Thursday, August 13, 2009

Rochester Institute of Technology Online

About Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Online

Online Learning is part of Academic Services at RIT Online. RIT offers a broad selection of online courses and degree programs. They have one of the largest and most established online education programs in the United States. Online Learning works with academic departments to support online courses to RIT students, and provide faculty with online technology to supplement campus-based courses. In addition to supporting students and faculty in flexible online courses, they provide complete support services to RIT departments and faculty who are interested in developing courses or programs for online learners.


In 2008 Online Learning received the Center of Excellence Award from the New Media Consortium (NMC). Each year NMC recognizes demonstrated excellence and outstanding achievement in the application of technology to learning or creative expression with its highest honor, the Center of Excellence Award, symbolized by a specially designed translucent obelisk. This award bestowed to RIT Online Learning was in recognition of the support of emerging technologies, faculty innovation, and online learning.

About Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) is a nationally respected leader in professional and career-oriented education. Talented, ambitious, and creative students of all cultures and backgrounds—and from 50 states and more than 95 countries—have chosen to attend RIT.

Few universities provide RIT’s depth and breadth of career-oriented studies. Rochester Institute of Technology’s eight colleges offer more than 90 different bachelor’s degree programs in art and design, business, engineering, science and mathematics, criminal justice, photography, environmental studies, hospitality and service management, computer science, information technology, bioinformatics, and many other areas.

As a major technical university, RIT offers academic opportunities that extend far beyond science and technology, including more liberal arts courses and faculty than you will find at most liberal arts colleges. With a strong foundation in the humanities and social sciences, you’ll gain an understanding of both technological developments and the philosophy and ethical issues that go with them.

The hallmark of an RIT education is the cooperative education program. Rochester Institute of Technology is one of the first universities in the world to begin cooperative education back in 1912. Last year, more than 3,600 co-op students alternated periods of study on campus with paid employment at more than 1,900 firms across the U.S. and overseas. Today, experiential education includes much more than just co-op, it involves internships, study abroad, and research, and is designed to enhance your academics with exciting opportunities and experiences.

Fast Facts

Founded in 1829, Rochester Institute of Technology is a privately endowed, coeducational university with nine colleges and institutes emphasizing career education and experiential learning.

RIT Student Body

Fall 2008 Total

Degrees Awarded

2007-2008 Total
Associate, Diploma, Certificate
Advanced Certificates


Many of RIT’s full-time students live in RIT residence halls, apartments, or townhouses on campus. On-campus fraternities, sororities, and special-interest houses are also available. Freshmen are guaranteed housing.

Residence Halls

1,757 rooms for approximately 3,508 students


963 units for 2,838 students

RIT Inn and Conference Center

170 rooms for 332 students

Greek Housing

Six buildings for 108 students

RIT Libraries

RIT Libraries are comprised of Wallace Library, the Cary Library, and RIT Archives and Special Collections. RIT's Wallace Library is the primary information resource center on campus. It is a multimedia center offering a vast array of resource materials. The library provides access to 200 electronic databases, more than 30,000 electronic journals, and more than 55,000 e-books. Resource materials include 11,000 audio, film, and video titles and more than 498,000 books and print journals.

The Campus

RIT’s campus occupies 1,300 acres in suburban Rochester, the third-largest city in New York. The campus consists of 238 buildings total (5.3 million sq. ft.).


Full-time Faculty
Part-time Faculty
Adjunct Faculty
Full-time Staff
Part-time Staff


RIT alumni number over 106,000 from all 50 states and more than 100 nations.


At RIT, men’s hockey, basketball, lacrosse, and women’s volleyball and hockey are often ranked nationally. Many other RIT teams receive recognition in the Northeast.

Men’s Teams—baseball, basketball, crew, cross country, Division I ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, track, and wrestling.

Women’s Teams—basketball, crew, cross country, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track, and volleyball.

RIT offers a wide variety of activities for students at all levels of ability. More than 50 percent of their undergraduate students participate in intramural sports ranging from flag football to golf and indoor soccer. Facilities include the Gordon Field House, featuring two swimming pools, a fitness center, indoor track, and an event venue with seating for 8,500; the Hale-Andrews Student Life Center, with five multipurpose courts, eight racquetball courts, and a dance/aerobics studio; the Ritter Ice Arena; outdoor tennis courts; an all-weather track; and athletic fields.


RIT is chartered by the legislature of the state of New York, accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition, individual colleges have professional accreditation for specific programs.

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