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Prospective 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 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 liberal arts and science 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 1 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.