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Rochester Institute of Technology

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Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) is a private research university in the town of Henrietta in the Rochester, New York, metropolitan area. The university was founded in 1829 and is the tenth largest private university in the United States in terms of full-time students. It is internationally known for its science, computer, engineering, and art programs, as well as for the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, a leading deaf-education institution that provides educational opportunities to more than 1000 deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

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Rochester Institute of Technology
Former name
Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute (RAMI)
TypePrivate research university
Established1829; 194 years ago (1829)
Academic affiliation
Endowment$1.295 billion (2021)[1]
PresidentDavid C. Munson, Jr
ProvostEllen Granberg
Academic staff
1,499 (Full-time, part-time, adjunct)[2]
Administrative staff
Location, ,
United States

43°05′05″N 77°40′34″W
CampusSuburban 1,300 acres (5.3 km2)
ColorsOrange and White[3]
Sporting affiliations
MascotRitchie the Tiger[4][5]

RIT is known for its co-op program, which blends professional and industrial experience with traditional classroom based instruction. It has the fourth oldest and one of the largest co-op programs in the world. It is classified among "R2: Doctoral Universities – High research activity".[6]

RIT's student population is approximately 19,000 students, about 16,000 undergraduate and 3000 graduate. Demographically, students attend from all 50 states in the United States and from more than 100 countries around the world. The university has more than 4000 active faculty and staff members who engage with the students in a wide range of academic activities and research projects. It also has branches abroad, its global campuses, located in China, Croatia, Kosovo, and United Arab Emirates (Dubai).

Eleven RIT alumni and faculty members have been recipients of the Pulitzer Prize, winning a total of 15 prizes.[7]