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Our Diverse Community

The variety of backgrounds and perspectives represented in the RIT community enrich the learning experience for all. Behind our creativity and innovation stands a blend of cultures that adds a social and educational dynamic unique to our university. The Division of Diversity and Inclusion presents programs and opportunities for all students to get involved. 

At RIT you’ll live and study with over 2,635 international students from 102 countries. In addition, more than 2,000 students of color have elected to study at RIT, embodying our commitment to diversity. Adding a social and educational dynamic not found at any other university are more than 1,200 deaf and hard-of-hearing students supported by RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

Human diversity is essential to organizational growth and synergy. These differences create points of tension that spark alternative viewpoints and ideas and ignite the kindling forces behind creativity and innovation. The variety of backgrounds and perspectives represented in the RIT community enriches the learning experience for all. As you interact on team-based projects, in residences halls, and in day-to-day activities, you will be enriched and better prepared for the opportunities and challenges of global interdependence.