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Conquering the RIT Campus Visit

Andrea Shaver on Saturday, 24 January 2015. Posted in Visiting RIT, Admissions Process, Transfer Students

Before your Visit

 Figure out what questions you want answered (and write them down!)

  • Review all of the materials RIT has sent you to get a better idea of what you want to explore on campus.
  • Arrange your meetings—calling the admissions office can be a great place to start to schedule your information sessions and tours.
  • You may schedule an admissions visit on-line here or by calling the Admissions Office as at 585-475-6736.

Gathering Information on Campus

  • Attend a group info session. RIT has information sessions on selective days at 9am and 1pm. You can look at the calendar on the Admissions website to see which days offer information sessions. 
  • Meet with an Admissions Counselor for an interview. Your interview is not required for admission, but it can be helpful!
  • Sit in on a class that interests you.
  • Meet with a professor from your major.
  • Talk to your tour guide, other student ambassadors, and current students. Ask them the questions that you prepared! Make sure to get their contact information so you can get in contact with them if you think of more questions!

Explore Brick City

  • Take a campus tour! We have campus tours Monday through Friday at 10am, 12pm, and 2pm that will leave from the Bausch and Lomb Center. There are also tours on select Saturdays. 
  • Take a residence halls tour. There are tours Monday through Friday at 11:30 and 3:30 (directly following the 10am and 2pm tours). They will leave from Grace Watson Hall.
  • Bring a camera! Take pictures of classrooms, equipment, lab spaces, and anything else you see that is really exciting.
  • Schedule time to explore on your own—eat a meal in the dining hall, visit the bookstore, and wander around other places that you find interesting!
  • Explore the area surrounding campus. We have lots of restaurants, stores, and things to do in Rochester!

Learn About Student Life

  • Listen to WITR 89.7 - this is our student run radio station… It’s great!
  • Pick up a copy of the Reporter, read about what is happening around campus.
  • Scan the bulletin boards, learn about clubs and events that happen around campus.
  • Check out the doors by the Campus Center (across from the Clark Gym). During the school year, these doors are a giant calendar with lists of all of the events that are happening on campus.

Get the Real Scoop From Current Students

Ask your tour guide, other student ambassadors, or RIT students you meet around campus questions about their experience! We’re more than happy to share what we have learned so far at RIT.

  • Why did you choose RIT?
  • What do you do in your free time? Weekends?
  • What clubs and organizations are you involved in?
  • Is there anything unique on campus that you like to do?
  • What do you wish you could change about RIT?
  • What’s it like to live on campus?

 Your tour guide and other students might even be willing to give you their email address so that you can follow up if you have more questions. It doesn't hurt to ask!

During and after the visit

  • Write everything down AS SOON as it is over. It is super easy to forget your first (or second) impressions.
  • If someone took extra time to meet with you, make sure to thank them! They're more likely to remember you if you send a handwritten thank you.
  • Write down all of the deadlines on a calendar... You don't want to miss the application deadline!
  • Browse RIT's online materials and blogs. You can learn so much more about RIT!