RIT and the Rochester Area

Aerial View of RIT.

Rochester Institute of Technology

Founded in 1829, Rochester Institute of Technology is a privately endowed, coeducational university in the Finger Lakes region of New York state. With approximately 15,000 undergraduates and 3,000 graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries, RIT is one of the largest private universities in the nation. RIT offers a rich array of degree programs in engineering, science, business, and the arts, across its nine colleges and institutes.

RIT was ranked 97th among National Universities in the U.S. News and World Reports Best Colleges Rankings 2018, and it is a national leader in professional and career-oriented education. The RIT Ph.D. program in Computer and Information Sciences was ranked 68th in the U.S. News and World Reports 2018 ranking of Best Doctoral Computer Science Programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education has listed RIT as a "Great Colleges to Work For" for four years.

Students walking on the RIT campus.


Rochester, situated between Lake Ontario and the Finger Lakes region, is the 51st largest metro area in the United States and the third largest city New York State; it is a conveniently short distance from Toronto, Buffalo, and Syracuse. The Greater Rochester region, which is home to nearly 1.1 million people, is rich in cultural and ethnic diversity, with a population comprised of approximately 18% African and Latin Americans and another 3% of international origin. It is also home to one of the largest deaf communities per capita in the U.S.

In addition, Rochester ranks 4th for “Most Affordable City" by Forbes Magazine, and MSN selected Rochester as the “#1 Most Livable Bargain Market” (for real-estate). Kiplinger named Rochester one of the top five “Best City for Families.” The Finger Lakes area is New York's largest wine-producing region and home to multiple higher education and cultural institutions, with a vibrant culinary scene and over 140 annual festivals and events.

Rochester downtown by the waterfront.

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