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The University Studies Program (USP) is an exploratory program designed for first or second year undergraduate students who are undecided about a college major. New to RIT students may be completely undecided or have so many interests that they cannot choose just one. Also, current students who already have a major but now have doubts about that field of study may wish to explore the other options available to them at RIT.

In either case, the University Studies Program is the right place to get started.

USP will assist students in finding a major that is right for them, and provide advising assistance about the process of changing majors from, and to, any of the RIT programs and colleges. Through advising, coaching, career assessment and course sampling, students will have the opportunity to make an informed decision for their final RIT major.

Keep your mind and options open and let us know how we can assist you.

The University Studies Program was launched in the Fall of 2009 under the Division of Academic Affairs, Office of the Provost »

Vision Statement

The University Studies Program will facilitate the engagement of undeclared students into the RIT community and guide them toward personal success in selecting their major and career path.

Mission Statement

The RIT University Studies program staff and faculty will provide academic advisement and career guidance to University studies students and to the general RIT student community. We will guide each student toward identifying a program of study and a pathway to achieve their educational and career goals. This will be accomplished through:

  • Individual advising
  • Attention to overall student growth, development, and success
  • Career Assessment to discover each student's interests, values, and skills
  • Collaboration and partnership with the RIT academic colleges and divisions