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Colleges / Rochester Institute of Technology

RIT Academics

Rochester Institute of Technology requires a minimum of 120 credit hours to complete a bachelor's degree. If students would like to graduate in less time than normal, they can choose the accelerated degree program.

RIT does accept transfer credits. The school accepts AP credit and IB credits. Additionally, RIT has a summer session, so students can earn credits during the summer.

Around 73% of students who started college at RIT finish the requirements for graduation within six years.

RIT offers an orientation program before the start of fall classes to prepare new students for college life.

What Classes Are Required at RIT?

RIT has a core curriculum, which means there are certain classes or types of classes all students must take to graduate.

Students do not need to fulfull a language requirement, but there is a math and science requirement. Students do not have to take a computer class.

Majors at RIT

When choosing a major, RIT students have several choices to make. Scroll down to see a full list of majors offered at RIT below.

Student struggling to choose just one area of study may consider a double major. Double majoring may require more work but it can provide an interesting mix of experience that helps students stand out when job searching or applying to a graduate program.

If students would like to study something that is not offered as an official major, they can design their own major. RIT does not require a senior project for all students.

Does RIT Have Services For Students With Disabilities?

RIT offers services for students with disabilities. Prospective students can contact the college's Office of Accessibility Services to learn more about any support and accomodations offered. These conversations are usually kept confidential and will not be shared with the admissions office if you do not wish to share.

Does RIT Offer Online Classes?

RIT has distance learning options for students who are interested in taking classes online.

Does RIT Offer AP Credit?

RIT offers some credit for Advanced Placement (AP) classes taken in high school. Schools have different requirements for what AP scores they accept, so some students may not receive AP credit.

Does RIT Have An Honors Program?

RIT offers an honors program for highly-qualified applicants, but does not offer a Freshman Honors College.

Does RIT Require Internships?

RIT does not require an internship for all students, but does require an internship for students in some majors. Students can look for internships during the summer, or gain work experience with a part-time job.


The Reserve Officers' Training Corps, which is also commonly known as ROTC, is a leadership program that prepares students to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces after graduation. College level ROTC programs prepare students to become officers in the military through physical, academic, and leadership training. ROTC programs are part of the college curriculum and usually cover the cost of tuition.

Each branch of the miltary has its own ROTC program, but not every program is available at every school. Possible programs include Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC, and Navy ROTC.

RIT has an Army ROTC program, an Air Force ROTC program and a Navy ROTC program.

Some ROTC programs are provided directly on campus and others are hosted at a cooperating instiution off campus. The ROTC program locations at RIT include: - an ARMY ROTC branch unit on campus - a Navy ROTC branch unit hosted at a cooperating instution off campus - an Air Force branch unit on campus

Dual Degree Programs at RIT

A dual degree program allows a student to study and earn two degrees at the same time. A 3-2 dual degree program is a five-year program wherein the first three years are spend taking undergraduate courses and the final two years are spent taking graduate courses. Upon completion of the 5 years, the student will be awarded two degrees, a bachelor's degree and a master's degree.

RIT does not have any dual degree programs available for students.

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RIT Majors & Subject Areas

Environmental Science
Deaf Studies
Communication, General
Mass Communication/Media Studies
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other
Photographic and Film/Video Technology/Technician and Assistant
Graphic Communications, General
Prepress/Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects
Graphic Communications, Other
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Technology
Computer Programming, Specific Applications
Computer Science
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design
Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration
Modeling, Virtual Environments and Simulation
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance
Information Technology Project Management
Secondary Education and Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Engineering, General
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Software Engineering
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Industrial Engineering
Manufacturing Engineering
Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automation Engineering
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician
Telecommunications Technology/Technician
Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Technology
Automation Engineer Technology/Technician
Environmental Engineering Technology/Environmental Technology
Industrial Technology/Technician
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician
Quality Control and Safety Technologies/Technicians, Other
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician
Packaging Science
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
Facilities Planning and Management
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Biomedical Sciences, General
Applied Mathematics, General
Computational Mathematics
Computational and Applied Mathematics
Financial Mathematics
Statistics, General
Museology/Museum Studies
International/Global Studies
Sustainability Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General
Polymer Chemistry
Physics, General
Materials Science
Science Technologies/Technicians, General
Psychology, General
Experimental Psychology
School Psychology
Applied Psychology
Psychology, Other
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
Crisis/Emergency/Disaster Management
Public Policy Analysis, General
Economics, General
Political Science and Government, General
Urban Studies/Affairs
Sociology and Anthropology
Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist Technology/CNC Machinist
Woodworking, General
Furniture Design and Manufacturing
Visual and Performing Arts, General
Commercial and Advertising Art
Industrial and Product Design
Interior Design
Graphic Design
Cinematography and Film/Video Production
Fine/Studio Arts, General
Ceramic Arts and Ceramics
Metal and Jewelry Arts
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management
Electrocardiograph Technology/Technician
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician
Physician Assistant
Athletic Training/Trainer
Medical Illustration/Medical Illustrator
Medical Informatics
Business/Commerce, General
Business Administration and Management, General
Research and Development Management
Project Management
Organizational Leadership
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General
Finance, General
Hospitality Administration/Management, General
Tourism and Travel Services Management
Human Resources Development
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Information Systems, General
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General

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