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  • 07/20/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    34 out of 34 people found this review useful. 1 of 145

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    Great for these types of students

    I have seen every kind of student at RIT but as the quarters continue, you'll start to see the slackers disappear. Don't waste your time with RIT if you're here to party every night and skip classes. You'll get kicked out in no time. RIT is great for just about any major you can dream up. From sciences to arts and from engineering to computer development - RIT has it all.

    Tips for prospective students

    One of the best ways to meet friends and get a jump on your classes is to join a learning community. You will be automatically registered for your classes and you will be with other students for your major. If you end up with a roommate you just can't live with, don't panic! Just talk to housing and you'll be able to move by the end of the week. (It was one of the best decisions of my life!) Everybody likes to complain about the food at Gracie's but I think it's delicious! Always eat at Mongo's! Can't find the energy to wake up for lunch? No problem! Ask your professor if you can eat in his/her class. I saved tons of time by enjoying my food while learning. If you're having a tough time with your math homework, there is free tutoring always available. A writing lab will also help review your papers and essays as well. Didn't get the professor you wanted? Just email them! Most professors are willing to overfill their classrooms so that you don't have to suffer through a quarter with a poor teacher. If you need anything else, just ask your RA, your academic adviser or even President Destler. All of these resources are bound to know how to answer your inquiries. Finally, stay organized! RIT's quarter system moves fast and if you fall behind, you'll get buried with work in no time. Make friends and work together to get through your classes with A's! (But don't overwork yourself. There is plenty of time for relaxing and spending time doing whatever you want.)

    Bang for the buck

    RIT is very expensive because of the immense amount of things going on. You will feel a bit robbed because most of your money will go towards things you will never use. Talk to your financial aid adviser to learn how you can ease the burden of such costs.

    Am enjoying being here

    A good portion of your tuition goes toward an activities fund which means there is never a dull weekend at RIT. Whether it is barbecuing, concerts, movies on the Greek Lawn or other get-togethers, there is always something going on. You just need the initiative to get out of the dorm! If RIT's activities aren't for you there are also hundreds of clubs you can join that will fit your interests. You can even start your own club!

    Am learning a lot

    Part of being a Software Engineering major means spending a year with Computer Science students learning the basics of computer programming. When I first came to RIT, I knew nothing about writing code but the classes challenged and taught me well and now I feel that I am fully prepared to begin my major. RIT does a good job of preparing you for the classes that matter. You'll be able to get your math, liberal arts and sciences out of the way early so that you can get to the good stuff and excel in your major!

  • 07/16/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    14 out of 14 people found this review useful. 2 of 145

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Microelectronic Engineering Computer Engineering Electrical Engineering Photography Other (too many to list and I can't possibly know all of them, but this school has received many awards, so check it out!) Oh this school is also extremely diverse, so if you're looking for an experience go here :)

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you a prepared to work as this school is not for the faint of heart. If you're in an engineering program it's going to be tough, but completely worth it and you should get a job coming right out of college.

    Bang for the buck

    For me it's worth it. I'm paying roughly $40,000 a year, but I am given access to a lab that is priced at $64 million, so I can't complain. Plus it is the only school for my major that allows you to use their cleanroom as an undergraduate student.

    Am enjoying being here

    The school itself is fantastic; however, the location is a bit blah. It's in the middle of Rochester, NY where it is basically gray all the time. Other than that there is plenty of stuff to do and I find myself busy 110% of the time.

    Am learning a lot

    My current major is Microelectronic Engineering. RIT is the only school in the nation that offers this major. This school is fantastic and has actually challenged me. I was used to getting an A in everything but in this school that's not possible for me. The teachers in general are great and because this is a hands on and co-op school it makes the learning process a lot easier.

  • 08/31/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    11 out of 12 people found this review useful. 3 of 145

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Overall, yes this is a great college and you can do well in whatever you chose to do here academically. However, students who want to succeed here also need to be dedicated workers and dedicated to doing well. You can have the best intentions and procrastinate and then go out with your friends more and more frequently but then before you know it you’re one of those students that can’t make it as easy as the other students are. The last thing you want to be your year is to become a slacker and with all of the amazing opportunity that this college provides who would want to waste it!

    Tips for prospective students

    Tips, Tip number one. Talk to your academic advisor and see what you can do to make it so you’re in a learning community. It makes the first couple weeks a lot more bearable and throughout the year it’s very comforting to know and useful to have people you can talk to about work close by. It’s a big help too with last minute work, you tend to run into a lot of that with these quarter systems because everything winds up flying by so fast. Tip number two. Keep up with homework, it is all very important and is all on the very large tests you get at the end of each unit. Also, do well on your tests and actually study for them. If you have like three of four of them and you know how you’ve done on each then you pretty much know how you’re doing in that class. Tip number three. Keep in touch with your academic advisor and up to date on everything academically, financially, look to the future and anticipate things. Even talk to your FYE instructor and other teachers out of the class room on more than one occasion, they know what they’re talking about and have lots of advice to share. Tip number three. Have fun :) The year is challenging but RIT does such an awesome job of arranging activities for you! I know I had a great time at Brick City and the many hockey games I attended. Those were my favorite, find some time to get out and support the team! Barbeques and fraternity pool parties, blow-up wrestling on the quarter mile and special dinners at Gracies are some of the things I enjoyed my first quarter and it just keeps coming!

    Bang for the buck

    Ah, right. There is a twist to its satisfying atmosphere. RIT is a private school and tends to be very expensive. You do find those students and friends who don’t seem to have a problem with the financial burden but for people like me who are about average and need to worry about the financials a lot when attending a private school I would recommend signing up for as many scholarships as possible!! The money is out there you just need to apply yourself. Talk to financial aid! They will always think in your best interest and help you as much as they can, even if it’s suggesting to you what the best websites are for finding scholarships. Also, work study is always a good way to go. Everyone on campus is very friendly and helpful with new students who are just getting a start on working so don’t be afraid to look into it. The RIT website can help a lot with that. If you find this is really the school you want to go to, work something out, there is always a way, even if it means waiting until after graduation day with those loans. After graduation though hopefully it will be less of a burden for you with RIT’s above average rate of helping students to land jobs, sometimes even before graduation!

    Am enjoying being here

    When I started my college search the two qualifications that I always had to look into before I considered anyplace were the schools academics and their campus. The academics obviously because you want to make sure they provide your major but also the campus because you want to make sure you’re going to be comfortable, happy and safe living there. I really am enjoying my time here because the campus is beautiful, the area is amazing and I feel one hundred percent safe in my dormitory and on the campus itself. Comfort is a big thing for me and so far I haven’t found any reason to complain. I really am enjoying myself here at RIT, the dorms and the people in them are so much fun and friendly and its overall just such a rewarding experience.

    Am learning a lot

    I stated school at RIT in September, 2008. So far it has been one of the most unexpected learning experiences of my life and I couldn’t be more grateful for the lessons that I am learning. I did very well in high school academically but what make the experience here at RIT are the lessons you learn both inside and out of the classrooms. For example, one of the greatest experiences I think I’ve had so far is to have the opportunity to learn from a whole new community, the Deaf community! In case you didn’t know RIT is a very well known school for its NTID program and exceptionally large portion of deaf students included in its student body population. This is something I didn’t really look into or know before I got here, but it has been a very interesting experience to live around and become friends with students who are from a whole other way of life. Another example though for inside the classroom, I believe it has been to my benefit this last year to have been a part of a learning community. My learning community was basically my floor and the floor above me in my dorm building, and the catch with these is that for the most part they are the people you are friends with on your first day, they’re the first ones you run into when you’re moving all your stuff in and they’re also the classmates and friends that you go to all your same classes with. I don’t think without having a learning community to study with and brainstorm with outside of the classroom that I would have done as well as I did last year, and I would really highly recommend you try and talk to your academic advisor to have you placed in one.

  • 12/21/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    10 out of 10 people found this review useful. 4 of 145

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    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who is willing to be innovative, creative, hard-working, and willing to put forth time and effort into all their work. If you don't really care about college, or think high school was easy so you'll do fine, no, it doesn't work that way. If that is your attitude, you won't do well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to talk to the teachers. I actually friended one on Facebook! Your teachers don't have to be your enemies. If you are sick, can't make a class, or have personal problems that interfere with a project, just talk to them and they'll understand. Join clubs also; it's always great to meet new people and try new things. I joined a club called No Voice Zone, and I learned a few signs, so I can have small conversations with the deaf and hard-of-hearing people. Also, don't be afraid to talk to them, even if you don't know ASL, they will be patient and teach you! Make sure to get the 10 meal plan. I didn't understand in the beginning, but it's 5 meals at Gracie's and 5 meals anywhere else on campus. If you get the 12 or 14 meal plan, it's 5 meals anywhere else and all the rest at Gracie's. Trust me- you will get sick of Gracie's- get the 10 meal plan. DO NOT PROCRASTINATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Doing a project the day before it's due only works so many times, and trust me, all-nighters 3 times a week is no fun. Don't be like me- 12 straight hours on a project due the next day- get your work done ahead of time. If your have any problems with your roommate, classes, or anything really, you can always talk to your RA and they can help, or at least point you in the right direction. Make sure to bring warm clothes too!

    Bang for the buck

    RIT is pretty pricey, and even though art students don't have books, we do have art supplies (NOT CHEAP). The classes are challenging, even though we get the stereotype of just an art student, and all we have to do is draw pictures. People just don't understand, while you are doing your web-assign, I am spending days on a project for one class. Even with all that work, it's graded on how well the teacher likes it, is it visually appealing? Does it keep interest? Is it too busy? Teachers are tough, but it just gives you the incentive to do better.

    Am enjoying being here

    College is so much fun. I spend most of my time with my friends in Sol and when were not doing homework, were goofing off! If we can't find something to do on campus- exercise facility, ice rink, weight room, climbing center, dances- there's things off campus that aren't that far away, like the movie theaters, Blue Cross Arena, Dinosaur Barbeque, Strong Museum of Play, etc. I saw two shows t the Blue Cross Arena, Cirque Du Soleil and the Transiberian Orchestra, both of which I got discounted tickets for being a student.

    Am learning a lot

    I am an art major and I was intimidated when I started here. I didn't have experience in all medias and I was afraid that it would leave me behind, but the teachers understand and are willing to take time out of their schedule to help me better understand the media I am using. Students are also willing to help if you ask. The teachers there are great and truly know what they are teaching. I have learned so much just in one quarter, it's amazing. When I started, I had no experience in figure drawing, but now I really understand the body and can pick out what I'm doing wrong and know how to fix it.

  • 09/20/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 out of 10 people found this review useful. 5 of 145

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Hard-Working, Dedicated, Creative, Motivated

    Tips for prospective students

    Be aware: RIT is on a quarter system, each one 10 weeks long (plus a week of finals): fall, winter, spring, and summer (although we're not expected to go to classes during the summer, we can). What that means is that if your major requires a co-op, there's opportunity to do that in the summer. It also means that we have a very fast paced, rigorous curriculum - we're squeezing a semester's amount of work into 10 weeks. However, classes are over with faster, it's changing before you get too bored, and because there's so much packed in, you're more or less employable by the end of your second year (depending on your major). Come and take a tour! Yes, there's a lot (A LOT) of bricks, but check out what will be your building for classes, and the dorms. Once you're here, get out of the dorms! Go to events, meet the people from your major - those are the people you'll be having class with. Become friends with someone with a car and get off campus (Buffalo Wild Wings - or B Dubs, Chipotle, The Marketplace Mall, Tilt Night Club, Barnes and Noble... they're all right down the street! Take advantage!) Get a laptop - the entire campus is wireless! You can sit outside your classroom, in the tunnels below the dorms (that's where the laundry rooms, the post office, and a couple convenience stores are), in one of the quads, in class, in your dorm, probably even one of the elevators, and you will have a connection. Cell phones are also a must. Texting mostly.

    Bang for the buck

    RIT prepares you for a career, they don't just teach you stuff that you'll never use. Many of the programs have a required (or optional) Co-Op block that you complete before graduation. That opportunity alone often gives students a career straight out of college.

    Am enjoying being here

    Many people don't realize how much there is to do at RIT; there are tons and tons of clubs (if there isn't one for you, you can make your own!), sports (we're really big on hockey), intramurals, and events happening all the time.

    Am learning a lot

    At RIT, you learn about your major. Most of the classes are about your major, with some flexibility for other classes. By the time you graduate, you will feel confident with what you have learned.

  • 12/29/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 6 of 145

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    Great for these types of students

    It is a rigerous and demanding school for people who are serious and know what they want as a career. Parties are there if you want to find them but not every night. Most students there put work and school as first priority. The steroetype of all nerd students is not true at all. There may be some but the majority of students are just normal, yet driven and intelligent people.

    Tips for prospective students

    Rochester is about 20 minutes away , which is a little far. I would rather be in the city going to school , but the town that it's located named Henrietta is not bad. My only real complaint about the school is that you do have to walk everywhere and it is a very large campus. In the winter this does not make anyone very happy. It's horrible and windy as it was designed as a wind tunnel. The food and meal plans are a lot better than students say it is(and from my experience a lot better than other colleges).The quarter system is easy to fall behind in , however it makes the year fly by. I really like how many breaks we have. Even though they are shorter they are more frequent. Since I am an art student, I am not required to stay for finals week. Instead we just have big projects due the week before (and I mean big). It pays off though because instead of being home for one week i practically get two instead!

    Bang for the buck

    I never felt like i couldn't get something I needed. There is really no reason to leave, although if you do the surrounding area has plenty of places to eat, shop and hang out. It is very pricey and i almost transferred because i couldn't afford it, but there are ways to pay if you talk to financial officers and really try. There is always a lot to do around and a lot of activities which are funded for by part of tuition. I personally don't always have time or energy to participate, so in that way it's a waste.The thing is the tuition is all inclusive with room board and food. everything is all payed for and that's nice and convenient

    Am enjoying being here

    I didn't even bother applying to any other school. As soon as i stepped foot on the campus my junior year of high school I applied for early admission . I was granted early acceptance and never looked back on my decision. RIT is like it's own little city. Everything you need is taken care of and in walking distance

    Am learning a lot

    I have learned so much , even though I have only been here a little over a quarter(RIT goes by the quarter system). I have really come to love my professors . I have emailed them projects in progress in return for feedback and advice. They always answer .

  • 10/12/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 7 of 145

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    R.I.T. is honestly great for anyone who is serious about furthering their education, as it is very challenging. I never thought I would attend R.I.T., because of my background and what I like to do. When I arrived, I found that instead of doing something or going somewhere where I'm used to everyone because they are similar to me, it's better to put yourself in a place where no matter what you will be learning about yourself and others constantly.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard to earn the best grades and test scores as possible as it will put more money in your pocket and eliminate some courses you will otherwise have to take. Be ready and willing to open up to learning more about people and life. College is a big deal. It opens up so many doors and is truly worth your time.

    Bang for the buck

    You'll definitely get your money's worth. Whatever program you decide to enroll in will be a rewarding experience. Make sure you continue to apply for scholarships. The school also is awarding scholarships to students every quarter in various amounts which helps out with books and any other bills.

    Am enjoying being here

    I enjoy campus living to the utmost. There is so much to do and so many clubs. I'll admit it even becomes a little overwhelming when it comes to picking and choosing what you want to do because the reality is you can't do them all. But there is something for everybody. Dorm living is an experience. It may become irritating living with someone else but you get used to it and get to learn about new people and cultures.

    Am learning a lot

    R.I.T truly prepares you for your career. I am a Freshman and a Psychology Major. I have only been here for a little over a month but I feel that I have learned so much already. The professors are extremely nice and actually desire to see us grasp everything we can while we're here.

  • 01/09/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 8 of 145

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Anyone looking for a reasonably priced education at a school with approximately 15,000 undergraduate students, a blossoming Greek life, study abroad opportunities, and weekend parties.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to ask questions or to see a professor during office hours for extra help. In my experience, the professors like the students who ask questions. It shows that the students truly wants to learn. Get involved! It is easy to feel lost at this school unless you have something to occupy yourself with on the weekends. Take advantage of the facilities your tuition money helps pay for! The gym, library, and student union are gorgeous. Go to class and do your homework. On the fast-paced quarter system, it is easy to fall behind. Make friends in your major - their knowledge is invaluable.

    Bang for the buck

    Although the university is relatively pricey, they offer a lot in merit scholarships and financial aid. Just watch out for deadlines and be sure to apply! The money is put to good use, though. You are getting an outstanding education at a top-notch university, access to a multi-million dollar fitness center, dozens of computer labs, free WiFi, cable, a gorgeous library and brand new student union/campus center, and the experience of a lifetime!

    Am enjoying being here

    Although the winters are cold and windy, I wouldn't change a thing. The best way to meet people - get involved! I started out joining the school radio station, then a club or two, then a sorority and now I know so many more people than I could have ever imagined. RIT always has something going on on the weekends, whether it is a carnival (Apple Fest), Spring Fest, Club Fair, Freeze Fest, a concert (We the Kings, Boys Like Girls, Girl Talk), dances, or sports games. If you're a hockey fan, this is the place to be! The RIT Men's Hockey team is amazing and the school spirit at the games is phenomenal!

    Am learning a lot

    I started at RIT in September of 2008 as an Accounting major. One of the most appealing things about RIT is the co-op program. I am able to take two trimesters off of school without falling behind to intern in my field of study. I am learning so much and can apply everything I learned in the classroom setting to the work I do. The teachers are helpful and understanding, but strict. They oftentimes don't take attendance because they put the responsibility of going to class in your hands. Once you realize going to class is the only effective way to learn, things start becoming a lot easier. I have learned so much and have been able to take classes in many different colleges within RIT.

  • 07/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 9 of 145

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is no joke here. There are blue lights everywhere and they have even developed an app with a blue light that you can use to let campus safety know where you are. They respond quickly to every type of situation. Even if your locked out of your room or forgot your laptop charger in a classroom that will happily help you out.

    Greek Life

    Greek like is a little different than most typical universities. There are deaf fraternities and sororities and we don't have a lot of tension between different greek organizations here because they are so united.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many things to do on campus. There are around 300 clubs and their are always free events going on. There are clubs for everything even a club called club that goes clubbing. If you don't happen to find a club that suits your interest its very easy to start a new club and student government will fund you.

    Great for these types of students

    People who are geeks that are in to anime and video games will fit in perfectly. Really social people who like to have fun will find it a little hard to adapt to campus but you will definitely find a niche here. Our campus is really diverse there is something for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The corner crew at the hockey games is a lot of fun. Both deaf and hearing students come together in harmony to yell at the opposing teams goalie. Maybe that's why we win. Imagine RIT is this huge festival which is basically a science fair on steroids. You will see everything like a new video game to smoothie made by bicycles.

    Bang for the buck

    RIT is expensive but I guess RIT is using the money to improve campus. We have two new colleges being built and their are a lot of resources that you can utilize. The apartments have been remodeled something students have wanted for a while. But sometimes RIT builds some questionable stuff like a water fountain that cost 1.6 million dollars.

    What to do for fun

    The shuttle runs all day so going to the movies and mall is pretty easy. Their is on campus entertainment like the RITZ Sports zone which has pool tables and arcade games and their is Ritchies on dorm side which has video games. I like to join intramural teams because its fun and you meet a lot of people.

    Food and Dining

    Gracies is the main dining hall and every freshman has to eat their regardless of your year status. Start of with the 10+ plan because it gives you the most debit. I love that Commons is open until midnight and the corner store doesn't close until midnight. I love the food on academic side. There is a wide variety of food like chinese food, burgers, panini's, and even to bubble tea on academic side.

    Dorm Life

    I hated dorm life. The dorms don't have enough lighting so bringing a lamp or two is a must. There are things to do in the tunnels like Ritchies and buying stuff from the corner store but there no real entertainment besides that. Visiting friends is about the only thing you can do especially when its snowing outside. You will have students live on your floor that stay in the dorms all day and play video games so connecting with your floor might be hard.

    Academic Rigor

    The quarter system is not to be taken lightly. Procrastination isn't a option at RIT. If you procrastinate the work will just pile on you. Labs are open until midnight and you can get public safety to open up a lab if you need it past midnight. There are always labs due every week depending on your major.

    Tips for prospective students

    People will tell you Gracie's is disgusting. Don't take in the bias right away. Some people love Gracie's others hate it but in all honesty its a decent place to eat. Start with the 10+ meal plan debit is your best friend. Get some wheels a bike, long board, scooter, roller blades, whatever you ride get some wheels because the campus is a big place.

    In three sentences

    The academics are rigorous RIT is not a place to take your academics lightly. How good your social life is depends on what your looking for. If your a geek you'll fit right in but if more of a party person it will be harder for you to find your niche.

  • 05/12/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 10 of 145

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Non-procrastinators. Better change now and/or get those study skills back in habit because otherwise you'll be stressing like crazy. I know too many people in the other computer and science majors who didn't do a thing in high school, came here, and totally wigged because they actually had to do work but didn't know how because they never had to do anything to do well. Guys. This school's filled with 'em. If you're a guy, you'll fit right in no matter what your personality. :P But, really, this school's for anyone. It's awesome, and once you're plugged in you'll never want to leave 'til graduation. : )

    Tips for prospective students

    TIPS: Try to get your meal plan changed to all-debit as soon as you can -- and DO NOT get the meal plan for Gracie's only. Balance! Don't try to do everything, and DO do your homework starting immediately. There are only ten weeks, and teachers are not flexible about when you turn in assignments. Be up to date, and don't forget to enjoy yourself. If you're truly on task, then you can have fun and get A's. If you're struggling with understanding something, the teachers are really nice - don't be afraid to ask for help.

    Bang for the buck

    OMG, this buck is so not banging. I could just as easily take community college ASL and major in it to get the same quality of what I'm learning in my Interpreting classes here. IF the community college were in Rochester (that is the key to the success of every interpreting major who went to RIT, why? it's location). Unfortunately, there is no community college in Rochester teaching ASL or Interpreting, so ... having nothing to compare it to - yea, I suppose you do get your bang for the buck. And, there's the whole RIT reputible reputation, but ... after you start paying for college, you honestly start wondering if that reputation is actually worth the money you're paying -- I mean, in basic terms, that alone is what you are paying for because you can get the same kind of education from other (lesser known) schools. Do you honestly care about where you graduated from so much as to pay the high price just for the sake of graduating there? ...To be honest, I'm quite sour about this, and I do apologize. It's just a really big fee, and I want you to consider all of your options before falling in love with a school and community that will eat your soul (but only because of the price) if you let it.

    Am enjoying being here

    Considering my major only? Yea, kind of. As a hearing person, I do tend to feel outted sometimes because of that by a few students - but, that's only because I'm in the interpreting program and am way conscious/sensitive about the Deaf community. My friends in other majors LOVE it here. Considering my experiences excluding my major? I LOVE it here. I've made friends in practically every major. I don't like the night scene, so I can't say much about it. I know it happens if you like that sorta thing, though. The only thing I don't really like is that, as a girl, I'm consistently being looked at by guys. The ratio is 7:1 (or something like that) here at RIT, so it was pretty shocking when I first arrived here. Other than that, I enjoy being here. The quarters suck, but the people are generally nice, and once you make friends it's for life (but if you found someone you don't like the campus is large enough to never have to see them again).

    Am learning a lot

    As an Interpreting major for ASL I am learning a lot! RIT is the best place to go to learn ASL, but to be honest, it's because of the social interaction on the campus and not the classes themselves. NTID is a part of RIT, so the d/Deaf population is outstanding compared to any other campus. The classes outside of the interpreting program you take can be vital as well because those are taught in ASL by Deaf teachers (if you take classes with the Deaf Studies minor). It's seriously awesome, and I am learn A LOT. But, only because I'm actively involved in the Deaf community on campus. Just like any other language - if you don't use it you will not learn anything past the language in the book. (And we all know you don't learn the real day-to-day language from a book.)

  • 01/29/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 11 of 145

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Geeks and artists- there's great animation, craft, and photography programs along with the usual tech stuff.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to get into the game design program, do early admission.

    Bang for the buck

    I hope so. There is one year of paid coop work, so you get working experience that can hopefully help lead to a future job.

    Am enjoying being here

    People are really friendly, not a big party school but we have a lot of fun.

    Am learning a lot

    The coursework is demanding but not overwhelming. I am in the first year of the video game design program, which is fairly new. I think it will get much more interesting the further I get into it.

  • 01/14/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 12 of 145

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    RIT is definitely great for Engineers, Photographys, and Technical students in any aspect. IT, Software Development, Web Development, Gaming, Etc. Majors such as criminal justice are a little under recognized due to the high expectancy of IT, Engineering and Photography. How ever even a major that isn't highly focused on, still has a great education. All professors are highly capable and experienced in their field. There is never a question that I'm going to have a job once out of college. The connections made at RIT including alumnus, fraternal (fraternity) and professional (advisors / professors) are far greater then any other college I have come across.

    Tips for prospective students

    TIP: Get to know upperclassmen in your anticipated major! It's absolutely crucial that you get to know people in your major for several reasons. 1. It will help you adapt to college life when you're here. 2. They can give you insight as to how your major is. Although the college is highly recognized and over all a fantastic college. Some majors are vastly more substantial then others. 3. Look into extra curricular organizations including greek life, sports, community service, student government, etc.

    Bang for the buck

    Absolutely agree with you get what you pay for. RIT is definitely known for the quarter system and the internships that are required for graduation. Since students are required and highly encouraged to obtain several internships, applying for a work force during and out of college is a lot easier. RIT is known world wide for their technical education, photography and engineering.

    Am enjoying being here

    Definitely a great college. Social life however is restricted to Greek life, or sports. If you're not in one or the other you tend to be surrounded by a vast majority of students that wont leave their dorm rooms or wont leave their PS3/XBOX/PC for more then food or bathroom breaks.

    Am learning a lot

    Since my time at RIT, I started out as a New Media Interactive student under the Golisano College of Computing Information Sciences college. Although the college was everything I wanted in a school, It wasn't right for me. GCCIS / NMID had awesome professors that sat down with me one on one for tutor sessions. They were always there when I needed the help and would go out of their way to even schedule tutor times outside of their availability. Although I was good and loved web development, I realized a major focused around Criminal Justice for me is more what I want. Since my transaction I have found that even the professors in the liberal arts major, including psychology, criminal justice and prelaw courses have all the same amount of passion that I was presented with my first year. Professors genuinely care and are highly experienced in the field that they are teaching. I personally have not found a single professor that hasn't taught what they were their to teach, and hasn't just stayed within their boundaries, (they always go out of their way to teach what's required and more).

