular decision to RIT for Fall 2022 is January 15. All regular decision applicants will be notified by March 15.

Early Admission at RIT

Rochester Institute of Technology offers early decision but does not offer early action.

93% of applicants that applied early decision in 2021 got in to RIT.

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RIT Acceptance Rate

It is moderately difficult to get into RIT. In 2021, RIT accepted 74% of applicants. Last year, 21,928 students applied to RIT and 16,196 were admitted.

RIT Waitlist

RIT reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in 2021.

How Do I Get Into Rochester Institute of Technology?

RIT is considered moderately difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to RIT, applicants must submit the following items.

RIT Application Requirements

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 3.4
Other Requirements portfolio of original artwork for Schools of Art, Design and Film and Animation; interview for BS/MS physician assistant program
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record

RIT Average GPA and Test Scores

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.7 out of 4.0.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to RIT.

Is RIT Test Optional?

RIT has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 76% submitted the SAT. 24% submitted the ACT.

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Does RIT Have Dorms?

Yes! RIT provides on-campus housing for up to 7,144 students.

Brick City Festival (fall/parents' weekend), Freezefest (Winter Weekend), and and Creativity and Innovation Festival/Spring Weekend are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at RIT.

Financial Aid at RIT

RIT meets 85% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend RIT full-time are awarded $38,621 a year in financial aid, on average.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can.. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Is RIT a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how selective a college is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Retention, graduation, and job placement statistics all give valuable information about the quality of the student experience, before and after graduation.

Retention and Graduation Rates at RIT

About 86% of students who start at RIT come back for their second year of college. Out of the 2,504 students who started at RIT as first-time freshman, 642 graduate within four years.

Around 73% of students who started at RIT earn their Bachelor's degrees 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 Outcomes and Debt for RIT Grads

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Within six months of graduating, 95% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Recent grads have an average starting salary of $61,204 a year. The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2021 was around $39,835 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.

Based on this information, how does RIT sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for another! 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 want to see RIT for yourself, 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 14623-5603

Campus Setting: Suburban

RIT Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to RIT is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to RIT is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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RIT ACT Scores


ACT Range

28 - 33

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RIT SAT Scores


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Student Life

Wondering what life at RIT is like? There are approximately 16,168 students enrolled at RIT, including 13,422 undergraduate students and 2,746 graduate students. 92% percent of students attend school full-time, 54% percent are from NY and 46% percent of students are from other states.


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