It Is All About The Right Fit

on Monday, 29 March 2010. Posted in Advising & Support

Many times, especially this time of year, I will get questions from students and parents about how they go about choosing between the colleges and universities that they have been accepted to.  During these tough economic times, many students (more so parents) will end up using the financial aid package as the sole basis of their decision between schools.  While, as a parent myself, I understand the need to heavily consider costs I do not feel that financing should be the only or most important factor in a student’s choice process.  Would you like to know the secret? 

It is all about finding the right fit.  How do you know if RIT is the right fit? The best way is to visit our campus – only then can you truly determine if this is the place where you belong.  We have several different visit opportunities for students. One of the best ways to get the most comprehensive view of RIT is our Accepted Student Open House, which is being held on Friday, April 9th. In addition to Open House, the Admissions Office is open Monday – Friday from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm and you can schedule an individual visit with an Admissions Counselor or take a tour of our campus.  While visiting RIT you can also meet with someone in your academic department (you will need to schedule this appointment in advance with the individual department) or meet with financial aid. 

Can’t make it to campus? Strike up a conversation right here on the blog with one of our current students. You can also join our Facebook group for accepted students at:!/group.php?gid=219397322645&ref=ts  or follow us on Twitter.  If you have academic questions you can always email someone in your department (you can find contacts and emails on the individual academic department webpages – or call our office and we can share that with you). 

The point is that if you base your decision on something other than institutional fit, you may end up regretting the decision that you make and want to transfer to another school – which can cost you more money in the long run. So, make sure the school you choose is the one where you feel a connection; it feels like home to you, because you will be spending the next 4 or 5 years of your life there and it is important for you to be happy.  Happy and engaged students are often the most successful!