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Rochester Institute of Technology Veteran Services & Resources

Is Rochester Institute of Technology a Good School for Veterans?

If you're a veteran who is thinking about going back to school, it's important to see how well the school treats its students with prior military service first. We've assembled this Rochester Institute of Technology veteran's report to help you in your research. If you're looking for information related to military tuition assistance such as the GI Bill® or Yellow Ribbon Program, go to the following page: Rochester Institute of Technology G.I. Bill Information

What You'll Find in Our Veterans Report on RIT:

How Does RIT Rank for Veterans?

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College Factual publishes its Best Schools for Veterans ranking on an annual basis. This list identifies colleges and universities that support veterans as they pursue their education.

The 2022 edition of this list ranked Rochester Institute of Technology at #42. As such, RIT is among the top 5% of all schools in the country when it comes to offering vets a great educational experience. The school also ranked #4 in our Best for Vets in New York ranking.

In addition to our overall rankings, we also calculate our Best for Vets by degree level rankings. Below you'll find how RIT did in those rankings.

Ranking Name Rank
Best Associate Degree Colleges for Veterans 15
Best Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 35
Best Master’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 72
Best Doctor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 17

You can also see how specific majors at RIT fared when compared to the same major at other schools. Below, you'll find a list of majors which received the best rankings for vets. Find a full list of majors here. Once you select a major, you'll be able to see links to the rankings available for that major.

Ranking Name Rank
Best Physical Science Doctor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 1
Best Informatics Associate Degree Colleges for Veterans 1
Best American Sign Language Colleges for Veterans 1
Best Prepress/Desktop Publishing & Digital Imaging Design Colleges for Veterans 1
Best CAD/CADD Drafting &/or Design Technology Associate Degree Colleges for Veterans 1
Best Computer Engineering Technology Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 1
Best Sociology & Anthropology Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 1
Best Tourism and Travel Services Management Associate Degree Colleges for Veterans 1
Best Civil Drafting & Civil Engineering CAD/CADD Colleges for Veterans 1
Best Civil Drafting & Civil Engineering CAD/CADD Associate Degree Colleges for Veterans 1

How Many Veterans Go to RIT?

A large number of veterans attending a college means the college and faculty are more used to supporting and accommodating the needs of those with prior military experience.

According to the VA, there are 1 G.I. Bill® students at RIT. There are 16,158 students enrolled at RIT. This means that approximately 0.01% use the GI Bill® to help pay for tuition, fees, and other expenses. For context, let's take this into consideration. According to the Student Veterans of America, approximately three to four per cent of American college students are veterans.

This number includes all chapters of the GI Bill®, e.g. Post-9/11, Montgomery GI Bill and Reserve Education Assistance Program. It also includes Veteran Readiness and Employment. It does not include any active-duty military personnel that are attending this college via Tuition Assistance, so the total military population is potentially larger than this.

Federal Veteran Programs at RIT

Rochester Institute of Technology participates in the following federal programs for vets.

Federal Program Participation
Principles of Excellence Yes
DOD Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Yes
Eight Keys Yes

What does this mean to me? Below you can view the specific commitments this school has made by participating in individual programs.

Career and Vocational Support
Accommodate Military Service Members and Reservists absent due to service requirements.
Align institutional refund policies with those under Title IV, which governs the administration of federal student financial aid programs.
Regionally or Nationally Accredited - view all accreditations
Provide information that increases accountability and transparency.
Participate in the Military Voluntary Education Review (MVER)
Benefits Support
Ensure accreditation of all new programs prior to enrolling students.
Will not use fraudulent or aggressive recruiting techniques and misrepresentations.
Provide students with a personalized form covering the total cost of an education program.
Counseling Support
Designate a point of contact to provide academic and financial advice.
Provide educational plans for all military and veteran education beneficiaries.
Referrals to community organizations as needed.

Rochester Institute of Technology does have a student veterans group.

Does RIT Give Credit for Military Training?

Yes Credit for Life Experience
YES Credit for Military Training
RIT may grant college credit to you if you have specific knowledge from your life experiences. Get in touch with the school to find out more.

RIT might grant college credit to those who have completed specialized military training. Talk with your admissions counselor to learn more.

RIT Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC)

Yes Air Force ROTC
Yes Army ROTC
Yes Navy ROTC
RIT does offer Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs for the following military branches:

  • Air Force
  • Army
  • Navy

Complaints to the VA About RIT

There have been no complaints registered to the VA for this college.


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