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RIT gets classified as doctoral university

Rochester Institute of Technology has been classified as a doctoral university by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, officials announced Monday.

RIT is now classified as doctoral university—limited research activity, a change from masters—comprehensive. Carnegie assigns the doctoral classification when a university graduates more than 20 Ph.D. degrees a year, which RIT has exceeded in recent years. In May 2015, RIT awarded 33 doctoral degrees in seven Ph.D. programs, the most in its history.

“We have been expecting this change, and it reflects the rapid upward momentum of RIT over the last several decades,” RIT president William Destler said. “The movement of RIT into the ranks of the nation’s finest colleges and universities is a remarkable story.”

RIT began its first doctoral program in 1990 in imaging science, the first in the nation. In the 2000s, the university added six more in the areas of astrophysics, color science, computing and information sciences, engineering, microsystems engineering and sustainability. Several interdisciplinary doctoral programs are in the planning stages.

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