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RIT Graduation Rate & Retention Rates

28% 4-Year Graduation Rate
66% 6-Year Graduation Rate
86% Retention Rate

Rochester Institute of Technology 2023 Graduation & Retention Report

How many RIT first-year students return for their second year? How many graduate and how long does it take them? On this page we'll explore RIT retention rates, graduation rates, drop out rates and more.

RIT Retention Rate

86% Freshmen Retention Rate
Good Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate applies to first-time / full-time students who come back for their second year.

With 86% students making it past their freshmen year, RIT has freshmen retention rates above the national average.

Nationwide, the average first to second year retention rate is 70.57%.

When looking at just colleges and universities in New York, the average is 73.51%.

RIT Retention  86 out of 100
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New York Retention  74 out of 100
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Retention Rate
RIT 86%
Nationwide 70.57%
New York 73.51%

RIT Graduation Rates

66% 6-Year Graduation Rate
19.11% Transfer Rate
11.93% Dropout Rate

How many of the estimated 2,450 students in the class of 2015 completed their degree within eight years?

28% of the cohort completed their degree in four years, 66% in six years, and 68% in eight years.

The official graduation rate of RIT is 66%. This is the percentage of students who completed their degree within 150% of the published time. That means six years for a standard bachelor's degree program.

The average RIT student takes 4.76 years to graduate with their bachelors.

Four Year Graduation Rate  35%
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Six Year Graduation Rate  66%
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Eight Year Graduation Rate  68%
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RIT Graduation Rates vs. National Average

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Completion Within Undergraduates Percentage
Four Years 1,314 35%
Six Years 2,450 66%
Eight Years 99 2%
Did Not Complete 1,178 32%
The non-completers rate is anyone who is not still enrolled at the institution after eight years. Both transfer students and drop-outs could be included in this group.
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RIT Drop Out Rate

Approximately 1178 students or 32% of the cohort did not complete their degree within eight years.

What happened to the 1178 students who did not complete their degree?

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Non-Completions Undergraduates Percentage
Still Enrolled 7 0.6%
Transferred 714 60.6%
Dropped Out 446 37.9%

RIT Graduation Rates by Race/Ethnicity

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Race/Ethnicity Graduation Rate
American Indian or Alaskan Native 43%
Asian 78%
Black / African-American 57%
Hispanic 59%
International 67%
Multi-Ethnic 79%
Unknown 74%
White 73%

Some Students Take More Time To Graduate

First-time, full-time students under the age of 25 are much more likely to graduate in four years. Some schools cater to mostly traditional students while others cater to 'non-traditional' students. So called 'non-traditional' students include part-time students or those who may be returning after an absense. It is common for part-time and/or adult students to take longer to graduate.

Traditional Students:

First-time, full-time students under the age of 25.

Non-Traditional Students:

Any student that is not first-time, full-time, and under the age of 25.

The majority of students at RIT are considered 'traditional students' who are first-time attending full-time.

Examining the graduation rates of the specific cohorts shown below may be more revealing than looking at the overall graduaton rates.

First-Time / Full-Time RIT Graduation Rates

72% First-Time, Full-Time
68% 6-Year Grad Rate
Good Grad Rate

First-time / full-time students at Rochester Institute of Technology represent 72% of the students in the class of 2015, and 74.16% of RIT bachelor's degree graduations.

With a four-year graduation rate of 28%, first-time students in the RIT class of 2015 who attended classes full-time were less likely than average to graduate on time.

After six years, the RIT graduation rate was 68%, and by the eight year mark, 71% of the cohort had completed their degree.

Nationwide, the average graduation rate for first-time undergraduates attending classes full-time is 37.92% after four years, 46.43% after six years, and 47.82% after eight years.

Four Year Graduation Rate  28 out of 100
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Six Year Graduation Rate  68 out of 100
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Eight Year Graduation Rate  71 out of 100
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RIT First-Time / Full-Time Graduation Rate vs. National Average

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First-Time / Full-Time Completions RIT Nationwide
Four Years 28% 37.92%
Six Years 68% 46.43%
Eight Years 71% 47.82%

First-Time / Full-Time RIT Drop Out Rates

763 first-time / full-time students or 29% did not complete their degree within eight years.

