Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Online

Rochester Institute of Technology is a private, non-profit school located in Rochester, N.Y., that has almost 16,000 enrolled students. The school maintains high academic standards and has a wide variety of degrees available for its students online and at its 1,300 acre campus. It was ranked 7th in the north region, the 4th best value school, and five of its fine arts programs were ranked within the top 10 in the nation by the U.S. News and World Report in its 2012 edition of the “Best Colleges” rankings.

Programs Offered

Rochester Institute of Technology awards associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees, as well as diplomas, and professional certificates. There are 27 associate degree programs, including accounting technology, business, hospitality and service management, and woodworking and furniture design. The school also has 17 Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees and 68 Bachelor of Science degrees. These include electrical engineering, game design and development, new media marketing, medical illustration, metalcrafts and jewelry, and woodworking and furniture design.

The selection of graduate degrees is just as diverse. Along with the Master of Business Administration (MBA), the school offers almost 70 master’s degrees in product development, color science, sustainable engineering, and astrophysical sciences and technology. The institute rounds out its selection of programs with six doctoral degrees in sustainability, microsystems engineering, imaging science, computing and information sciences, color science, and astrophysical sciences and technology. Rochester Institute of Technology also has one associate and bachelor’s degree, in applied arts and science, 15 master’s degrees, including an executive MBA, and advanced certificates.


The institute has been accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education since 1958. It also holds specialized accreditation from the American Dietetic Association, the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council.


The school considers grade point average (GPA), rank in class, difficulty of course work, grades in required courses, the appropriateness of courses for each major, the competitiveness of the high school, standardized test scores, recommendations, and an essay in its admissions decisions. Therefore, a soon-to-be freshman should submit transcripts, letters of recommendation from a school counselor and those familiar with your academic performance, and an essay in their application. In addition, each school has its own set of required, or recommended, classes for incoming freshman. For example, the College of Engineering requires students to have taken algebra, geometry, trigonometry, pre-calculus, chemistry, and physics, while the College of Business requires only algebra and geometry.

Almost a third of the school’s undergraduate population are transfer students. The mean GPA of those admitted, which is about 50% of those who apply, is a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, according to the institute. Those looking to transfer need to submit all official transcripts, a list of courses currently in progress, and a portfolio of original work if the student is applying for an arts program. All students who are transferring from outside of New York should send a college course catalog as well.

Each graduate school has different admissions standards as well. All schools require a bachelor’s degree, transcripts, and each has their own prerequisite classes. Some may also require GRE or GMAT scores. Most of the graduate programs have rolling admissions, while some have admissions deadlines in the first few months of the year. Finally, the online undergraduate and graduate programs have the same admissions standards as the on campus programs.

Admissions Contact

Rochester Institute of Technology
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
1 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623
(585) 475-2411

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