RIT Enters U.S. News Top-Tier National Rankings

RIT Enters U.S. News Top-Tier National Rankings

August 22, 2019 1 By Stanley Isaacs


>>Bill Destler: Hello RIT family and friends. Today I am here to discuss with you a major,
major development in the history of RIT – and that’s the movement of RIT’s classification
under the Carnegie ranking classifications from a master’s comprehensive university
to a research university. And accompanying that change, it turns out
RIT is now ranked among the major research universities in the country under what U.S.
News & World Report calls their “National University” category. These are the elite of the elite in the country. In this new national ranking RIT actually
ranked 107 out of more than 300 “national universities” in the ranking list. This elite list of universities heads up a
list of more than 2,000 colleges and universities that U.S. News ranks every year. We’ve actually been ranked 66th in terms
of our academic reputation and 49th in terms of our reputation among guidance counselors. In addition, and not surprisingly, RIT was
ranked 33rd in a category called “Great Schools, Great Prices.” We’re very excited about these rankings
and we think they represent a significant step in the institution’s history. Now a number of you may remember when RIT
was ranked as a “North Region” university by U.S. News & World Report and we were ranked
as high as 7th or 6th depending on the year you actually look at. This new ranking is actually with a completely
different set of peer universities. We’re ranking alongside the elites of the
university and college world – the Ivies, Stanford, MIT – so this is a much more difficult
ranking to place very high in. But we’re very, very proud that in our first
year of being ranked in this category we almost made the top 100. RIT was also ranked highly in certain sub-specialties. For example, we were one of 22 schools cited
for the quality of our co-op and internship programs. The Kate Gleason College of Engineering was
ranked 65 and Saunders College of Business ranked 77th. Other ranking organizations have ranked almost
a dozen of our programs in the top ten nationally including some of the hottest new fields like
computer gaming or industrial design. So I think we have a lot to be proud of here
at RIT. And this latest ranking is just another step
on our march toward “Greatness through Difference.”