Written by Traecy Hobson. Day two of the Colleges of Rochester Tour— Rochester Institute of Technology (R.I.T.) was our first stop. I was anxious to visit campus again since it is a popular choice for many of my students wanting to study STEM.
Nicknamed “Brick City” R.I.T.’s campus is comprised of lots of brick buildings. Overall, the campus architecture has a sleek, contemporary feel. Underground tunnels connect most of the academic buildings and are well used during the cold, snowy Rochester winters.
R.I.T. is a comprehensive university with a pre-professional focus. Students we met were very dedicated to their areas of study. There are nearly 90-degree programs and 40 accelerated master programs. Engineering and design are popular and competitive majors. There are some very specialized majors at R.I.T. (e.g. furniture design and package science). Regardless of major, however, all students are required to complete a final experiential learning component.
The five-year co-op program consistently ranks within the top five in the world. Students in the co-op program spend freshman and sophomore years on campus. During their third year, students alternate between on-campus study and co-op work. All co-op experiences are paid, and students are often given stipends for housing. Parents are especially happy to learn that 60-percent of students will be offered a full time job by an employer from one of their co-op placements.
Over 15,000 undergraduates study at R.I.T. Although nearly half of all students hale from New York, the student body is overall very diverse. There are nearly 2,500 international students and 2,900 students of color. Additionally, R.I.T. has a significant deaf and hard of hearing population. Approximately 1,200 students attend the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. These students can earn either an associate or bachelor’s degree from R.I.T. Two signers to assist hearing-impaired students support classes.
Students we met were down-to-earth and very involved on campus. As you might expect, there are many STEM-focused clubs. However, there are also many non-STEM clubs and organizations as well (i.e. literary magazine, student-run radio station, community services organizations, etc.). R.I.T. has many coveted traditions. Sororities and fraternities create and implement a Halloween Trail each year, which raises money for children’s charities. The Corner Crew and R.I.T. pep band can be heard loud and clear during packed on-campus hockey games.
Downtown Rochester is easily accessible by city bus. Students enjoy the many restaurants, coffee shops and galleries. Rochester has a large theater district and is home to several minor league sports teams as well.
Academic Support Center
Rochester’s ASC provides academic coaching, workshops and tutoring for all R.I.T. students.
Admissions and Financial Aid
Students must declare a major when applying to R.I.T. and have the option to apply ED or RD. Admissions superscores both the ACT and SAT. A portfolio is required when applying for art and design. The FAFSA is required, however, the CSS Profile is not.
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