Rochester Institute of Technology
Curriculum Focus: broad range of career-focused educational programs
Application Deadline: December 01, 2015
Founded in 1829, the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) is a privately endowed, coeducational university with nine colleges and over 90 baccalaureate programs emphasizing career education and experiential learning. The campus occupies 1,300 acres in suburban Rochester, the third-largest city in New York State. RIT also has several international university partnerships as well as campuses abroad.
RIT’s mission is to provide a broad range of career-oriented educational programs with the goal of producing innovative, creative graduates who are well-prepared for their chosen careers in a global society. RIT has the fourth-oldest and one of the largest cooperative education programs in the world, annually placing more than 3,500 students in more than 5,500 co-op assignments with nearly 2,000 employers across the United States and overseas. RIT’s student body consists of approximately 15,000 undergraduate and 2,900 graduate students, representing all 50 states and more than 100 countries. RIT alumni number more than 110,000 worldwide. Additionally, RIT is an internationally recognized leader in preparing deaf and hard-of-hearing students for successful careers in professional and technical fields.
RIT is characterized by it climate of openness, access and diversity, and its commitment to student centeredness with a rich array of support initiatives. As a leading grantor of bachelor degrees in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, RIT provides pathways to enter the highly competitive STEM professions. In 2012 95% of RIT graduates entered either the workforce or graduate study within 6 months of graduation (based on RIT’s Annual Undergraduate Placement Survey). The vast majority of HEOP students participate in co-ops, often at top-rate companies such as Toyota, GM, Liberty Mutual, and JP Morgan Chase. Not only do RIT’s HEOP students graduate with jobs, they do so in their chosen field, mostly in STEM disciplines where disadvantaged populations are underrepresented.
"The primary objective of The Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) is to help provide a broad range of services to the student, who because of academic and economic circumstances, would otherwise be unable to attend college, yet has the potential and desire to obtain a college degree. HEOP is sponsored jointly by the State Education Department and the College."
"HEOP is funded jointly by the University and the New York State Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program and programming activities are supported, in part, by a grant from the New York State Education Department."