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4 College Junior

Academics: RIT has a huge variety of classes, teachers, majors, departments, and more. Some has a lot of workload and some don't. RIT has many study areas for students to work on their work.

5 College Junior

Academics: everything is good to me. all i say that school is very wonderful to me

5 College Junior

Academics: RIT has very difficult academic programs, but that prepares its students to excel once they get out of the classroom.

5 College Freshman

Academics: I think it is the best because RIT does everything it can to make sure you graduate in a program that you are interested in. They give a pretty decent workload because you are still able to relax at times and hangout with your friends on the weekends. The library is a great place to study and it is nice that they have four floors for different quietness levels. The professors are great because they are passionate about teaching and doing their best to help you succeed.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Some professors are questionable at best, but mostly if you really focus you'll definitely come out with a B or higher.

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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 mycourses.rit.edu 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
14:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
966
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
509
Total FT Faculty
1,027
Faculty with Terminal Degree
80%
Average Faculty Salary
$84,196
Full-Time Retention Rate
89%
Part-Time Retention Rate
78%
Graduation Rate
62%
Programs/Majors Offered
119
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
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 167 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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 often do you:    Based on 99 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 99 responses

  • 34% This was my dream school.
  • 56% This was one of my top choices.
  • 10% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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