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Where is Rochester, and what's it like?

Rochester is the third largest urban area in New York State, and was rated sixth overall in the "best places to live" category by Places Rated Almanac. Rochester is also home to one of the nation's largest concentrations of deaf or hard-of-hearing residents.

Whether you're in the mood for museum hopping or antique shopping, nouveau cuisine or a burger, cultural adventures or sporting pleasures, scenic cruising or bargain choosing, history, mystery, artistry... when you visit Rochester you'll discover an exceptional place to indulge all your senses. High-tech industry, history and culture, entertainment, and recreations that you will find all this in Rochester.

There are seven colleges and universities located in the city and surrounding county, and more than 50,000 college students call Rochester. Rochester has a strong technology-based economy and consistently ranks in the top 10 exporting cities in the United States. Eastman Kodak Company, Bausch & Lomb Corporation, Xerox Corporation, and a host of smaller companies have a strong presence in the area. Rochester's reputation as an active and inventive community is supported by extensive cultural and intellectual opportunities. There is always something to do and something to learn in Rochester.

What do industry experts say about RIT?

RIT's reputation as one of the nation's top universities has been acknowledged by leading college guides and industry publications. As you search for the right university, consider what these experts have to say about RIT.

U.S. News & World Report has consistently rated RIT among America’s “best buys” in college education:

  • For more than 20 years, RIT has ranked first or second in Academic Reputation among regional universities in the North.
  • Our College of Engineering has been ranked in the top five master's degree level engineering colleges in the nation.
  • Our College of Business has been ranked among the top 50 business schools in the United States.
  • Our School of Photographic Arts & Sciences has been ranked first among all MFA-photography programs in the country.

Money magazine has rated RIT one of its top 15 “Best Values” for universities that specialize in science and technology programs.

The National Science Foundation has designated our College of Science as a national site for undergraduate research.

In a recent list of “101 Cool Campus Activities,” College Bound magazine chose seven popular activities at RIT, including our Swing Dance Club, Mini Baja Team, and ESPN Sports Center desk.

“RIT is an extremely challenging school that offers career-minded students a great background in a wide variety of technical fields. Students feel their practical degrees and on-the-job experiences will serve them well in today’s tough job market.” — The Insider’s Guide to Colleges

“This is a fast-paced, high-tech school for go-getters who already know where they want to be. After a rigorous education, more than 90 percent of RIT graduates go into the job market, with a significant boost from the school’s cooperative education program.” — Fiske Guide to Colleges

“For science and technology, RIT is a superior choice. RIT also has an excellent liberal arts program since students must understand both technological developments and philosophical and ethical issues presented by technology.” — Guide to 101 Best Values in America’s Colleges and Universities

“The excellent cooperative education program, required in most majors, has placed printing management students aboard the QE2 cruise liner, turning out menus and the daily newspaper, and photography students at NASA, developing photos of Neptune. In sum, RIT is Rich In Treasures, at a price that, with the help of cooperative earnings, doesn't send most students or their families to the poor house.” — Barron's Best Buys in College Education

Where can I use a microwave?

There is a microwave located in SDC 1400 (behind The Grind coffee shop on the first floor of the Student Development Center). There is also a microwave in The Commons next to the beverage dispenser.

Students and CounselorsOur admission process is a personal one. Each application is reviewed holistically for strength of academic preparation, performance on standardized tests, counselor recommendations and your personal career interests. We seek applicants from all geographical, social, cultural, economic and ethnic backgrounds.

Deaf and hard-of-hearing students are required to submit an audiogram to qualify for admission. Students must have a significant hearing loss, and demonstrate the ability to benefit from the models used at RIT/NTID designated specifically to provide access to academic programs for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

Ready to apply? Four ways to get started:

  1. You can request application materials and we'll send them to you via postal mail,
  2. complete the application online via the RIT admissions portal,
  3.  apply using the Common Application, or
  4. download the application forms, print and mail them in.

Choose the application method that's best for you!

Come and visit 

Once you see RIT/NTID's campus and meet our faculty, staff and students, you'll understand why so many students feel immediately at home and why alumni have fond memories of their time here. Come see for yourself!

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Launch ChatHave questions? Chat live with an RIT/NTID admissions counselor and get your answers. Whether you inquiry is about a program, admission requirements, student life or financial options, our admissions counselors can assist you with your needs. 

You can also give us a call at 585-475-6700 or 585-743-1366 (VP) or toll free in the U.S. and Canada at 1-866-644-6843, weekdays 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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