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Rochester InState of Tech.

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) is a private university located within the town of Henrietta in the Rochester, New York metropolitan area.

Location

Address
1 Lomb Memorial Dr
City
Rochester
State
NY
Zip/Post Code
14623-5603

Contact Information

Stats

Total Undergrad enrollment
13711
Total Graduate enrollment
2800
In State Tuition Fees
33932
Out State Tuition Fees
33932
ACT Score
30
SAT Score
1330
Grade Point Average(GPA)
3.70
Male Female Ratio
68:32
Acceptance Rate
57%
Student Faculty Ratio
13:01

Additional Information

College Type
Private
Religious Affiliation
N/A
Campus Housing
Yes
Mascot
Tigers
Colors
Orange And Brown
Conference
Liberty League

College History

History

The Institute as it is known today began as a result of an 1891 merger between the Rochester Athenaeum, a literary society founded in 1829 by Colonel Nathaniel Rochester and associates, and the Mechanics Institute, a Rochester institute of practical technical training for local residents founded in 1885 by a consortium of local businessmen including Captain Henry Lomb. The name of the merged institution at the time was called Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute (RAMI). In 1944, the university changed its name to Rochester Institute of Technology. RIT's traditional seal The Institute originally resided within the city of Rochester, New York, proper, on a block bounded by the Erie Canal, South Plymouth Avenue, Spring Street, and South Washington Street (approximately 43.152632�N 77.615157�W). Its art department was originally located in the Bevier Memorial Building. By the middle of the twentieth century, RIT began to outgrow its facilities, and surrounding land was scarce and expensive; additionally, in 1959, the New York Department of Public Works announced a new freeway, the Inner Loop, was to be built through the city along a path that bisected the Institute's campus and required demolition of key Institute buildings. In 1961, an unanticipated donation of $3.27 million ($25,806,782 today) from local Grace Watson, for whom RIT's dining hall was later named, allowed the Institute to purchase land for a new 1,300-acre (5.3 km2) campus several miles south along the east bank of the Genesee River in suburban Henrietta. Upon completion in 1968, the Institute moved to the new suburban campus, where it resides today. In 1966, RIT was selected by the Federal government to be the site of the newly founded National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID). NTID admitted its first students in 1968, concurrent with RIT's transition to the Henrietta campus. In 1979, RIT took over Eisenhower College, a liberal arts college located in Seneca Falls, New York. Despite making a 5-year commitment to keep Eisenhower open, RIT announced in July 1982 that the college would close immediately. One final year of operation by Eisenhower's academic program took place in the 1982-83 school year on the Henrietta campus. The final Eisenhower graduation took place in May 1983 back in Seneca Falls. In 1990, RIT started its first Ph.D. program, in Imaging Science, which is also the first Ph.D. program of its kind in the U.S.RIT subsequently established Ph.D programs in five other fields, comprising Astrophysical Sciences and Technology, Computing and Information Sciences, Color Science, Microsystems Engineering, and Sustainability. In 1996, RIT also became the first college in the U.S to offer a Software Engineering degree at the undergraduate level.

College Specialty

Specialty

RIT�s mission is to provide a broad range of career-oriented educational programs with the goal of producing innovative, creative graduates who are well-prepared for their chosen careers in a global society. The RIT community engages and motivates students through stimulating and collaborative experiences. We rigorously pursue new and emerging career areas. We develop and deliver curricula and advance scholarship and research relevant to emerging technologies and social conditions. Our community is committed to diversity and student centeredness and is distinguished by our innovative and collaborative spirit. Internal and external partnerships expand our students� experiential learning. RIT is committed to mutually enriching relationships with alumni, government, business, and the world community. Teaching, learning, scholarship, research, innovation, and leadership development for promoting student success are our central enterprises.

Alumni

Alumni

RIT has over 110,000 alumni worldwide. Notable alumni include Bob Duffy, New York Lieutenant Governor; Tom Curley, President and CEO of the Associated Press; Daniel Carp, former Chairman of the Eastman Kodak Company; software developer John Resig; N. Katherine Hayles, critical theorist; and photojournalist Bernie Boston.

Campus

Campus

Suburban 1,300 Acres (5.3 Km2)

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