Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester Institute of Technology Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Rochester Institute of Technology Ranked?

Quality Badge

2022 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Rochester Institute of Technology was awarded 334 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is physical science.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2022 analysis, RIT is ranked #250 out of 2,576 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation.

RIT also holds the #27 spot on the Best Colleges in New York ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into RIT?

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to Rochester Institute of Technology you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 57%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

Average Test Scores

About 62% of students accepted to RIT submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 590 and 680. Math scores were between 600 and 700.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Rochester Institute of Technology  ( 590 to 680 )

SAT Math Scores for Rochester Institute of Technology  ( 600 to 700 )
RIT received ACT scores from 38% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 26 and 32.

ACT Composite Scores for Rochester Institute of Technology  ( 26 to 32 )

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Rochester Institute of Technology Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1, Rochester Institute of Technology is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Rochester Institute of Technology is 68%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  68 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Rochester Institute of Technology

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 88% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Rochester Institute of Technology enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  88 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When it comes to finishing their studies on time, those seeking a bachelor's degree from RIT have a four-year graduation rate of 34%. This is comparable to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  34 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Rochester Institute of Technology Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 13,313 undergraduates at RIT with 12,254 being full-time and 1,059 being part-time.

How Much Does Rochester Institute of Technology Cost?

The overall average net price of RIT is $33,167. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for RIT

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$27,095 $27,289 $28,684 $32,287 $40,396

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of RIT, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At RIT, approximately 68% of students took out student loans averaging $8,753 a year. That adds up to $35,012 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at RIT is 3.3%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do RIT Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from RIT with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $62,400 in their early years. That's great news for RIT students since it is 57% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Rochester Institute of Technology make the most money.

Location of Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester Institute of Technology is a private not-for-profit institution located in Rochester, New York. Rochester is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

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Contact details for RIT are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1 Lomb Memorial Dr, Rochester, NY 14623-5603
Phone: 585-475-2411

Rochester Institute of Technology Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 87 majors graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology. Of these students, 2,909 received undergraduate degrees and 1,129 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Computer Engineering 210 $73,800
Computer Science 188 $85,300
Mechanical Engineering 185 $67,600
Liberal Arts General Studies 148 $31,900
Computer Software & Applications 143 $62,000
Electrical Engineering 138 $68,100
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 137 $28,900
Design & Applied Arts 134 $29,400
Mechanical Engineering Technology 99 $65,200
General Biology 90 $28,300

Learn more about the majors offered at Rochester Institute of Technology along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at RIT

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2018-2019, 2,925 students took at least one online class at Rochester Institute of Technology. This is an increase from the 2,665 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 2,925 456
2017-2018 2,665 418
2016-2017 2,531 444
2015-2016 2,612 444
2013-2014 2,168 434

Learn more about online learning at Rochester Institute of Technology.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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