Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) is a private university located within the town of Henrietta in the Rochester, New York metropolitan area
Rochester Institute of Technology is composed of nine academic colleges, including National Technical Institute for the Deaf. The Institute is one of only a small number of engineering institutes in the State of New York, including New York Institute of Technology, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. It 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.
RIT is known for its career focused education. The institute is chartered by the New York state legislature and accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The university offers more than 200 academic programs, including six doctoral programs across its eight constituent colleges. In 2008–2009, RIT awarded 2,483 bachelor’s degrees, 912 master’s degrees, 10 doctorates, and 523 other certificates and diplomas.
The four-year, full-time undergraduate program constitutes the majority of enrollments at the university and emphasizes instruction in the “arts & sciences/professions.” RIT is a member of the Rochester Area College consortium which allows students to register at other colleges in the Rochester metropolitan area without tuition charges. RIT’s full-time undergraduate and graduate programs operate an approximately 10-week quarter system with the primary three academic quarters beginning on Labor Day in early September and ending in late May. Effective in August 2013, RIT will transition from a quarter system to a semester system. The change was hotly debated on campus, with a majority of students opposed according to an informal survey; Student Government also voted against the change.
Undergraduate tuition and fees for 2012–2013 totaled $45,602. RIT undergraduates receive over $200 million in financial assistance, and over 90% of students receive some form of financial aid. 3,210 students qualified for Pell Grants in 2007–2008.