Rochester Institute of Technology: Narrative Description

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One Lomb Memorial Dr.
Rochester, NY 14623-5603
Tel: (585)475-2411
Admissions: (585)475-6631
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Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1829. Setting: 1,300-acre suburban campus with easy access to Buffalo. Endowment: $474 million. Research spending 2003-04: $25.7 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $13,436 per student. Total enrollment: 14,552. Faculty: 1,218 (731 full-time, 487 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 9,108 applied, 67% were admitted. 31% from top 10% of their high school class, 66% from top quarter, 92% from top half. 19 National Merit Scholars, 28 valedictorians. Full-time: 10,723 students, 29% women, 71% men. Part-time: 1,581 students, 34% women, 66% men. Students come from 50 states and territories, 90 other countries, 45% from out-of-state, 0.5% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 5% black, 7% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 4% international, 15% 25 or older, 60% live on campus, 7% transferred in. Retention: 88% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: engineering/engineering technologies; visual/performing arts; computer/information sciences. Core. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at members of the Rochester Area Colleges. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Naval (c), Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA, 1 recommendation, interview. Required for some: portfolio. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 3/15, 12/1 for early decision. Notification: continuous, 1/15 for early decision.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. Comprehensive fee: $30,549 includes full-time tuition ($22,056), mandatory fees ($357), and college room and board ($8136). College room only: $4653. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, program, and student level. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $491 per credit hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $29 per term. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, program, and student level.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 170 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 7% of eligible men and 5% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: campus radio station, campus weekly magazine, student government, Off-Campus Student Association, Music Association. Major annual events: Fall Weekend/Parents' Weekend, New Student Convocation, Spring Weekend. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service. 6,600 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Wallace Memorial Library with 408,000 books, 509,000 microform titles, 2,800 serials, 47,600 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $4.8 million. 2,500 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

The Greater Rochester area - the city and its immediate suburbs - has a population of about 713,000. Per capital income is among the highest for metropolitan areas in the nation. The area's many internationally known industries employ a high proportion of scientists, technologists and skilled workers. Rochester is the world center of photography, the largest producer of optical goods in the United States, and among the leaders in graphic arts and reproduction and in production of electronic equipment and precision instruments. Rochester's industries have always been closely associated with RIT's programs and progress to the mutual benefit of all.