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Computer Exploration Orientation

Ritchie High Five Computing Exploration RIT

Incoming 2018-2019 Students

I would like to extend you a warm welcome to RIT and the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing & Information Sciences. You are joining an exciting and demanding college that will provide an education to help you meet the expectations and opportunities you will encounter in your career and throughout your life. It is our hope that your academic career at RIT will prove to be fruitful and challenging.

To start your career at RIT off on the right foot we encourage you to visit the RIT New Student Orientation website for further information about our program. Their website and materials contain a checklist of to-do items and information about the many services and resources that will help you make the most of your experience at RIT. You will also find details about the DiscoveRIT Pre-Orientation Program, which will be held on Saturday, August 18 โ€“ Tuesday, August 21, 2018. Freshmen students will move into the residence halls on Tuesday, August 21 and New Student Orientation will run through Saturday, August 25, 2018. You can find more information at www.rit.edu/orientation.

All freshmen students will be pre-registered for fall term courses in late-July. In addition, students in certain programs are required to take the Math Placement Exam (MPE). The MPE is available from May 15-June 30. To access the exam or for more information, please feel free to visit: https://www.rit.edu/science/mpe.

This summer you will have the opportunity to prepare yourself for your introductory programming class via an optional, free, on-line class experience called Code Zero. More information will be forthcoming. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity.

In mid to late July we will pre-register you for fall term classes. You will be able to access your tentative schedule online at sis.rit.edu by using your RIT computer account and password. Our professional advisors will be available to help you finalize your schedule and make any adjustments during Orientation.

The Academic Advisors and I look forward to meeting you during Academic Day on Thursday, August 23. You will meet other students in the program, receive an overview of the curriculum, have any remaining questions answered regarding your fall schedule, and have a chance to meet one-on-one with your assigned advisor. Advisors will be available throughout your years at RIT to assist you with career planning and any other advising issues.

The Computing Exploration program will offer you support, challenges, and rewards as you explore and prepare for a major in either Computer Science, Computing and Information Technologies, Computing Security, Human-Centered Computing, New Media Interactive Development, Software Engineering, or Web and Mobile Computing. If we can assist you as you prepare for college, please contact us by e-mail at computingexploration@rit.edu or by telephone at (585) 475-7203. Also, please be sure to introduce yourself to me during Orientation. I congratulate you on your accomplishments thus far and look forward to meeting you this fall.

Sincerely,
Michael Yacci, PhD
Professor and Senior Associate Dean
Exploration Coordinator

 

Advising Team

If we can assist you as you prepare for college, please contact one of our advisors:

Sarah Mittiga, sxmrgr@rit.edu โ€“ Last Names A-T

Gina Shevchuk, gina.shevchuk@rit.edu โ€“ Last Names V-Z

Transfer Credits

As soon as is practical, request your official transcripts for transfer credit and official scores for Advanced Placement (AP) credit, International Baccalaureate (IB), and have them sent via mail to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions as soon as possible. For more information, please visit www.rit.edu/emcs/admissions.

Your Fall 2018 Class Schedule

Academic advisors will build your schedule and enroll you in fall semester classes. You will be able to access your tentative schedule in late July using the Student Information System (SIS) online at www.rit.edu/infocenter/. You must use your RIT computer account and password to access SIS. Our academic advisors will be available to make any necessary adjustments to your schedule during Orientation.

Math Placement Exam (MPE)

To ensure proper course placement, you are required to take the Math Placement Exam (MPE). It is imperative that you take the exam by June 30. To access the exam or for more information, please visit www.rit.edu/science/mpe/.

Code Zero

This summer you will have the opportunity to prepare yourself for your introductory programming class via an optional, free, on-line class called Code Zero. This course is intended for students with no prior programming experience. More information will be forthcoming. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity.

Summer Before RIT Checklist

Here are some things that we encourage you to do throughout your time here at RIT!

COMPEX Summer Checklist

 

Parents & Family - get connected!

We recognize that family and friends are a big part of a student's success here at RIT. With that in mind, we'd like to point out some items that could be great resources in supporting your student during their time learning with us:

Academic Advisors- Each student at RIT has a direct line for answers to questions about academic resources, course planning, or other challenges through their Academic Advisor. For more information about a student's successful connection with an Academic Advisor, head to https://www.rit.edu/gccis/academic-advising

The Academic Advisors are always willing to be of assistance but please note the guidelines surrounding what can be shared during your conversation. More information on the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) can be found at http://www.rit.edu/studentaffairs/parentsandfamilies/ferpa-and-parent-access

RIT Parent and Family Program Office - www.rit.edu/studentaffairs/parentsandfamilies/

RIT Parent and Family Program Office - www.rit.edu/studentaffairs/orientation/content/family-orientation

RIT Parent and Family Program Office - https://www.facebook.com/RITparents/

Technical Resources

One of the most common questions we get asked is: Is it required to bring a computer to school with me? If I do bring a computer should I bring a laptop or desktop? We try to make this as simple as possible for students: we do NOT recommend any particular brand of computer, type of computer, or operating system for incoming students. The majority of our students do bring computers to campus and they find various ways to set up their computers so they can utilize our networks. Keep in mind that you will take courses from a variety of computing departments. Computer needs will vary from class to class. It does seem that more and more students are bringing laptops to campus (be reminded that this means that you need to be especially responsible as they are easier for people to walk away with).

It may be useful for incoming students to postpone buying a computer, if you don't already have one, until you get to campus. It is our belief that students will benefit greatly from seeing some of the ways upper-level students have their computers set up to help them judge the best plan for themselves.

If you are going to bring your own computer(s), they should have:

  • Anti-virus software
  • All critical operating system patches
  • Firewall software or a firewall appliance
  • Media for their operating system