  • 11/01/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 13 of 145

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    Great for these types of students

    Anyone interested in design and engineering especially however I am a psychology major and I love this school. The population is so diverse you will always be able to find someone to connect with. There are many social events and many activities for the less social people. R.I.T is a great environment for anyone.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students, please come to any events you can before school begins. It is a huge campus so you do not want to be intimidated upon arrival. Freshmen orientation is a blast so go to every scheduled event, and the financial aid process can be time consuming and confusing so do not wait until the last minute to check your financial aid status.

    Bang for the buck

    I know of another private college in my area that cost about $20,00 more annually than R.I.T so id say that coming here is a great investment since R.I.T is too a private university.

    Am enjoying being here

    The quarter system at R.I.T. makes the school year go by so quickly. There are three quarters of classes instead of the usual two semesters. It is fun to meet so many new people.

    Am learning a lot

    R.I.T will teach you how to be a better student. In college you cannot just ease your way through classes like you can sometimes do in high school. In high school school, students personally knew all of my teachers so they are usually more lenient. Unfortunately students do not have this luxury in a university so you must prove yourself to every professor.

  • 11/21/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 14 of 145

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    Great for these types of students

    The wellness courses are great for any type of student. They have all types and for those of us -all of us- who are going to be feeling the pressure, exercise is a great way to work it off.

    Tips for prospective students

    I'm a New Media Design and Imaging major, but I was originally a Graphic Design major. My advice to anyone applying to CIAS would be to look at all the majors carefully before deciding where you want to go. Before applying or after a visit to RIT for a tour or the events is a great way to brush upon what the school and majors are like.

    Bang for the buck

    RIT is expensive, but financial aid does a great job of trying to help the students. However, even with the price I believe the education I'm obtaining from RIT is worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love being at RIT, but keep in mind if you attend here you have to love the cold. Also, getting off campus is difficult unless you have a car, but at the same time there is always so much going on campus that it has never really bothered me. Other than those two, there's nothing to do, but love this school.

    Am learning a lot

    RIT is a college where I've been able to learn about my major and myself. I've yet to come across a professor who does not care about what they're teaching or the future of their students. I'm a sophomore and the knowledge I've gained from my freshmen year to right now is amazing.

  • 02/14/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 15 of 145

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    Great for these types of students

    Mainly engineering and science students but RIT has also won awards for it's liberal arts programs and there's something here for everyone.

    Tips for prospective students

    RIT is on the quarter system, what this means is that you have 10 weeks to learn all of your material and then finals. Be prepared for a fast paced learning experience but don't be too concerned because you get use to it rather quickly.

    Bang for the buck

    RIT is on the expensive side but with the help of the financial aid office, scholarships and loans you can find it easily makes it worth it, it's a great experience and there's great people.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is nice and so are the facilities but the weather is mainly cold until mid to late spring. You find yourself always busy whether with school work, campus activities, hanging out with new-found friends or joining Greek life here. If you check you're email you'll find there's always something to do.

    Am learning a lot

    I am currently enrolled in the Microelectronics Engineering programming and I can say that it's difficult but worthwhile. RIT is one of the few colleges that offers this program and has the facilities such as the clean room located in building 17. Another reason I came here was because the Co-op program offers you the chance to gain work experience in your field so you can figure out what you want to do with your degree after you graduate and it sets you apart from the other students who don't have prior experience when you're looking for a job.

  • 08/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 16 of 145

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    Campus Safety

    We have blue boxes all over campus and an active Public Safety force. They are generally kind and lenient unless someone is in danger. My car needed a jump one night, and with one quick call to Public Safety, an officer came over and helped me jump my car, turning a scary situation into a pleasant experience.

    Greek Life

    There are a lot of fraternities on campus, but not as many as other campuses. If you're looking to party a lot in a frat, maybe these ones aren't for you. Most of the Greek groups encourage their members to have a good academic standing and even make you study for your initiation.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have over 200 clubs. There's a club for pretty much everything including juggling, improv, playwriting, comedy, game development, Quiddich, martial arts of every type, and much, much more. It's a great way to meet people outside of your major and I encourage everyone to try at least one club.

    Great for these types of students

    If you're into high-end technology and you have a great dedication and passion for what you're doing, then RIT is right for you. If you don't know what you want to study yet, I wouldn't recommend going to RIT right away as it is rather expensive.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are two weeks during which you will see people running around campus playing Humans Versus Zombies (which I encourage anyone to try, because you'll be able to make friends very easily).

    Bang for the buck

    I wouldn't choose to go to school anywhere else even though RIT is rather expensive; in this case, you get what you pay for, and what you pay for is very good. Not only does RIT have a 90% rate of job placement after graduation, but the things you will learn if you apply yourself at this place are awesome. You can make a lot of friends in high places if you know what you're doing; most of the professors are accomplished professionals in their fields.

    What to do for fun

    If you're a nerd, then RIT will suit you just fine. We have over 200 clubs, many of which are nerdy: the Anime Club, Quiddich Club, and Game Designer's Club come to mind. There are also lots of events on campus, including comedy shows and big-name musical artists that are brought to campus frequently throughout the school year.

    Food and Dining

    Be advised that the campus food is extremely unpopular. Gracie's, the main place to eat on campus, offers pretty much the same food at all times of the year, and there aren't a lot of palatable vegan or vegetarian options. However, the Corner Store is a great place to shop for frozen meals, fresh produce, or an indulgent snack, and there are some other nice places to eat scattered across campus.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are very updated and quite comfortable; however, on some floors, you will have to struggle for social interaction as most people enjoy spending their time either doing homework or playing the latest video game. There are plenty of special interest housing arrangements if you are interested. There are no shortage of friendly people around to help you learn about RIT, but if you're a female you may feel quite alone in the midst of so many males.

    Academic Rigor

    For the first time in my life, classes are truly challenging; it's a bit scary, but the things I am learning far outweigh the challenge. I'm learning things that I know I will actually employ in my industry, and the professors all have useful real-world experience. You will only succeed here if you are serious about learning.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that this is the school for you! In other words, make sure that if you go here, that you would be dedicated to staying and giving it your all. You need to dedicate yourself to RIT; if you don't, you won't get much out of it.

    In three sentences

    RIT accepts a lot of people, but not many stay. It's not because the brilliant computer labs, gym, pool, libraries, pleasant dorms and grounds, or the other great amenities are dissatisfying... It is because RIT is a genuinely challenging, hands-on school that may not be for everyone.

  • 02/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 17 of 145

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    Campus Safety

    RIT is so safe thanks to the Campus Safety's quick response and excellence, I actually feel safer here since almost no crime occurs here. Consider this excerpt from Wiki; In 2006 Rochester had 1259.6 reported violent crimes per 100,000 residents, compared to a national rate of 553.5.[32] For 2006, Rochester had 827 personal crime incidents per 100,000 and 7,173 property crime incidents per 100,000.

    Greek Life

    No experience in this area.

    Clubs and Activities

    Intense diversity of clubs and activities in RIT.

    Great for these types of students

    Geeks, hockey fans,

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Annual mud-tug, Human-Vs-Zombies, and Imagine RIT.

    Bang for the buck

    A bit expensive college for my taste but it is what you pay for; RIT is a research institution, not a teaching school. What they teach you here is top-notch, and they offer great variety of supporting activities such as tutoring.

    What to do for fun

    Rochester is a dead city, I'd suggest you to stick on campus for the fun stuff. Joining clubs, going to events hosted by RIT, and participating in Student Government activities are what I consider fun.

    Food and Dining

    I'd suggest that you avoid Gracies' specials, actually I'd recommend that you avoid this place like a plague. The only good places to eat at are; RITZ Spots Zone, Global Village, and Crossroads. Brickcity and Dining Commons both are ok-ok based on my experience. Sols, Corner Store, and Ctrl-Alt-Deli has too little diversity in selection for my taste but they all have great food. If you want to save money, don't buy food on campus. Just take the bus to Wegmans to buy food from there or from Walmart to cook it yourself (dorms do not have a kitchen).

    Dorm Life

    The dorms is a great place to socialize but the best way to enrich your experience at RIT is to join clubs and organizations that benefits your major/career. If you want to save money, choose either any of these places to live; Perkins, Colony Manor, or Riverknoll. I'd recommend Perkins over any of these places.

    Academic Rigor

    RIT is a meat grinder that eats anyone and then spits them out that isn't academically prepared. Being prepared is very vital in being able to do well in RIT.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want a 4.0; don't bother socializing at all, go to tutoring all of the time, approach your professors for 1-1 appointments to be sure you're on your path, and take highly rated professors on www(dot)ratemyprofessors(dot)com

    In three sentences

    RIT is an excellent academic University that continually challenges you to your limits in every aspect of your life; your mind, body, and soul. This institution is a wonderful opportunity for students that wants to grow up and be well prepared for the reality. If you survive RIT, then you have truly accomplished one of most important thing in your life; self-education, self-perseverance, and innovation.

  • 07/11/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 18 of 145

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    Great for these types of students

    Art/Design/Photographers Anyone who didn’t fit into their high school because they liked to program or play Pokeman.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring a heavy winter coat. Go to a hockey game. Eat a garbage bowl. Bring earplugs. They come in handy when you are trying to nap and your neighbor is playing loud music. Don’t eat the same thing at Gracie’s everyday. If you get a burger and fries everyday for a quarter, I will promise you that you will hate Gracie’s by the end of the first quarter. I've visited almost 30 schools, and I know that Gracie’s food is one of the best I’ve had. Learn some ASL and get involved in the Deaf community. When I first attended RIT, I didn’t know there was a large Deaf community. I wanted to learn ASL, but I just couldn’t fit it into my schedule. It was hard to communicate with my deaf RA who lived next door, but she was patient and would write things down for me. I finally took ASL this past winter and boy, did I learn a lot. I learned how to make basic conversation and general “rules” of the Deaf community. Now I can talk to my old RA. I even went to an ASL play, which was a really good experience.

    Bang for the buck

    Since RIT is on the quarter system, you can take a lot more classes over the year than at a semester school. Even when we change over to semesters, RIT focuses heavily on academics. However, if you know how to manage your time, it won’t take over your life. Also, most of the classes are small (20 people) and taught be professors. The facilities are up to date with the latest technology. Even though it’s a big school, I know my professors and they know me. When I’m walking down the quarter mile going to class, I frequently see someone I know.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love RIT so much. It’s hard to feel like there is nothing to do. I try to go to as many events as possible: there are comedy shows, movie nights every Thursday, hockey games, cultural dances, ASL plays, carnivals, shopping trips, free BBQs, and a lot more. I am truly happy at RIT and feel like it’s the right fit for me. I’ve made some great friends from my classes, floor, work, and clubs at RIT. It’s incredibly easy to get involved and I think that everyone should get involved in something other than academics to make the most of their time here.

    Am learning a lot

    Some of my favorite classes have been metal studio, massage, and ASL. Every quarter you have to take a liberal arts class which is important for a well-rounded education. They aren't even boring: there's environmental science, the history of baseball, or the graphic novel. My first year, I took foundations courses and at the time, they were a little tedious, but I realized, now as a second year student, they were essential to my education because it’s important to have decent drawing skills and think about your work as a composition (or 3D composition). I know so much more about design than my friend with the same major that goes to another school.

  • 07/16/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 19 of 145

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    Great for these types of students

    RIT has such a diverse community that you can't go wrong. There's a strong foreign student presence, which is never a bad thing. RIT has sister campuses in Croatia, the Dominican Republic, Kosovo, and Dubai, India, so many of the foreign students are from those regions, but there are plenty of others! I had a friend last year dating a guy from Italy. If you're looking to study abroad, then has RIT got the program for you! All those sister campuses offer classes that you can take if you choose to attend said school, along with of course just plain study abroad opportunities. I have my eye on a summer in Kanazawa, Japan. Also, RIT has a huge deaf/hard of hearing population. I didn't know this before I came to RIT, but I wouldn't want to have missed out on it! I'm not exactly involved with the deaf community, but I have friends who are, and it's a great time. I used to think it was weird seeing people sign to each other everywhere I looked, but now whenever I'm at home I notice the absence. So if you're deaf, hard of hearing, or otherwise, you'll enjoy yourself no matter what!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved. Stay involved. Have fun. There are so many things you can do with your time on campus, the least of which is a club. That doesn't mean you can slack on your school work, so its important to prioritize, but I see no reason for anyone to be miserable while at school. Guys, be warned. There is a (last I checked) 65%/35% ratio of males to females so if you're looking for a party school, might want to look elsewhere. Ladies, there's a saying on the RIT campus that you should be aware of: The odds are good, but the goods are odd. I love it when there are Ninjas and Pirates walking up and down the Quarter Mile. And the last thing: if you find good housing, KEEP IT. Last year I had a friend living off campus in a house that that we lovingly called Hippie Hovel for various reasons. It may not be the cheapest, but trust me; searching for housing in the middle of the summer is not a pleasant experience.

    Bang for the buck

    Not going to lie on this one, this place is expensive. All those student run activities don't come cheap. Tuition runs me up about 40,000 a year. Depending on campus housing (or not), meal plans, and class fees (mostly for art classes, but there are others), you could conceivably pay more. However, the Financial Aid office and Student Financial Services are able and willing to work with you on your money, and won't ever short change you if there's no reason. There are plenty of scholarships that RIT offers, and of course outside scholarships as well. Being an out of state student, I probably pay a little more than normal, but even for an in state resident, I can't imagine it would be that much cheaper. However, it's not as if the money goes to waste, and RIT clearly knows what they're doing. A new on campus housing facility was just opened this past year, and even if a little expensive, is still very nice. Campus housing is also very clean and organized, and not run down like some places. Academic wise, in my department alone the clean room lab is worth 64 million dollars, but students use it every day. RIT may be a little expensive, but the overall upgraded quality of your education I think makes up for it.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love being at RIT! One of my favorite places. Seriously! I find myself sitting around the house not going to class or doing homework with friends wishing I was back at school. You would think most people who say stuff like that are just weird, but there's just SO much stuff to do that you hardly can be bored, unless you seriously work at it. On the RIT campus alone, there are (rough guess) over a hundred clubs to join, and of course the assorted academic associations and organizations. There's a HUGE Greek presence at this school (5+ fraternities and sororities each), and that makes for some fun night life. The Student Activities board does events two to three times a month, usually a movie or a trip to some local attraction. And speaking of local attractions, RIT is only about 20 minutes from the city! Huge sports arena, museums, parks, great dining, you name it, and it's there. I recommend Dinosaur BBQ. They were featured on the Travel Channel as one of USA's top barbecues! Back to campus, even if you are somehow not involved, there are plenty of places to just hang out with friends. Many of the on campus dorms have outdoor common areas, and on a nice day there are at least two CanJam games going on at all times. Even the academic side is known for its slack-liners in the Infinity Quad! Basically, you need to make an extreme effort not enjoy yourself here.

    Am learning a lot

    As a third year Microelectronic Engineering student at RIT, there are some pros and cons. RIT is unique in many ways, but also just the same as every other school. To start off with, MicroE is a highly specialized area of electronics study, and as far as I know, only one of two schools in the country that offer this program at an undergraduate level (the other being CalTech). MicroE kids use the clean room lab, learning how to use million dollar equipment that most people wouldn't see having worked in the same field in industry for years. The classes surrounding MicroE are interesting yet challenging. If you're doing well, you either really enjoy the stuff you're learning and know what you're doing, or have a bad professor. RIT professors are just like any other schools', in that some are good and some are bad. If you take the right professors and study hard, you might not get the best grades but you can be sure you'll know what you're doing. Class structure is usually no more than 30 to 35 kids per classroom, but there are still lecture classes with 100+ students. I wouldn't say that every teacher gets up close and personal with the students, but if you make the effort they will help you, usually. In general, the lower level classes are structured as if you've never seen the material before, going up to you'd-best-know-what-you're-doing-by-now classes. I have found that this allows for students to get a firm understanding of the material, and I still remember things that I took in my freshmen Microeconomics class!

  • 03/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 20 of 145

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    Bang for the buck

    Though expensive, it could be worse. Depending on your program, you will be on co-op (working) for 3-5 quarters. These co-ops are payed and generally leave a student with extra money for the next few quarters.

    What to do for fun

    Go into the city! There are lots of events that clubs and restaurants have for students.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall is terrible. The on campus restaurants are amazing. At RIT, your food budget is broken down into meals and debit. Food debit can be used off campus at select restaurants, and anywhere on campus.

    Dorm Life

    A bit cramped, but the accessibility to campus and events on campus is nice. After your first year, you can live in the on campus apartments which most colleges do not allow. Living in the apartments is a great experience.

    Academic Rigor

    This might change once RIT converts to semesters, currently RIT is on the quarter system. Each quarter is 10 weeks long, the work load is non-stop for an engineer. The quality of the education is better than most schools, especially if you plan on finding a job after you graduate. The co-op program is unmatched.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you visit RIT in the winter when there is snow on the ground. This is how the school will be 8 months out of the year. When you visit, also make sure to speak with students in the degree programs you are interested in. If you are accepted be proactive in applying for on campus housing, not all dorms and apartments are created equal.

    In three sentences

    A great university to prepare you for the real world, the co-op program at RIT is reason enough to apply. You WILL find a job when you graduate. The city of Rochester is not that great, but the campus is very nice.

  • 06/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 21 of 145

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    Campus Safety

    I have personally never felt in danger on campus. There are blue phones all over campus in case of emergency (as well as ambulances on constant standby). Supposedly the Colony Manor apartments are a little less safe. It is generally pretty safe on campus, but a bus driver mistook an umbrella for a rifle this year and shut down campus for half the morning, so take that as you will.

    Clubs and Activities

    Plenty of clubs, and all the ones I've been to are involved and active. Heck, our anime club actually hosts its own convention on campus once a year.

    Great for these types of students

    Techies, and not bad for art students either apparently. We even have jokes about art students flying through the wind being dragged by their portfolios. Oh, and there might be LARPers in the woods, but I've never seen them.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a rock that is continually repainted. I have to wonder how many layers of paint are on that rock and how much bigger they make it look.

    Bang for the buck

    You get to do paid co-ops, where you don't have to pay tuition. That's pretty darn great right there. The only thing is you have to do the work to get them.

    What to do for fun

    CLUBS. Also if you are like me, just hanging out in the game lab. Half the people in there are playing. And if you like hockey you're in luck! Hockey is the big sport here, and we have a rink on campus. However we don't have a football team, so sorry if that's your thing. There are also movies shown on campus every week, and RIT Players puts on theater performances every now and then as well as various acapella groups. Getting off campus might be difficult if you don't have a friend with a car.

    Food and Dining

    RITZ Sports Zone has awesome paninis. Almost everyone who goes there goes for a panini. Like I said before, EVERYTHING is better than Gracie's. Also if you are a Computing or IT major, the GCCIS building where you will be spending a lot of your time has a deli.

    Dorm Life

    Every floor has two RA's, and they are continually hosting events. I did not attend many of these, but feel free to. When moving in search for friends. Rooms can seem small but if you're smart (which you are because you are going to RIT) you can make the most of them. Oh and I believe first year in dorms is required. Just make sure you establish rules with your roommate early. And first years are actually allowed to have a car on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    This obviously depends on your major and your teachers, but if you are coming to RIT for Game Design and Development, YOU MUST BE ABLE TO PROGRAM OR BE WILLING TO LEARN. And programming homework is often time consuming.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn to use the tunnels and find out which buildings connect. You will be grateful for it in winter. Bring enough warm clothes. It is cold a lot of the time and spring doesn't really start here until halfway through April. When they say It's Always Cloudy in Rochester they mean it. Avoid 8 AM classes your first year (or at all in my opinion). It is not fun to walk from from dorm side to academic side early in the morning when you aren't a morning person. Get an all-debit meal plan as soon as you hit second year status. Everything is better than Gracie's.

    In three sentences

    Excellent resources for tech students. Engineering building looks cool as well. Plenty of extracurricular things to do.

  • 07/25/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 22 of 145

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    Campus Safety

    Blue box's allow officers to respond quickly, and they also have a app and an easy to call office number

    Clubs and Activities

    I was a member of the Ballroom Dancing Club, the juggling clib, and the ritplayers (drama club) on campus. All three were interesting and allowed me to meet some of the greatest people I know

    Great for these types of students

    Smart, quiet, outgoing, introverted

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Painting the rock (more fun if you are not part of a sorority or frat)

    Bang for the buck

    I wish I could attend grad school here. The people are fantastic and the opportunities are great

    What to do for fun

    Clubs and free campus activities can be A LOT more fun than they seem. Try some out!

    Food and Dining

    Can get repetitive, but you have plenty of options if you are willing to go out to them

    Dorm Life

    My floors were always quiet. I chose to remain in the dorms my senior year, and it was just as good as freshman year

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be extremely hard if you don't push yourself

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your homework on time and completely Join at least one club

    In three sentences

    A great school, not easy but pushes you to your full potential. Campus life can be great if you look for opportunities. Worth every penny of my tuition!

  • 06/14/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Anyone dedicated, especially those who seek to enter a technical field and want a hands-on education. The emphasis on application, and RIT will get you into the field while your still in school if your willing to put forth the effort. Especially appealing to academics: if you are any sort of nerd, you'll fit right in.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Make friends with someone at the library: most of your textbooks and research material can be found there. -Get your books early, and get them used or borrow them from a friend who has taken the class. -Always look up a professor before taking their class; I recommend www.ratemyprofessors.com -When stuck, students in the same class are the fastest source of help, but the tutoring centers, teaching assistants, and the professors themselves give more detail. -Don't be shy: I met the dean of the College of Science by chatting up a stranger outside the Artesano Bakery. -Don't procrastinate: the quarter system forces professors to move quickly, so falling behind will result in a deluge of work. -Walking the 'Quarter Mile' between the academic and residential sides of campus is not your exercise for the day. -The Residence Halls Association and Anime Club have well-stocked video libraries. -BEST TIP: Using the tunnels and buildings, you can practically get from one end of campus to the other without seeing daylight, save for a 200ft stretch connecting residential and academic side.

    Bang for the buck

    RIT is expensive, but this is to fuel the immense number of activities and opportunities available. There are resources to help you score co-op's and internships, weekly presentations by leading professionals and talent hunters, and a large choice of sections for each class. If you're close to some of the professors, there are also employment opportunities in academic research, note-taking, tutoring, grading, and TA positions.

    Am enjoying being here

    RIT is, without doubt, the friendliest and most helpful school I've seen- it's easy to network and make friends. You'll also connect with any of the hundreds of groups: clubs, Greek houses, and even majors and departments are friendly and open, and between them there are always events going on. Not a week goes by without a barbecue, movie night, rave, volunteer event, theatrical presentation, or academic seminar, usually several of each. Last, there are over a dozen places to get food scattered throughout campus, so meals and munchies are never far away; there's even a secret restaurant in one of the buildings (I'm not telling!!).

    Am learning a lot

    I came to RIT in 2010 as a Honors student pursuing a bachelor's in Applied Mathematics. RIT's quarter system is a mixed blessing: vacations are staggered to not interrupt the flow of learning, you get variety in your classes each quarter, and there is time each year to take a bunch of classes. Unfortunately, time constraints make it easy to fall behind, and the emphasis is on facility and application rather than comprehension. The best part of learning at RIT are the academic communities that spring up- department, teachers, and their students are very close-knit and supportive, and this closeness allows them to easily connect with other departments. This makes cross-discipline opportunities plentiful, and emphasizes the gain from how easy it is to get your out-of-major classes done early.

  • 06/16/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Hard-working students who know what they want and are dedicated to achieving it. I've been told that those who slack have a horrible time and lose scholarship money, etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you love it don't let price deter you, there is always ways around that with scholarships and help from the school. Also if you love the school go for early decision, you can get more scholarship help that way and a better chance into the programs you want to be in (If you are going for something like game design early decision is your best bet to get into the program).

    Bang for the buck

    Ok, I have to admit there is a downside to this college. It is quite expensive at about 44,ooo a year which includes dorming. I myself have gotten a few scholarships from the college and some other aid which have made the college more affordable for myself but even if I didn't have it I believe I would still be attending for the fact that I think it is worth it.

    Will enjoy being here

    I visited a few colleges before going to visit RIT. When I got there I really felt at home. Yes it may be known for being a geeky school in which not many females attend (I'll be a minority), but I found so many things that I'm interested in and want to be involved with. I felt such a feeling of home there that its made me all the more excited to attend.

    Will learn a lot

    I'm definitely sure I'll be learning a ton when going to the campus this Fall to study Chemistry. I've heard so many wonderful things from both the current students and past students. I'm also definitely sure that I'll be in a learning environment (especially being in the honors study).They have so many programs to help you do well and things such as co-ops which help you learn what you'll be going into. I believe that I'll learn a ton being there.

  • 06/20/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    People who are into technology and the arts.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring your winter clothes it gets cold and windy up there!

    Bang for the buck

    RIT is an expensive college, but everything is new and the latest technology. There is tons to learn and see.

    Am enjoying being here

    Living in an learning community helped me make a lot of friends. I would recommend going to a hockey game for an unforgettable experience. Did you know RIT also has a large deaf population? You will experience a lot of sign language because RIT is connected to NTID (National Technical Institute for the Deaf)

    Am learning a lot

    I came to RIT as an undecided student. This means that I got to live in a dorm of all undecided students and have an adviser that knew me personally and helped me figure out my interests and strengths and helped me decide on a major.

  • 06/21/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    This was the only school that awarded me a scholarship which was a third of my tuition! This made it all very affordable compared to the other schools I had applied to. And for the quality of education, this was the most appealing for the money.

    Will enjoy being here

    I visited the campus and stayed over night with a host for the WE program. She was able to show me a lot of what there is to do on campus - I can't wait to get involved!

    Will learn a lot

    I intend to get into alternative energy as a career, and RIT had the perfect major for me! Mechanical Engineering with the Energy and the Environment Option. The courses seem perfectly tailored to what I want to get into.

  • 06/21/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    It's quite pricey.

