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New-to-RIT Students

University Studies allows students to enter RIT before identifying an academic program of study. Students may be new first year students, or transfer students who have minimal transfer credit from another university or community college. A typical student has a strong academic background, interests in multiple majors that span across two or more RIT colleges, and is motivated and ready to engage in the exploration process.

The benefits of being a "New-to-RIT" student in the University Studies Program:

  • Students will have the opportunity to explore RIT and its programs in greater detail before committing to a program of study
  • The first year will focus on core general education courses that will meet requirements across many RIT majors
  • Students will receive personalized academic advising that also focuses on career exploration and student development
  • Students will enroll in a one credit hour Career Exploration Seminar to experience a blend of guided and self-discovery exercises designed to develop academic and career objectives

In University Studies, students will have about one year to explore their interests, values, and career goals to make an informed decision for a major and resulting career.

Current RIT Students Who Are Re-Deciding Their Major Choice

Current RIT students who are re-considering their major choice are encouraged to schedule an advising appointment with one of the University Studies Program Advisors.  If after an advising appointment a student wishes to request a change of program into University Studies to allow themselves time to explore and discover a new major, he or she is considered an internal transfer to University Studies.

Internal Transfer students will need to be in their first or second year by credit hours and meet all admission requirements. All internal transfer students to University Studies will be required to successfully complete a one credit hour course called Career Exploration Seminar their first term in the program.  

Changing into University Studies is not an option for students in their third year or higher, however, they are welcome to consult with a University Studies advisor about other options and to gain information about the general change of major process.