Founded in 1829, the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), located in the town of Henrietta in upstate New York, is a private research university offering both undergraduate and graduate degrees, including (online) masters, doctorates, and professional degrees. RIT is the 10th-largest private university in the country in terms of full-time students (about 16,000 undergraduate and 3,000 graduate) and is internationally known for its science, computer, engineering, and art programs. It also has global campuses located in China, Croatia, and United Arab Emirates (Dubai).
Additionally, RIT houses the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, a leading institution that provides educational opportunities to over 1,000 deaf and hard-of-hearing students and has the 4th-oldest, and one of the largest, Co-op programs in the world, offering students professional and industrial experience.
Thirteen notable RIT alumni and faculty members have been awarded the Pulitzer Prize, including William Snyder (’81), who has won four times: 1989 (Explanatory Journalism), 1991 (Feature Photography), 1993 (Spot News), and 2006 (Breaking News Photography).
Notable academic programs at the school include:
- The Imaging Science department, established in 1989, was the first at the university to offer a doctoral program. It remains the only formal Imaging Science program in the nation as a multidisciplinary field, which includes physics, optics, and computer science. Important associations also exist between the Imaging Department and local imagery and optics companies, including Xerox, Kodak, and the ITT Corporation.
- The Microelectronic Engineering program, created in 1982, was the nation’s first Bachelor of Science program specializing in the fabrication of semiconductor devices and integrated circuits.
- The Information Technology (IT) program, created in 1993, offered the first nationally recognized IT degree.
- The Software Engineering bachelor’s degree program, established in 1996, was the first in the United States.
- The university’s newly developed Video Game Design program, established in 2019, was recently recognized by The Princeton Review as one of the Top 10 programs in the country.
- Visited: Spring 1991