Rochester Institute of Technology

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Rochester Institute of Technology Review

Rochester, NY, 1 Lomb Memorial Dr
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Career Preparation A
Students and Culture A-
Facilities A
Activities and Groups A-
A-
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Rochester Institute of Technology is a large, private, four-year university enrolling 16,639 students and offering 178 degrees in Rochester, NY.

Study Areas, Degree Popularity

Check out the most popular majors and specific degrees students have earned at Rochester Institute of Technology.

*Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Data may vary depending on school and academic year.
1
Engineering
1,297 recent grads, 5 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Architecture
4
Automation Engineer Technology/technician
1
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
12
Biomedical Sciences
75
Cad/cadd Drafting and/or Design Technology/technician
8
Chemical Engineering
41
Civil Engineering Technology/technician
52
Computer Engineering
56
16
Computer Engineering Technology/technician
19
Computer Software Engineering
70
10
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
98
73
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/technician
0
33
Electromechanical Technology/electromechanical Engineering Technology
22
0
Engineering
2
4
8
Environmental Engineering Technology/environmental Technology
24
27
Environmental Science
5
3
Industrial and Product Design
49
14
Industrial Engineering
41
42
Industrial Technology/technician
0
Manufacturing Engineering
18
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/technician
10
5
Materials Sciences
9
0
Mechanical Engineering
166
66
0
Mechanical Engineering/mechanical Technology/technician
3
123
Packaging Science
43
7
Telecommunications Technology/technician
2
36
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
2
Computer Technology
707 recent grads, 5 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects
30
Computer and Information Sciences
14
9
Computer and Information Systems Security/information Assurance
47
9
2
Computer Science
101
148
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
42
27
5
Data Modeling/warehousing and Database Administration
16
Graphic Communications
0
10
Illustration
29
Management Information Systems
36
Modeling, Virtual Environments and Simulation
144
8
Prepress/desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design
29
Web Page, Digital/multimedia and Information Resources Design
1
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
3
Business
407 recent grads, 4 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Accounting
36
10
Accounting Technology/technician and Bookkeeping
3
0
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science
6
Advertising
18
Business Administration and Management
12
37
90
Commerce
7
Economics
7
Finance
38
19
Human Resources Development
17
1
Information Technology Project Management
1
International Business
14
Organizational Leadership
14
0
Project Management
24
Research and Development Management
7
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations
46
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
4
Art and Design
386 recent grads, 4 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Ceramic Arts and Ceramics
4
3
Cinematography and Film/video Production
63
22
Commercial and Advertising Art
19
37
Fine Arts
12
5
Graphic Design
61
37
Interior Design
12
Metal and Jewelry Arts
3
7
Photography
94
5
Visual and Performing Arts
2
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
5
Mathematics and Science
339 recent grads, 5 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Astrophysics
1
Biochemistry
12
Bioinformatics
5
7
Biology
24
Biotechnology
42
Chemistry
13
7
Computational and Applied Mathematics
7
Computational Mathematics
11
Informatics
66
49
Physical Sciences
11
11
11
Physics
16
Polymer Chemistry
0
Science Technologies/technicians
9
Statistics
9
23
4
Technical and Scientific Communication
1
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
6
Human and Social Sciences
321 recent grads, 5 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Deaf Studies
1
Experimental Psychology
4
International/global Studies
7
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
24
133
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies
34
Museology/museum Studies
8
Philosophy
6
Political Science
7
Psychology
38
Psychology
1
Public Policy Analysis
2
4
School Psychology
17
12
Sociology
2
Sociology and Anthropology
4
Sustainability Studies
10
4
Urban Studies/affairs
3
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
7
Healthcare
138 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Athletic Training/trainer
2
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/sonographer and Ultrasound Technician
31
3
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies
25
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/management
11
Medical Illustration/medical Illustrator
36
0
Medical Informatics
2
1
Physician Assistant
27
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
8
Education and Liberal Arts
91 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Applied Mathematics
20
Art Teacher Education
8
Fine Arts and Art Studies
3
3
Liberal Arts
10
Secondary Education and Teaching
18
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation
29
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
9
Hospitality
60 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Facilities Planning and Management
12
Hospitality Management
28
Tourism and Travel Services Management
5
15
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
10
Legal and Law
32 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Law Enforcement Administration
30
Criminal Justice
2
Crisis/emergency/disaster Management
0
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
11
Communication and Media
25 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Communication
4
Journalism
7
Mass Communication
1
13
Photographic and Film/video Technology/technician and Assistant
0
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication
0
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
12
Trades and Careers
16 recent grads, 4 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Computer Numerically Controlled (Cnc) Machinist Technology/cnc Machinist
10
Furniture Design and Manufacturing
4
1
Quality Control and Safety Technologies/technicians
1
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
Online Programs

