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RIT Admissions

BoondocksBoondocks Registered User Posts: 315 Member
My son and I visited RIT this summer, and also met with the admissions department.

Admission standards at RIT vary depending upon which major you apply for. High school course requirements and mean SAT/GPA vary as well. Acceptance percentages also vary by major.

The link below has two pages that include the test scores, by major, for ADMITTED applicants, which means ACCEPTED applicants (bear in mind that the test scores of admitted applicants are almost always higher than those of attending students, because many of the highest scoring students are using the school as a safety school).


Scroll down to about page 50 to see the admissions info.

My son is interested in engineering technology, and they list the SAT scores for the 25th percentile/75th percentile for this major to be 1580 / 1850. The admissions person we met with said that 200 of the 245 applicants (82%) for engineering technology were accepted; the RIT acceptance percentage overall is about 60%, so other departments obviously have a much lower acceptance percentage. My son has an ACT of 23, 89 average and a rank of 9 in a class of 60, and the admissions counselor said that he was likely to get in, although that was without seeing his transcript.

The Industrial Design department accepted 53 out of 73 (73%), by the way.

The SAT scores for the 25th percentile/75th percentile for the admitted engineering majors is 1780 / 2030, to give you a comparison with the engineering technology data.


One more note: I've read some complaints that RIT has an ugly campus, and can't quite figure out why. Yes, all the buildings are new and made from brick, so there isn't the architectural variety that you get at some schools. However, the campus is well-laid out, spacious, and the buildings are attractive. The only risk is that you could get lost, because the buildings all look alike. (Every freshman at any college with more than three buildings gets lost, regardless).

My son didn't care about the buildings, anyway. He was interested in the labs, which he was very impressed with (as was I). The school has very good facilities.
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Replies to: RIT Admissions

  • dlbarberdlbarber Registered User Posts: 246 Junior Member
    That is funny about the brick. They have their own patent on that brick. My D chose the school because of the color of the brick...I guess that is one way to narrow the field! She is a very successful graduate of RIT's Physician Assistant program. My S is currently looking at their Film program for next year. He does not care about the brick...just the program!!
  • mamabear1234mamabear1234 Registered User Posts: 3,522 Senior Member
    My S is a freshman in the Game Design and Development program. They have a much lower acceptance rate, I think something like 10-12%? I remember they gave the acceptance numbers when we visited, that and Film are the toughest majors to get into. I think the campus is fine, he really doesn't care either, all he wanted was the major also.
  • Momom2Momom2 Registered User Posts: 416 Member
    Does anyone know the percentage of students who apply ED who are admitted? I can't find that statistic anywhere. Thanks.
  • BoondocksBoondocks Registered User Posts: 315 Member
    Only thing I could find had numbers that appear to be a bit dated. It indicated that 76% of early decision applicants were accepted, while 66% of regular decision applicants were accepted.

    The current acceptance percentage is 60%, so the numbers from the link below are from a few years ago, but I would guess that the difference is probably about the same - I'd guess that early decision applicants are accepted at abotu a 70% rate now, but that's merely a semi-educated guess.

    Rochester Institute of Technology Guide - By The Numbers
  • alex4848alex4848 Registered User Posts: 18 New Member
    I'm currently a freshman at RIT (I did apply early decision). I'm not sure of the acceptance rate difference between ED and RD, but I do have a suspicion that you might have slightly higher chances of being invited into the Honors Program as an ED applicant (but that's purely speculation). Personally, I would say that RIT is a bit more lenient towards who they accept, which may reflect their lower retention rate.
    Regarding the school itself, I would definitely recommend it. It's a lot of fun always easy to find something to do. As far as the girl/guy ratio goes, sure it's noticeable if you actually think about it (especially in computing majors and such), but I hardly ever notice it and tend to hang out in groups with a good mix. And of course, the academic facilities are great and I do like all my professors this quarter (though not the case with everyone, of course).
    I actually prefer the look of RIT's brick campus to other college campuses. Also, hands down the best way to learn the campus is to participate in Humans vs. Zombies on week 3. You'll learn what buildings are connected via tunnels as well as the outskirts of campus when taking the most convoluted routes to class haha.
    This is only my 6th week here (7th counting orientation), but I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have.
  • cremebrulee118cremebrulee118 Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    I swear the bricks are beyond depressing.
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