Student Services

FAQs

Why can't I enroll in First Year Writing?

Students must take the Writing Placement Exam (WPE) in order to enroll in First Year Writing (UWRT 150 or ENGL 150). Students are given the opportunity to take the WPE on-line prior to fall orientation. Students who did not take the exam prior to orientation can access the exam page at https://www.rit.edu/academicaffairs/writing/writing-placement-exam.

What is the Writing Placement Exam (WPE)?

The purpose of the Writing Placement Exam is to determine whether students may enroll directly in First Year Writing (UWRT 150 or ENGL 150) or must take Critical Reading and Writing (UWRT 100) before taking First Year Writing. The WPE is an essay test. Students have 50 minutes to write the essay in response to one of two prompts. Students may take the WPE only once, so they should endeavor to do their best on the exam.

Why can't I enroll for a Liberal Arts class that still has open seats in it?

This means that the course section has enrollment requirements in effect. Seats may be reserved for a particular program or minor which may either be temporary or permanent. Please check the student information system for the course criteria for enrollment. If you do meet the criteria and are still unable to enroll, please contact the Office of Student Services in the College of Liberal Arts for assistance.

How can I get into a closed class?

In many circumstances, an instructor may be unable to accept additional students due to the size of the classroom and/or nature of the particular curriculum. As class enrollment can fluctuate during pre-registration and drop/add periods, please add yourself to waitlist and continue to monitor SIS for openings that will permit you to be waitlisted and/or enrolled.

How do I declare a Minor or Immersion?

Log in to SIS and click on the My Academics link on the left side navigation bar. Once you enter that menu, select the link that says Declare/Change Immersion. Select an immersion from the drop-down menu and click submit. You will receive a confirmation message that the immersion has been added to your student record.

Generally, students should declare an immersion by the end of their second year of study.  If you need assistance with choosing an immersion, check out the Liberal Arts Navigator http://www.rit.edu/cla/navigator/app/ and then talk to an advisor about your results.

How do I find my professor's office?

Please check the RIT directory website at: http://www.rit.edu/directories/

Students may also call 475-2444 for more information.

When should I seek advice from the Office of Student Services in the College of Liberal Arts?

Students should see an advisor when they have questions regarding:

  • a Liberal Arts double major, minor, or immersion
  • liberal arts courses that will enhance your primary field of study
  • liberal arts transfer credit or study abroad
  • changing your program to a liberal arts major