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It’s okay to change your major!

Chad Rossi on Wednesday, 09 January 2013. Posted in Advising & Support

Hello Everyone! So I wanted to talk about changing majors at RIT and what it’s like. First thing I want to get across is that it’s NOT as difficult as people think it is and most of the time, as long as it is somewhat in the same field, you will still graduate on time.

When I started at RIT, I was a Computer Engineering major. I stuck with the major until the middle of my second year when I realized it was not for me and I changed over to computational mathematics. My third year, while I was on co-op in Washington DC, I worked with a lot of Industrial and Systems Engineers and realized that what they were doing in the classroom and in the labs was what I wanted to do. I, then, changed my major to ISE. This was the middle of my third year here at RIT and I was still graduating on time.

I am now in my fourth year. I love ISE so much that I changed into the BS/ME program (Dual degree with a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Engineering) and that will only take me one semester longer than planned.

After coming to RIT and changing my major twice and then switching into the masters program, I will be graduating only one semester longer than planned.

Moral of the story is that it’s okay to come to RIT with a somewhat general idea with what you want to do. If you change your major within the first few years, the advisors will do as much as possible to make sure that you graduate on time.

Hope this helps!