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FAQ Revised 2/29/12

What are the advantages of starting college as an "Undecided" student?

Advantage #1: If you have any doubts about your choice of major, the program will allow you to explore options and make the right decision for you. Advantage #2: An experienced Academic Advisor will work with you to find the best sampling classes and what steps are going to work for you to make a well-informed decision. Advantage #3: USP provides a structured process to help you explore your options.

Who can enroll in the University Studies Program (USP)?

We have two separate student populations who enroll in USP. The first group consists of incoming freshmen who are "undecided" about what major they may want at RIT. The second group consists of 1st and 2nd year students already enrolled in a major at RIT that want to change majors but are "undecided" about what major they want to pursue.

If I can't enter the University Studies Program, can I still receive assistance exploring my options?

Yes, we can assist with your exploration even though you do not enter the program. We will help you determine the steps to take to find the major that is right for you.

Will my AP/IB/Transfer Credit be accepted in the University Studies Program?

Your AP/IB/Transfer credits will be evaluated and accepted into USP using the general guidelines of the University.

When do I need to declare a major?

The goal for students entering USP is to choose a major within one academic year.

Will I graduate on time if I enter the University Studies Program?

Based on current data, most USP students are on track for an on-time graduation in the majors they have selected. Some students are even anticipating graduating ahead of schedule! It is important to keep in mind that there are quite a few factors that will influence your academic progress and it is very important to work closely with your USP advisor as you progress through the program.

Will all the courses/credits I complete while in the University Studies Program apply towards requirements in the major I select?

Generally most of the courses completed while in USP will be used towards various requirements in a student's selected major.

What if I don't meet the requirements for entry into the major/program of my choice?

In addition to their first major choice, students are encouraged to develop a back-up plan that consists of one or two comparable majors.

Can I change into the University Studies Program if I already know which major I want and I need to wait for an opening in that program?

No: the USP is designed to help students find the right major. Your best plan of action is to work closely with your current advisor and an advisor in the program you wish to change to.

Can I change into the University Studies Program if I no longer want to stay in my current major and I am planning to transfer out of RIT?

No: USP is an exploratory program for students wishing to stay at RIT.

What if after following all of the steps within the program, I am still unsure what my major should be?

On occasion, a student may go through the program but still hasn't made any progress towards selecting a major. In that case, the relationship created between the student and the advisor is key. They will have a discussion about what works for the student when researching career options. Some possible outcomes would be to revisit career counseling, pros/cons on additional majors, and other methods of career exploration.