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Science & Engineering Profile

Whatever your passion, you can master it at RIT.

RITis one of the world’s leading technological universities. It is a place where brilliant minds assemble and collaborate, where they pool together their individual talents across disciplines in service of big projects and big ideas. It is a vibrant community teeming with students collaborating with experts and specialists—a hub of innovation and creativity. It is an intersection of disciplines, a launching pad for a brilliant career, and a highly unique state of mind. It is a perfect environment in which to pursue your passion. 

Innovative academic programs
Few universities offer RIT’s variety of specialized, career-oriented programs. RIT’s nine colleges offer a broad array of more than 70 bachelor’s degree programs that attract scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, and computer scientists on the one hand and designers, artists, photographers, and filmmakers on the other. You may choose from more than 90 different minors to develop personal and professional interests that complement your academic program. 

Experience that makes a difference
Every academic program at RIT offers some form of experiential education opportunity. Experiential education is designed to enrich the learning experience by providing you the opportunity to apply what you are learning in the lab and classroom to real-world problems, projects, and settings. Experiential education takes many forms, including cooperative education, internships, study abroad, undergraduate research, and industry-sponsored project work. Cooperative education (co-op) is the most extensive of RIT’s experiential education opportunities. Many academic programs require co-op, while others make it available on an optional basis. Taken all together, this means positive outcomes from your RIT experience. 

Engaging faculty
At RIT you will be taught by exceptional and accessible people who are interested in your growth and learning. The student-faculty ratio is 13:1, and the average class size is 23 students, which helps ensure you get the personal attention RIT is committed to providing.

Sophisticated facilities, welcoming environment

RIT’s academic facilities are among the most sophisticated in the nation. The campus has the latest equipment, software, studios, laboratories, and tools that students need to excel. The physical beauty of the campus comes from the interplay of natural, park-like settings with modern buildings. 

A vibrant, connected community
More than 7,000 full-time students live on campus in residence halls or apartments, and the self-contained, suburban location creates a safe residential atmosphere. Athletic and recreational facilities include an aquatics center, a fitness center, indoor tracks, racquetball courts, a field house, and two ice arenas. There are more than 300 different activities, clubs, and organizations in which students participate. RIT offers 23 varsity sports, including Division I men’s and women’s hockey.

RIT’s approach to education gives you a remarkable advantage when you graduate. At RIT you will do more than just acquire knowledge; you will learn how to accomplish something with that knowledge. Whether you are headed to graduate school or are off to begin your career, you will leave RIT as a passionate thinker and doer ready to leave your mark on the world. 

Imagine the possibilities . . .



Founded: 1829

Type: Private, coeducational

Student body: Approximately 13,450 full- and part-time undergraduate students; 2,850 graduate students. Approximately 38% of undergraduate students are from diverse and international student populations.

College of Applied Science and Technology
• Engineering Technology
• Environmental Sustainability, Health, and Safety
• International Hospitality and Service Management
• Packaging Science

Saunders College of Business

B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences

Kate Gleason College of Engineering

College of Health Sciences and Technology

College of Imaging Arts and Sciences
• School for American Crafts
• School of Art
• School of Design
• School of Film and Animation
• School of Media Sciences
• School of Photographic Arts and Sciences

College of Liberal Arts

College of Science

National Technical Institute for the Deaf

Cooperative education: Fourth-oldest and one of the largest programs in the world, annually placing 4,100 students in co-op positions with 2,100 participating employers

Outcomes: 95% employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation

Housing: On-campus residence halls, apartments, and townhouses

Sports and activities: More than 300 student clubs and organizations; 23 Division I and III athletic teams