One of the coolest things about classes is that, in addition to your core graduation requirements, you have a lot of flexibility to take fun classes that interest you in subject areas outside of your own college. Many students have taken classes like Interactive Music Video classes, or Hospitality and Tourism classes at the RIT Croatia campus. So, how do I enroll in these cool classes, you ask? Let me tell you!
First, it's important for me to make a distinction, so I am going to break this blog into two parts. One part about enrollment for incoming first-years, the other about enrollment for current RIT students.
Enrollment for Incoming Students
When you are coming into RIT, your academic advisor will make your schedule for you for the fall semester. You will see it in the Student Information System, or SIS (sis.rit.edu), usually around mid-July. What should I know about this schedule?
- You should not change this schedule. Your schedules are created by your advisor for a reason. It is up to your advisor to make sure that you get into every class that is required for you to take your first year—to ensure that you graduate on time! If you change your schedule and a class fills up, your advisor won't be able to guarantee that you can get back in.
- You can change this schedule during orientation! Really worried about a liberal arts class that you were placed into? Concerned that your credits didn't transfer correctly? Think you are in the incorrect math class? Your advisors will be available during orientation week to help answer any questions that you might have about your schedule, and make any adjustments that you need.
- The add/drop period is the entire first week. Say that you're not sure about a class…Try going to the first class. It might be something that you never thought that you would be interested in! If you know the class is not really a great fit, there are still opportunities to talk to your advisor the entire first week of school and drop that class, or add a new one.
Enrollment for Current RIT Students
So now you are a seasoned RIT student, you've learned the tunnels, found the best coffee on campus, and marked your study spot in the library. November rolls around…it's already time for enrollment. Here is an overview and a few quick tips for surviving your first enrollment process:
- Pay Attention in your Year One Classes. YearOne is a class that every RIT student takes during their first year. The class is designed to help you transition and adjust to RIT, as well as learn about all of the resources available. Pay attention to your YearOne Peer Advisor, they are an older student who knows all of the inside scoop on successfully enrolling for classes.
- Use RIT resources to do your homework on courses and professors! There are a number of resources like Student Government's OpenEvals, which let you view course and professor feedback. There are also tools like the Computer Science House Schedule Maker which can pull the times of classes you are interested in are offered and show you all of the potential schedule combinations. (*Pro Tip: if you put a comment between two or more courses it will show schedules with only one class or the other).
- Try cool tools like Tiger Center. Tigercenter.rit.edu is basically a pretty version of SIS, making it easier to search for classes, options, and add classes to your shopping cart.
- Find Your Enrollment Time. You can find your enrollment time on SIS or TigerCenter. Make sure to mark it down and don't miss it! Once a class is full, you will have to sit on the waiting list and hope for the best.
- Don't panic when your schedule doesn't work out. Make like 3 or more schedules. Maybe even more. Especially as first-years, being one of the last people to register means that a lot of the classes you would love to take will actually fill up days before it is even your turn to enroll. Have an ideal schedule, and then 4 or 5 more options in case that one doesn't work out.
Most of all, I hope you enjoy picking out cool classes! Best of luck in the course enrollment process!