College Profile

Rochester Institute of Technology is one of the world’s leading career-oriented, technological universities. RIT is home to many of the world’s most talented, ambitious, and motivated students. From 50 states and 110 countries, our students represent a diverse range of ethnic, geographic, and socioeconomic backgrounds, and their academic interests are equally diverse.

RIT is internationally recognized as a selective university and consistently ranks as one of the top comprehensive universities in the US, along with designation in the US News & World Report annual survey as one of “America’s Best College Values.” The university also annually receives top recognition in Peterson’s Competitive Colleges Guide, Fiske’s Selective Guide to Colleges and the Princeton Review Top 368 Best Colleges Guide.

Our faculty are engaged and committed to students. They represent a broad spectrum of interests—from graphic artists and engineers to scientists and management specialists, and they consistently receive recognition, including Fulbright Scholarships and Alfred Sloan Foundation Awards.

Our students learn how to utilize the latest technology and understand its impact on the world. They have access to state-of-the art laboratories and research facilities, to apply classroom education to “real-word” problems and research. Experiential education is integrated into our programs through cooperative education (co-op), internships, study abroad, and research.. We work with 1,900 companies to place 3,500 students in co-op positions each year.

RIT enjoys one of the highest rates of employment for its graduates of any comprehensive university in the United States. More than 600 companies send recruiters to RIT to conduct more than 5,000 employment interviews.

The university’s unique blend of nationally ranked academic programs in the business, technology, and the arts are in demand today. RIT graduates from have been successful building careers in business, industry, service, and government leadership positions around the world.


19000 Total Enrollment
15750 Undergraduate Enrollment
3150 Graduate Enrollment
2400 International Student Enrollment
66% Male
34% Female
1:14 Faculty-Student Ratio
1110 Faculty: Full-Time
23 Faculty: Part-Time
110 Countries Represented
Top 5 India, China, Saudi Arabia, Dominican Republic, Taiwan

English as a Second Language Program and Services

Does your institution have an Intensive English Program?
Yes, Rochester Institute of Technology’s English Language Center is designed to teach ESL to students who plan to attend a university in the United States and who have previously studied English. The English Language Center conducts 11-week programs every fall, winter, spring and summer with shorter programs in January and July.

Can your institution issue an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for F-1 Student Status to a student who has been admitted only to the Intensive English Program?

Does your institution provide courses of English as a Second Language to admitted students?

Yes, for selected courses

Does your institution conditionally admit students to degree programs if they have not met the English proficiency requirement?
Yes, Comprehensive instruction and services, click here for more information

International Student Housing Options

Many of RIT’s full-time students live in RIT housing—residence halls, Global Village, apartments, University Commons suites, and the RIT Inn & Conference Center. Special housing options such as fraternities, sororities, special interest houses, honors, and living-learning communities are part of RIT housing. Freshmen are guaranteed housing.

Transfer and Graduate students may also choose to live off-campus in apartments, condominiums the surrounding area.

Residence Halls: 1,748 rooms for approximately 3,500
Students Apartments: 614 units for 2,098 students
RIT Inn and Conference Center: 121 rooms for 245 students
Greek Housing: Six buildings for 108 students
Global Village: 133 suites for 557 students

Collaborative Programs

Campuses Abroad

Selected International Partners

  • Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM), Dominican Republic
  • Instituto Technologico de Santo Domingo (INTEC), Dominican Republic
  • Universidad Tecnologica Centro-Americana, Honduras
  • Vellore Institute of Technology, India
  • Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Japan

First Year, Transfer, and Graduate Students

International students seeking to enroll as first-time undergraduates:
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International students seeking to transfer into one of your institution’s undergraduate programs:
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Graduate admission requirements for international students:
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Financial Aid

Is financial aid available for international students?
Yes, International scholarships will be awarded to highly qualified undergraduate students during the admission process. All applicants are considered for merit scholarships, which may range from $6,000 to $15,000 per academic year.

RIT offers limited need-based scholarships for international undergraduate students. To apply, students must complete the College Board International Student Financial Aid Application.

Graduate scholarships and assistantships are awarded to graduate students in most academic departments. Awards are based on academic excellence and English language ability. The amount of the award varies by student and department. Both undergrad and grad students may also apply to work part-time on campus once they arrive at RIT. Most students work 10-20 hours per week, and earn minimum wage.

Student Activities and Campus Life

The diverse campus community offers a wealth of living and learning opportunities. From professional affiliations to academic clubs, to sports teams to ethnic foods and language and culture groups, RIT provides 300+ student organizations to explore your interests. Our students live on campus, in a safe, residential setting that includes dormitories, town houses, condominiums and apartments.

RIT’s main campus is located in suburban Rochester, the third largest city in New York State, USA. Rochester is a city of one million and is approximately 585 kilometers from New York City and about 300 kilometers from Toronto, Canada. Headquarters to such corporations as Kodak, Xerox and Bausch & Lomb, Rochester is recognized as an innovation center in nano-technology, fuel cell technology, biotechnology and imaging. The region has a longstanding history of cultural and ethnic tolerance and diversity, and for its beautiful rolling hills and lakes, along with several world class museums, entertainment, ethnic festivals, sports and cultural events.

International Student Organizations and Support:

  • International Students Services
  • International Student Orientation
  • Academic Support Center
  • English Language Center
  • Counseling Center
  • Student Health Center
  • Global Union
  • Chinese Culture Club
  • Chinese Student Scholar Association
  • Asian Culture Society
  • International House
  • Global Village
  • Asian Culture Society
  • Caribbean Student Association
  • Lambda Alpha Upsilon Fraternity, Inc.
  • Latin American Student Association
  • Malaysian Student Association
  • Model United Nations
  • Organization of African Students
  • Organization of the Alliance of Students from the Indian Subcontinent
  • Pi Delta Psi Fraternity, Inc.
  • RIT Bhangra
  • Vietnamese Student Association


Finger Lakes

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)


Paul Keller
Director, International Enrollment

Application Deadlines

Undergraduate Admissions

Early Decision 1 — November 1
Early Decision 2 — January 1
Regular Decision — January 15

Graduate Admissions

Deadlines vary by program.  For more information
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Visa Information

Does your institution issue I-20 for F-1 visa status and/or DS-2019 for J-1 visa status?

Cost of Attendance & Financial Assistance

Undergraduate Tuition (per year before financial aid)
Full-Time: $50,564
Fees: $676

Graduate Tuition
Full-Time: $50,136
Fees: $676

Major Areas of Study

Architecture and Planning
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies
Arts and Humanities
Arts, Visual, and Performing
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Clinical Nutrition
Communication and Journalism
Communications Technologies
Computer and Information Sciences
Education, Teaching ESL
Engineering Technologies
English Language and Literature
Health and Medical Administrative Services
Health and Medicine
Health Sciences
Hospitality, Culinary Arts, and Hotel Management
Languages, Intensive English as Second Language
Languages, Literature, and Linguistics
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies
Library Science
Math and Statistics
Mental and Social Health Services
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies
Natural Resources and Conservation
Nursing / Other Allied Medical
Philosophy and Religion
Physical Sciences
Public Administration and Social Services
Public and Social Services
Science Technologies
Science, Math, and Technology
Social Sciences
Sports Medicine


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