the rest of the views, I have to say I
really don't know what these people are talking about when
they claim there is no social life. Personally, I can't
remember one night spent sitting in my room doing nothing.
Sure there were nights a group of us spent in
my room (a large triple with 1 roommate missing), but
thats by choice or because it was just a good
place to drink.
The social aspect of RIT depends of
you going out and making friends with A) the people
on your floor or B) networking through classes or orientation
your first week. My problem was that the people on
my floor are whats known as 'cavemen' where they rarely
left the room. There were 3 people on my floor
(out of 12, it was a small floor) that I
would associate with. The rest were people I had networked
with on my own. My advice for you and the
point of this? RIT's social life is what you make
of it, if you go out of your room and
meet people, you'll find some really great people, I sure
The faculty are amazing. I had one bad class
my second quarter which was taught a professor who was
disorganized. I complained to the department and it was looked
into to my satisfaction, good enough for me. The rest
of the faculty are amazing. They will stay after class,
give you their personal screen names, and even pull all
nighters with you in the labs while you work on
projects. It dawned on me midway through my 2nd quarter
that the teachers weren't just there because it was a
job, they were there to teach and they even got
frustrated when kids didn't show up to class because they
were there to teach.
The campus itself isn't that bad
looking. Sure it's brick, but in the fall and the
spring, facilities management does a great job keeping the grass
green and the trees blooming. The winter this year wasn't
bad but obviously thats not normal so I can't really
comment on that.
The surrounding area certainly isn't as great
as NYC or Boston, but theres enough to do to
keep you amused. A decent sized mall, a movie theater,
Walmart and Wegmans(grocery store) are open 24/7, plenty of places
to eat(I recommened Philips European Bakery if you like cakes),
and downtown Buffalo and Rochester aren't very far. Honestly, who
doesn't want to go to Canada occasionally, if you catch
The field house, while useless to many,
provides great services to those who wish to use them.
An olyimpic pool, a small lazy river, a 20 person
hottub, and a large gym (which is usually crowded but
you can find open time), also an indoor track, many
basketball courts and other stuff. CAB also has events and
people come to the school as well as movies every
thursday night incase you and your friends can't think of
The big concern a lot of people have with
RIT is the girl to guy ratio. Plain and simple,
35% of the guys don't leave their room because they
love their computers. That puts the ratio of guys to
girls who leave their room just about on level. Theres
plenty of good looking girls and guys so don't worry.
Parties, yes we have them every weekend, meet some upperclassmen,
we'll tell you where they are.
The Bad stuff:
Trying to register for classes is a 6AM ordeal
which can be very frustating, but apparently it's being fixed.
Gracies food isn't horrible, but its not great
either. Luckily meal options and debit can save you.
The B-lot parking lot (the one for freshmen) is a
5-10 minute walk depending on where your dorm is, you
get used to it, but when its cold...
Government has poor participation and seems useless, never really had
to deal with them or thought they could be of
Depending on how you look at it,
the quarter mile is part of a great fitness plan,
or a long pain in the ass to walk in
is what you make of it. I had a great
year and couldn't imagine going to another school. The classes
were great, some I skipped, but overall worth the money,
the people who actually leave their rooms are dynamic and
cool to hang out with. If your looking for a
well known school and want to feel like you learned
something, RIT might just be right for you. It helped
me find a great Co-op just after one year, making
double what I was the previous year.
Any questions, comments,
or want some more advice? Feel free to email me
at (account for RITIRC and to prevent spam).