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Rochester Institute of Technology Data & Information Overview

431 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
71% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Rochester Institute of Technology Ranked?

#285 Best Colleges in Nation
#22 Best Colleges in NY
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics & Special Effects Highest Ranked Major
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2024 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 431 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is animation, interactive technology, video graphics & special effects.

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Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2024 analysis, RIT is ranked #285 out of 2,217 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation.

Out of the 142 colleges in New York, RIT is ranked at #22.

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Is It Hard to Get Into RIT?

71% Acceptance Rate
40% Of Accepted Are Women
39% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

Rochester Institute of Technology has an acceptance rate of 71%, which makes it somewhat selective. Make sure it's not the only school you apply to, even if it's your school of choice. Whether you get in or not will largely depend on how you compare to other applicants.

Average Test Scores

About 39% 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 630 and 710. Math scores were between 640 and 740.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Rochester Institute of Technology  ( 630 to 710 )

SAT Math Scores for Rochester Institute of Technology  ( 640 to 740 )
RIT received ACT scores from 12% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 28 and 33.

ACT Composite Scores for Rochester Institute of Technology  ( 28 to 33 )

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Rochester Institute of Technology Faculty

13 to 1 Student to Faculty
72% Full Time Teachers

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 72%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  72 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Rochester Institute of Technology

88% Freshmen Retention
25% On-Time Graduation Rate

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

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full time students who obtain their bachelor's degree in four years or less. This rate is 25% for first-time, full-time students at RIT, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  25 out of 100

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Rochester Institute of Technology Undergraduate Student Diversity

12,122 Full-Time Undergraduates
28.9% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
34.5% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 13,412 undergraduates at RIT with 12,122 being full-time and 1,290 being part-time.

How Much Does Rochester Institute of Technology Cost?

$34,822 Net Price
63% Take Out Loans
$39,744 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of RIT is $34,822. 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 +
$28,322 $28,857 $31,935 $33,469 $41,755

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 63% of students took out student loans averaging $9,936 a year. That adds up to $39,744 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at RIT is 2.9%. 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?

$66,280 Avg Salary of Grads
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Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from RIT make around $66,280 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future RIT graduates since it is 56% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


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Location of Rochester Institute of Technology

New York State
12,122 Full-Time Undergraduates
Suburb Campus Setting
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

88 Majors With Completions
2,509 Undergraduate Degrees
1,097 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 88 majors graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology. Of these students, 2,509 received undergraduate degrees and 1,097 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 Science 189 $84,771
Computer Engineering 180 $77,470
Computer Software & Applications 152 $57,806
Mechanical Engineering 137 $67,544
Design & Applied Arts 134 $32,795
Mechanical Engineering Technology 107 $65,455
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 106 $28,611
Liberal Arts General Studies 106 $36,322
Allied Health Professions 86 $59,088
Information Technology 76 $80,382

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

65% Take At Least One Class Online
5% Take All Classes Online

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 2020-2021, 10,853 students took at least one online class at Rochester Institute of Technology. This is a decrease from the 13,241 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 10,853 892
2019-2020 13,241 1,443
2018-2019 2,925 456
2017-2018 2,665 418
2016-2017 2,531 444

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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