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Rochester Institute of Technology Data & Information Overview

Want the scoop on Rochester Institute of Technology? We've put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors RIT offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much more. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you'll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is Rochester Institute of Technology Ranked?

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2021 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 112 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is mechanical engineering technology.

Overall Quality

RIT is ranked #178 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation.

RIT is also ranked #20 out of 132 schools in New York.

See all of the rankings for Rochester Institute of Technology.

Is It Hard to Get Into RIT?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Rochester Institute of Technology is a competitive 57%, so make sure you take your application seriously when putting it together. Even leaving out a minor detail could be a reason to move you to the rejection pile.

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

The student to faculty ratio at Rochester Institute of Technology is about average at 13 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

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 71%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  71 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Rochester Institute of Technology

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 90% 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  90 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.

Good Overall Diversity at RIT

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 13,513 undergraduates at RIT with 12,486 being full-time and 1,027 being part-time.

RIT Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

The overall diversity score for RIT is 79.70 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  79.70 out of 100
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How Much Does Rochester Institute of Technology Cost?

The overall average net price of RIT is $30,068. 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 +
$22,845 $23,359 $25,198 $30,349 $38,245

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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. 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 3.1%. 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?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from RIT make about $62,400 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. 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. RIT is located in a safe and convenient suburb.

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Location of Rochester Institute of Technology

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, 2,780 received undergraduate degrees and 1,153 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
Mechanical Engineering 166 $67,600
Computer Engineering 162 $73,800
Liberal Arts General Studies 142 $31,900
Computer Science 135 $85,300
Design & Applied Arts 132 $29,400
Computer Software & Applications 128 $62,000
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 125 $28,900
Electrical Engineering 118 $68,100
Mechanical Engineering Technology 105 $65,200
General Biology 104 $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 options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2017-2018, 2,665 students took at least one online class at Rochester Institute of Technology. This is an increase from the 2,531 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 2,665 418
2016-2017 2,531 444
2015-2016 2,612 444
2014-2015 2,530 467
2013-2014 2,168 434

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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.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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