Rochester, NY
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5 College Junior

Academics: Love my major, it was the reason to go.

4 College Junior

Academics: Classes are good. Some lame professors, but some fantastic ones too. The ones deep in your major will be amazing, then gen ed classes will be the luck of the draw.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Its giving me a lot of experience in my college for whole my first year.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: its depending on what majors i am interesting.

3 College Junior

Academics: The photo program was like a bubble, with very few people venturing outside of their comfort zone. The work load wasn't extremely challenging my freshman year, and the curriculum lacked imagination. There wasn't really much of a creative expectation from teachers, and rather a large technical expectation. The facilities were quite nice, and you didn't have to leave the building in order to get to the studios, the cage, or the computer labs.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 10th
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 117th
    Best Course Variety
  • 117th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 188th
    Best Online Course Options
  • 586th
    Most Flexible Curriculums

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Alecia Crawford
Candor, NY
Advertising and Public Relations
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RIT is consistently ranked among the elite colleges for technical degrees. The programs generally bring out the “intensive” in intensive learning, and many departments are currently offering ground-breaking new majors. All of RIT’s programs have the advantage of offering a hands-on approach to learning by way of the co-op system. Overall, the professors are intelligent and helpful. There are, as in any school, good and bad apples, but the bottom line is that if you need help you can find a professor who is willing to help you. All professors often have an online presence either through the Web site or their own personal Web sites. Full-time professors are also required to have posted weekly office hours, and most professors will make appointments to meet with their students if they need assistance. The professors at RIT are very concerned that their students closely follow course material. In addition, most professors at RIT have some field experience, so they can give students an accurate depiction and show them what to expect out of the professions they are studying.

Perhaps the most unique aspect of the RIT educational experience is the quarter system. The rigors of the quarter system keep RIT students on their toes, and if they can handle it for four years, transition from college to the real world will be made that much easier because of this system. The quarter system can seem daunting at times, though, and it has been known to break even the most committed student. The 10-week period leaves little room for procrastination and makes it all the more important for students to stay on top of their work and seek help the moment they begin having problems. Fortunately, at RIT, seeking help is not a problem. Perhaps the most important thing to remember is not to be afraid of your professors. I cannot stress this point enough: ask for help! The professors can’t help you if they don’t know there is a problem. The professors at RIT possess many fine qualities, but as far as I know, none of them are clairvoyant.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 40%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 53%
  • 50 or More Students: 7%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: Yes
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences (GCCIS)
  • College of Applied Science and Technology (CAST)
  • College of Business (COB)
  • College of Imaging Arts and Sciences (CIAS: Schools of American Crafts, Art, Design, Film and Animation, Photographic Arts and Sciences, and Print Media)
  • College of Liberal Arts (COLA)
  • College of Science (COS)
  • The Kate Gleason College of Engineering
  • National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID)
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 3%
  • Computer Science: 2%
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other: 2%
  • Mechanical Engineering: 3%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Best Places to Study
  • Grace Watson Hall Lounge Area
  • Java Wally's
  • Library
  • Lounges in colleges and dorms
Tips to Succeed
  • Ask your professors questions, they won't bite!
  • Check with upperclassmen to find good professors and classes.
  • Form study groups, you learn more by studying together since everyone will understand at least part of the material.
  • Go out once in a while-studying here can be hard, so you need to have a weekend to just goof off every so often to stop you from going insane.
  • Go to class if you can make it; don't just skip because you don't feel like going.
  • Keep track of your credit load and graduation track, and meet with your advisor to make sure you are where you should be.
  • Learn how to function in groups; you will have a lot of group projects over the years.
  • Start looking for co-ops at least one quarter before you actually need one.
  • Talk to financial aid, bursars, registrars, and any other department you have to deal with in person so you know they have the correct information, don't just call or e-mail.
  • Use the LDC (Learning Development Center), your professors, the Career Counseling Center, and any other available resource to make sure that you are getting the most out of your education.
Did You Know?
RIT boasts one of the oldest and most extensive Cooperative Education programs in the world. Many of the majors require at least one co-op. These paid internships can be found in all 50 states, as well as in countries spanning the globe. The co-op office is available to help students find jobs that will fulfill the requirements, though you are encouraged to look for co-ops on your own and ask companies that you are interested in working with. Many companies who do not advertise internships will make arrangements if possible upon student inquiries.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 85 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 88 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.


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