    Am enjoying being here

    Meet some great peers here, also a good number of great professors who care whether or not you are learning the material!

    Am learning a lot

    There have been quite a number of challenging courses here, learning to learn is a must!

  • 06/25/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Attend at all costs.

    Will learn a lot

    I bet that RIT will teach a bunch of things.

  • 07/02/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Anyone! It's a difficult school so be willing to work hard. But other than that, they have great majors for anyone and I've seen absolutely every type of person here and loving it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go visit! I didn't even want to apply, but when I visited, I fell in love and made my decision right then. Talk to students who go here. Many are more than willing to talk to you and tell you all about what they like and what they don't. Everyone is super nice here. Don't think it's a geek school just because the main major is engineering! There's plenty of different kinds of people here. Don't room with a friend from high school. Part of the college experience is making new friends. I am now best friends with my roommate from freshman year and we were randomly assigned to be together.

    Bang for the buck

    There are lots of scholarships available to get through RIT. It is an expensive private school, but it is a really great school and it really helps prepare you for the real world. The co-op experience is really useful too and you don't have to pay for the quarters that you are on a co-op.

    Am enjoying being here

    There are so many different types of people here and there's always something to do. They have movies during the week and lots of activities during the weekend. The greek life usually has some sort of fund raiser going on also. If you're ever bored, there's always something going on for everyone!

    Am learning a lot

    I am a business student and the classes in the college of business are never more than 20 or 30 students. It's great because the professors have time to speak with you one on one if you need any help and are more than willing to go out of their way to do anything you need. I didn't know what major I wanted to get into, but the first year program made you take all types of business classes from all majors which really helped me pick what I wanted to get into.

  • 07/23/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    R.I.T. is the most liberal arts-y tech school out there so it suits a wide variety of people. Obviously if you are math or science major please apply but also if you have interests in photography, business, media, environmental studies, sign language, etc you will find R.I.T. a chilly but suitable home.

    Tips for prospective students

    Utilize time. Yes the work seems overwhelming if you read other reviews but if you dedicate one to two hours every afternoon and maybe one hour in the evening to homework you will be amazed at how much free time you have left and maintain a 16 credit workload.

    Bang for the buck

    R.I.T.'s co-op ensures that the only students who graduate without a job are the students who don't want a job.

    Am enjoying being here

    Friends are everything at college especially at R.I.T. although its easy enough to find something to do wiether its on campus or off you can feel ostricized or not truly involved in what you are doing unless you have a buddy.

    Am learning a lot

    I am a mechanical engineer major. Although I had the opportunity to transfer math credits I decided to retake them to make a stronger base for my major, best decision of my life because the depth of the topics is so much deeper than college in the high school classrooms.

  • 08/06/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Everyone. We have so much diversity on campus that everyone can fit in here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be scared to leave your room and get involved. Joining a club or a sport is the best way to get the most out of your time here and you won't regret it.

    Bang for the buck

    It's not a cheap school, but every penny you spend is for the students. It definitely comes back to you with the level of education you get, the teachers you have, and the extracurricular opportunities available.

    Am enjoying being here

    RIT does a fabulous job of making sure there is something to do every week and weekend. You'll never be bored as long as you're ready to leave your room and go to the barbecues and concerts and workshops.

    Am learning a lot

    I'm a photojournalism major here at RIT. The resources available to students is unbelievable. The teachers are all open and willing to teach and there is always a new learning opportunity if you're willing to go for it.

  • 08/24/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Gamer-types, Book-worms

    Tips for prospective students

    Always study! Yeah, high school is easy but college is much harder. Not everyone is naturally smart in college. Even if you see that your class mates are these naturally smart people, don't slack off. Make sure you put the time and effort into your classes because then you won't regret it in the end.

    Bang for the buck

    Although RIT is extremely expensive, if you spend your time here wisely it will be worth it in the end. Don't slack off in school and make sure you get involved in some way.

    Am enjoying being here

    There is a lot for students to get involved in. I am apart of a club sport and volunteer. Although club sports aren't seen as great as some of the division one sports we have, it's a great way to get involved, meet amazing people and learn a lot.

    Am learning a lot

    There are a lot of professors who have extremely high educations that can teach you a lot! You just have to make sure you put in the effort too. Don't slack off in class, and even if a class is boring, try your best to stay awake. There are more good classes than bad here.

  • 09/21/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Arts, Computers, Engineering, Math, etc. There are tons of different majors that RIT offers. There is an event in the 3rd weeks of Fall and Spring called Human vs Zombies or HVZ that is a campus wide optional game where players take place as humans geared with nerf guns to defend hordes of zombies.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to change.

    Bang for the buck

    It will all be worth it. The connections you make here are great that you otherwise wouldn't have had the opportunity.

    Am enjoying being here

    I enjoy traveling home to Buffalo quite frequently however nightlife here isn't as bad as some say if you can find the right niche of people to hang out with. The internet speed is also a nice perk.

    Am learning a lot

    The amount I have learned since I first came here is by far the most I have ever learned in a 2 year time frame.

  • 11/25/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Hardworking students, who value education.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't let things like the cold scare you away!

    Bang for the buck

    I definitely feel like what I'm learning is worth what I'm paying for. There is modern and current equipment, and exceptional teachers.

    Am enjoying being here

    The city of Rochester also adds to the school, with it's cultural attractions like the Eastman Kodak Theatre where you can often go to see free concerts, or the Little Theatre, an independent movie theatre, only a few blocks away.

    Am learning a lot

    The teachers are proficient in their subject matter, and always readily and willing to help. Many of my classes are involved with my major, and I really feel like I am building a good foundation for it. As well as interesting liberal arts classes.

  • 12/16/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    spend money wisely

    Will enjoy being here

    they have a really nice campus

    Will learn a lot

    I've heard a lot about it here they have a great deaf interpreter program

  • 12/30/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students interested in fields of Technology, i.e Software Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Microelectronic Engineering etc. Game Design and Photo majors have excellent opportunities (Not to forget, there are alien-wares and xbox's in every game design lab!)

    Tips for prospective students

    RIT currently runs on the Quarter system. But if you are planning to go here, be prepared for the semester conversion in 2013.

  • 01/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is always quick to help.

    Greek Life

    I have never taken the time to explore Greek Life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of Clubs and Activities to take advantage of. I am currently in the PASA (Physician Assistant Student Association). We do several community service projects throughout the year for both local communities and foreign countries. Most recently we had a fundraiser for children with Cleft Palates who's families could not affordable the appropriate surgery for repair.

    Great for these types of students

    Hard of hearing or deaf, Students who enjoy video games, Student Athletes

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Humans vs. Zombies is almost if not the largest game played on a college campus at RIT

    Bang for the buck

    RIT is a very expensive school for someone who is paying for it themselves, however I was accepted to a very prominent program so in the long run the expense should be worth it.

    What to do for fun

    RIT is not big on sports however the Hockey, Basketball and Lacrosse games are fun to attend. In addition there is often free skate in the Ritter Arena that I have taken advantage of.

    Food and Dining

    There are a variety of choices in picking a quick bite. It is easy to find a healthy lunch in close range to classes.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm Life for me personally was an adjustment. I was placed in a mainstream dorm which had people whom are hard of hearing, deaf and hearing living together and sharing bathrooms and common rooms. I am hearing so it was a whole new lifestyle that I was not previously exposed to. From this experience I learned the importance of communication.

    Academic Rigor

    Courses related to my program are extremely vigorous and challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tour the campus before deciding this is the right college for you.

    In three sentences

    RIT is a very large school with a variety of different clubs and activities. The deaf/hard of hearing community is very large and plays a huge role in students experience on campus. The quarter system is still currently used by RIT making classes fly by.

  • 01/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    campus safety is very strict and i've never felt unsafe on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    there is about every club imaginable here! you can also very easily create your own club if you want.

    Great for these types of students

    it's great for all types of students. i don't think rit has a stereotype. there is a huge range and diverse student population here.

    Bang for the buck

    this school was very expensive for my family. i am studying graphic design here and rit is apparently one of the top ten schools of graphic designers.

    What to do for fun

    on the weekends the college activities board has tons of fun events planned. the city of rochester also has lots of interesting art museums, movie theaters and just cool places!

    Food and Dining

    there are so many different options and places to eat at rit. some of the food is excellent while others are terrible.

    Dorm Life

    it's not the best. at rit i live in a mainstream building, which means that there is a good mix of hearing and deaf students. sometimes it can be a little frustrating and awkward to get along with these students.

    Academic Rigor

    i am always up late at night doing homework and projects

    Tips for prospective students

    apply early if possible! also, if a portfolio is needed, make sure you have a wide range of skills and medias presented.

    In three sentences

    the perfect college for me. there is a huge range of academic courses and they are challenging and worthwhile. every weekend the college activities board always has lots of fun activities to do as well!

  • 01/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    this go for freshman (and i think transfer students as well), do not apply for the unlimited meal plan you will get sick of it. i recommend the 14+ or the 10+. it will be better if you have the most amount of credit in your student card.

    Dorm Life

    it is pretty cool.

    Tips for prospective students

    the school is huge so you will meet a lot of people from different states and countries. try to learn a few signs in american sign language because i am pretty you will need it.

    In three sentences

    rit is a great school for those who really want math and science and science in their life. beautiful campus and very green.

  • 01/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    blue light call boxes are all over campus that call directly in to campus safety, the general idea being that no matter where you are there is one in walking distance and another in sprinting distance. the emergency number for campus safety is well-known. problems of any serious nature are very rare on campus and a campus-wide notification system is in place that calls, texts, emails, and visually alerts students of any emergency with information on what's happening and what action should be taken. in addition, most labs are locked all the time and campus buildings lock every night although students are able to swipe in with an id card. i feel safe on campus, even if i'm out at night since everything is well-lit and i can get into most buildings with an id if i need to be behind a locked door.

    Greek Life

    i'm not personally involved in greek life (at the moment, at least) but they are definitely a presence on campus. most of the greek organizations have their own housing, either in dorms or on greek row which is upscale houses. greek life puts on a lot of events and a few even give out free food periodically, so their presence is known pretty well even for those not involved.

    Clubs and Activities

    there literally is something for everyone, from athletics to clubs, which cater to even the most obscure. the most recently started club is a competitive hacking club, and founding a new campus club is not terribly difficult so if it isn't here, you can make it! there are hundreds of clubs and activities related to majors, interests, nationalities, and just about everything else. i'm involved with the rit linux users group, sparsa (security), ritga, and am looking at a few others to join. it's all kinds of fun no matter what you're interested in.g

    Great for these types of students

    rit welcomes all kinds, but defintely nerds. rit is a very nerdy campus which is great because computer help, engineering help, or really any kind of technical help can be found from students somewhere on campus. the lgbt and international communities are a huge campus presence as well and are well supported by both students and staff.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    humans vs zombies, which happens full-scale in spring and fall. it's essentially a 24/7 campus-wide war between those participating, and it's a great time for the week it goes on. game stats are kept track of online. the rit campus also has a network of heated tunnels between buildings, so there is no need to go outside in the winter except for traveling from one side of campus to the other.

    Bang for the buck

    there is always something to do somewhere on campus and something for every interest. rit has a beautiful campus- yes, it is all brick but it looks nice. students have access to all manner of food, organizations, and athletics outside of the rigorous classes. most professors will work with you to make sure you succeed and can point you in the direction of people who can help you if they can't. it is expensive, but when you consider what you're paying for, it is justifiable.

    What to do for fun

    if you look, you will find something. there are quite literally hundreds of clubs for every interest imagineable- lgbt, trains, computers & hacking, you name it. the athletic facilities are great and open to all students at no extra cost. the college activities board regularly has events of all kinds and bring in bands, comedians, djs, and all manner of other things, in addition to the events put on by clubs.

    Food and Dining

    there are places to eat all over campus with all kinds of choices many of which change every day. obviously, some places are better than others but none of them are really terrible. gracie's (freshman have no choice but to eat here until they reach second-year status) does get a little repetitive after a while but there are other options that can be used in between to break things up. rit also has a new program called smartnutrition where most places have simple nutritional labels on foods with more detailed information online. vegan options are a little slim but work is being done to improve on that.

    Dorm Life

    there is a ton of diversity on campus, and it seems that rit does very well matching people who get along well so everyone on your floor becomes your friend. if anything doesn't work out, rit is willing to work with you to move you to a place where you will feel safe and accepted if need be. the buildings are maintained and kept clean which is definitely a plus. i am good friends with the people i live with and dorm life is great.

    Academic Rigor

    rit is currently on a quarter-based system and a lot of material is crammed into those quarters so you absolutely need to keep up. you learn a lot though, and any classes that are unbearable only last 10 weeks (11, for finals) so things move fast. it works really well because although classes move quickly, it is very difficult to get sick of a class or to lose interest in the 10 weeks that classes are going on.

    Tips for prospective students

    don't worry too much about making sure you're in the right program or major when you apply- switching programs is very easy, it just requires one simple form and approval from your academic advisor. make sure to get out of your room and meet people, everyone is friendly and interested in getting to know you. get to know your professors, many of them are willing to and want to meet you outside of class, and if they know you they will take that into consideration grade-wise if they know you're a hard worker. learn some simple sign language! rit has a huge deaf community since it is home to ntid, and not being able to order food, for example can be very embarrassing. besides, there are some very cool people to meet.

    In three sentences

    rit has a rigorous curriculum but help can be found no matter where you turn, from teachers and students alike. amazingly diverse accepting campus and surrounding community with support for all interests and nationalities. tons of things to do no matter where you turn.

  • 02/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    campus safety is everywhere, they even give you a number to save in your mobile phone for emergencies.

    Greek Life

    greek life is definitely not as prominent as it may be at other colleges but rit prides itself on not being like other colleges.

    Clubs and Activities

    rit has hundreds of clubs, from archery to paintball to humans vs. zombies. no matter what kind of student you are they will have something for you.

    Great for these types of students

    great fro students who are passionate and creative!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    every winter they have a winter event called freezefest. it includes a handful different activities around campus. there was no snow for this years freezefest so instead of a snowboarding competition they brought puppies to the school!

    Bang for the buck

    rit has so many amazing opportunities for their students. they have a fantastic co-op programs and have an almost 98% job rate after graduation.

    What to do for fun

    there are a lot of activities that rit put on for their students. free movie nights! hockey games are always a nice way to spend friday and saturday nights (it will be even more enjoyable one the new, bigger arena is built).

    Food and Dining

    the food is above average compared to what my friends at other school tell me. hard to get used to in the beginning, definitely not like moms cooking but it does suffice.

    Dorm Life

    average dorm life. nothing to write home about. small, white cinderblock walls with bunk beds. seems to encourage me to get work done so i can go outside.

    Academic Rigor

    at rit we have trimesters. things move very fast, if you get behind you will being playing catch up the rest of the term. the plus side, you all of a sudden have abundance of knowledge. life moves fast so why shouldn't college.

    Tips for prospective students

    know what you want to pursue. don't just go to college because your parents told you, you have to. learn about yourself and what excites you professionally. rit is expensive if you don't know what you want to study, but if you are very passionate about a career they will do anything they can to help you succeed.

    In three sentences

    how about in three words: unique fast paced competitive

  • 02/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    our campus is very safe. we utilize the blue-light system and every single event has campus police for security. there are very few reports of any violence whatsoever at r.i.t!

    Greek Life

    we have greek options for students who want to be in fraternities/sororities based on race. however, we are one of very few universities that offer exclusive fraternities/sororities for deaf students. we have many all-deaf fraternities/sororities.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are over 100 clubs on our campus. this results in almost daily activities for the students here!

    Great for these types of students

    r.i.t is perfect for students who don't want to graduate and battle with a rocky job market. most students actually graduate with a few job offers!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    because we are in rochester, one of the snowiest cities in america when may rolls around all of the students flock to global village (a small part of the campus dedicated to celebrating the diversity of our campus) or greek lawn (the lawn in front of the fraternities/sororities housing) and frolic in the sun. we do everything from tanning to volleyball.

    Bang for the buck

    definitely worth the money. it is very pricey but there are countless events and performers who come and if it's not free for students it's incredibly cheap!

    What to do for fun

    r.i.t is host to countless clubs and organizations, including the college activities board (cab). every year cab organizes three major concerts and almost daily smaller events. from headliners like far east movement and donald glover, just this year alone, to smaller events like freestyle friday and poetry slam nights, there is something for every student. in addition to cab's various events, the other organizations throw events as well. there is also our division 1 hockey team, but get your tickets fast because every home game always sells out!

    Food and Dining

    there are great restaurants on campus but first-years are mandated to eat at least half their meals at a buffet named gracies. while the food is good and you get a lot for your money, students quickly grow tired of the food and hate being mandated to eat one certain place.

    Dorm Life

    because many students are from far-flung corners of the world, the dorm life is spectacular. students meet people from different countries, with different religions, and different economic and social backgrounds. it's really fun because every moment is spontaneous. dorm-dwellers never know what they are going to do from one moment to the next.

    Academic Rigor

    the program is rather difficult for students who cannot grasp technology. however, there are countless resources spread all over the campus that can offer tutoring and long-term academic plans to help students. there are even places like these in the dorms. plus, the professors are very personable and will make time in their schedules to help students.

    Tips for prospective students

    r.i.t is home to a large population of international students. it is also a very fun campus, with events happening almost daily. prospective students should be willing to embrace r.i.t for all that it is and be ready to grow as a person. there is no way someone surrounded by so many people with so many stories can possibly graduate without becoming a person with the heart of the world.

    In three sentences

    r.i.t is a very occupational-oriented university, with mandatory co-ops and courses tailored to fit the needs of current employers. it is also a very technical school, which is great for students who want to be able to keep up with a world who is quickly adopting technology over more traditional facets. however, it also stresses balance. students who pursue purely technical majors must also minor in liberal arts' programs.

  • 02/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    always there when you need them.

    Clubs and Activities

    it's a lot of them so you should never be bored.

    Great for these types of students

    it's great for any type of student.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    we have human vs zombies which is really fun to participate in and watch.

    What to do for fun

    there is definitely a lot of things to do around here for fun so that should be no trouble.

    Food and Dining

    a lot of different choices and variety. have yet to have a problem with anything.

    Dorm Life

    living in dorms is fun because you get to be super creative with the way your dorm looks and it's pretty chill.

    Academic Rigor

    it's definitely rigorous but that's a good thing.

  • 03/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Learn new things on campus like rent free old and or new DVDs movies to watch in my room. Workout at the gym with different kind of tools I could use to workout in some areas of my body muscle parts. During my free time, I like to go to the photography studio to do my personal projects to practice to become a better photographer.

    Food and Dining

    They have from Monday to Friday different day of international food from outside of RIT restaurants that bring to serve students and faculty, which is very nice! There are not many options for vegetarian students like me, but could have done better. I love to eat some ethnic foods is a no problem for me.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm is alright, but costs more. There are some options for students can live on campus apartments or off campus apartments. On campus apartments are very nice, but expensive.

    Academic Rigor

    Vary majors and minors departments on campus of RIT. They also have Deaf Education and Interpreter program fields available for any students. My major in Advertising Photography is excellent department at RIT.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come to RIT and find out what so great about this college.

    In three sentences

    One of the top schools of arts and technical school. excellent food choices for vary students preferences. Best photography equipment to borrow for class assignments and personal projects.

  • 03/28/2012

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    Bang for the buck

    RIT and anywhere in NY is expensive .

  • 04/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Not too long ago, there was a rifle incident, where it was believed that someone was carrying a rifle on campus. The safety notification system was very effective in letting everyone know about the situation at hand, through texting and calling everyone on their phones (on multiple occasions), and emailing everyone, to be sure that no one was left out of the loop, for every step of the process, especially when it was safe again. It turned out to be a guy with a samurai-sword-style umbrella, but they were very effective in getting the message out that there was a situation and how to be safe about it.

    What to do for fun

    GO TO SCREENINGS! This is the weekend of week 10 into week 11 where film/animation students screen their work from the quarter(s)/year; they must screen and be there to take comments and questions, or they fail the class. SO many films are viewed, and there are always awesome films and animations to be seen. Screenings are never boring. Students also submit filler pieces in between the projects just for fun, to see what we do in our spare time (because we like to pretend we have that). There is always a few hosts each day, because they switch between each segment of the day, and they make sure to make the entire experience entertaining. DON'T MISS SCREENINGS!

    Food and Dining

    Oh Gracie's.....All freshmen who live in the dorms, and are not yet second-year status (by way of entering with credits) must eat at the forever-popular, Gracie's. It's the most widely-known dining hall on campus, buffet-style, but it can get tiring after having to eat there at least 5 times per week. There's a wide variety of food there, and there is usually fresh salad fixings an fresh fruit (my favorite!), and it is all-you-can-eat, which makes eating there worth it (if you eat a lot). Other than that, we have Ritz Sport Zone, Brick City Cafe, The Dining Commons, Crossroads, Salsaritas which all have a variety of foods including pizza, sandwiches, fruits and salads, and different kinds of quesadillas and other ethnic foods at Salaritas. Nathan's soups and sandwiches are AMAZING, Java Wally's coffee shop right outside of the library is convenient as well as Artesanon's Bakery/Cafe and Beans (also a coffee/drink stand), and even the local convenient store-like setup of Sol's Underground serves sandwiches, pizzas, quesadillas, Paninis, milkshakes and icecream. There really is a great number of places to eat at, which is nice when you don't want to eat the same place everyday. In case you don't want readily-made food and want microwavable items, also available are the Corner Store and Marketplace, which are more like grocery stores.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is pretty great, aside from not having a bathtub or shower. It can also be annoying if the floormates do not respect quiet hours. Personally, I like living in a dorm because it's my own little space (shared with my roommate), there's free laundry in the tunnels, and I have many good friends on my floor. Living in a dorm is an easy way to make friends, as long as you keep your door open when you're there to let people get to know you ad meet you. I DO wish that I could be baking cookies in the lounge, but, that's alright.

    Academic Rigor

    My major is film/animation, which means that the majority of my classes mean mostly out-of-class projects, like shooting movies or animations.I plan to emphasize in the live-action side of this major. It can be difficult to stay on top of, but it's super fun! Film shoots are the best, because you're working with a group of other people who want to do the same thing you do, and help you with your project, and then we turn around and help with theirs. I'm really glad that this is my major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to get out there and make friends. The best thing is to be active on campus, and do what you love with people you love, or even get a job, and then meet new people that way! Don't stay in your dorm all day (unless you're studying ;) ). Go to events like games and prize-winning occasions!

    In three sentences

    We are extremely diverse, hold a bunch of activities weekly, and have a ton of clubs! Friends are not hard to find. RIT is awesome!

  • 04/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe on this campus. Emergency buttons are available throughout the campus, and people are generally around and walking into the evening hours.

    Clubs and Activities

    Photo Club and other clubs/activities are all available at RIT.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are outside events year round, even in the winter, and the October Brick City Homecoming is an excellent time for your family to visit, and to have the opportunity to see guest speakers - such as Al Pacino and Michael J. Fox.

    Bang for the buck

    Yes the cost of this school is a little higher since it's a private institute; however, if you know you want to pursue a career in a field that is offered through RIT, you couldn't ask for a better education and excellent opportunities.

    What to do for fun

    There are many activities on the campus, and movie theaters, a mall, as well as downtown Rochester are not that far from the campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food plan is excellent, and dining halls as well as other places to eat on campus are easily accessible.

    Dorm Life

    I was very pleased with my dorm the first year of school at RIT. It was roomy, clean, and you have the option to stay on a floor that relates to your major (i.e. the Photo Floor) in some instances, which made living in a new state and new environment so much easier.

    Academic Rigor

    The faculty are extremely knowledgeable in their fields and demand excellence from their students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the school during the open house to determine if this is the right school for you. The campus is beautiful, and you don't feel like a number at this school.

    In three sentences

    RIT was an excellent choice for me. You are given the opportunity to begin classes in your major the first year of school and continue to learn and expand in your major through the course of your education at this school. RIT's curriculum and excellent faculty are providing the tools I need to excel in Fine Art Photography.

  • 04/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are occasionally warnings because of something that happened on campus, but for the most part there isn't much danger innately at RIT.

    Greek Life

    I don't really involve myself in it. It's around, probably not as prominent as other campuses, but still present. What presence they do have is overall good, mostly doing food drives, volunteer events, giveaways, and fun activities during larger campus-wide events such as Freeze Fest.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a huge range of clubs, for all sorts of interests. And one can create a new club relatively simply if there's enough interest and the club doesn't exist already.

    Great for these types of students

    Those who would like a solid basis for a career, and opportunity to see a diverse viewing of other fields. Also, even though engineering and technology are often emphasized, RIT is great for arts and such majors as filmography and photography.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Well, there's the use of forks as doorstops, and some humorous incidents that have occured on campus such as the RIT bear from a couple years ago. Being a technological college with simlarly minded students, memes are frequent and often build off each other.

    Bang for the buck

    RIT does have a very good reputation, but because of that and the fact that it's a private school does mean the tuition is rather high. Even though it is expensive, the education does have high value.

    What to do for fun

    There's quite a bit! There are occasional campus-wide events such as Spring Fest and Imagine RIT, which offer a great number of events and opportunities to explore various departments on the campus. Also, there are relatively frequent events like speakers, concerts, performances and other interesting contests and activities.

    Food and Dining

    RIT dining can be often looked down at, but as far as campus food goes it is actually gquite good. There's enough diversity that the food doesn't become completely monotonous, and most of the dining places are actually quite delcious.

    Dorm Life

    Very enjoyable, with enough events that one doesn't become bored. I personally had a fantastic RA, and as long as that's true for other students the overall experience is very good.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are rather simple, but overall the courses do put forth a good level of challenge. Nothing impossible, but especially for such as the physics and mathematics courses, there is a need for studying and applying oneself to the courses. As you continue in your major, more applicable (and equally more difficult) classes will appear, and they will serve to both validate your interest in the topics and serve as landmarks of challenges you've overcome and opportunities you face.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't expect to get by easily, but you can expect that what you put in you'll get out in experience, knowledge, and preparedness to work.

    In three sentences

    A really good college with good reputation among businesses. For the engineering program, solid co-op opportunitites and a dedication to getting students into preferred positions for companies. Fun atmosphere, and enjoyable courses.

