Rochester Institute of Technology: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

Rochester Institute of Technology

Michael MacDonald

Rochester Institute of Technology is a private university with an acceptance rate of 66%. The school's 1,300-acre campus is located just outside of downtown Rochester in a suburban setting. RIT offers over 85 bachelor's degree programs through its twelve colleges. RIT's programs are largely career-oriented, and the school was one of the first in the country to have a cooperative education program. The institute has a 12-to-1 student/faculty ratio. In athletics, the RIT Tigers compete in the NCAA Division III Liberty League. Ice hockey competes in Division I.

Considering applying to Rochester Institute of Technology? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Rochester Institute of Technology had an acceptance rate of 66%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 66 students were admitted, making RIT's admissions process competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 19,335
Percent Admitted 66%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 22%

SAT Scores and Requirements

RIT requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 71% of admitted student-submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 590 680
Math 610 720
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of RIT's admitted students fall within the top 20% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to RIT scored between 590 and 680, while 25% scored below 590 and 25% scored above 680. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 610 and 720, while 25% scored below 610 and 25% scored above 720. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1400 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Requirements

RIT does not require the SAT writing section. Note that RIT participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates

ACT Scores and Requirements

Rochester Institute of Technology requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 29% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 24 32
Math 26 31
Composite 27 32

This admissions data tells us that most of RIT's admitted students fall within the top 14% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to RIT received a composite ACT score between 27 and 32, while 25% scored above 32 and 25% scored below 27.

Requirements

Rochester Institute of Technology does not require the ACT writing section. Unlike many universities, RIT superscores ACT results; your highest subscores from multiple ACT sittings will be considered.

GPA

Rochester Institute of Technology does not provide data about admitted students' high school GPAs.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Rochester Institute of Technology Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Rochester Institute of Technology Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Rochester Institute of Technology. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) is a selective career-oriented university that rejects over a third of its applicants. To get in, applicants will need strong high school grades and standardized test scores, particularly in math. However, RIT has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. A strong application essay and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their test scores and grades are outside of RIT's average range.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that most successful applicants had high school averages of a 3.0 or better, combined SAT scores of about 1100 or higher (ERW+M), and ACT composite scores of roughly 22 or better. A large number of admitted students had grade point averages in the "A" range.

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