Of those who did not finish:

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First-Time / Full-Time Non-Completions Undergraduates Percentage
Still Enrolled 7 0.92%
Transferred 549 71.95%
Dropped Out 202 26.47%

First-Time / Part-Time Graduation Rates

1% First-Time, Part-Time
23% 6-Year Grad Rate
Good Grad Rate

First-time / part-time students at Rochester Institute of Technology represent 0.80% of the students in the class of 2015.

With a six-year graduation rate of 23%, first-time, part-time students in the RIT class of 2015 who attended classes full-time were more likely than average to graduate on time.

After eight years, the graduation rate was 27%.

Nationwide, the average graduation rate for first-time undergraduates attending classes part-time is: 14.37% after four years, 21.59% after six years, 23.72% after eight years.

Six Year Graduation Rate  23 out of 100
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Eight Year Graduation Rate  27 out of 100
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First-Time / Part-Time RIT Graduation Rates vs. National Average

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First-Time / Part-Time Completions RIT Nationwide
Four Years 3% 14.37%
Six Years 23% 21.59%
Eight Years 27% 23.72%

First-Time / Part-Time RIT Drop Out Rates

22 first-time / part-time students or 73% did not complete their degree within eight years.

Of those who did not finish:

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First-Time / Part-Time Non-Completions Undergraduates Percentage
Still Enrolled 0 0.00%
Transferred 17 77.27%
Dropped Out 5 22.73%

Non First-Time / Full-Time Students

21% Returning, Full-Time
71% 6-Year Grad Rate
Good Grad Rate

801 RIT students were classified as full-time / not first-time. This represents 21.43% of the students in the class of 2015.

Non first-time students could include transfer students or adults who have returned to school after an absense.

With a six year graduation rate of 71%, returning students in the class of 2015 and attended classes full-time had a graduation rate higher than the national average for students in this category.

After eight years, the graduation rate was 72%.

Nationwide, the average graduation rate for non first-time undergraduates attending classes full-time is: 49.57% after four years, 53.83% after six years, and 55.07% after eight years.

Six Year Graduation Rate  71 out of 100
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Eight Year Graduation Rate  72 out of 100
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RIT Non First-Time / Full-Time Graduation Rate vs. National Average

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Returning / Full-Time Completions RIT Nationwide
Four Years 0% 49.57%
Six Years 71% 53.83%
Eight Years 72% 55.07%

Non First-Time / Full-Time RIT Drop Out Rates

221 non first-time / part-time students or 28% did not complete their degree within eight years.

Of those who did not finish:

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First-Time / Part-Time Non-Completions Undergraduates Percentage
Still Enrolled 3 1.36%
Transferred 125 56.56%
Dropped Out 93 42.08%

Non First-Time / Part-Time Graduation Rates

6% Returning, Part-Time
25% 6-Year Grad Rate
Good Grad Rate

232 RIT students were classified as full-time / not first-time. This represents 6.21% of the students in the class of 2015.

With a six year graduation rate of 25%, returning students in the class of 2015 and attended classes full-time had a graduation rate lower than the national average.

After eight years, the graduation rate was 26%.

Nationwide, the average graduation rate for non first-time undergraduates attending classes part-time is: 36.03% after six years, 36.03% after eight years.

Six Year Graduation Rate  25 out of 100
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Eight Year Graduation Rate  26 out of 100
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RIT Non First-Time / Part-Time Graduation Rate vs. National Average

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Returning / Part-Time Completions RIT Nationwide
Four Years 0% 30.46%
Six Years 25% 36.03%
Eight Years 26% 37.80%

Non First-Time / Part-Time RIT Drop Out Rates

172 non first-time / part-time students or 74% did not complete their degree within eight years.

Of those who did not finish:

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Returning / Part-Time Non-Completions Undergraduates Percentage
Still Enrolled 3 1.74%
Transferred 23 13.37%
Dropped Out 146 84.88%

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