The pandemic may have changed academics at RIT, but our high standards remain the same.
Students in The Construct reinforce the structure of a prototype of a sustainable and removable latrine.
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Enhancing Academic Experience
New institute helps RIT attack cyber threats
In a preemptive strike on cybersecurity threats across the world, RIT has created the Global Cybersecurity Institute. RIT is on its way to becoming one of the best places in the world for cybersecurity education, training, and research.
New economy majors connect with emerging careers
Analytical thinking, complex problem solving, creativity, resiliency, and flexibility are among the top skills needed for emerging careers by 2025. RIT is seizing on the opportunity to guide students to “new economy majors” that are multidisciplinary, transformative, and future-focused.
First-year students have high academic qualifications
RIT welcomed 3,129 first-year students last fall. For students seeking a bachelor’s degree, their average SAT score was just under 1300, and the average ACT score was 30. Sixty-three were at the top of their high school graduating class.
Areas of Study
RIT students are enrolled in more than 200 programs of study across nine colleges and two degree-granting units.
Computer Science (BS)
Mechanical Engineering (BS)
Game Design & Development (BS)
Software Engineering (BS)
RIT has more than 1.5 million total enrollments and growing in RITx offerings on edX. (RITx offerings launched in 2016.)
RITx has 7 program offerings on edX, including two brand new Professional Certificate programs in Unreal Engine Foundations and Data Analysis for Decision-Making.
Total RITx MicroMasters certificates awarded to date, in the areas of project management, design thinking, and cybersecurity.
RIT has enrolled learners from more than 196 countries and regions in multiple runs of 38 RITx offerings.
More than $8.2 million in strategic updates to campus will last beyond the pandemic.
A team of researchers conducted testing on copper’s germ-fighting properties for door handles.
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Launch Pad for Innovation
Research takes flight at Tait Preserve
Scientists began conducting research at the Tait Preserve of RIT for the first time this summer. Researchers from the Digital Imaging and Remote Sensing Laboratory were the first to use the site, collecting data using imaging technology flown on unmanned aerial systems, or drones.
While RIT’s overall enrollment has remained steady over the past five years, the university is growing its Ph.D. programs at a rapid pace.
Computing and Information Sciences
Astrophysicial Sciences and Technology
Learning Outside the Classroom
Making co-ops count: Work experiences continue during pandemic
Students on co-op are picking up more than occupational and professional skills. As the pandemic unfolded last spring and summer, they saw firsthand how companies manage even in the midst of a crisis.
Students find ways to stay active in clubs
Despite restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, RIT students still found ways to participate in hundreds of clubs and organizations last fall, like dancing, designing games, and even skydiving.
Performing Arts Scholars Program flourishes
Now in its second year, the Performing Arts Scholars Program at RIT has more than doubled in participants, with 368 first-year students involved in classical or jazz instrumental music, voice, musical theater, acting, technical theater, dance, or video game composition.
RIT has created an action plan to grow diversity and create social equity for all. Plus, RIT’s global campuses continue to grow.
Black Lives Matter rallies on campus have featured speakers, music, poetry, and dancing.
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Difference-makers Near and Far
Programs provide important research opportunities
A record 15 students participated in fall research projects thanks to support from the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) and Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement programs.
RIT around the world
A look at what’s going on at RIT’s global campuses in Dubai, China, Croatia, and Kosovo. Enrollment at these campuses continues to grow.
Last fall, enrollment of underrepresented students of color hit an all-time high. And the National Technical Institute for the Deaf is the world’s first and largest technological college for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.
Rochester City Scholars have enrolled at RIT since the program began in 2010.
Rochester City Scholars participated in the Summer Bridge/DDI Summer Experience Pre-College Immersion Program.
Rochester City Scholars were enrolled in the fall of 2020.
Rochester City Scholars have graduated.
Study abroad experiences were suspended in March due to COVID-19, but the university adjusted by introducing virtual intercultural experiences.
Includes campuses in China, Croatia, Dubai, and Kosovo
The university had its best year ever for sponsored research funding.
Professor Andre Hudson conducts experiments to see if the air ionization systems RIT purchased would be effective at killing microorganisms.
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College of Science experiences boom in sponsored research
Several School of Physics and Astronomy faculty secured large grants as principal investigators during a banner summer.c
Researcher opens behavioral health clinic
RIT’s behavioral health program is expanding in new directions with a clinic on campus and federal funding to deliver addiction treatment in rural communities in upstate New York and New Hampshire.
Professor driving multidisciplinary research with real-time technology
Shaun Foster is leveraging $160,000 from an Epic Games MegaGrant to explore and develop dynamic virtual content that is opening the eyes of RIT faculty and students—and many others—to Unreal Engine’s myriad, multidisciplinary possibilities.
RIT is listed as a “high research activity institution” or R2 under the updated Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Learning.
Creative complex coming to campus in 2023
Design work on the multipurpose Innovative Maker and Learning Complex continued after the COVID-19 pandemic closed the campus in March. The current plan is for work on the foundation to start in spring 2021, and the building to open in fall 2023.
Saunders College renovation, expansion to begin soon
A transformational gift from serial entrepreneur and philanthropist E. Philip Saunders will help fund a major renovation and expansion to Max Lowenthal Hall, home of RIT’s Saunders College of Business.
Performing Arts Center to add creative stages at RIT
Plans are being developed to build a performing arts center that will feature a 750-seat theater and, in a second phase, a 1,500-seat orchestra hall for larger audiences.
Athletic facilities on deck for improvements
Plans to upgrade RIT’s outdoor athletic facilities continue to unfold. The first phase of the department’s multimillion dollar stadium project is scheduled to begin this year.
Financially Sound and Growing
RIT’s future success depends upon strong financial results and a growing endowment.
Fiscal Year 2020: Total operating revenues: $609,363,000
Fiscal Year 2020: Total operating expenses: $588,597,000
(as of June 30 each year)
On the Front Lines
Alumni use talents during pandemic
RIT alumni continue to give back during the pandemic, helping people, companies, and health care facilities in need.
Tigers capture historic moments across the country
When demonstrations calling for police reform and racial equality occurred in cities across the country in 2020, alumni and faculty of RIT’s School of Photographic Arts and Sciences were there to capture the gripping moments through their camera lenses.
University Advancement focuses on future
Phil Castleberry, a 20-year veteran of higher education advancement, began at RIT last February as the vice president for Development and Alumni Relations, now called the Division of University Advancement. Here are his thoughts on philanthropy and engagement at RIT.
RIT has more than 136,000 living alumni, and they are active in chapters across the U.S. and around the globe.
Total philanthropic giving in fiscal year 2020: $34,622,206