Established in 1829, Rochester Institute of Technology is one to the premiere technical institutes in the United States. It is also home to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, the second-largest college for the deaf. RIT grants undergraduate and graduate degrees across its nine academic schools and colleges. Popular majors include Engineering, Business and Computer Sciences. RIT supports students of color through several of its 250 student organizations, including the African Deaf Students Union, Black Awareness Coordinating Committee, and historically black fraternities and sororities. COSALANA is a club dedicated to fostering the academic success of African Americans, Latinos and Native Americans in RIT’s College of Science through mentorship. It is the school’s mission to afford its students the best technology-based education and develop students both professional and personally. 

Location: Rochester, NY

Type of Institution: Four-year, private, technical university

Tuition and Fees (per trimester)

     • In-State/Out-of-State: $11,008

Size: 17,600+ students

Percentage of African-American Students: 5%

Percentage of Men: 68%

Percentage of Women: 32%

Student-Teacher Ratio: 13:1

Degrees Offered: Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctorate

Colleges/Schools: Applied Science and Technology; Business, Computing and Information Sciences; Engineering; Health Sciences and Technology; Imaging Arts and Sciences; Liberal Arts; Technical Institute for the Deaf; Science

Housing: On-campus housing provided: residence halls, apartments, townhomes


     • Greek: Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma, Delta Sigma Theta, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Zeta Phi Beta

     • Others: African Deaf Students Union, Black Awareness Coordinating Committee, Gospel Ensemble, National Society of Black Engineers, Organization of African Students, Society of African American Business Students, UNICEF

Famous Black Alumni/Faculty: Kwaku Alston

City Life: Museums, art galleries, Erie Canal, film festivals, wineries, shopping, dining, Brown’s Berry Patch, city tours