  • 05/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are 200+ clubs on campus and there are a lot of events outside of class that you can attend.

    Food and Dining

    I like most dining places at RIT, but they're all generally expensive. Definitely check out Sol's Underground and The Brick City Cafe! Try to stay away from Gracies though. Makes you feel sick and makes plenty of people fat.

    Dorm Life

    I hated dorm life because I lived next to a kid who played his music so loud my room vibrated, and he nor the RA would do anything about it. But it wasn't all bad. The washers and dryers are in a good location for freshmen. It's a bit less convenient for students living in on campus apartments depending on where you live though.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes here are diverse, but the ones that matter most are generally tough and challenging. You'll find out if your major is right for you soon enough.

    Tips for prospective students

    RIT is switching to semesters in Fall 2013 so don't worry about the quarter system. Don't fall behind on your work. Don't eat at Gracies too much. Get as much financial aid as you can. Be prepared to be terrified when you are preparing to transition to a sophomore and have to find a new housing situation.

    In three sentences

    The experience and networking skills you'll get from the co-op program are amazing. There are a lot of bricks here and the winter is harsh, so be prepared for days where your soul feels like it has been murdered. The professors generally care about their students and even tend to know your name, which is nice compared to what other colleges have.

  • 05/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is very safe.

    Bang for the buck

    RIT is expensive but has a great financial aid program.

    Food and Dining

    Food isn't really that good (but I guess most schools are the same) and is very expensive if you are not on a meal plan or have to buy a meal yourself.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms were a lot of fun.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major and skill, some classes will be a challenge while others will be easy.

    In three sentences

    Great school for anything regarding engineering or computers.

  • 05/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is very thorough and understanding. Don't do things that are against the rules, especially not in the dorms, and you'll be golden. If you ever have a problem with something or someone, they'll usually be able to help.

    Greek Life

    The frats and sororities appeal to a large crowd. If you're looking for a frat that will drink you under the table, we've got that, if you're looking for a community service frat, we've got that, if you're looking for an academic frat, we've got that. Greeks host a lot of the great events on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many activities. CAB (College Activities Board) brings a great deal of events and fun things all the time (we had a zipline this year!) Pay attention to the emails and there's always something to do.

    Great for these types of students

    Hard working students that know how to buckle down and get an assignment done. Too many times have I seen people fall victim to the incredibly fast internet. Don't be one of them. There's time to have fun, but there's also time to work, and time to work is a lot more frequent than time for fun.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We're very obsessed with hockey, the College Activities Board brings some good concerts, we really like tigers, Humans vs. Zombies, movie nights every thursday, longboarding

    Bang for the buck

    Make sure you register for the most classes you can. If you only take a few you can be paying 1,000 dollars a credit hour if you're not careful. The dining halls are expensive but you've got meal plans for that.

    What to do for fun

    There's a relatively active party scene if that's your thing. If you're looking for it, you'll find it, but if you aren't, you won't be bothered. We have hundreds of clubs to join, we have

    Food and Dining

    There's so many places to eat, you can get something to eat pretty much any time except between 2AM and 8AM, and even then, the vending machines have entire meals in them. Commons is great, they serve pizza, subs, chicken wings, and specialty dishes. Sol's is delicious, they serve paninis, pizzas, and so forth, we have a Salsarita's right on campus, and Gracies, the general dining hall, is not too bad as long as you don't overeat.

    Dorm Life

    Most of the dorms are not bad. Be careful though, a lot of sheltered kids, and kids interested in doing nothing but work tend to go here and there's a good chance your roommate will be one of those two things. The Residence Life team is excellent, if you have a problem with someone, don't be afraid to confront your RA or RC about it.

    Academic Rigor

    Very very fast paced. Don't get caught up in the party scene or anything else recreational if you don't have a 3.4 or higher, because it will be reflected in your grades. Utilize all the resources given: Academic Intervention, Public Safety, Individualized Math tutoring, there are all there to serve you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't break the rules in the dorms, no matter what your friends tell you. Make sure you keep your grades up, don't try to finish early, and never ever skip classes. RIT is incredibly quick paced and missing a useless class can wind up losing a letter grade or two. It is incredibly easy to lose focus and get kicked out. Just because you were accepted, it is not an excuse to slack off. Work, and work hard.

    In three sentences

    RIT is very rigorous and you have to be a driven student to get into the school. The student body is incredibly diverse. There is always something to do, but it may be difficult to find events that tailor to your interests.

  • 05/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    If you're somewhere late there are blue lights you can push to call campus safety to pick you up. But the best way is to call them from your phone to pick you up and tack you home

    Greek Life

    The Greek Fraternities and Sororities do a lot of fund raisers for charities such as autism and BBQ's for students.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are an abundance of clubs on campus a few are the acapella clubs, dance clubs, archery, theater club,science clubs, gaming clubs,anime clubs, etc.

    Great for these types of students

    Art, Engineers,Science, Business, Architects, Medical, etc.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Red Barn- rocking climbing barn, Humans v. Zombies, Mud Tug, Quidditch, Random guys in fruit suits riding a two seated bike, The Reporters Distorter Issue, Pie a Pi day, etc.

    Bang for the buck

    Going to college is a great experience but going to college and making friends can make it even better. Be a little more social

    What to do for fun

    CAB is the College Activities Board that organizes most of the entrainment for students.There's the Thurs movie every thurs. Spring Fest, Freeze Fest, Imagine RIT. There's concerts, carnivals, and a lot of other small BBQ'a and events that happen during the year.

    Food and Dining

    You're required to eat at Gracie's the dining hall but there's other places too like Brick City and their daily chef's, Crossroads, Ritz and the newest addition Salsarita's The food is what you make it. Some love and some hate it.

    Dorm Life

    If you have the right roommate all will be well in your dorm life. Living in the dorms will help you interact with people you have to see everyday and it's like a little family.

    Academic Rigor

    Right now RIT is on the quarter system but they're transitioning to semester in fall 2013. So right now the 10-week quarter is fast and I think it helps because it's fast and so is the pace of a real job.

    Tips for prospective students

    There's so many clubs and people you won't have a problem making friends. Depending on the teacher the class can be hard or easy. If you have question don't forget teacher's like when you come to their office hoours

    In three sentences

    It's a very good college for science and art based majors. It's currently in transition from quarters to semester. RIT cater to all it's students and is good on keeping us both entertained during the academic year.

  • 05/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    There are a few fraternities and sororities on campus. They'll hold dances, raves and other events to get people together and to raise money.

    Clubs and Activities

    As mentioned above, there are many ways to get involved in clubs and activities. There's usually something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    If you plan to major in Engineering or Ultrasound, RIT is the best school to do so!

    What to do for fun

    RIT has many clubs and organizations to choose from. There's a Kan-Jam club, an Outing club (for outdoorsy people), even Quidditch for all those Harry Potter fans out there. As well as the Varsity sports there are intramurals which are easier to manage with a busy schedule as they don't tie you down as much. There is Greek Life and there are always events going on around campus. Every Fall and Spring there are concerts. This year we had Mike Posner and the Far East Movement in the fall, Kevin Hart in the winter and B.o.B in the Spring.

    Food and Dining

    Gracie's is the major dining hall on campus and it offers a pretty good variety of foods. There's always burgers, fries, pizza, sandwiches and soup. The main food special is different every night and ranges from Asian to Mom's home cooking. There are also a bunch of other small restaurants and bake shops on campus. Artesano's is a personal morning favorite!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is pretty slow and quiet at RIT. The RA's are great at making events frequently to get the floors together and doing something so everyone knows each other. Often times they'll set up a Facebook Group specifically for whatever floor you're on. That makes communicating easy.

    Academic Rigor

    RIT is known for its academics. Although challenging, the course work is not impossible. What you put in is what you get out.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a tour of the campus. RIT is a large school and is very much located in the city. You have to be happy in your surroundings in order to make the best of it. Also, get to know your professors. This helps you in the long run. Don't be afraid to reach out and ask for help, it can't hurt. Finally, make friends and remember to take some time out of your hectic schedule for yourself otherwise you'll go crazy!

    In three sentences

    The Rochester Institute of Technology is a very academically challenging, yet stimulating school. Professors are excellent and care about their students, despite the large class sizes. I'd say that nearly 90% of the students that earn a degree from RIT are more than likely to have a job soon after, if not before, they graduate.

  • 05/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The Alert System works fantastically, there are emergency blue call boxes everywhere, and Campus Safety will literally walk you back to your dorm if you feel unsafe. And even then, the campus is very safe at night, so there's little to worry about.

    Greek Life

    I'm not privy much to Greek Life, but almost every week there's SOME sort of Greek event.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many many MANY clubs. You can find just about any to fit and interest, or failing that, make your own!

    Great for these types of students

    Any tech or engineering majors.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    First day that the Sentinel, a huge metal sculpture, was erected, someone climbed up and stuck a pirate flag on top. Yep.

    Bang for the buck

    RIT is pretty expensive. You get a lot of bang, but it's a LOT of buck.

    What to do for fun

    There is ALWAYS something going on on campus. Clubs, groups, events, or just grab some friends and walk around and maybe climb a tree! There are also a few game centers around, but those you need to pay to get in.

    Food and Dining

    Not exactly 5 star accommodations, but there's plenty of variety and options in your day to day food choices.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are going to be bad, regardless of college. The ones here are usually pretty quiet though, RIT is not at all a party college.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are pretty tough. If you don't go into a class either knowing your stuff or prepared to work hard for it, don't expect to get a good grade.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're considering RIT for engineering, or computer science, or anything scientific and mathematical and empirical like those, then it's a fantastic choice. Liberal Arts, justice, things like that? Not such a great choice.

    In three sentences

    Yes, it's a very tech-y college. No, it doesn't just fall into all the everyone-is-nerdy, no-females, etc. stereotypes. So, it's got the good without the bad!

  • 06/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    there are variety of food

    Dorm Life

    stay on campus it's fun, alot of things to do on campus

    Academic Rigor

    some professors tend to grad very hard. also the grading system in RIT isn't fear, if you 80 or 89 , you will get B

  • 06/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There's something going on on campus all of the time. You just have to walk around campus to see all the flyers.

    Food and Dining

    The freshmen dining hall can get old, but hey, we've got Salsarita's which is delicious.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are dorms. Nothing special here, but nothing awful.

    Academic Rigor

    It's a hard school, but definitely worth the hard work. So many opportunities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for Humans vs Zombies. Go eat a Garbage Plate! Check out the admissions page for blogs and vlogs about RIT life.

    In three sentences

    RIT is an awesome place where everyone can find where they belong. There are no outcasts here and the education is incredible.

  • 06/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe to walk from academic side to dorm side late at night. There is plenty of security guards and vans on patrol. The email and text alert system is good.

    Greek Life

    The frats and sororities might not be well known to many colleges, but they're big on campus. They organize many events on campus. Hazing is not allowed.

    Clubs and Activities

    RIT is not a great school for mainstream sports like football and basketball. However, there are clubs for all sorts of interests both well known and quirky.

    Great for these types of students

    RIT is a great school for gamers, engineers, photographers, and filmmakers.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Humans vs Zombies is big on this campus, especially in Fall quarter (the quarter system will switch to semesters in 2013). Java Wally's is a hipster coffee place that's always nice to relax.

    Bang for the buck

    RIT school is big on innovation, so engineers get the most out of this school. Nothing is straight forward in academics, so students will definitely be rewarded for putting the work in. There are plenty of resources for students looking for academic help, students just need to ask.

    What to do for fun

    There's a concert or big event about once a month. Clubs and organizations always hold events and parties somewhere on or near campus, so just look for fliers.

    Food and Dining

    You may find yourself eating the same thing over and over in freshman year. Most of the really good dining places are in the academic side of campus and may be expensive. There are not that many brand name fast food and convenient around, but its manageable with food debit system provided.

    Dorm Life

    There is plenty to do on campus and they're especially geared toward gamers. There is a tunnel system underneath the dorms that can be pretty fun. Doing laundry can be a real pain.

    Academic Rigor

    In the engineering courses I'm taking, the physics classes may be the hardest class to take. Despite that, try to get your GPA as high as possible in the early years.

    Tips for prospective students

    When you start classes, find out exactly what the teacher expects from students by doing to their office hours. This means asking how to take notes and what to study for tests. Don't be afraid to join clubs and organizations, you may meet most of your friends there and may be great resume builders.

    In three sentences

    As far as the students and the environment, RIT is a great place to be. The weather this year (2011-12) wasn't so bad, but I heard there is snow most of the time here. Sometimes, the teachers who are the best at what they teach (especially for math and physics) can be the most frustrating and don't communicate well with students.

  • 06/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Excellent service!

    What to do for fun

    Volleyball, Intramural sports, clubs, fencing, gym, coffee shop

    Food and Dining

    Not much of my taste

    Dorm Life

    Good social life

    Academic Rigor

    Fair homework and grading

    Tips for prospective students

    Take good notes, be open minded and keep your options open for deciding a major!

    In three sentences

    Good technical school with good college professors who will help you understand the materials. Friendly, eco friendly environment to be in. Convenient, located in Rochester, which is thrived with all kinds of life activities and stores close by.

  • 06/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    TONS, TONS, TONS. There is always something, you just have to find it. Tons of clubs to participate in too!

    Food and Dining

    All of the food gets old after a while, so I would change it up if I were you. There are also alot of healthy options which I was so glad of, when I came here.

    Dorm Life

    I actually enjoyed the doors. The bathrooms aren't too great, but the atmosphere was. Being around so many people, and being able to meet them was such an awesome experience.

    Academic Rigor

    I will definitely say that the academic are rigorous. The quarter system covers lots of material in a shorter amount of time than those other schools that have semesters, so make sure that you are putting your effort in. And don't be fooled when professor say they aren't collecting homework. You should still do this because you will need the practice come midterms and finals time. And if you have crammed for tests in the past, you might as well stop now because that will not help you here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Remember that even though you are 'free' from your parents, don't get mixed up in hanging around the wrong people. Being in a foreign place really causes some people to cling on to the first person they meet so be careful if you do this. Make sure you meet new people! You may be scared and shy at first, but don't be, because even people who don't look nervous are most likely just has nervous as you, but they are better at hiding it. Put you academics first. Parties may seem like the place to be, however you are not paying all this money to party, so schedule some studying time.

    In three sentences

    RIT has not only a beautiful campus, but high quality on campus dining facilities, a student employment office, a fitness center, and many other extracurricular activities that everyone is allowed to participate in.

  • 06/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is really safe, campus security is always around and helpful.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are dozens of clubs! If you don't like any, you can start your own!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    For the women at RIT the beginning of the year there is the Lighting the Way walk to celebrate us females and the power we have to make a difference as women. Also, MUD TUG! One of the biggest events on campus to raise funds for a particular organization chosen by the sponsored by certain frats and sororities.

    Bang for the buck

    The school is expensive, but the facilities are wonderful the gym, the computers, the art facilities, and much more.

    What to do for fun

    Rock climb! Play in an intramural! Go to a free movie every Thursday, Weekly video game night from our Electronic Game Society club. and tons more.

    Food and Dining

    There is variety on campus, especially with the all you can eat style at Gracies, but be sure to range outside of there too otherwise it can get dull.

    Dorm Life

    If you want to start out with a sense of belonging, I would suggest looking into a special-interest floor where everyone has a common interest. Some examples are: Photo House, Computer Science House, and International House.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are intense in probably all fields whether you are in computer science or graphic design.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you have a bike, it is a good idea to bring it. Be prepared to work very fast and hard due to the quarter system. Make sure you have a sense of things that make you happy to keep your spirits up in the harsh winter.

    In three sentences

    RIT is a fun, dedicated, and intriguing environment. The campus, although filled with bricks, always has something to do, so you can never say you have nothing to do. The professors really want to see the students succeed and push their creativity.

  • 06/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    It big in our school but it is still expanding.

    Great for these types of students

    Student who love new experiences.

    What to do for fun

    I play sports with my friends for fun, or go to the gym.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come in ready to be challenged.

    In three sentences

    Very Intense college, but the people you meet are very nice and down to earth. It takes a lot of energy to be well rounded. there are many opportunities for one to learn about subject like culture from one another.

  • 07/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety at Rochester Institute of Technology is a serious matter. There are always a couple of campus safety officers on campus at all times. Rochester Institute of Technology has a great alert system as well which notifies students immediately if there are any threats on campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek life at Rochester Institute of Technology is amazing and like no other. Fraternities and sororities at Rochester Institute of Technology are not like those seen on TV or in movies. They are welcoming and encouraging in all aspects of campus life. You really do meet your best friends for life.

    Clubs and Activities

    With over 100 clubs, Rochester Institute of Technology is always buzzing with activity. There's Archery Club, Humans vs. Zombies, Yoga Club, Quidditch Club, and many more!

    Great for these types of students

    Rochester Institute of Technology is great for students seeking a friendly environment with a lot to offer both academically and socially. There are so many different opportunities at Rochester Institute of Technology that every student finds their niche!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    An unusual tradition that occurs at Rochester Institute of Technology is Humans vs. Zombies. Twice a year this club battles all over Rochester Institute of Technology campus and the fight for survival is fierce. Just watch out for the flying Nerf darts!!

    Bang for the buck

    Rochester Institute of Technology is worth the tuition and fees. Students have access to so many different things that wouldn't be possible if Rochester Institute of Technology charged less. It's perfectly reasonable for a great education.

    What to do for fun

    Rochester Institute of Technology has so many fun things to do it's rare to be bored. There's hockey games (along with other sporting events as well, but hockey at Rochester Institute of Technology is very important), Greek life organizations, over 100 different clubs, various philanthropic events, and there are parties every weekend. Rochester Institute of Technology is not a party school by any means, but the parties at Rochester Institute of Technology are noteworthy to say the least.

    Food and Dining

    Rochester Institute of Technology food and dining is great. There are various eateries around campus that offer a variety of different foods ranging from deliciously sinful to perfectly healthy. Not only that, a couple are open late at night so any midnight cravings are vanquished!

    Dorm Life

    Rochester Institute of Technology dorms are nice, but by the end of the year they tend to become more of a nuisance (sharing a room, communal bathrooms, etc.). Most Rochester Institute of Technology students only stay in the dorms for their first year and then move to the campus apartments which are exceedingly better.

    Academic Rigor

    Rochester Institute of Technology can be very challenging. My first quarter I spent most of my free time studying and it did pay off. Some classes are easier than others, but overall students need to spend at least 2 hours a day if not more on studies in order to obtain good grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some tips for prospective students are: buy lots of air freshener since the dorms can smell a little musty, buy lots of orange gear before coming to RIT so you can show your school spirit, and always keep your dorm door open so you can interact with the people in your dorm. If you do this, your first week at Rochester Institute of Technology will be a blast!

    In three sentences

    Rochester Institute of Technology has a diverse campus and because of this diversity, Rochester Institute of Technology students are welcoming and probably the nicest people I've ever met. Among these nice people are intelligent and good-humored professors who will challenge and help any student who asks for it. Overall, Rochester Institute of Technology is the perfect place for students seeking a relaxing environment with tons of tiger spirit.

  • 07/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus has plenty of security cameras posted all around, with emergency phones posted every couple hundred feet, I feel safe all around campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    RIT has a ridiculous amount of clubs for nearly any interest that one could possibly think of. With numbers reaching over 300, they go from Football to Gaming to Knitting and more. If one is interested in creating their own club, they can do so with just a few followers and add one more to the ever growing list.

    Great for these types of students

    It is great for anyone who is into technology, business, or the arts. I've seen students from these three programs excel and they all love it here.

    Bang for the buck

    I'd say RIT is worth every dollar if it wasn't so expensive. While I do believe it is an awesome school, the high tuition cost will definitely dent a hole in your bank account. Thanks to a near 100% employment rate, you should be able to pay off the massive student loans right out of college. With funding from the co-op, the bill doesn't look so bad.

    What to do for fun

    RIT has plenty of things to do when you're finally done with studying. While hanging out with dorm mates was my personal favorite activity, I also participated in a few physical activities such as fencing and archery. I would recommend trying to get into at least one club and expand your network as well things to do.

    Food and Dining

    I'm sure you've heard the rumor about Gracie's, and I'd say their is some truth to that. It isn't too bad as long as you use your other 5 options wisely at other places such as Crossroads. The Corner Store is essentially an underground 7-11, so you can get some more variety down there as well.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life was one of the most memorable parts for me, due to the fact that my floor essentially became my best friends. I was a bit reserved in my room, but I would highly recommend just getting out and talking with people. Always leave your door open, nothing beats having some great friends to hang out with after you're done with your study session.

    Academic Rigor

    This is where RIT definitely gave me a reality check. The courses are all fast paced, and some particular ones will have one begging for class to finally end. As long as you manage your time wisely, and use all of the resources that you're paying for (Quite a humongous amount), you should be well on your way to a 3.5+ GPA.

    Tips for prospective students

    I can honestly say that the amount of people that are willing to help inside and outside of the classroom is just amazing. All you need to do is ask for help and it will be given, whether it is a professor or people in the same class. The community feels incredibly nice, and everyone seems very eager to learn making it a nice learning environment. Just don't be afraid to ask questions, because I sure had a lot of them.

    In three sentences

    RIT is a very technical and fast paced school. You will learn an incredible amount in such a short period of time, it can be quite stunning. With a fairly scenic campus and plenty of academic resources, RIT has been an awesome choice for college studies

  • 07/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is phenomenal. There was an incident where there was an alleged gunman on campus this year, it turned out to be an umbrella, but the way it was handled was very professional. Everyone was alerted by email, text, and phone by RIT campus safety explaining the situation every few minutes, and had there been an actual emergency, everyone would have been safe indoors.

    Greek Life

    I do not belong to a fraternity and I know very little about Greek Life, other than during rush weeks the different houses will put on events all over campus for the public to attend.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are plenty of clubs that I do not even know exist on campus. The few that I am a part of are immensely fun and I am a dedicated member of them.

    Great for these types of students

    It is an excellent place for anyone who was ever called weird, or a nerd, or a geek in high school, because that is really what makes up most of the demographic. It is also great for deaf students, as the school has many accommodations for its deaf culture.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Students superstitiously rub the head of a tiger statue for good luck on exams. If you want an A you rub the tiger's belly instead.

    Bang for the buck

    I do not doubt that this is the perfect place for me. I have a great education with staff that I admire and get along with very well, the other students are fantastic people, and if I went anywhere else I would be washing dishes this summer instead of doing research on campus.

    What to do for fun

    There are countless clubs and sports to join on campus, a few of the most popular clubs being the anime club and humans versus zombies. Most of the clubs require a small fee for membership but it is entirely worth it. I myself spent a lot of my free time in my dorm on the weekends playing card games with my friends.

    Food and Dining

    As freshmen you do not have a choice but to eat at Gracie's Dining Hall for your first quarter. It's not as bad as other people might make it out, but I personally chose a plan that allowed me to eat at other places in addition to the dining hall, and after you have sophomore status after your first quarter switch to all debit. The food itself is very good, but summer hours are less than desirable.

    Dorm Life

    Life in the dorm was interesting to say the least. Living with the same person in the same room can get monotonous, but if your roommate is a respectful and decent person you should not encounter many problems. There were a few incidents in the building last year, coupled with a good deal of noise on some floors.

    Academic Rigor

    I have only spent one year at RIT as a biochemistry major and most of the work has been challenging but still easy to succeed on with the required work. However there was one specific class, and lab, required in this major that were incredibly difficult, even with a lot of extra hours invested into the topics. Overall it was not nearly as hard as I had imagined at first.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not fall behind in your work; the quarter system will be unforgiving if you fall behind. Also, make sure to show up to class and to take good notes. Form study groups with people in your classes for better studying and also some venting, the venting will help to calm you down slightly. Finally, form good relationships with your professors, as there are many opportunities for research at RIT and being in good standing with professors will increase them. Most importantly, sometimes situations may arise that are uncomfortable for students. Leave the situation and contact the appropriate people if necessary. Whatever the problem is, it is not worth sticking around for you to be busted too.

    In three sentences

    The education that one receives at the school is fantastic. The staff and faculty there are dedicated to their work and to helping students succeed in all things. The work load can be overwhelming at times but it can be done.

  • 07/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Good

    Dorm Life

    Great

    In three sentences

    Great School

  • 07/14/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe and secure school

    Clubs and Activities

    Have a UN model club

    Great for these types of students

    Has great program for death students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Huge campus, very well organized, great directions

    Bang for the buck

    well known school in the States and Internationally, if you get degree from this school you can get job very easy

    What to do for fun

    Niagara Falls 1.5 hrs away as many state parks

    Food and Dining

    Many great options for healthy food dining

    Dorm Life

    Have great dorms, apartment like , several new buildings

    Academic Rigor

    Hi tech school, exellent equipment, class rooms

    Tips for prospective students

    They have majority of males as students, but they are welcoming women and very helpfull in admission process.

    In three sentences

    Great school, high tech, friendly, interested in students, can get any help you need when call the school

  • 07/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Top notch public safety force and ambulance corps. Campus is well lit at night and there are emergency blue light phones everywhere. There's always someone walking around, and public safety officers are approachable and fair. Really low crime rate (petty theft is taken seriously).

    Greek Life

    Greek life is prevalent but not obnoxiously so. Greek people are pretty down to earth and involved in the community. They don't stand out particularly in a crowd. We have a bunch of fraternities and sororities on campus, some with really nice housing.

    Clubs and Activities

    Anything you could possibly want. If you haven't found at least 3 clubs that you want to join in a few weeks of being on campus, you must not leave your dorm.

    Great for these types of students

    Introverts, extroverts, intellectuals, easy-going, hard-working, social, shy, whatever. Whoever you are you can find a group of friends here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Humans vs. Zombies is huge on campus, and the annual Mud Tug event is the best fun I've had in a long time!

    Bang for the buck

    It's great, I feel like they take care of the students here. RIT isn't cheap by any means, so they have a lot of money that they pump back into campus life.

    What to do for fun

    Many, many groups/organizations/clubs. Rochester is big on outdoor stuff, especially when it's nice out. Great little local music scene, and there are clubs/halls which bring in big acts all the time (we had quite a few awesome shows on campus this year! I saw 3LAU, Donald Glover, and Frank Warren the Post Secret guy). There are plenty of parties if that is more your thing, and you can find someone to hang out with that shares your interest anywhere, it's a big school but not too big.

