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Free University of RIT records

 Collection — Folder: 1-3
Identifier: RITArc-0120

Scope and Contents

The Free University of RIT records consist of an annual report from 1972, goals and objectives, correspondence, blank instructor applications, course descriptions, and promotional materials. The course descriptions are from 1970-1973 and include information on the school and its purpose. The promotional materials consist of two printed cards and two newspapers from the school.


  • Creation: 1970-1973


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

The Free University was formed at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in 1970. Originally called the Alternative University, the school was run by the Campus Committee of Concern. The organization was created in contrast to the "modern" university and was meant to offer students an educational environment that was "unstructured and unrestricted." The idea was that students and instructors would determine the scope and direction of the class and no grades would be given. Additionally, the school was free and open to anyone interested in attending.

According to one course catalog, the goals of the school were:

  • To offer educational experiences outside of the classroom
  • To open and improve channels of communication between students, faculty, and administrators
  • To build better relations between RIT and its surrounding community by providing opportunities for interaction between these groups.
  • Extent

    3 Folder(s)




    Records of the Free University, formed at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in 1970. The school was started as a way for individuals to learn in an "unstructured and unrestricted" environment. The collection includes an annual report, goals and objectives, correspondence, course descriptions, and promotional materials.


    Materials are contained in three folders. Items are arranged by type, with correspondence being organized chronologically.

    Physical Location

    C.S. South, Shelf 808, Box 204

    Processing Information

    Finding aid created by Lara Nicosia in March 2011.

    Free University of RIT records
    RIT Archives
    Lara Nicosia
    11 March 2011
    Description rules
    Describing Archives: A Content Standard
    Language of description
    Script of description
    Code for undetermined script
    Language of description note

    Repository Details

    Part of the RIT Archives Repository

    Rochester NY 14623 USA