Check out the online programs offered at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Environmental Engineering Technology/environmental Technology
Facilities Planning and Management
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/management
Human Resources Development
Informatics
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Manufacturing Engineering
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies
*Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Data may vary depending on school and academic year.
School Accreditation Information
This institution is accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Specialized institution accreditations:
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics Didactic Program in Dietetics National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
Teacher Education Accreditation Council, Accreditation Committee Graduate Teacher Education Accreditation Council (GTEAC) - Graduate programs
*Source data obtained from U.S. Department of Education's Office of Post-secondary Education (OPE)
Alumni & Student Reviews
A Excellent
Career Preparation
What letter grade would you give your school on how well it prepares students for a career in the real world?
Based on 9 Reviews
Alumni
Mechanical engineering, Class of 2014

Required completion of a full year experience as a paid intern at a real company. Highly-attended career fairs twice each year

Rated January 2016
Alumni
BFA Graphic Design, Class of 2000

Co-op work experience, the most up to date technology and software on site, adjunct professors with relevant businesses, internship opportunities

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Masters in Computer Science, Class of 1993

Don't know. Haven't been back since graduation.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Biology, Class of 1990

Good education, practical exper for jibs and addnl svhool

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Computer Engineering, Class of 2001

I didn't utilize those services but they were offered.

Rated January 2016
A- Excellent
Students and Culture
What letter grade would you give the students/culture at your school?
Based on 9 Reviews
Alumni
Mechanical engineering, Class of 2014

Nerdy, not as smart as they think they are. Don't understand students with a job while at school

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Masters in Computer Science, Class of 1993

Don't know. Haven't been there in over 20 years.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Bachelor of Science Graphic Media, Class of 2007

It's a very large school, there are several different types of students

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Computer Engineering, Class of 2001

There were thousands of students from pretty much every culture imaginable.

Rated January 2016
A Excellent
Facilities
What letter grade would you give the facilities at your school.
Based on 9 Reviews
Alumni
Mechanical engineering, Class of 2014

Dorms are fine, but would benefit from updated climate control and mattresses. Labs are fine, dining halls are sub-par, but fine

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Masters in Computer Science, Class of 1993

When I was there they were good.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
BS Information Technology, Class of 1995

great dining halls , excellent dorms , accessible computer labs all over campus. state of the artsports complex

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Bachelor of Science Graphic Media, Class of 2007

Very nice facilities, up to date technology

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Psychology, Class of 2014

Old, bad tech for a tech school

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Computer Engineering, Class of 2001

Dining options were limited freshman year (meals only available during certain times) but all the rest were fine.

Rated January 2016
A- Excellent
Activities and Groups
What overall letter grade would you give the activities/groups at your school?
Based on 9 Reviews
Alumni
Mechanical engineering, Class of 2014

Quidditch, humans vs zombies, innovation day/fair

Rated January 2016
Alumni
BFA Graphic Design, Class of 2000

interest clubs like art, computer science, photography

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Masters in Computer Science, Class of 1993

They treat you like an adult.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
BS Information Technology, Class of 1995

Hearing impaired school and culture, Intramural Sport, Choir, Cultural/Heritage Groups functions

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Psychology, Class of 2014

Engineering groups, gaming, designing cars, not much for social science majors

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Computer Engineering, Class of 2001

I did not participate in school-sponsored activities except the mandatory ones.