    Food and Dining

    Food isn't bad, but it isn't spectacular. The main dining hall gets old real quick, and by year's end you'll be struggling to eat something different. Food will keep you alive though, so that's nice.

    Dorm Life

    Great, but as always it depends on your roommate. Dorms are in good condition and well maintained/cleaned.

    Academic Rigor

    It's not an easy school, but it won't make you hate your life! You will earn your grades, but you'll have plenty of down time to hang out and relax.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get as involved with all sorts of clubs as soon as you can. You can start off brand new in the Fall and become an E-Board member by the year's end. Lots of opportunity to advance in every place, just have to be dedicated. Also, avoid the rampant naysayers.

    In three sentences

    Awesome students, great campus (lots and lots of bricks, but I like that), really nice community, and top notch classes. This is the place to be!

  • 07/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is the best! There are blue boxes all over the campus in case of an emergency. When you don't feel safe or something bad has happened, campus safety is there as soon as they can be, which normally is rather quick. I love RIT's Campus Safety!

    Great for these types of students

    RIT is great for people who don't fit the mold. We have all sorts of students here: technology majors, science majors, art students, business students, etc. There's room for anyone to find their niche here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Mud Tug is a huge thing on campus in the Fall especially.

    Bang for the buck

    The co-op program is what gives RIT the most bang for its buck. Getting that first hand job experience is essential in making sure you have a job out of college. The price you pay is high and it's tough to make ends meet sometimes, but if you can afford it, I say an RIT education is money well spent.

    What to do for fun

    There's always something going on. You can partake in intramural sports, join Greek life, or any other type of club. RIT has numerous clubs, even ones you wouldn't expect on a college campus. You're free to spend the leisurely time you have doing basically anything that's legal. It's a pretty relaxed campus.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of options. So depending on your mood, there's usually a dining facility that has those foods. We're getting better at providing more nutritious items across the campus as well as including vegetarian and vegan options. The variety is excellent, but the prices are steep, so if you're paying out of your wallet, it may be better for you to make your own lunch.

    Dorm Life

    I personally didn't live in the dorms, but I hear it's a great way to make friends. It also gives you a first hand experience of living on your own, providing for yourself. If you don't live around the area, dorm life is definitely great! Otherwise, if you're from the Rochester area and can commute, I'd say save your money.

    Academic Rigor

    It's tough due to the 10 weeks. You always have to go faster through things than you normally would in high school. But, it's manageable if you get ahead of your work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class every day. There are only ten weeks and you do just as much during those weeks as you would if given 15. A lot of information is compact and mostly all of it is important. If you miss one day, it could affect your performance. Don't slack off either. See the professor if you are having trouble, or visit a study center. Everyone wants to see you do well, you just have to use your resources to stay above the pack.

    In three sentences

    RIT is full of life and opportunities. The campus is full of friendly people and the professors are approachable. Sometimes the work load can be tough, but nothing that can't be overcome with the right mindset!

  • 07/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe at RIT before

    Greek Life

    I am not involved in Greek life, however my roommate is and I know she loves it and is always doing something fun. Also the housing for frats and sororities is great

    Great for these types of students

    RIT is mostly knows as a technical school and a video game nerd place :) but it is a really great art school too!

    What to do for fun

    RIT is like a little city, you can stay on campus all year long and never have to leave. There are lots of sports and special activities to do. However having a car opens up a bunch more activities that Rochester offers, like the beach, parks, malls, and a great art community.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of school work. Bring rain boots and a warm jacket.

    In three sentences

    I love RIT! it is a fast pace class schedule, which is changing in 2013/14.

  • 07/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Fans of Pokemon, Doctor Who, Star Trek, Anime Conventions (maybe not all at once) and generally quirky go-getters

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Week-long game of humans vs zombies where humans walk around with bandanas and modified nerf guns and socks and a lot of paranoia. It's fun watching a herd of zombies corner down a lone, out-of-ammo human.

    Bang for the buck

    Well...I don't really think college is worth paying that much for....but I'm happy with what I got.

    What to do for fun

    Intramurals! Quidditch! Free movie nights every Thursday! There's always something happening.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for major geek culture and for some really good hockey. And make sure to bring snow boots.

    In three sentences

    Quirky, fun, sometimes downright weird group of students make RIT an unforgettable place to be. The opportunity to mingle with people of all disciplines is also a major plus. There are, however, a lot of bricks.

  • 08/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe. There are blue safety boxes located all around the school that'll instantly put you in touch with campus security. Security also patrols the school throughout the day.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's more than 200 clubs and organizations on campus. If there isn't something in there that strikes your fancy, you can certainly start a club yourself.

    Great for these types of students

    If you have a love for technology, engineering, fine arts (especially photography), nerdy things, videogames, and orange then I'd highly recommend this school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Humans Vs. Zombies happens twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring. People get pretty into it.

    Bang for the buck

    RIT may be very expensive but it's definitely worth it. A lot of your student fees go towards putting on awesome programs and concerts, as well as the gym facilities.

    What to do for fun

    There's a lot that happens on the weekends on campus that'll keep you busy. Definitely check out the hockey games! The campus is located on Jefferson and you're just minutes away from the mall, movie theater, and other great shopping.

    Food and Dining

    There are tons of eating options on campus. Gracies- all you can eat buffet. Sol's- great paninis and pizzas. The Corner Store- a grocery store under NRH that's open til 2am. Salsarita's- amazing quesadillas! Note: Freshman should choose the 10+ Meal Plan.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms aren't anything spectacular but they're clean, functional, and they do their job. Only NRH, Sol, Gleason, and Ellingson have air conditioning but that's not too much to worry about, Rochester gets pretty chilly. Leave your door open and invite people to talk and hang out in order to get to know your fellow dorm dwellers.

    Academic Rigor

    As a photography student I can attest that the photo program here is one of the best in the country. The professors have had years of experience and will really help you to grow and broaden your understanding of the photographic world. The work is a lot but you'll be a much stronger photographer for it.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you like a school that's full of spirit (and nerds) this school should be higher up on your list. I highly recommend visiting the school and seeing how it fits. It wasn't until I came to the campus that I realized that it felt like home.

    In three sentences

    Amazing school, great facilities, good sense of community, strong professors, pretty good dining options.

  • 08/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Sometimes a hassle, but most of the officers are great and are extremely helpful as long as you give them patience and respect.

    Greek Life

    A little shaky right now but plenty of solid options. Definitely a tradition.

    What to do for fun

    There is homecoming, the AMAZING Women's and Men's Division I NCAA hockey games which are a blast and a definite RIT past time. In addition, festivals in the winter and spring and over 200 clubs/organizations mean there is always plenty to do. There are also local area conventions, the theater, art and club districts downtown, as well as the surrounding area where bands and larger events come through often.

    Food and Dining

    The main dining hall is okay, but when you venture out on campus is when you find the best food. The SAU and Global Village offer the best bang for your buck (or food debit?). As well, you can load up your TigerBucks and use it off campus too!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great. Sometimes the occasional fire alarm or loud stereo/computer; however most RAs are VERY helpful and all of RIT's management and public safety take student comfort very seriously.

    Academic Rigor

    Definitely a very rigorous program, regardless of major. Some are a bit more lax than others, but pretty much all of them are difficult enough but do not overload you to the point of failure. The academics are well balanced and it is easy to shift things around based on your learning style.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring fans if you will be living in the dorms. Do not go to the ultra or unlimited meal plans. If you know an alumni, they can give you an application fee waiver; or if you visit one of the special invitation events in the fall.

    In three sentences

    RIT is an amazingly diverse school. The academic programs are fantastic and there are plenty of things to do. The overall feeling on campus is great and there isn't much to not like about all parts of student life.

  • 08/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    The greek life ranges from rowdy,to professional,to academic.There's something for everyone!

    Great for these types of students

    All students.Whether you're looking for a major in Computer Science,to Criminal Justice,to Accounting,to Photography.We have it all!

    What to do for fun

    There are always events going on at RIT! We have basketball games,hockey,lacrosse,volleyball,tennis,etc.There is a game room on campus with pool,arcade games,a giant tv.It's pretty cool.If you can't find anything to do,you must be in your room,dorm,or apartment all the time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit! Take a couple tours around campus,different prospective departments that you'd like to major in.Definitely network while you visit,because the faculty and staff here are fantastic resources when you need help.

    In three sentences

    Very bland.RIT isn't heavily diverse as far as race goes so it's hard to find a niche.Even though it seems bland,in my opinion,they do offer great opportunities,sports,and clubs.

  • 08/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have yet to have to become involved with campus security. However, I feel very safe on the campus itself.

    Greek Life

    I am not participating in Greek Life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are all kinds of clubs on campus to suit everyone's needs. If the club of your choice isn't available, you're allowed to create the club yourself!

    Great for these types of students

    Engineers, outgoing students, students willing to make an effort towards their studies.

    Bang for the buck

    RIT is very expensive, but the job placement rate is within the high 90 percentage! Also, most majors require co-ops, which is the opportunity to work in your field as a paid employee before you even graduate! This is fantastic for not just experience, but also networking.

    What to do for fun

    RIT has so many opportunities for students! Greek life is available for those who choose to participate. Sports and clubs are endless here, though RIT is well known for its D1 Men's Hockey Team. I hear the games are so much fun!

    Food and Dining

    The food at RIT is delicious! The only downside is you have to eat at least five times at the dining hall every week if you're on the meal plans. However, the food all over campus is fantastic. From mexican food to Starbucks, there's something for everyone!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms at RIT are small, but clean. The people are friendly and it's nice to have the freedom of living alone, yet still having quiet hours for those who just don't know when to stop.

    Academic Rigor

    I have yet to begin classes at RIT, as they start next week. However, my class schedule seems rigorous, yet manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take your SAT and ACT tests early in your Junior year! I waited until my senior year to do this, and wish I had done it earlier so I could take the test a time or two more.

    In three sentences

    RIT is a friendly, open community full of people who are willing to help you achieve your goals! From the beginning of my college search, RIT has always lent me a helping hand. I'm so excited to attend a school full of so many opportunities, both socially and academically!

  • 09/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Security everywhere. You never feel in danger on campus. They even have multiple stations where security can respond in less than a minute with a simple lifting of the phone from the blue lights.

    Clubs and Activities

    Like I mentioned above, a lot of clubs and activities. If it doesn't exist, look again. If it still doesn't exist, make it!

    Great for these types of students

    Hard working, but fun students will succeed here. You need to have good work ethic.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The greek students are...well...weird. Big seesaws, towers, wheel chairs for tricks...yea.

    Bang for the buck

    It is an expensive college, but they are ready to help in a wealth of ways. The 95% career placement rate doesn't hurt either. They also provide many study centers with tutors readily available for no extra cost to you.

    What to do for fun

    There are over 200 clubs and a whole bunch of sports and activities to get involved in here. The campus always has something to offer to provide a balance between work and play.

    Food and Dining

    Plenty of variety and unique food options all day. The dining locations have special menus every week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Whether it's quesadillas for lunch, a bowl of fresh fruit for breakfast with your omelet, or a baked haddock fillet with a baked potato, there are plenty of choices.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great, as long as the people beside you are courteous, which, in my case, they are usually not.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes here keep you moving and thinking. If you fall behind, you can kiss that grade good bye.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not fall behind. Do your work either the same day you get it, or the day after you get it if you cannot. It is a very fast paced, but fun, school.

    In three sentences

    Rochester Institute of Technology is a very diverse, focused school. The staff and students here are always willing and excited to help out in any way possible. I have no doubt that I will succeed after graduation in my future field of work.

  • 09/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Too clubs, organizations and sports to join!

    Food and Dining

    Don't eat at Gracie's, period.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is like a center for a college life. There is a floor activity every week on weekends. It is great times

    Academic Rigor

    Yes it is difficult but very fun to do if you are motivated to get a degree.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't overstress yourself but take time on something

    In three sentences

    I would give this school 5 stars because RIT provided best experience of college life.

  • 09/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Have never seen or heard of anything suspicious or dangerous. The only thing is that new comers might think their is a fight outside but it's just zombies chasing humans for a bite. ;)

    Greek Life

    Wide range of Fraternities and Sororities to get involved in, they will definitely keep your life busy and entertaining.

    Clubs and Activities

    Anything and everything is available from bootcamp to massage classes to a class on how to play the Humans versus Zombies game on campus, which by the way involved real students chasing real students who choose to spend hundreds of dollars on nurf guns for their nightly hunts.

    Great for these types of students

    Unique, artsy, fun, creative, and downright up for a challenge.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Humans vs Zombies, it doesn't get any weirder than this.

    Bang for the buck

    This school definitely provides students with the latest technology and room to explore, they could however come up with a better way to help students be more informed about what is going on school.

    What to do for fun

    There are lots to do and not enough time. Join a dance class or experience Tango for the first time. Join in on the Humans versus Zombies game or mess with someone who is involved. Go on of the many water activities or run the 5K around campus. If feeling up to it, join in on some muddy fun in the annual rope challenge.

    Food and Dining

    There are many places to dine from, on campus and off campus. The school buses will take students around the area free of charge, including the mall.

    Dorm Life

    RIT has some of the best dorms available to students. They have recently built more apartments and a global village that is every student's dream.

    Academic Rigor

    It's a hard school but nothing hard work and a therapin from Java Wally's won't fix.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to apply early and visit if you can. The university is huge, combined of eight different colleges into one big environment. Talk to current students and go on personal tours offered daily.

    In three sentences

    It is a diverse campus with lot's to do and many people to see. If you want challenge and opportunities, this is the place to be. Join in on the daily activities and even the famous Humans versus Zombies game.

  • 10/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    RIT has public safety.

    Great for these types of students

    RIT has many diverse races. Ex. any races and any hearing or deaf or hear-hearing

    What to do for fun

    RIT has many events every week.

    Food and Dining

    RIT has many food places. So I can go whatever I want to.

    Dorm Life

    I live on one floor in dorm's building, these students who live on same floor are nice people. Also, it's coed floor. Plus, it is mixing floor for deaf and hearing both.

    In three sentences

    RIT has many opportunity for me to pick one major whenever I want. Also RIT has other building called NTID, which is for deaf or hear-hearing students. RIT is only one that I want to go because of technology and engineering which is relating to my major.

  • 10/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very good I would think, Public Safety seems to have a good grip of what is going on.

    Greek Life

    Fine, they don't seem too crazy.

    Clubs and Activities

    With the amount of clubs there are, you can find everything.

    Great for these types of students

    Nerds. There are a lot of people who have interests that are really specified. Either art, poetry, you name it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    With the campus so large, there are plenty of little stories and activities occurring at all times. So you will feel like you are part of a group.

    Bang for the buck

    If you have the money for it, then I would definitely recommend the school. However, don't go beyond your means to attend. That will cause future problems.

    What to do for fun

    Tons of clubs and things to get involved in.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good at optional places, however eating at Gracie's a lot can become difficult.

    Dorm Life

    My floor is rather social and enjoyable to hang out with. However, there are always shut-ins.

    Academic Rigor

    I have not spent a lot of time here, however the course work doesn't seem too awful so far.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do as much research as possible. The school is rather good, and presents good opportunities for work experience.

    In three sentences

    The school is very good and presents future opportunities. However, the afford all of the opportunities they present you with, the cost of tuition was somewhat high. Overall, it is a good school.

  • 10/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are blue lights all over for calling Public Safety and Public Safety's phone number has been repeated to us freshmen over and over again. The campus feels very safe, although I've been warned not to go into the woods at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    I believe there are over 200 clubs; there is a wonderful variety.

    Great for these types of students

    Nerds. Geeks. Technologically-inclined. And the Deaf. The Deaf Culture here is amazing; as a hearing student, I would never have known that such a thing existed if I'd gone to a different school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The swings--I know of the two at the Infinity Quad and the tire swing outside Res Hall B/C. Apparently they started last year, but there are a few swings on campus. Public Safety had originally removed them when they appeared, but they're back due to popular demand. We love our swings.

    What to do for fun

    There are many activities: I go to a knitting group and a chainmaille group; there are intramurals such as broomball, soccer and quidditch; there's pep band; boardgaming on Tuesday nights; the list is endless. These are just the activities I enjoy. There's an overwhelming quantity of things to do.

    Food and Dining

    Gracie's (the main dining hall) is wonderful, although of course students love to joke about how terrible it is (I believe the sign language motion involves a movement indicating food going the wrong way through the throat). The food is good, although there are times when the lines seem to take a ridiculous amount of time.

    Dorm Life

    I have had a great experience so far: my roommate and I get along, the people on my floor are interesting and somewhat social, etc. Some of my floor-mates have been disruptive at night on the weekends, but there has only been one major conflict with that.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm a freshman, and so far the year hasn't been too rough, but I am learning. There is a core curriculum, but it's somewhat flexible, allowing students to pick and choose between classes in the different 'perspectives'; the rigor may change when RIT switches into semesters (we are currently in quarters).

    Tips for prospective students

    RIT is wonderful for Computer Science; the school's only downside is the gender ratio (there are over 200 Computer Science freshman; 8 of us are female), but I don't consider that to be a terrible problem. Also, where ever you go, Humans versus Zombies is generally a great way to get to know your way around campus.

    In three sentences

    Perfect for me. I love the community, the program, the campus, everything. There are many opportunities on campus and when I'm ready to leave, there will be many options for a career.

  • 10/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    'Blue Boxes are everywhere, Campus Security is very quick to respond.

    Great for these types of students

    People who feel like they didn't quite fit in in high school or were awkward; those that see a better future in store for the world; those who want to become innovators for our generation.

    What to do for fun

    Not a major party school, and technically a dry campus, but it's still easy to find parties every weekend. If parties aren't your thing, they have a club for literally everything. Singing, intramural sports, computer games, business, you name it and they have it.

    Food and Dining

    The main cafeteria for freshman isn't the greatest, but everything else on campus is.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great, except the ratio of guys to girls is really wacky, so at times it can be hard to find girl friends. Other than that most floors are great to hang out with, it's really easy to establish a family type bond with your floor.

    Academic Rigor

    They have a pretty high level of standards for students, but encourage them to seek out help at any time. They have tons of academic support facilities and tutoring programs in place.

    Tips for prospective students

    Sleep, eat right, and do homework! Make sure that you take advantage of all of the support around you if you start to feel overwhelmed.

    In three sentences

    A great school that encourages growth and learning, RIT is a radically different kind of campus in that there are so many kinds of people. Everyone can and does feel accepted here.

  • 11/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    To be honest, I feel safer here than I ever did in my own home. Public Safety roams the campus all hours of the day and with an emergency call-box always in sight no matter where you are on campus, you'll never feel vulnerable or unsafe.

    Clubs and Activities

    With all of the options, there is no way to give this category less than five stars. I would suggest to get involved sooner rather than later, and to become fully involved. It makes not only the club experience more fulfilling but the college experience in general more enjoyable. It's the best way to find friends who share the same interests as you.

    Great for these types of students

    Males, Nerds, Business men and women, Engineers, Hockey fans, the Deaf or Hard of Hearing and anyone who likes looking at red brick buildings all day.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One of the greatest things to look forward to each autumn and spring is the human versus zombies week. It as an all campus LARP game involving nerf guns, socks and zombies. It is unimaginably fun. The only thing I do not really like is the unsportsmanlike conduct found at the sporting events, where students will boo and tell the opposing team how much they suck. This is definitely not something I will ever find myself being a part of.

    Bang for the buck

    It is no MIT but is definitely a prestigious education, especially if you're looking to go into business or engineering. At about $40,000 a year, there are definitely less expensive options but none that will give you the experience, technical know-how and networking that you will find at RIT.

    What to do for fun

    There are numerous things to do for fun: there are hockey games to go to, dozens of clubs and organizations, intramural sports, other students to hang out with and do whatever you like, and a movie shown every Thursday night. It's impossible to be bored!

    Food and Dining

    The food is definitely sub-par, but is made up for by the excellent service and the excellent meal plans. It's almost impossible to go hungry with all of the options and all of the meals you get each quarter.

    Dorm Life

    Due to the student ratio, many of the dormitories are co-ed unless requested otherwise. There are a lot of 'nerds' attending this institution, so much of the dorm life consists of video games and LAN-ing. It definitely not the school to choose if you intend on partying your college years away but if you want to work hard, challenge yourself and succeed, I would definitely look at making it an option.

    Academic Rigor

    The coursework isn't ridiculously difficult but it is definitely hard. It helps you by teaching you things that you need to know and by cutting away the excess information. The professors are very helpful and this makes it a little less challenging when it comes to understanding but the exams can be difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    This school is not for the faint of heart and it requires a lot of work to succeed. I would also keep in mind that the male to female ratio is almost 2 to 1, so it is an excellent choice if you are a guy and want to focus on school. There is also the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, one of only two in the country I believe. This school is an excellent choice for those who are deaf or hard of hearing.

    In three sentences

    The school is very spacious and very modern when it comes to technology. The staff are very helpful and contrary to popular belief, they do care about your success. There is also so much to do around campus, it's impossible to be bored.

  • 11/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They will be there anywhere, anytime, of any day.

    Greek Life

    There are tons of fraternities and sororities on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 150 different clubs and activities from juggling to humans vs. zombies.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone will fit in here, it is a technology school but we have a good art program.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have wind tunnels because the layout of our school was actually planed for a school in Arizona

    Bang for the buck

    I have had so much fun and learned so much in such a short time being at RIT i couldn't imagine myself at any other school.

    What to do for fun

    There are over 150 clubs and organizations on campus, and if you cant find something to do than you can start your own.

    Food and Dining

    There are many places to eat on campus most of them is great there just isn't really a lot of variety.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms at RIT are exceptional, it isn't the location that matters its the people that you become involved with that live on your floor.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic load isn't that bad as long as you plan out your time. If you stay ahead of yourself there wont be any problems keeping up with work.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to go somewhere interesting than this is the place for you! There is always student activities going on and it is easy for students to go off camps and have fun too.

    In three sentences

    RIT is an amazing school with an amazing co-op opportunity. The professors there are wonderful and the students that attend RIT create their own families that anyone is welcome to be a part of. There are many wonderful student run clubs as well as fraternities/sororities, so there is something for everyone.

  • 11/28/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is pretty safe, there are blue emergency phone and buttons all over campus and public safety is always in the look out. We had one small incident while I was there for three years.

    Greek Life

    Available swanky Greek houses on campus and in a nice area near Global Village.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of clubs and activities on campus including different biology clubs, tutoring available in areas like, math, physics, chemistry and biology.

    Great for these types of students

    Nerds, Lab students, computer and engineers minded people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a Indian food night that is a great experience. The fireplace area near the Ben and Jerry's on campus is a nice place to unwind. Pool tables in the student dining rooms are an enjoyable place to relax and wonder about the physics and math of pool!

    Bang for the buck

    It is private so it is expensive but I learned so much and got involved in lab and this was an invaluable experience for me.

    What to do for fun

    Mud Tug, bird banding, different famous people come on campus, runs for a myriad of causes, and lab experience/independent research.

    Food and Dining

    Food isn't bad- your typical kind of over priced college food. There are healthy options and Sols Underground is a great place to get dorm necessities!

    Dorm Life

    Met a lot of friends and friendly people, including deaf students.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes were more rigorous than others and some teachers expected more than others- so it depends. Overall I feel like I learned a lot and a lot of expected of me, especially in organic chemistry and the physics program is a lot of material for a quarter system, though in 2013 RIT is changing to semesters.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of the in lab experience and outside of lab join study groups and get involved in tutoring.

    In three sentences

    For Biology students it is a great program with apply hands-on and in lab experience. I was able to join a bioengineering cancer research lab and get valuable experience as an independent researcher. There are a wide range of study areas and the teachers I had were always willing to help with your academic growth.

  • 11/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Never felt threatened.

    Greek Life

    Present, but it is not in your face.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs that just about everything that you can think of has a club.

    Great for these types of students

    Everybody. It is one of the most diverse colleges that you will see.

    Bang for the buck

    It is a very expensive college. But you do get your moneys worth, especially if you are in the sciences.

    What to do for fun

    RIT has over 250 active clubs. So there is always something to do.

    Food and Dining

    A ton of options. Make sure to change it up.

    Dorm Life

    Freshmen must live in the dorms, after that you have to apply for on-cumpus housing. You can only move off-campus after your first year. Be careful about where you chose to live after your first year. The dorms are furnished, there are no forced triples or quads. And you will never have to live in a quint.

    Academic Rigor

    It is a very rigorous college. You will be challenged.

    Tips for prospective students

    GPA is not everything. Make sure that you have extra-curriculars and did fairly well on the SAT.

    In three sentences

    It is all what you make of it. It can be very fun and educational; or it can be very depression. It is a very polarizing college.

  • 12/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    For fun, one can join clubs and organizations. There is also fun in the dorms when you meet people with same interests as you, allowing you to make friends, socialize, play games, watch movies, etc. Sports are also there for people as well as a amazing gym to work out in alone or with friends.

    Food and Dining

    The food varies, based on where you go. It is actually not bad at all. It has different meals, and you have a choice of what you consume and what you don't. On different days of the week, there is a different special of the day.

    Dorm Life

    Life in the dorms is what you make of it. It is a place that does not force you to be someone you are not, but it does give you opportunities to meet new people, and make friend that you might have for the rest of your life, even after college. The dorms allow you to make a home outside of home.

    Academic Rigor

    Yes it is challenging, but it is designed that way prepare you for the real world career field. It gives you the knowledge and skills, but also tests your ability to utilize and apply what you learned inside the classroom to out of class experiences. By the end of the day, you are thankful for the challenges that make you a better and smarter person.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be afraid to be yourself and try something new. A college like the Rochester Institute of Technology is unique, and you will not regret choosing it as your college.

    In three sentences

    Rochester Institute of Technology is an outstanding school that allows you to find out who you are. It also offers many amazing opportunities for everyone. It also allows you to prepare yourself for the future career path that you choose to pursue.

  • 12/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are clubs and activities for every type of person, so try a few. Also the campus is close to downtown Rochester, and RIT provides a bus there on Saturdays, so explore. Just don't sit in you're room all the time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to meet new people and make friends. Keep an open door policy, and interact with the people you will be living with. Don't be afraid to ask for help if you are struggling, and make sure to have fun.

