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Monday, September 9, 2019 - 1:37pm
RIT among the top universities in the nation

Rochester Institute of Technology is among the top third “National Universities,” earning praise for its co-operative education program and its graduation rate for students from low-income families, as well as its business and engineering colleges.

RIT this year ranked 104 out of more than 300 universities in this prestigious category, which includes some of the nation’s best-known research universities. These top universities “offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus master’s and Ph.D. programs, and emphasize faculty research,” according to U.S. News.

The 2020 edition of U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges also cited strong rankings for RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering and Saunders College of Business, and said RIT is a “Best College for Veterans,” a “Best Value School,” and a “Top Performer for Social Mobility.”

This is the 37th year that U.S. News has issued these “Best College” Ranks. The rankings are based on several categories, with the most weight given to peer assessment, graduation and retention rates and faculty resources.

In this year’s ranking, RIT:

  • Ranked among the top 20 schools cited for excellent co-op or internship programs.
  • Tied for 61st out of more than 200 engineering colleges programs where the highest degree is doctorate for its Kate Gleason College of Engineering.
  • Tied for 66th place out of more than 500 undergraduate business programs with its Saunders College of Business.
  • Placed 50th among national universities as a “best value school,” which compared the value of the education received to the price a student pays.
  • Tied for 69th among national universities cited as “Best Colleges for Veterans.”
  • Tied for 108 among national universities cited for social mobility, which measured how well schools graduate students receiving federal Pell grants.

Also ranked were:

  • RIT’s online programs Best MBA (tied for 26th), Best Graduate Engineering (tied for 63rd), Best Bachelor’s (tied for 217th), Best Graduate Business Program, excluding MBA (114th) and Best Graduate Computer Information Technology program (41st)
  • RIT graduate programs in Business (tied at 93rd), Engineering (tied at 75th), Computer Science (tied at 68th), Fine Arts (33rd), Photography (4th), Physician Assistant, (108th) and Physics (tied at 69th).

To see the full U.S. News national university rankings, go to

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