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Ryan Black
Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 7:00pm

What Sets Saunders’ Honors Students Apart

For prospective undergraduate students seeking involvement with an honor’s program, Saunders College of Business make a point to not only provide such an experience, but ensure that it uniquely enriches its participants’ education.

In collaboration with RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering, Saunders has helped establish an inter-disciplinary honors curriculum exclusive to business and engineering students. By participating with students from RIT’s engineering college, Saunders students are better able to understand the increasing importance of “Product and Service Innovation” for a Global Economy.

The program imparts to students an appreciation of the product and service development cycle -- from concept, all the way to realization. Students will learn how goods/services are conceived and how product concepts are refined then produced for the marketplace. As well as the special challenges of developing and marketing products/processes for a global marketplace.

All of RIT’s Honors Programs are for students who seek to challenge themselves in exemplary learning experiences such as undergraduate research projects, Honors Courses, independent study and international experiences. It is for students who wish to extend and share their knowledge by participating in professional associations and conferences. As well as those who aspire to join other outstanding students and faculty in a wide range of special activities throughout the year -- including social events, community service projects, and educational trips.

Yearly Trips
Saunders College Honors students may have the opportunity to participate in a spring trip that includes visits with alumni and to companies across various industries. The annual trip allows for participants to see first-hand how companies, large and small, address product and service development for the domestic and the global marketplaces.  

Each year Honors students have the chance to travel to a different region of the country. Previous trips have included New York City and Silicon Valley, visiting companies such as Bloomberg, Ernst & Young, Google, IDEO, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. More information will be available in the coming months on the Honors Program’s trip for Spring 2017 to Seattle, Washington.

Admission to the Program
For Entering Students
Prospective students begin the admission process by submitting RIT's Application for Undergraduate Admission, along with supporting documents. Applications are reviewed by the Undergraduate Admissions Office to select a the candidates who are then invited to join the Honors Program. Students who are selected for admission to the Honors Program will be notified shortly after receiving admission to the university.

For Current Students
Current RIT students can apply for late entry either through the summer research process for certain colleges or through the regular process (without summer research project). The February 17, 2017 submission deadline is the same for both processes. The minimum eligibility requirements are:

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Faculty recommendation.
  • A minimum of two years of academic coursework remaining at RIT to complete the undergraduate degree, beginning with the upcoming fall semester.
  • (Late entry is effective at the beginning of the fall semester).
  • Evidence of extracurricular, service and leadership activities.


Saunders College of Business is one of nine colleges at Rochester Institute of Technology and is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB). Recognized and ranked, Saunders is home to more than 1,000 enrolled students with over 18,000 alumni worldwide. Partnerships with RIT’s Venture Creations incubator and top ranked Albert J. Simone Center for Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship help Saunders College deliver a business education that is integrated with RIT’s world-leading technical and creative programs. Saunders College offers undergraduate (BS), Masters (MS), Masters of Business Administration (MBA), and Executive MBA (EMBA) programs where students gain real-world business experiences in the classroom and through cooperative education programs.

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