    In three sentences

    It is a very inclusive school, with programs for every type of person. The campus is a medium sized campus, with a lot of brick buildings. It is a well rounded school that has both amazing academic programs and exciting athletics for students to experience.

  • 01/07/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is always around! They have room checks, which is slightly annoying because there not on time. But the campus is very, very well safe! They notify the students right away if there's any sort of trouble that the students need to be aware of ! You can also get the campus safety's number to have them text you emergency's on your cell phone!

    Greek Life

    There are many Frats and Sororities, i was never involved but they stand for good reasons! The Groups are very involved with the University and the student population!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many activities on this campus its to much to even write! But there are clubs from skiing/ horse back riding to No quiet zone ( which is a club/group where you get to meet deaf students and learn sign language ) and Video gaming.

    Great for these types of students

    Smart, Outgoing, Expressive, Creative, Gossipy, Culture loving, Not afraid to try new things, Very Social!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Tugg-O-Mudd Wars! which happens at the beginning of the school year, and its where a bunch of teams of students get together and form there own team of i think 7 people, and you have a Tugg a War fight in a big pit of mud! its a muddy mess! But a Supper Popular and a lot of Fun! But make sure you don't get your roommate upset about the gross showers afterwords.. clean your mess* This is a Deaf and Hard of hearing school, and there is a lot of Drama, which kind of gets everyone involved and separated at times, but they all are very chill and laid back! Some are welcoming and like to meet new people, some are not so welcoming and don't like to try new things or meet new people. In the winter they have whats called a Freeze Fest which a big carnival with games and prizes and bouncy slides! Lots of create and unique people you will find here at R.I.T.

    Bang for the buck

    Expensive!!! if you don't live in state, you are sadly spending to much! But its a great school, and if your willing to pay for it out of state, this school... i just hope you stick to your word on staying here, otherwise you will be banked out!

    What to do for fun

    Around campus there is a rock climbing barn, which was just renovated! Also biking on the paths, there are lots of well known upper classmen students who love to DJ music! On campus Parties are pretty decent, they also have all around campus dance parties which sometimes can be themed, that the Frat's throw to get to know the student body a little more by just having fun! Off campus parties are always a hit! Good music and a lot of dancing and crazy fun! If your into Long Boarding, this is the school to do that at! Its very popular here!

    Food and Dining

    There are many options of food in the Freshmen cafeteria! From all American cheese Burgers to eating a different cultured food like, Japanese, Tai , or French, ect . Then there is the Dinning Commons which is everyone's favorite to go and hang out at and eat! They have Pizza and the best hand made sub sandwiches Ever! Also, a pasta bar where you can create your own and the server will make it up for you, and then there's a meat lovers menu, from burgers, chicken fingers, and ribs.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is extremely popular, especially when you have a lot of friends who have nothing to do after class or homework and you just want to chill and hang out! The rooms are pretty much basic, but you can change it up as much as you want! The RA's On each Hall are really nice, fun, and super helpful!

    Academic Rigor

    The Academic Life is pretty tough! The professors are super helpful, caring, and know what they are talking about! Some of the professors are very strict so they stick with there word, when saying for example being on time, or not showing up for class! there is a great useful Help Center for tutoring or just getting help for studying!

    In three sentences

    Unique, Diverse, and Intelligent

  • 01/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Join one of the hundreds of clubs on campus and meet new people!

    Food and Dining

    As a Freshman you get a limited dining variety, as most of your meal plan is at Gracie's. Gracie's isn't the worst place to eat at, it does have some nice food choices. But it will become old after a month.

    Dorm Life

    Bathrooms are kept clean every morning. The Resident Advisers are extremely helpful and full of resources. Meeting new people on the floor with similar interests is an amazing way to make new friends.

    Academic Rigor

    The work is challenging, but not too challenging. You have to put the time and effort into it, but it is very rewarding.

    In three sentences

    Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) has a great educational program. They are very hands on with their programs and provide an excellent future career placement system.

  • 01/23/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    on my visit, everything seemed safe and i didnt feel scared or threatened at all. There were some security guards on campus so there wasnt anything to be worried about

    Great for these types of students

    Dedicated to their major, hard working

    Bang for the buck

    For me, RIT was my first choice for college. This is the only school in NY that offers my major and the reputation of the school is outstanding so its well worth the price tag.

    Food and Dining

    Gracie's is so good, and there are choices ranging from Mongolian grill to vegetarian there. There are tons of other restaurants, cafes, grocery stores on campus so everyone will be happy with the food there.

    Dorm Life

    Seems nice, a lot of choices, not too crowded. Also there are tons of lifestyle houses to choose from

    Academic Rigor

    Its a technical school, and I guess it all depends on your major

    Tips for prospective students

    Have a good gpa and definitely keep your grades up! I chose this school because it offers my major and is close to home, always think about that as well. Also, I know its epensive, but the education and job opportunities are worth the price

    In three sentences

    RIT has a beautiful, very large campus with activities constantly going on so you can never be bored. The repuation of this college is outstanding, making an education here very worth the time and money put in. The people, food choices, buildings and atmosphere make this college great.

  • 02/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are 'Blue Lights' all over campus and Public Safety is always patrolling

    Greek Life

    Smaller than most schools, but still a good range

    Clubs and Activities

    There are plenty of clubs and activities to participate in.

    Great for these types of students

    dedicated, hard workers, and willing to push their limits.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    RIT hosts lots of events every year, not only for the students, but also for their families.

    What to do for fun

    The campus always has some sort of activity going on

    Food and Dining

    Lots of options

    Dorm Life

    Lots of on campus housing and all the floors always have activities to participate in

    Academic Rigor

    Things can get pretty crazy, but it's worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to work hard and keep up the pace.

    In three sentences

    RIT is a great college. It is fast paced and I have learned so much. Everyone is always willing to help.

  • 02/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is always some sort of event going on here. We have a pretty large sports department and there are over 200 clubs so there is always something to do. There is also a mall a couple of minutes away from the school.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good in my opinion. Most freshmen eat at gracies which has food that is edible. They have two special bars that change everyday so there is always something different.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is okay. It wlll not be a great experience if you live in Ellingson Hall though. 50 percent of the people living there are deaf or hard of hearing so it may difficult to make new friends.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not think that class will be easy. You will have to study to compete with others. The people here are all just as smart if not smarter tan you are.

    In three sentences

    IT is great place for learning. For the most part, the teachers seem to care for the students. However, there is a terrible guy to girl ratio but that is being remedied with each incoming class. Also there is not much else to do out of RIT because the school is in a rural area.

  • 02/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Public Safety is useful for finding lost items. They also respond quickly to any threat in the dorm. Overall, there presence make the campus feel safer.

    Greek Life

    I can't say much about Greek life but it does exist on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for almost everything.

    Great for these types of students

    This is the place where nerds and artist exist. I won't say they always get along, but some do.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's a lot of stories regarding the tiger statue and the 4th floor library. I never witness any of the situations in those locations, as I don't usually go there. However, a lot of people talk about it, so I assume it's true.

    Bang for the buck

    I'll say the money I spend on this school was well-spent. I've learn a lot being here, made a lot of friends and matured as a result of this school.

    What to do for fun

    I always have something to do during the weekend. Clubs, friends, events are some examples of things to do. There is a club for almost everything. If you ever get really, really bored, you can always go to the mall, which isn't that far.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining there is not great whatsoever. Everything cost a lot. A lot. Most of the restaurants in-campus are really bad. The variety of food is non-existence. Eating healthy is impossible.

    Dorm Life

    I can't really say dorm life have been that amazing. The people you meet in the dorms are really cool. However, the mix between deaf people and regular people is strange to say the least. Often times, they'll be screaming and running down the hall. But other than that, the dorm life have been great.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are fast pace, which is good for some people and bad for others. For example, 2 weeks after I took my midterm, I had to study for the final. This can be stressful but it definitely is manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    The school is known for its academic rigor; its known for its high drop out rate. However, it has been improving lately, and with the change to Semester, it'll probably be even better.

    In three sentences

    Everybody is unique in this school; they are not afraid to show their colors. That can attract/detract some people. The weather is terrible, but it hasn't been that bad lately.

  • 02/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    These officers do what they're supposed to do.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are too many clubs. You cannot complain about boredom.

    Great for these types of students

    The National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) is perfect for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. It allows you to learn at the same pace as everyone else. There are also programs and events that help deaf or hard-of-hearing students communicate with hearing students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Most of the lampposts have outlets which is perfect for using a laptop or mobile device. WiFi connectivity is everywhere.

    Bang for the buck

    You get exactly what you pay for at this school. Don't let any of your resources go to waste.

    What to do for fun

    There are too many activities on campus for someone to get bored. We have movie nights, game nights, sporting events and other activities everyday.

    Food and Dining

    There are certain places I like and certain places I don't like but the amount of options you have across campus gives you choices.

    Dorm Life

    The rooms are decently sized. It is very easy to rearrange your room. The lounges are great for hanging out with friends or just relaxing alone. The dorms are very close to some of the eateries on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The quarter system is perfect for students who want to learn a lot in a time frame. This does make each course you take very difficult. In the end, its worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't tangle yourself up with too many tasks. Academics always comes first.

    In three sentences

    The Rochester Institute of Technology is a haven for academic achievers. It is also a place for people who want to expand their minds and innovate for the world. If you want to be somebody in today's world, come here and explore your options.

  • 03/10/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    It has a great Co-op program to help prepare for the real world. Their engineering department does lots of hands on things to prepare you for the work environment.

  • 03/15/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    There is one big dining hall by the dorms and then there are other restaurants and stands around campus.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are super tiny. With two people there is barely any room to move around.

    Academic Rigor

    I have friends and family that currently attend RIT and they all find their classes academically challenging.

  • 03/24/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Gracie's seems to be a rather controversial topic, and debit is advised.

    Academic Rigor

    From what my family's friend biology researcher said, this place is the place to go if you want science. All the best tech, and as you can see from the other reviews, better check yourself before you wreck yourself-- get your act together if it isn't already, start polishing up those study habits.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're like me and basically broke, I advise applying for all the scholarships ever, and getting a job to pay off that total cost you looked up on Google. Also, if you don't like cold, gray weather, don't go here, you'll be depressed.

  • 04/15/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Deaf/HOH LGBTQ Gamers

    Bang for the buck

    There's always things going on and a lot of work to do. If you're Deaf/HOH, or you're going into the ASL-interpreting program, your tuition is cut. But sometimes financial aid needs to be improved.

    Food and Dining

    It's all pretty good. The key is to understand that you really need to try new things. BUT. If you have food allergies, especially to seafood, do not eat at the Mongol place in Gracie's.

    Dorm Life

    Some of the maintenance needs to be improved, but there's always some interesting things going on.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers are willing to work with you, but they also expect a lot out of you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your grades up. Don't lose your motivation.

    In three sentences

    A school full of diversity. Yes, there's more boys than girls, but there's also still variance. There's good food, great computers, and a lot of events.

  • 04/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    HVZ, FreezeFest, Imagine RIT

    Dorm Life

    For the most part you are only in the dorms your first year. Afterwards if you want you can get either an on campus or off campus apartment with a group of friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your work effort, the work is challenging and a lot but not undo-able. There are plenty of places you can get help if you need it.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you do not plan on majoring in engineering or a science, you will still fit in but don't be surprised at how nerdy some people are.

  • 05/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Blue box: No matter where you are on campus you can see a Ble box. When the button on the blue box is hit, public safety is sent and some one talks to you through a speaker while they are sent

    Greek Life

    HUGE PART. Greek life runs almost ALL the extra activities around campus

    Great for these types of students

    Art or computer students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Rub the tiger statue: Big tiger statue in the middle of campus gives you good luck on your finals if you rub its head or tummy.

    What to do for fun

    There is a new event every week. Human vs Zombies, Dances, color run, 5ks, Dog walk, Clubs, Movie nights, Concerts and tons of free BBQs

    Food and Dining

    Tons of food choices and its all high quality and fast service

    Dorm Life

    So much to do, so many fun interesting people to meet

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are time consuming and move fast but everyone is helpful

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply as soon as possible and move in quickly. There is always so much to do on campus and with homework so work on organization skills now.

    In three sentences

    RIT is a fun energetic college. Students and faculty are very friendly and helpful. Everyone makes you feel welcome.

  • 05/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Feeling safe on campus has never been an issue for me.

    Greek Life

    Greek life has a strong foundation at RIT and is all about building relationships, leadership and helping the community.

    Clubs and Activities

    Greek life has a strong foundation at RIT, and there are many opportunities available to students.

    Great for these types of students

    Any! RIT has so many different people and interests and majors and minors! The options are so vast.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The students at RIT are very much into zombies, so twice a year around the campus there is an all out human v. zombies Nurf gun war. It's kind of a big deal here.

    Bang for the buck

    The school is expensive but with financial aid and scholarship options it is do-able if you are a determined student. Anyone who hears that you went to RIT will instantly be impressed!

    What to do for fun

    RIT is known for hosting many fun and educational events, festivals, and talks for students and the public. Imagine RIT is a festival that just passed which provides the public and students the chance to see all of the great creativity and innovation happening at the university. RIT is also known for strong team and school spirit when supporting our hockey team, and hosts great concerts on campus.

    Food and Dining

    RIT has a huge cafeterias and many other small food businesses on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I am a commuter, but from what I have heard from students who live in the dorms, it seems nice.

    Academic Rigor

    Due to RIT's fast-paced quarter system, I have rated the academic rigor highly. In the Fall of 2013, the school will be making a switch to semesters. Classes with still be challenging and useful, just longer.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tips for prospective students would include stay focused, work really hard, try to lead a balanced lifestyle, and be open to new opportunities, experiences and people.

    In three sentences

    In the past year that I have attended Rochester Institute of Technology, I have grown more as a person than any other year of my life. The knowledge I have been gifted is unbelievable. The transition to such a huge school was hard at first, but I would do it again in a heartbeat!

  • 05/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is very secure. They have a good system, and for emergency reasons they respond fairly quick. Freshman Orientation or any other students that came early, Campus Safety is always been introduced to all the students.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who love technology would enjoy being at RIT. Anyone who is fascinated in starting their own business. Graphic Design is very popular program for students in Art Major.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Freshman Orientation, there is a welcoming tradition that not many other colleges probably do. There is a parade welcoming all the upcoming freshmans. It's a way to get themselves motivated and promote their school spirit. Homecoming week, Hockey is highly celebrated. And also the university has a celebration for winter called Freezefest. There are several activities that occur.

    What to do for fun

    Socializing, play sports such as joining intramural sports, join the Student Life Team and be involved in helping first year students. There are about 200 or more clubs at this university. So there really is no excuse to say you are bored.

    Food and Dining

    Food is also average, do not expect great food. It depends on the locations. Nathans soup and salad is a great place, Brick City Cafe, and Salsaritas Fresh Cantina is offered on campus. These are what I find the best on campus. Also Ben and Jerry's is on the academic side of the campus if you wanted a nice ice cream on your way to class. Coffee lovers, there are many locations on campus everywhere.

    Dorm Life

    Living on campus is alright, there are alot of things offered besides. Socialization is great especially there's always people out no matter what hour it is in the day. Lounges are on each floor with a microwave for convenient quick meals, and TV is included. It is nice if a group of kids decided to have a popcorn night it can be done in the lounge easily. Laundry rooms are also nice and they are free! No charge to start a load.

    Academic Rigor

    There are alot of demands for other classes that is needed to graduate with a degree such as taking Liberal Arts. Including that with the courses with majors, the work is stressful depending on the courses or the amount is taken. With the Conversion Term to now Semesters. In 2012-2013 year, the classes were only 10 weeks long in quarters. Now from 2013 and on, will be 15 weeks long in Semesters instead. More time with assignments, projects and in terms of learning. It is much better.

    Tips for prospective students

    Time management is very important, and also being able to handle the stress level well. Homework can pile up a lot in classes depending on majors. English level is high for their expectations. The goal of this college to make all students be a well rounded educated person no matter what their major is.

    In three sentences

    This college is a place where many people can find their own independence, adventure, and friends. Opportunities are presented to many students who work hard. It is a very friendly campus and highly accepting of anyone.

  • 05/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campo is a very present force on campus, which can be seen as a good or bad thing, depending on who you're talking to.

    Greek Life

    Some party frats, some service ones as well. There are a lot more on campus than you might think.

    Clubs and Activities

    Plenty to get involved in

    Great for these types of students

    Engineers and art students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The greek rock will likely be claimed by a different frat each day.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a very expensive school, but if your program has co-ops, it will help pay for a lot of it.

    What to do for fun

    Greek Lawn parties, concerts, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Everyone loves to hate on Gracie's, but honestly it's a lot better than most dining halls out there. There's a lot of other great places to eat on campus, and the Freshenz smoothies that are all around campus are amazing!

    Dorm Life

    I lived in the partially deaf & hard of hearing dorms, however I am a hearing student (a term used pretty commonly here, just meaning I have no hearing impairment). I didn't thoroughly learn sign language, so interacting with the NTID students left something to be desired.

    Academic Rigor

    Extremely competitive and challenging, but professors and other students are always there for help and support.

    Tips for prospective students

    There's a lot of shut-ins, make sure you aren't one of them! To put it simple, you have to get out of the dorm and go meet people, there's so much to do on campus.

    In three sentences

    I've had a great first year in Mechanical Engineering. Professors have been great and have made a ton of friends. I couldn't be happier, not a single moment of regret for choosing RIT.

  • 06/03/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    I felt very safe the entire time on campus, even when I was wondering around sometime past midnight. The campus is pretty well closed off to the rest of the community, and I never saw anyone on campus who didn't look like they belonged there.

    What to do for fun

    I was only there for two days, but there was plenty to do. There's the obvious of hanging out with friends and joining clubs. But there was also something about painting a rock and tons of other things. You need to come to find out!

    Food and Dining

    I ate at Gracie's and the food was great. It is the main place to eat on campus, but I have also heard pretty good reviews of all of the other places to eat on and off campus.

    Dorm Life

    I slept over in the Engineering dorm and had a blast! All of the people were very sociable and funny, but no one started sleeping until 2 am...

    Academic Rigor

    Although I only sat in on an introductory class, I was very impressed with the amount of knowledge the teachers were able to display. I am going into biomedical engineering and I met with the chair and the majority of the teaching staff in the field. I was highly impressed with all of them and can't wait to be in their classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Although the weather can be a turnoff, it is best to visit before you write off this school. Even though the weather was miserable when I went, I really enjoyed my time. And if you do go into the tunnels beneath the school, take a guide; most anyone would get lost down there!

    In three sentences

    I attended the WE@RIT and was thoroughly impressed by whatever I saw. The teachers were all very intelligent in their field and the classrooms and labs were all up to date and clean. The student body was very nice, whenever I got lost someone was able to help me find my way.

  • 06/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go to the events held on campus. Springfest is so much fun. off campus there are good shops and places to eat. There are museums and galleries to check out. There's a lot offered, you just need to look in the right places.

    Food and Dining

    Food is decent, there is a pretty good variety of food and they try to offer healthy choices.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are decent. You have a bit of wiggle room in what type of dorm you live in with the room application. RAs usually try to get everyone together and have a good time. They are close to campus and there is a convenience store in the tunnels.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class. If you don't you will not succeed. RIT is a great school, it supports its students academically and also socially. There are many events and clubs, it all depends on what you want to do. Make sure you utilize the facilities and take advantage of every resource you can. Enjoy your time here, it will be a long 5 years, but it will go by quick.

    In three sentences

    This place will kick your butt. Definitely gives you a good education. So many events so your social life will not flounder.

  • 06/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    RIT always has some sort of event/activity going on, even if its just a movie night. They have big event throughout the year where they give out free stuff and have games going on for the students aw well.

    Food and Dining

    Some people will complain but I think RIT does a pretty good job with campus food. Everyone tires of the food on campus but its still good and there are healthy options and not so healthy options (Ben & Jerry's right on campus) but you can always order a pizza or get a group together to go off campus if you really need a break.

    Dorm Life

    Can be dramatic as living with 30-50 other people can be but I took advantage of special interest housing and made some life long friends and had a close community right where I lived if I ever needed anything.

    Academic Rigor

    RIT can be difficult but if you keep up with the work you have an enjoy your major then the work shouldn't be too bad.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in campus clubs and/or activities. Don't stay in your room all the time!

    In three sentences

    A wonderful experience, very safe and many resources on campus. Some of the professors lack knowledge they should have when teaching, while others have so much and make an impact on you. Enrollment can be frustrating but with the switch to semesters this may change.

  • 07/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They're definitely nice people and are always there to help.

    Clubs and Activities

    Trust me, there are PLENTY of clubs to join.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every fall and spring quarter/semester, there's a week of Humans vs. Zombies. Best week ever. It's very entertaining to watch and even better to play.

    What to do for fun

    I can't even list everything. There's always events happening on campus and there's a lot of recreational areas off campus as well.

    Food and Dining

    Food may not be as gourmet as you want it but there's definitely a variety on and off campus.

    Dorm Life

    Living in dorms gets you friends easier and most floor members are comfortable with each other. It's definitely an open environment.

    Academic Rigor

    It may seem like there's too much fun going on but everyone that I know gets their work done.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't underestimate this school. And don't be scared of anything. Just go with the flow and have fun!

    In three sentences

    RIT is very weird, but in a super fun way. It's definitely a home away from home. And you get a lot of experiences.

  • 07/07/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are an extensive number of clubs

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Quarter Mile

    In three sentences

    Rochester is a beautiful school. It has large facilities and a staff that is ready for anything. Everyone involved with my visit was most helpful.

  • 07/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Some are really cool and rather than just telling you what to do and just arrest you, they will get to know you and this will help someone respect them more and mess up the campus.

    What to do for fun

    Everything. Join a club, volunteer, and even help out with organizations.

    Food and Dining

    So much food. So many varieties.

    Dorm Life

    So much fun. The tunnels are very nice when there is snow outside. And some dorms have computer labs in them.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are a breeze but then you will have some that will bruise your soul. It is hard but if you keep up with the studying it will get better.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that they have your major and back up major just in case it doesn't work out. Also look into clubs that you wouldn't mind joining.

    In three sentences

    The diversity is amazing I meet new people all the time. And the classes are hard but it will pay off at the end. The people are very nice and there are so many clubs and organizations that there is something for everyone, you can even make your own club.

  • 07/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    If I have someone with me, I feel pretty comfortable running on campus at 1am. It's that safe. There are plenty of blue lights if you ever need help and they are working most of the time. I just would not recommend going in the woods behind Gracies after dark but that's kind of common sense.

    Clubs and Activities

    I love all the clubs I am involved in on campus! By the end of my first year, I became a member of the E-board in one of my clubs so it isn't too difficult to get involved. I am involved in Circle K which is a fantastic volunteer club which focuses on community, children and animals. I am also involved in Pep Band, which is a great way for a band kid to continue playing their instrument without it being so serious!

    What to do for fun

    Okay, lets face it, Henrietta isn't exactly a happening place. But, if you go into Rochester, there are some pretty interesting places! My friends and I went to Tilt for the Wild College Parties (drag shows) on Saturdays once a month. We also would mostly have floor movie nights and other shenanigans at school .

    Food and Dining

    You are going to get tired of Gracies by about the end of second quarter but the ice cream is always good! Get the 10 plus meal plan and switch to all debit as soon as you can! I love the fact that there is a Starbucks (Midnight Oil) on campus! Midnight Oil has the best coffee while Artesanos has the best pastries! Also, Brick City has very good food and broiled fish on Fridays near Lent. All in all the food on campus is pretty great if you know where to go!

    Dorm Life

    If you make sure to hangout with your floor or a friend's floor often, you will LOVE living in the dorms. I lived on an all girls floor and I loved some of the girls there! Also, one of my friends introduced me to his floor during orientation week and I hung out there ever since! Even if you end up rooming with someone who you don't really know, you can make friends with other floors and only go to your room to either get books or sleep. It's great!

    Academic Rigor

    This school is pretty difficult when it comes to academics. Depending on program that you are in, it may be a bit different. I am going into my second year as a Mechanical Engineering student and the end of last year was a bit rough. But, as long as you attend office hours and study, it will work out in the end.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not overpack!!! There are going to be a lot of things that stores sell for dorm living that you will think is a great idea, until you see the size of your room. Keep in simple!

    In three sentences

    RIT is definitely a melting pot type of school! It is a school that is very accepting of all types of people and I love the diversity! There are also over 200 active clubs and organization on campus so there is an activity for everyone!

  • 07/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I never felt scared on campus. There are emergency phones almost everywhere you go, not to mention security and paramedics on duty 24/7. Plus you need a swipe card to get into your building or the elevator going to your floor depending on where you are so not just anyone can stroll on in.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is no way that RIT doesn't have a club for you! There are so many different types to choose from and their festival weekends are the best!! You can always find something on campus if you know where to look!! Make sure you check for the Campus Activities Board updates.

    Great for these types of students

    I guess those who have the most fun are probably the ones that just don't feel like growing up all of the way yet. Go ahead and be a bit of a kid on campus! No one is gonna say anything because everyone else is up to something too!!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Singing Piano Man at 9:00 on Saturdays depending on where and who you are with.

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs!! There are so many on campus that it's ridiculous and wonderful! Not to mention that RIT is constantly hosting events for students like Thursday Movie Nights. We also have huge weekends of fun such as Homecoming, Freezefest and Springfest that are just full of free giveaways!!

    Food and Dining

    There's one big dining hall that all freshman have to eat in and while it is definitely better than high school food and has a more diverse menu, you will get tired of it after a while. It is all you can eat though so that's great! The school also gives you additional money to use at other places on campus which can offer you some great choices! My top two are Salsarita's, a Mexican cantina where you get to pick everything that goes into your food and Beans for their excellent coffee and music!

    Dorm Life

    Leave your dorm door open! There are so many people on each floor of your dorm and these are the people you're going to be living with for the better part of the year! Get together with them and have floor dinners and outings!! Some of my best friends from the year were right next door!! Also being friendly with my RA's was really great because they help to organize activities and have all sorts of helpful advice when surviving your first year!!

    Academic Rigor

    It's hard work no matter the major and you can't get by without doing everything you're assigned by a professor!! Don't put anything big off to the last day because you will end up regretting it later. Also, make sure to study for finals as they can be the difference between you passing or failing an important course!

