No longer just a center for local concerns to be expressed, Rochester Institute for Technology’s (RIT) vision focuses on the preparation of “students for successful careers in a global society.” Founded in 1829, the private not-for-profit RIT initially served as a meeting hall for lectures and a library for the local community. Today, that community has expanded from a main campus in Rochester, NY to include two additional campuses, one in Eastern Europe and the other in Dubai. Nearly 18,000 students attend RIT representing all fifty states and 100 plus countries. Integrated into the diverse student body is the school’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf which enrolls more than 1,200 deaf students and eight other academic colleges. And the Wallace Library has grown to offer 500,000 plus books, 100,000 plus e-books, and additional access to over 250 electronic databases, 36,000 electronic journals and 10,000 plus media resources.
Rochester Institute for Technology is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and is chartered by the legislature of the state of New York. Individual degrees of study also have program-specific accreditations and the Institute has received accolades from from numerous national publications, such as the College Sustainability Report Card, the American Institute for Economic Research, and The Chronicle of Higher Education and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.
Realizing that education matters to many working professionals and adult students, RIT’s online program provides a wide array of choices ranging from Master’s degrees to Associate’s and diploma programs. Master’s degree programs offer more than ten options in the Master of Science program, including Networking and System Administration, Human Resource Development, and Service Leadership and Innovation, plus others. Graduate students may also pursue Master’s of Engineering and Business Administration degrees. Fifteen different Certificate and Advanced Certificate options allow students at RIT to enhance their exdivertise in programs like Statistical Quality, Technical Information Design, Small Business Management, or International Logistics and Transportation. Undergraduate students can enroll in the Applied Arts and Science Diploma or opt to complete the Bachelor of Science in Applied Arts and Science or Associate in Applied Science degrees. These undergraduate programs afford students the opportunity to individualize their programs of study with a Business/Management, Computer/Technical, or Liberal Arts focus.
Students enrolling in online degree courses at RIT encounter similar content to campus-based classrooms while enjoying greater flexibility. Students follow a syllabus, complete research and written assignments, as well as readings and exams. In some instances, classes require attendance at a specified time for chat or video conferencing. At other times, students choose when to participate in activities, like discussion boards. Instructors can be contacted via email or phone.
Financial aid is available for qualifying students at the federal, state, institute and private levels. Rochester Institute of Technology aid and awards include:
RIT undergraduate grants/scholarships
- RIT Merit Scholarships
- Need-based grants
RIT graduate scholarships and assistantships
- Federal Perkins Loans
- Federal Direct Loans
- Federal Direct PLUS Loans
- New York State Tuition Assistance Program
- NYS Educational Opportunity Program
- Various New York state scholarships
- New York State aid, including Native Americans and the Segal AmeriCorps Education awards
Numerous endowed scholarships
RIT also support military personnel, including participation in the Post 9/11 GI Bill and the New York State sponsored Veterans Tuition Awards and the Military Service Recognition Scholarship. Nearly 500 corporations also partner with RIT to offer tuition benefits and students should check with their corporation to determine participation.
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Sector Of Institution:4-year, Private not-for-profit
Highest Level Of Offering:Doctor's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:3,792
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