Rated January 2016
CURRICULUM FOCUS
Rochester Institute of Technology Art and Design Program
UDC Contributor

Imagine being given one paper coffee cup, a plastic lid, a cardboard cup sleeve, and a wooden stir stick and being told you have three hours to design and produce a scale model of a chair using only these materials. Such challenges keep design students at RIT engaged in their classes while developing creativity, productivity, and other skills they’ll need in their future careers. No wonder IDEO, Fisher Price, and Apple are among the top employers of industrial design graduates. (Not to be outdone, 3D digital design grads have gone on to positions at DreamWorks, and notable ad agency BBDO is fond of RIT’s graphic design majors.) RIT has one of the oldest and most extensive cooperative education programs in the nation, and interested students from design programs are encouraged to take advantage of the institute’s connections to gain real-life experience in their field of study. Also available to students is the Vignelli Center for Design Studies, which opened on campus in 2010 to house the extensive professional archives of Massimo and Lella Vignelli. The center’s annual lecture series provides the opportunity to gain invaluable insight from visiting design professionals.

CURRICULUM FOCUS
Rochester Institute of Technology Hospitality Program
UDC Contributor

RIT’s commitment to hands-on education shines in its Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management. The undergrad major – which includes concentrations in food and beverage management, international food marketing and distribution, entertainment and event management, and international hotel and resort management -- requires students to combine 1,200 hours of practical cooperative education experience with classroom theory. The institution maintains corporate connections with the likes of Kraft Foods, Dove Chocolate, Hampton Inns, and The Walt Disney Company, to name just a few. Alumni also are eager to “pay it forward” by taking students under their wings. The campus itself is home to Henry’s Restaurant, a fully-operational fine-dining establishment located on the same floor as the department that enables students to experience what it takes to run all aspects of a business. Students also manage all the logistics and details for RIT’s Puttin’ on the RITz gala and fundraiser, a tradition since 1986. Other highlights include helping with the PGA Championship at Oak Hill Rochester and an annual trip with faculty to the International Hotel, Motel, and Restaurant Show in New York City.

Featured Alumni Review
Thomas
Bachelor’s Degree in Food & Beverage Management, Class of 2010

U Opening my restaurants, Charred American Bar + Grill and Tomaso's Trattoria, has been my lifelong dream. I would not have been able to do so without the education, support, guidance, networking opportunities, and encouragement given to me by RIT and the Hospitality & Tourism Department as a student and also as an alumnus. RIT provided me with rewarding co-op experiences working on campus in Food & Beverage and for Marriott International. These opportunities solidified my love for this profession. Being a part of the Student Hospitality Association, participating in the Hospitality Service Management Career Fairs, and being offered a spot in the management development program for Marriott through RIT were all instrumental to my success. I can't thank RIT and my department professors enough.

Featured Alumni Review
Chris
BFA graphic design, Class of 2005

U RIT is special because it actually does prepare you for your venture into a career and the real world. There is plenty to do in ‘down-time’ from schoolwork, or what passes for the fleeting moments of deep breath, but it was definitely an education-first experience. As for the design program itself, the biggest strengths are the reason my company (Carrot Creative) and many others recruit so heavily from CIAS (RIT’s College of Imaging Arts and Sciences). As a student, you really learn to become self-reliant on your talents, and you hone them at a rapid pace. There’s no skipping class because you'd immediately fall behind. I left the program ready not only for the reality of work and pace in the ‘real world,’ but I was equipped to handle that while starting Carrot on ambition and naivety. All in all, the education asked a lot of me, professors expected even more, and the Rochester weather bullied you into focusing.

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