    Tips for prospective students

    Bundle up because the Winter can be harsh! Also, make sure to plan your schedule out ahead of time and don't be shy to email your adviser for help when it comes to your academics!

    In three sentences

    RIT, in my opinion, is a well balanced campus when it comes to academics and fun, everyday activities. My professor's from this year were all friendly and willing to help me out with any troubles I had with my classwork, not to mention all of the resources available as well. Plus there is always something happening on campus to check out and clubs for everyone, no matter you're interest.

  • 08/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There's an incredible variety, and it's not too difficult to start something new if you have enough people that are interested. Just this year, I witnessed three new clubs form: Ninja Club, Hand Lettering Club, and the Thought@Work industrial design conference team.

    Great for these types of students

    Nerdy students, art students.

    What to do for fun

    Downtown Rochester has a decent nightlife scene. Bars, concert venues - Water Street Music Hall is great, nightclubs (my friends and I frequent Tilt), etc. And food. So much food.

    Food and Dining

    Campus food is going to be the same no matter where you go. RIT has a really good amount of options for a college campus, though. There are at least 15 places to get food on campus. I wouldn't recommend a meal plan after your first year: they're expensive.

    Dorm Life

    I was a member of a Special Interest House my freshman year (there are several: House of General Science, Art House, Engineering House, Computer Science House, Photo House, etc.) Basically, you live on a floor with people who are into the same things you are. This led to me making some of the best friends I'll ever have in my life, and I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

    Academic Rigor

    My major is very challenging, time-consuming, and competitive.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're applying for a design program, like me: have a good portfolio! GPA isn't everything. It's cold up here, so be prepared!

    In three sentences

    I felt at home the minute I arrived here. There's so many opportunities available on this campus: you just have to get involved. We may be a nerdy school, but if you go here, you'll have fun, learn a LOT, and fit right in no matter who you are.

  • 08/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Blue boxes around campus are nearby if you ever feel unsafe. Have not had to use one. Lockdown for when there may be a threat is handled well.

    Clubs and Activities

    Have not yet joined a club, but I looks to be quite a variety.

    Food and Dining

    Commuter so I do not eat on campus much. It is a bit pricy though.

    Dorm Life

    Commuter so I do not know.

    In three sentences

    As a design student I was happy to see an abundance of open computer labs with expensive programs. Open nearly all the time, I was able to get through my fist year without having my own laptop. The professors are alays ready to help, as long as you put in the effort.

  • 08/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greek Life at RIT is different than any other university. I wouldn't have joined Greek life if I went to a different college, and 90% of my friends have said the same. RIT Greek Life's main objective is community service, and we host a lot of events on campus that benefit non-profit organizations. Some events we all host are Mud Tug, Haunted Trail, Penny Wars, Derby Days, etc. Although Greek life is comparatively small here, it's a close knit community that is supportive of one another and definitely gives you the push and leadership skills to do more in other parts of the campus like College Activities Board and Student Government.

    What to do for fun

    Get to know what CAB (College Activities Board) will offer. They host events ALL THE TIME. Also, just go around the Campus Center and ask the offices what they do. There's really always something to do on campus. It's most alive during Brick City Weekend in October, Freezefest in February, and Springfest in April. Also, try going downtown to the South Wedge and seeing what there is to do. The Lilac festival goes on in May if you're still around. Rochester may be scary, but it's also very interesting and gives a lot of students things to do, especially when you're older.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of eateries on campus in comparison to other universities. There's Global Village which has a market and Salsarita's, Crossroads, Control Alt Deli, Brick City Cafe, Artesano's, RITz, Ben & Jerry's, Nathans Soup and Salads, Gracie's, Common's, Beanz, Sol's Underground, and Freshens. There's everything from subs to salads to sushi to crepes to smoothies to pasta and pizza. Everything. There's healthy options (which can be hard to find but you just have to learn what days to go where) and Halal/Kosher options as well. Restaurants will visit like Thali of India, Dinosaur BBQ, and Wok With You. Although some specific options are hard to find and grocery shopping on campus is considered expensive, you will have debit and everything I've had on campus has been good.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is interesting because RIT is mainly known for its technical and engineering programs. Therefore, the freshmen living in the dorms can be interesting people, but you'll meet wonderful people too. As long as you're respectful of others, you won't have a problem. There is special interest dorm housing as well and honors housing. Also, there is mainstream living which is integrating hearing students with deaf/hard of hearing students. Feel out how your RA is and you'll be able to know what you can do on your floor and what you can't. However, don't get caught with alcohol or else you're going to have a bad time.

    Academic Rigor

    RIT doesn't mess around. You pay a lot of money to go to this institution because it can offer you so much and give you so many opportunities for real world experience. The co-op experience is the key thing that made my friends stand out from other engineers when it came to getting full time jobs after college at amazing, internationally known companies. The professors are excellent resources and no matter how boring or strict they may be, they know what they're doing and they know so much about the subject you're learning from them. Try and get to know them better - they can be a huge networking tool for you. The workload is appropriately challenging and time management is something you'll learn fast as a freshman.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't just stay on campus all day all the time. Rochester the city itself has a lot to offer in regards to food, festivals, and parks. Also, get involved! There's so much to do and there's something for everyone. And go to all your classes. You pay a lot of money for these classes and the teachers that educate you are amazing people so don't miss out on what you could learn from them.

    In three sentences

    RIT is a great educational facility that thinks about the students and is able to provide all aspects of a well rounded education for each person. The academics and co-op program are rigorous and successfully prepare you for the real world. In addition, campus life and campus involvement is at an all time high and there is always something to do on campus no matter what kind of student you are.

  • 08/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never been afraid while on campus. I am actually more afraid living in the suburbs at home.

    Greek Life

    I'm not a part of Greek life, but RIT does have it, my friends in it love it and they do a lot of the more fun things on campus such as Mud-tug.

    Clubs and Activities

    More clubs than I could have imagined from Capoeira (dance fighting) to judo, to 'Go', to a gay alliance, to board games club, anime club, or clubs designed to further your academic knowledge there is more I want to do than there is time for.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who loves gaming will find a lot of friends here. That being said however I have more than a few friends who don't know what pokemon is, and have never touched an Xbox or Playstation. RIT, even though it seems to be all about technology (which it is a lot about) has something for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Golisano, an art building, has a side door that never locks. So at night some of us go inside and on the top floor there is a balcony that you can go out and get a great view of the stars, or climb onto the roof for fun. Mud-tug is also great, it's the classic tug-of-war with a mud pit in the middle, it's elimination style and all for charity, but last year there were free wings and even though we were knocked out round one it was amazing fun. Some other basic requirements before leaving are to attend a home hockey game and have a garbage plate.

    Bang for the buck

    I love RIT and am incredibly happy I decided to come, however, the college is expensive. They provided me with a fair bit of financial aid, but not getting that much from the government and with not-so-high family income (especially with a family of 6) it is still kind of pricey.

    What to do for fun

    There is a gym open until 10:30 every night as well as a smaller gym open 24 hours. There are parties there if that is your thing. There is an insane amount of clubs and organizations from ones with a political agenda to others that are social and meant to help people relax and meet people with some stuff in common. There are loads of speakers that come in with interesting topics. Greek life is active on campus, and there always seems to be some event going on from puppyfest to mud-tug RIT knows how to have fun and help charities and animal shelters in the process.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is by far the best of any campus I have visited, and I have heard the same from my friends who come visit me. I not only eat better tasting food, available hot cooked until 11pm or from the campus store until 2 am, but I also eat healthier.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in a regular dorm hall for the first quarter which was fun. The RA's do a great job at bringing the floor together, but when an opening on one Art House, a special interest floor (of which I was a very active off-floor member) I switched. The special interest floors are much much closer than a normal dorm floor. There are activities and privileges exclusive to them as well as required activities that bring everyone together- if you're interested I would definitely consider applying.

    Academic Rigor

    I was on trimesters, so we had the work of a semester but loaded into 10 weeks, so the work was plentiful but manageable. I would have given 5 stars but I had a few professors that taught me nothing and sadly there was no avoiding them, but if you take it upon yourself and some friends you can still get something out of the class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to ask for more aid if you are having trouble paying for college. Socialize, you gain numerous opportunities just by meeting people.

    In three sentences

    The school is incredibly accessible and up to date. Most of the professors and students are incredibly, giving the school a great feel. With the exception of a few professors, it truly is a powerful and effective learning environment.

  • 08/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is strict from drug and alcohol. If you get caught then they give you the first warning off. Campus safety will always be there no matter what. In the cold, rain, and the blizzard. If you need help just ask them.

    Greek Life

    The Greek Life is ok. It almost the same as other college. Except some Greek life have a tradition to become a frat. Before you join, think and learn more about the Greek Life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are more than hundred clubs. There are clubs that will lead to have or gained experience. Sometime these clubs travel to places. An advice from me just don't join to many.

    Great for these types of students

    RIT is great for students to join. There are so many activities and academies that going to keep you busy.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many activities to do for fun. There more than 300 clubs. There are events almost every weekend. I sometime go off campus because there so much to do such as hanging out and going off to Canada. Canada is almost a two hour drive and it not a bad drive at all.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining at RIT is ok. It depend which cafeteria you go. The campus is huge and there are many places you can eat. But if you some fast food you go to the RItz or Gracie's. If you want some food that can contain you health you go to the Common.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life at Rochester Institute of Technology is awesome. Some dorms have their own bathroom inside the room. Some dorms have to share bathroom. Each floors have residential advisor and each building have campus security to make you feel safe. So there no need to worry if around the campus. You will be safe all time.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic at Rochester Institute of Technology is not too hard or easy, but it in the middle. Depending on the major you are taking the course may be hard. Sometime the professor are strict or not. They do no care if you failed or not.

    Tips for prospective students

    Here an advice to the students who are planning or have been accepted to this university. Always be prepared and impressed your professor by showing what you can do. Always try your best. No matter how hard it is. Do not give up. There are plenty of tutor around the campus if you need help.

    In three sentences

    Rochester Institute of Technology is one of the best technical university there is. This university will help you prepared you for the real world out there. I recommended this university to the student who are planning to attend there.

  • 08/19/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Greek Life

    The best way to be social active.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    MUD TUG. Annual tug of war competition held by two greek organizations that awarded them a special day within the city of Rochester.

    What to do for fun

    This is where this school excels pretty well. There are constantly events during the week and things to do volunteering wise as well as clubs.

    Food and Dining

    Horrendous. More choices necessary.

    Dorm Life

    Between the wind tunnels during winter and the low interactions. I wouldn't suggest staying after your first year.

    Academic Rigor

    When I was attending it was a quarter system and 10 weeks for classes left a lot of effort necessary for completion with both teachers and student.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you wish to enjoy the social aspect of the school the best thing you can do is join greek life. Get out of dorms as soon as possible and drink responsibly, don't be that person.

    In three sentences

    The campus has some faults in beauty, but has a lot of on campus events that make up for it. The social aspect is lacking with many of the students choosing to stay in their room. Very educationally challenging programs that keep you on your toes.

  • 09/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have not had any run-ins with the campus security here, but I have heard that they are typically on their toes when they are needed.

    Great for these types of students

    Easy-going, tech-savvy, busy

    Bang for the buck

    A little pricy, but I think it's worth it considering their many opportunities for internships and co-ops that set you up for a full career after school.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of formal and intramural sports you can try along with just playing whatever you want whenever you have the time. There are also clubs for just about any interest you could possibly have and they're really friendly to newcomers. RIT has a lot of events going on all of the time and sometimes annual events that are traditional that I have heard are really fun.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of areas available for dining on and off campus where you can spend off of your ID card instead of paying out of your pocket every time. I like the way they set that up and that once you pay for your meal, you basically get all-you-can eat at some of the places. The only thing I do not like is the few choices of dining plans.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are pretty cozy, much more roomy than I anticipated them to be. The floors are flooded with other people like you and my floor typically does group activities almost daily like going out to eat or just playing games. The options for special and interest housing are pretty impressive also.

    Academic Rigor

    The work load is not very much, no matter what any student wants to tell you (unless you're doing a double major or dual degree program). They set things up where you have plenty of time everyday to eat, hang out, get a job, or join a club. The only thing that I find disappointing is that they have a limit on how many credits you are allowed to earn per semester. If you are interested in actually coming to school to learn like you're supposed to, then you might want to try to get into the honors program here so that your limit on allowed credits is raised.

    Tips for prospective students

    You will NOT have a problem getting used to it here. It is all-around friendly, green, and educational. I was nervous about being out by myself for the first time, but once I met some of the people here, I remembered they're all in the same boat as I am. The diversity allows for students and people of all types to be welcome.

    In three sentences

    This is the friendliest educational zone I have ever been around, whether you want to participate in sports, clubs, volunteer activities, or just be a student. There are so many opportunities available here for anyone looking to go somewhere in life and the atmosphere here really helps out. The diversity here is nothing like I have ever seen either, especially being a proud NTID.

  • 09/19/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    RIT looks like a great school if you need the diversity of majors in case you end up switching majors.

  • 10/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is always around campus. There are blue lights everywhere and two different phone numbers to call when you need help.

    Greek Life

    We have tons of Greek organizations. There is a sorority or fraternity for every personality type.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have hundreds of clubs! If we don't have what you want it's easy to start your own club.

    Great for these types of students

    RIT is great for students with many interests. There is always something going on.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    RIT hockey is great. If you're looking for a great place to get work done the fireside lounge is a great place. We also have many study rooms and quads on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    RIT is expensive, but it's worth it. There are so many scholarship opportunities and on campus jobs to make up for it.

    What to do for fun

    There are clubs for every activity. Whether you're interested in dance, athletics, chess, juggling, debate or math we have everything.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of different dining opportunities on campus. The longer you've been here the more you'll come to recognize new choices.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at RIT is great. There are special interest floors for all different majors. There is also a deaf dorm for deaf/hard of hearing students. It is very easy to find friends based on your interests at RIT housing.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes here are as difficult as you make them. Take more difficult classes to challenge yourself!

    Tips for prospective students

    Come to RIT with an open mind. There are students interested in everything here. As long as you are true to yourself you will find happiness and success.

    In three sentences

    RIT is a great school with many opportunities. It is important to put yourself out there and look into all of the great things that RIT offers. The faculty here is absolutely amazing.

  • 10/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Anyone can find a group of friends here. Just keep your room door open during orientation week and you're bound to make friends.

    Bang for the buck

    I felt RIT was a bit pricey, but you get a lot of great opportunities. This is only my first year, but I've already had the chance to sit in on talks from Playstation and Apple, and I've even talked to people from Google.

    What to do for fun

    Join a club!

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of options for food on campus, but you will want to take a shuttle on the weekend and go out to eat.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are okay. It mainly depends on the people on your floor.

    Academic Rigor

    They will challenge you, but it's not overwhelming.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to apply. Also, if you can't find a major you like, they have great exploration courses and you can even talk to your advisor about starting an independent major.

    In three sentences

    I'm only in my first year here, but RIT is great. There is a lot to do both on and off campus. If you can think of it, they probably have a club or major for it.

  • 11/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    So many clubs to join! There is something for everyone. Hockey is huge and the games are awesome!

    Food and Dining

    Lots of food locations, but not too many healthy choices except for salad bar.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are okay. Many lifestyle dorm/housing options for freshmen & sophomores. On campus apartments are a nice option also,

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit and talk with the professors and current students. Lots of very specific majors here, so you can go for a certain major right away or decide after freshman year. Good study abroad opportunities as well. With the required co-op, most graduates already have jobs lined up.

    In three sentences

    You'll work hard, but there are lots of opportunities to get involved. Great career fairs - so many companies come to campus. Underground tunnels help in the winter!

  • 11/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Human Vs Zombies is a college tradition and is SO much fun!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in college life. There are a lot of opportunities out there RIT offers you!

    In three sentences

    great college with great academic majors, faculties and opportunities. Infortunate location.

  • 11/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    At the slightest disturbance campus security can be called or texted. There are also blue light posts with a panic button. Because the campus is a little more isolated it's easy to feel safe.

    Greek Life

    Plenty of sororities and frats to pledge to if you're into that.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are well over 50 clubs and activities that you can join. Whether they be academic based or hobby based.

    Great for these types of students

    great for students who enjoy learning and want to learn.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We touch the tiger statue for good luck.

    Bang for the buck

    The connections are fantastic and the level of experience you get from classes really help.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something going on. Guest speakers, sports, club events, people hanging out, you name it.

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of places to get food, although freshmen are forced to eat at the buffet style cafeteria called gracies. It's not that bad though.

    Dorm Life

    Not everyone will get along with there room mate but there are plenty of other ways to get around it.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on the major and how you manage your time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be Active. Things happen all the time on campus and just to be a part of it can help change everything. From making new friends, to finding out about an activity.

    In three sentences

    The campus has a friendly atmosphere with plenty of opportunities to be active. Not only is there academic help and connections, but there are plenty of hobby based clubs. The course work and teachers are fair, and you really learn when you come here.

  • 12/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety sounds very scary at first until you get to know them. They are some of the nicest people you will talk to on campus. When they come to bust a party or get a call they are understanding and polite as long as you are the same with them. Never have I ever had a negative encounter with a campus officer or heard of anyone doing so that had not started the negative vibe. Get to know them!

    Greek Life

    The Greek life is definitely another route to take and is a very campus affiliated one. Joining a frat or sorority is pretty much a guarantee that you will meet all sorts of people on campus. It is also an opportunity to expand your knowledge of the campus itself and the community.

    Clubs and Activities

    Really look into the campus facilities and groups. There are websites and pamphlets and people that will guide you wherever you want to go. This includes your wellness classes, intramural and club sports, academic societies, gaming societies and much much more!

    Great for these types of students

    Whether your a computer-geek, jock or an artist there is a club or organization for you! Gaming society, intramural sports and photo contests are just some examples of groups that will accept you and are a guaranteed good time. If your a serious athlete, then our school is definitely a good match for you as well. Combined with our well-known academic programs is a combined spectacular sports program including hockey, lacrosse, basketball and baseball.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The most unusual tradition and probably one of the biggest events of the year is called Human v.s. Zombies. Both teams are made up of students and involves nerf guns, sock grenades and running your butt off. It is a good time, and another great way to meet people.

    Bang for the buck

    Although the school is fairly expensive, you can work your way around taking out a load of loans. Moving off campus early, cutting out your meal-plan, applying for scholarships, increasing your financial aid, and getting good grades are only some of the decisions that you have to make. This school is so worth the money seeing all of the opportunities it presents to you. Co-op's are and essential part of this!

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs, there are more than you could even think of. Try intramural sports are a great way to meet people, relieve stress and get in a workout. You can go to the gym and get your pump on! Wellness classes are another way to meet people and learn new skills. They are like gym classes, but they offer specific classes like kickboxing or fencing, even hiking and fishing. Anything you want to do, you name it!

    Food and Dining

    Food is amazing, and there are so many varieties on campus. Dining hall food, to pizza and wings, to mexican food, you name it!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life can be exciting depending on where you live. Some of the dorms are all male or female which limits your ability to meet people. Also, being stuck in Ellingston dorms means you are populated by a majority of deaf students, which is by no means a bad thing, but yet again limits your ability to meet people.

    Academic Rigor

    You have chances to learn and understand the working world before you ever go out on co-op. Your professors and mentors will guide you through their past experiences and how it will better your career!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get affiliated with your college and get to know your professors. Join clubs or organizations and get your name out there!

    In three sentences

    The most experienced professors you will ever have. Great working environments and labs are top notch. You have more opportunities than you can ever imagine at this school.

  • 12/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Can be rather intimidating but they are open and available. Tip top shape. They do make sure every student has the ability to call them or text them at any point. People here are also rather reliable and kind enough to return items for the most part.

    Greek Life

    Can't say much about them, considering I'm not really interested in them. However they do have the annual Mud Tug and have cool events to go to year round like water balloon fights.

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons of stuff to do everywhere. There is possibly something for any type of person and their interests. It's just getting yourself out of the dorms, apartments, etc. and putting yourself out there.

    Great for these types of students

    Academically oriented students, tech loving goof balls, and amicable human beings

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Seriously just randomly listening to other's conversations will brighten our day, people from all over have great stories to tell especially the upperclassmen in labs. Some specialized floors have apparently some unusual traditions I can't disclose because of reasons. (However they are absolutely great- what can smart and creative kids do at midnight with a bunch of time and materials to spare? Anything.)

    Bang for the buck

    You get tons of services for what you came for, you just have to remember to always have your id with you. Food is not completely atrocious if you know where to ask and where to go (and what to avoid).

    What to do for fun

    There are so many clubs and RIT makes a point of making everything as social as it can be to get everyone out of the dorms. There is a website dedicated for clubs and events. Most interests will find a club to fit in and they make a point to get themselves out there through yearly events, selling events, and the Club Fair. Walks here are also highly recommended and a quick ten minute bus ride (which is free) takes you to the Marketplace Mall, Southbound Plaza, Wegman's grocery store, Target, Best Buy, Regal Theaters, and Walmart.

    Food and Dining

    Gracie's isn't bad, but considering it's a all-day buffet, it's not the greatest. If you're lucky to have spare meal options, food debit or tiger bucks there are more delicious options scattered throughout the campus, pointedly Brick City and Global Village. Also the crepes in Freshens are really decent, probably gained at least five pounds there alone. Also the cafes around campus are really decent from greatest to least: Java Wally's (only credit/debit or tiger bucks though), Midnight Oil, Artesano's, and Beans. Nathan's Soups is also a place that quickly wipes out debit because it's got some nice soups and chili's year round. The campus is also very food conscious about being vegetarian, vegan, gluten free friendly. A++ on that. If for some reason you're not about that life, Wegman's and Walmart is pretty close by by bus so grocery shopping isn't all that bad if you want to take that route.

    Dorm Life

    There are different houses you can choose from which can be specialized on your interests like Computer Science or Art, don't necessarily have to be in the major to live in the floor house. Even with non-specialized floors, you'll usually find you make quick friends in fellow floor-mates. More so when there are collaborative parties and late movie nights that are truly poor life decisions, but are fun and liberating nonetheless. Warning however: dorms have naught anything but a microwave. That doesn't rotate oddly enough. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

    Academic Rigor

    You have to stay on your game. While some professors are more lenient than others, the semester goes by faster than you think. Also the amount of free time you have gives you a false sense of security, don't fall into a bad habit of not studying at all, because there is at least one class per semester that is a hit or miss on your GPA and sleeping schedule, especially midterms and finals week.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're making a big jump from another state, especially a different region altogether, prepare for the chilly winds. The cold itself is survivable but the wind kills it. Also, prepare to rely on friends with cars or the bus shuttles, which is best to learn its quirks and habits early on and memorize the schedule. Check with you bank and phone services to see if they have service around the area.

    In three sentences

    Academically heavy and well rounded. Don't expect the greatest sports teams or the most astounding architecture, however, it is cozy and homely. People here are reliable and really nice, and overall it a wonderful college.

  • 12/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    One of the cheapest private schools for engineering, and one of the best out there. I consider it a pretty good option for a lot of people

    What to do for fun

    Good amount of clubs and activities, rock gym on the edge of campus, ice skating, broomball etc. Downtown Rochester has some nightclubs and bars, and it's not actually that bad of a city and not too dangerous.

    Food and Dining

    The main dining hall (Gracies) is not great, and many of your meals must be used there. However, there are a lot of better places to spend your meal options and food debit, such as a burrito/taco place (Salsaritas), a crepe and smoothie place (Freshens), and the Corner Store which sells groceries.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is dorm life. It's okay, but you'll definitely be ready to leave and do different housing options with friends. Facilities does a decent job keeping the dorms in decent shape

    Academic Rigor

    Definitely a challenging school, especially degrees in most of the engineering fields, as well as physics, chemistry, and other sciences. As an engineering major, I can't really comment on the difficulty of art, photography etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk to your prospective department heads in person if you have the opportunity to, that was how I made my decision and I'm happy I did. Work hard in high school and scholarships will reward you.

    In three sentences

    A pretty good place, big enough that everyone can find something they like, but people don't get lost in a crowd as can happen at bigger schools. Challenging, but fun at the same time, tons to do but you'll be working hard too. Professors are for the most part fairly helpful, although certain departments are definitely lacking in this area.

  • 12/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Hockey games, hundreds of clubs, bike riding, hiking, rock climbing.

    Food and Dining

    Plenty of places to eat and many different choices. Naturally food on campus is more expensive.

    Dorm Life

    For some reason people don't know how to use the microwave. When I lived in the dorms there were at least 5 fire alarms. Other than that it was fun making friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be tough and like most places the work piles up a times.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know the upperclassmen. They can help you navigate through all of the lesser known aspects of RIT.

    In three sentences

    I give RIT an A. The people are awesome. Plus, twice a year there is a week long game of Humans vs Zombies that is school wide!

  • 12/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I do feel safe on campus and in my dorm. There are blue lights located all around campus that you can use to call for help if you are ever in danger. All of the dorm buildings require University ID's to enter and to use the elevators. There was also a lecture in the beginning of the year about online safety. Also if you are ever physically injured or feel sick, you can visit the Health center which is about a 2 minute walk from the dorms and is right next to Clark gym. I have been there a couple times for rugby injuries, and the service there was really quick.

    Greek Life

    I am not involved in greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities to do at RIT, it's overwhelming. So pick a couple and find the ones that you enjoy the most. Also, try something new, you can quit a club later if you find out that you don't enjoy it.

    Great for these types of students

    RIT is known for it's excellent Engineering program, and Arts and Science program. They really are excellent and give you such an advantage against students with the same majors from other universities when applying for jobs or co-ops.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I haven't really found any unusual traditions yet for RIT, but I'm sure there are some.

    Bang for the buck

    This was one of the more expensive colleges that I applied to, but now that I am here it is totally worth it. Also, their co-op program is one of the reasons I chose RIT because it is a great way to gain work experience and get a job right after college.

    What to do for fun

    You should sign up for many clubs during the club fair and then only pick a couple to stick with throughout the year. Club and Intramural sports are a great way to make friends during your first semester of college. I would suggest signing up for something that you have never had the courage to try before because I did this and found something that I absolutely love to do now: play rugby! Another good thing to do when you have time is go to some of the events that RIT hosts like movie nights, or shows with hypnotists or magicians. Also, you should attend at least one of the hockey games; they are really exciting to watch and a great experience to spend with your friends.

    Food and Dining

    Their cafeteria called Gracie's is a buffet, and the food is usually not very healthy (french fries, soda, pizza, burgers, ice cream served everyday). However, there are other options like a sandwich bar, pasta bar, and they have a grill which varies it's food each day. There is a salad and fruit bar ( although the fruit usually isn't ripe). Other on-campus places to eat are Salsaritas (a Mexican place with delicious quesadillas), Crossroads markets (a better version of Gracie's), Commons (a bit more expensive but great pizza), RITZ Sports Zone, Brick City Cafe (great for breakfast), a couple other places. My favorite place is Salsaritas, but that's located on the opposite side of campus from the dorms so it's a bit far to walk sometimes in the snow.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms is okay for the first year, but for the price, I would much rather live in one of RIT's apartments (which is where I have applied to live for next year and this is a much cheaper option). There is one kitchen on each floor which has a small microwave, a sink, a table with a few chairs, a small TV, and 2 couches. Also, one problem that thankfully I have not encountered is the fire alarms going off every week. This seems like its really only a problem for the dorm building called Sol. Also, I live on the 7th floor and the elevators are usually crowded and take forever, so I take the stairs a lot but that's not really a big deal. One last thing is that RIT has set-up a way for you to pick your roommate, and this worked out great for me. I get along with my roommate and we both like doing the same activities.

    Academic Rigor

    The first 2-3 weeks, the shift from High School academics to college seemed tough, but after I got used to timing my studying and completely my homework efficiently, the stress from the amount homework was cut in half. I honestly feel that my senior year taking 4 AP courses was tougher than my first semester of college. You can visit professor's during their office hours to ask for help on homework problems and RIT has a tutoring program which I found to be very helpful when studying for my calculus tests.

    Tips for prospective students

    When you are enrolling in classes, check the professor ratings on the website: www.ratemyprofessors.com beforehand to find teachers that are effective, helpful, and not too difficult. Also, get the meal plans with the lower amount of meals and more food debit, so you will not have to eat as many meals at RIT's cafeteria Gracie's. If you do have a meal plan with more meals and less debit, you can use your left over meal options at the end of the weak to buy food from on-campus stores. I ran into both of these problems my first semester: I was on the 14+ meal plan and ran out of food debit in the first couple months, and I got stuck with a terrible teacher for my Multivariable Calculus class and had to teach myself the material for most of the tests. Another tip to save time is when you have classes that are spread out, do not go back to your dorm after each one; instead, study in the library in between classes.

    In three sentences

    I am a mechanical engineer at Rochester Institute of Technology, and the professors for my major are incredibly clear and helpful both inside and outside of class. The classes I took my first semester where not at all overwhelming, and the workload was do-able. If you are ever confused about enrolling for classes, or future housing options, or anything at all, visit your major's office and ask for help because they can solve any problems you encounter.

  • 12/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    lots of campus police, very safe place

    Clubs and Activities

    clubs and sports for anyone at any level

    Great for these types of students

    anyone with a heartbeat and the will to learn, experience diversity and meet lots of people.

    Bang for the buck

    Lots of opportunities for anyone if you're willing to go outside your boundaries

    What to do for fun

    workout, run, clubs, music, learn new things,eat

    Food and Dining

    Usually nasty, unhealthy food. but its all you can eat!!!

    Dorm Life

    Lots of diversity. There is always that person you don't like, but there are lots of opportunities to meet new people and good friends

    Academic Rigor

    Very tough and first, but its all worth it in the end

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved and make lots of friends Join club and/or sports teams Buckle down, it's a lot harder than high school and will shake you up a bit

    In three sentences

    RIT is an amazing school with so much to offer to literally anyone! Lots of diversity with so many cool things to do and learn

  • 01/06/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are lots of clubs, teams, and fraternities/sororities. Often the university or other groups will hold events such as Mud Tug or the Yule Ball. I'm never bored and often won't go home on weekends due to fear of missing out.

    Food and Dining

    Big school means there are lots of options with a wide palate. Food is sometimes a little greasy but if you look hard enough you will find something you are happy with.

    Dorm Life

    Some friends did not get paired well with their roommate, but my match was great. Dorms require about a 15 min walk to get to academic side in whatever weather is coming down. Rooms were bigger than I expected and most buildings are connected by underground tunnels. Also, the residence halls association puts on events frequently, usually with free food. After freshman year most students move into on campus apartments.

    Academic Rigor

    You are going to have to work in some classes. Definitely doable though if you put in the time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring boots. Wheels such as bikes or long boards are encouraged. Have an open mind.

    In three sentences

    Fantastic school with tons of opportunities to try new things: for example I'm learning sign language and how to ballroom dance. It's a big school with all the big school benefits, yet feels small due to strong community. Weather sucks, it is usually cold and wet.

  • 01/07/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I am a female student and I can honestly say that no matter what time of day, even late at night I have never felt unsafe walking on campus. If you ever do feel unsafe there are blue boxes that you just press the button and a safety officer will accompany you to where you need to go.

    Bang for the buck

    I haven't graduated yet, but I already know that my education at RIT has given me an edge on other college graduates. With the required co-op education I have already had a job in my field and started networking with professionals in my work force. Also the small class sizes has allowed me to be more than just a number in a class to a professor. At RIT the professor knows my name and wants to help, both with class work and with my future career, they truly care. The academic support system at RIT has been one of the most valuable tools for me as a student and I encourage other student to take advantage of it.

    What to do for fun

    RIT has a lot of different activities to, if you like to be active the Gordon Field House has plenty of basketball courts, indoor pool with hot tub, whirl pool and sauna. There's also racket ball courts, the Red Barn has rock climbing, and for runners the loop around campus is a common route. Also, the College Activities Board (CAB) is always planning something, like Brick City Weekend, which is out homecoming weekend including many events with the biggest one being a hockey game in downtown Rochester. Freeze Fest is in the winter followed by Spring Fest, both give out free gear around campus just look for a nice long line.

    Food and Dining

    Like any college food it take a little time to get used to it, but over all the main dinning room at RIT, Gracie's, has decent food, but there are better places to go. RIT Brick City Cafe has great, fresh, breakfast and lunch. RIT Sportz Zone which is like a sports bar, Crossroads is another dinning facility on the opposite end of campus from the dorms, Salsaritas is a favorite, and RIT opened a new crepes place which has nutella crepes, a personal favorite!

    Dorm Life

    Your dorm has enough people on the floor that you're bound to find a group of people you like to hang out with. You can't have a microwave in your room which stinks, but there is one in the common room on your floor. While your room isn't the biggest, it does provide just enough space for your stuff. What is really cool about the dorms is the tunnel system, you don't have to go outside in the snow to go to the dinning hall or to do laundry. There's also a grocery store in the tunnel, along with a fast food place called Sol's and a Richie's game room.

    Academic Rigor

    What I've found that your core major classes, while they may be hard, are enjoyable but do require work. Classes in general are rigorous but if you stay ahead of the game, by studying gradually and not cramming you should be fine. Ratemyprofessor.com is key when picking out your classes, a great professor makes all the difference in any class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid or too proud to ask for help. RIT offers help in almost all of their classes and if there isn't a Teacher Assistance for your class or you want a tutor for one-on-one help, the Academic Support Center is more than willing to find you a tutor.

    In three sentences

    While the courses are challenging, the professors are there for their students every step of the way. The most valuable part of RIT is the necessary co-op education before graduation. Because I had to have real world experience before graduation I now feel way more confident for applying for jobs after graduation.

  • 01/14/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Really friendly and personable.

    Greek Life

    Too many.

    Clubs and Activities

    ALL OF THEM.

    Great for these types of students

    Goal-oriented forward-thinkers. Innovators welcome!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Rock, The Tiger Statue, The Mystery Staircase...

    Bang for the buck

    Tons of opportunities everywhere.

    What to do for fun

    Just about anything you could think of.

    Food and Dining

    Just avoid Gracie's when you can.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are small, but really not bad.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on your major - some are more challenging than others.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your homework if you want to pass. You get out what you put in. Some classes suck. Suck it up and do the work anyway.

    In three sentences

    RIT is a great school with so many opportunities to succeed. If you do the work, you will do fine. Great teachers who really care.

  • 01/20/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've never felt threatened on campus, and I don't really ever hear of many incidents around, so I'd have to rate RIT's safety pretty highly.

    Greek Life

    I am actually in a Fraternity myself here so I can attest to the positivity of Greek Life and the Greek community here. It's probably not the largest, compared to some campuses, but it's another great addition to RIT.

    Clubs and Activities

    Already explained.

    Great for these types of students

    Like I said there's something for literally everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Humans vs Zombies is pretty popular twice a year. It's when some people wear headbands, some have NERF guns, and they run around campus and try to kill eachother. Yeah, that's one of those aspects of the interesting population here.

    Bang for the buck

    That's really all about how much you decide to utilize here really.

    What to do for fun

    The thing I love most about RIT right here; there's always something to do. And there's something for everyone really. It's all about what you want to be involved in and how much time you're willing to dedicate. I started my first year in 4 different clubs including 2 martial arts, a sign language learning club, and a club for debating sports. On top of the vast number of clubs RIT provides, there are often events on campus, including the 3 big events a year. 2 of which include a popular artist coming and performing on campus, and the other is a comedian. Steve Aoki was the most recent concert here.

    Food and Dining

    There are a really good amount of dining halls to choose from when grabbing a bite. And they can range in size and quality, from the corner store to the buffet style diner that is Gracie's. However, in my year and a half eating here, I have realized some things get old real quick. So the way I see it, you have to some things you like a stick with those, or change it up to keep things nice and original. (Salsaritas really never gets old though)

    Dorm Life

    Another 4 here because, again, within my first year and a half I've really enjoyed living in the dorms. But I've gotten lucky enough to live on two really nice and social floors, which I like. But this is something that'll be different for everyone, depending on your living preferences and who you end up getting paired with.

    Academic Rigor

    I give it a 4 because I've learned a good amount within my first year and a half, which is what we all want. In my case, as an engineer, it's a lot of small class size and hands-on learning that makes the difference. But in some departments, some professors can be a little out of the loop on how life works for people our age these days. So that has made me become very fond of ratemyprofessor

    Tips for prospective students

    When going to RIT you really have to go into things with an open mind. It's a pretty.. interesting population here, very diverse to say the least. But there are usually a lot of cool things going on and I've learned you have to go into a lot of those things with an unbias opinion and you'll actually end up enjoying a lot of those random things. At the same time, all these distractions can try and bring away from your studies, but with the right time management skills, anything is possible here.

    In three sentences

    I love RIT in the beginning and ending weeks of the year because it's a great enviroment, in terms of people and things to do, and the campus can be really beautiful. Other time of year however, like once the sun dissapears for a couple months, things aren't as exciting. But if you can manage to stay out of the cold you'll have a good time in and out of class.

  • 01/29/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety are present and pretty active. Especially on the party scene. Parties do have a tendency to get shut down relatively early. They are also always available to let you into your building/room if you happen to lock yourself out in the middle of the night. They keep a pretty close watch on the parking lots as well.

    Greek Life

    I'm not a part of greek life but it seems to be pretty prosperous on this campus. Not overpowering like in the movies but they are definitely present.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many different clubs on campus. Including but not limited to dance, karate, dodgeball, student government, cosplay, archery, and sports clubs. There is a club for every one here.

    Great for these types of students

    If you ever felt like the nerdy kid at school you will be so at home here. If you love video games or anime you're going to find plenty of people here that will talk to you about it. All manner of games are represented here. If you like cars there are people here that do too. If you like computers so do a large portion of the people here.

    Bang for the buck

    I think RIT is pretty good at offering what they should for the cost of tuition. The programs are extensive and well thought out. The campus is well managed. The plows are pretty good about clearing the walkways quickly when it snows.

    What to do for fun

    Student Government and the College Activities Board (CAB) host a plethora of events that you can attend for fun. The fraternities and sororities also host many events. There are parties to attend if that is your thing. There is a mall just down the road for all of the shopaholics. And town is about a 10-15 minute drive so there is plenty to do there. There are plenty of sporting events to attend. And the school hosts concerts and comedians throughout the year.

    Food and Dining

    All freshman have to eat at the Grace Watson dining hall. The food at Gracie's is not the greatest quality and lacks variety. Especially for those with dietary restrictions. The dining halls on campus are not the most conscientious of vegetarians, vegans, or people with allergies. There are however stores and markets on campus that sell food that cater to these dietary needs.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are relatively clean but some of the rooms are too small to host all of the people that have been assigned to it. The cleaning teams only clean once a day and do not clean during the weekend, this gets a little messy some times. The maintenance staff is pretty quick to respond to any complaints or requests. Depending on your relationship with your roommate(s) and your RA things may be easier or harder.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the program you are in the work load varies greatly. In general though the classes are challenging and have a substantial amount of work outside of class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Since you have to apply directly to the program or field you want to go in I recommend having your major and a possible alternative ready when it comes time to apply. For those that have been accepted and are planning to attend I recommend extra winter wear than what you think is sufficient. The school is riddled with wind tunnels which makes it even colder than it already gets here.

    In three sentences

    An amazing school with amazing programs for all types of people. The school is geared toward practicality and making sure you have the skills that you need to succeed. It has a great reputation for academics but unless you're really into hockey or lacrosse the sports programs here are not top notch teams so this is not the school for you if you are looking for a sports oriented school.

  • 02/17/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The few times my friends have called or texted they haven't been responded to right away. Other people say they are very quick though. I haven't had a personal experience yet so I really can't comment.

    Greek Life

    Could care less, they are almost not existent, and Frats and Sororities do not get you any where in life. Co-ops and networking does

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for everything...need I say more.

    Great for these types of students

    If you were labeled a nerd in high school and love video games you will fit in perfectly here! Also we are the national Institute for the deaf, so if you are hard of heard or deaf you will have a ton of friends.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We do Humans vs. Zombies every semester, its a ton of fun! We also have Freezefest and Springfest which are two great weekends no matter what.

    Bang for the buck

    I would say it is a great bang for you buck! Our job placement is through the roof.

    What to do for fun

    Join a club! There are so many. If that doesn't interest you, join a sports team or hang out with friends, people are always looking to hang out.

    Food and Dining

    Every other college kid who comes to our school says our food is our of this world! except for our main dinning hall they are true. Salsaritas can rival Chipotle, crossroads can rival any dinner, and Java Walles may just be better than Starbucks, crazy right!?

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are really skinny and small compared to other colleges. You will make a bunch of friends on your floor though. Other than the smallness of the dorms it isn't to bad.

    Academic Rigor

    RIT is know for is Academics. All the Programs here are ridiculous, and require a ton of homework. A's are hard to get and are a rarity

    Tips for prospective students

    Grades are important to get in. Engineers and Industrial Design majors are strongly recommended to go here because our programs are top notch. If you like Star Trek you will fit in perfectly.

    In three sentences

    RIT is a fantastic School! We are a co-op school so our job placement is around 90% for all majors! I highly recommend it.

  • 02/17/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Pretty expensive for the college.

    Academic Rigor

    decent

    Tips for prospective students

    my courses all day everyday

    In three sentences

    Great campus with lots of events and clubs. The people are not very social. The professors know a lot just not extremely good at getting the material to the students

  • 02/18/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is always something to do on weekends, between parties at the several apartment complexes that are within walking distance to campus or the bars that are relatively close-by. There is also a bus that takes students downtown to bars on Saturday nights. Other than the partying scene, I would say that clubs and sports are fun. There are also a lot of events on campus, so keep an eye out for those.

    Food and Dining

    There are about 10 places to eat on campus. Most of the eateries are pretty good.

    Dorm Life

    Although you can live in the dorms for as long as you are a student, most people tend to move out after their freshman year. I had a great experience in the dorms. It wasn't too strict as long as you were somewhat behaved. It was nice living so closely with friends.

    Academic Rigor

    RIT is known for its academics, so it makes sense that it would be challenging. This obviously varies from major to major, but overall the coursework is pretty challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find a club, fraternity, sorority, sport, or other activity to get involved in. Being part of a team or club makes it easier to find friends and transition into the college lifestyle. Also, get a strong start right away academically. Academics are pretty rigorous here, so you do not want to fall behind.

    In three sentences

    RIT is a very prestigious institute with a lot to offer. The most well-known majors on campus are engineering and computer-related majors, but other programs are growing. School spirit could be higher, but a lot of people are fans of the Division 1 hockey team.

  • 04/20/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    I want to apply for Dance club and different cultures and languages group.

    Food and Dining

    I have never been in any restaurant in RIT.

    Dorm Life

    I heard the campus has very nice places to live but I will stay out side of campus.

    Academic Rigor

    RIT has a reputation for being academic being academically rigorous.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus and school and talk with professors.

    In three sentences

    RIT has a wonderful Industrial Design department with very Professional teachers. It is the international school and it is in the first 10th best Industrial design schools.

  • 05/22/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is always readily available and wonderful with making you feel protected. There are also ways around campus to call for help if you need it.

    Clubs and Activities

    RIT has a club for almost everything you can think of. From Robotics, to Juggling, to Model T Railroad, as well as academic and student association to get connected with other students to help you throughout your college career.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who like to be involved in their academics inside and outside of the classroom!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Imagine RIT is huge on campus. It's an innovation event where hundreds of student work on projects and showcase them for RIT and the community to see. Usually between 20,000 and 30,000 people attend every year. It is always so much fun and a day filled of learning new things!

    Bang for the buck

    I've personally had a great experience here and I know that my education and life lessons I've learned so far will really pay off in the near future!

    What to do for fun

    RIT always has activities and events held on campus for its students (Homecoming, Imagine RIT, FreezeFest are some of the bigger ones). If for some reason something on campus didn't interest you, there is plenty to do locally and in the city!

    Food and Dining

    Dining here is no problem. If you choose to not eat at the dining hall, there are a lot of other options that are delicious and the Cafe's change their menu daily.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life here is fun and a great way to meet friends and other students that have similar interests as you.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are huge on campus and very important. RIT has a great way of making sure there are tutors and extra help study centers located conveniently for the students. The library also has great hours, especially during finals week (24 hours a day)!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved on campus and in the community! There are so many great things to do on campus and in the city of Rochester, I highly recommend exploring different activities on and off campus! Also, don't be afraid to ask for help! RIT has so many great resources for extra help.

    In three sentences

    RIT has been a great school for me and has the potential to be for you if you want it to be! I would rate me experience here a 9 out of 10! It has really prepared me for what to expect in the real world so far.

  • 05/30/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    RIT is a very safe community with little to no on campus incidents. Public safety's biggest job on campus is to tell people not to bike/skateboard/unicycle on the walk-only quarter mile.

    Clubs and Activities

    Though juggling and Quidditch are some of the most popular clubs, there is so much to choose from.

    Great for these types of students

    There is a place here for pretty much everyone.

    Bang for the buck

    RIT will truly do just about anything to keep you on track academically and make sure you are having a rewarding experience.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something happening on this campus. Whether it is a movie in the main auditorium, an outing event put on by the activity board, or various other events hosted by many different campus organizations, you can almost always find something to do at any given time.

    Food and Dining

    RIT has about 15 different places in campus to eat. There is everything from a sports bar to an international food bar to the campus dining hall. Pretty much whatever you might feel like you could probably find somewhere on campus at any time.

    Dorm Life

    Each floor in the residence halls becomes its own unique community over the course of each year. The dedicated, well-trained, and enthusiastic staff of residential life work tirelessly to make sure that each student has a rewarding experience living on campus. The dorm rooms are all pretty uniform and have a very modern feel to them. Upperclassmen have the opportunity to live in on-campus apartments or the residential halls.

    Academic Rigor

    No program here at RIT is easy, but the experiences you gain throughout our academic journey are unparalleled to any other school. I have yet to meet a faculty member who will not go to the moon and back to help you get to where you want to be. There is a huge push to get students out into the workforce through Co-ops and internships (many programs even require them), so you will leave this school with many valuable contacts, experiences, and most likely a job.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you come to RIT, you will have no choice but to work hard. However, hard work does not require the sacrifice of a good time. Through major events like Freezefest and Springfest, to the hundreds of clubs and organizations there are to join, you will never get bored on this campus. We are truly one of the geekiest in our activities but we are also one of the most engaged campuses in the nation. But, if you really want to get a feel for what the RIT community is like, check out our annual Innovation and Creativity festival, ImagineRIT.

    In three sentences

    At RIT, you will find one of the most diverse college campuses in the entire world. Though the name says it is a technical institute, you will never find a greater collection of artists and computer enthusiasts, scientists and writers, and engineers and filmmakers anywhere else. If you are looking for a rigorous academic program in a vibrant campus community, RIT is the place for you no matter where your interests lie.

  • 06/03/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Always available!

    Greek Life

    The presence seems a lot greater than it actually is! The Greek life here is way different than any preconceptions you may have!

    What to do for fun

    Clubs, volunteer, walk, explore!

    Food and Dining

    Looking past the bad rep, even the freshman dining hall is good food.

    Dorm Life

    Pretty laid-back for the most part! I love that there is specialty housing!

    Academic Rigor

    I am pushed to my limits much of the time!

    Tips for prospective students

    Take full advantage of every opportunity you can! Join clubs! It is worth it!

    In three sentences

    The campus overall is very diverse. I love attending here, although the cost is a little much. Great facilities and help is always available!

  • 06/05/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    there are many extracurricular sports to join and clubs and work out rooms

    Food and Dining

    can not rate all of it yet but enjoyed what i had.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are small but there seems to be a lot to do.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus. Professors that I met were excited about what they teach. Enjoyed my visit.

  • 06/14/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are a ton of clubs dedicated to niche interest and being nerdy. I personally love Electronic Gaming Society. As far as off campus, there's a downtown scene but I haven't personally explored it. RIT also hosts some pretty cool events such as Imagine RIT, and Brick City. There's a new division 1 hockey rink opening in Fall 2014, which I'm personally dying for. The College Activities Board is also dead-set on hosting activities that get students to socialize and have fun.

    Food and Dining

    There are some excellent eateries on campus such as Artesano and Salsaritas. Also don't hate on Gracie's just because it's trendy. You'll miss it after your first year.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are okay. You're pretty much forced to live in them and it's not the worst thing in the world. The RAs I've met have always been cool, and the dorms are at least close to classes and really close to the gym.

    Academic Rigor

    It's a pretty tough school at times, but there are many opportunities for you to excel if you're willing to work at it. There's the Academic Support Center, which many have turned to. Also your teachers will almost always be there to help you succeed. The people at this school are very focused on their education and its potential opportunities, so if that's what you want in a school, you'll be in great company.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready and excited to be a nerd- because you won't be alone as one.

    In three sentences

    This school give immeasurable potential in employment opportunities. The co-op system is killer, and the support of the school has always been around. If you want a great school that will help you get a great job particularly in the fields of computing sciences, mechanical engineering, and photography- this is the school for you.

  • 06/19/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are blue call boxes all over campus. They're big blue lights that are on polls that each have a button on them that you can use to have Public Safety rush to your location. There's on campus ambulances with both trained medics and volunteers that come to the dorms very quickly if need be. It also just felt very safe in general. Even though all of that was available to keep us safe, I never had to use it or felt unsafe at all, even when walking around late at night.

    Greek Life

    I wasn't a part of any fraternities, but the Greek Life on campus is very active. The frat boys like to drag couches outside of the residence halls and sit outside relaxing. A couple of times they even had a little outdoor pool there.

    Clubs and Activities

    Five stars because of the sheer amount of clubs there are on campus. There was a clubs fair at the beginning of the year with hundreds of booths of a large variety. I'm not even someone who enjoys being in tons and tons of clubs, and even I found six or seven to sign on to the mailing list for.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who take advantage of the opportunities they are given. RIT is very good about posting job openings, co-op/internship openings, and creating connections between students and people in the industry they're going in to. There are many career days and conventions on campus where you can meet representatives of important companies, work on your resume, etc.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's a forest out back that I've heard some people call Narnia. I'm sure strange things happen there. I've never been and don't plan on it, but hearing the legend is definitely fun. At the beginning of the school year there was also this big cart driving around campus in the evening. It was towing a trailer that held students and speakers that were blasting music, and there were flashing lights and fog machines attached to it. The driver was speaking about whatever he was advertising through a megaphone. I never could remember what it was for (a club of some sort I'm sure), but it was always funny to see the thing driving around.

    Bang for the buck

    It IS an expensive school, but most schools are expensive nowadays. It's not like I came out of my first year in disbelief of how perfect the education was or anything, but what makes it 5 stars is how well recognized RIT is as a great school, especially for certain specific degree programs. A degree from RIT is definitely valuable.

    What to do for fun

    There's events and clubs very regularly on campus. You can watch the sports teams play too. I enjoyed going to the CAB movie nights - they show a movie on a huge projection screen in one of the auditoriums every Thursday night. It's a lot of fun to go get some food on campus, then see a move with friends.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great. I didn't take full advantage of the food on campus until closer to the end of the school year, but I won't make that mistake for the years to come. The meal plan is definitely worth it. Also, get the 10 plus meal plan! You get more food debit that way that you can spend however you want. It's a lot more flexible.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms were fun. I loved my roommates, and there was a sense of fun community on the floor. Some dorms/floors have different (better) amenities than others - bigger kitchens/lounges or nicer bathrooms, and some buildings don't have A/C. The lack of A/C isn't the biggest problem though, considering it's cold enough 75% of the school year that you wouldn't want the A/C on.

    Academic Rigor

    The level of work was perfect. It started off a little easier at the beginning, and as the year/semester wore on, the workload reached a peak that was difficult, but exciting. It felt like I was hoping college would feel - it was challenging, but the kind of challenge I wanted to take on.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be nervous about going out and seeing the campus on your first few days, even if you have no friends when you get there (I didn't). Just grab your roommate (it's awesome to be besties with your roomie) and head out onto campus. RIT is beautiful and lively at night, and there's tons of great food on campus.

    In three sentences

    RIT is a comfortable yet challenging place to go to college. You get into the grove of the college life within a couple of days and can feel the RIT culture becoming a part of you very quickly. However, it stays true to its reputation of providing rigorous and fulfilling education that you can tell you are going to use in your future.