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FAQ

Am I required to meet with my academic advisor? How often?

All incoming first year undergraduate students must meet with their advisor during fall and spring semester of their first year. All incoming transfer students must meet with their advisor during their first term at RIT. Although you are not required to meet with your advisor after that, all undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to meet with them often to ensure good progress towards graduation.

How do I get in touch with my academic advisor?

There are many ways to contact your academic advisor! All advisors are available via email. Please use your RIT email address to communicate. All departments encourage students to meet 1:1. This can happen through walk in advising and/or scheduled appointments. Please see your department’s advising page for more information about how to contact your advisor.

What’s the difference between an academic advisor and a faculty advisor?

An academic advisor is a professional staff member who helps guide students through the academic curriculum and helps students develop academic plans that incorporate their academic, personal, and professional goals. Faculty advisors are members of the faculty who can help with career plans, advanced level courses, and can provide general advice about academics and industry. Faculty advisors answer ‘big picture’ questions for topics like: “What advanced courses should I take if I want to work in field XYZ?” or “I really like course X, how can I go deeper into that, either in academics or other pursuits?” Some departments assign faculty advisors while other departments encourage you to find a faculty member whose interest area match your own.

I’m an accepted undergraduate student for fall semester. What should I do next?

Congratulations on your acceptance! You’ll start hearing from your individual department in early summer about next steps. Advisors will create your first semester schedule in mid-July. You’ll get to meet you academic advisor (and other department representatives) during Academic Day during Orientation.

I’m an accepted graduate student. What should I do next?

Congratulations on your acceptance! You’ll start hearing from your individual department prior to your first term about next steps. You’ll get to meet your department representatives at departmental programming during Orientation.

Will you talk to my parent(s)/guardian(s)/family member(s), too?

Advisors are happy to talk to family members regarding general questions about RIT and the degree program you’re pursuing. However, in order for advisors to share information about your individual experience specifically they need your permission. Your information is protected under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). You will have to sign a form in order for that information to be shared.

We encourage students to take the lead in their educational experience. This includes having open conversations with their academic advisor AND family members, especially if issues arise.

Where can I go to find contact information for Housing Operations, Financial Aid, or other services available on campus?

The University Advising Office maintains a list of commonly used student services: https://www.rit.edu/academicaffairs/advising/student-resources

I’m a current student at RIT. What is required to change my program into a GCCIS major? Who do I contact for more information?

You can view departmental contact information and requirements for changing your undergraduate major here: COP Process. Graduate students should meet with academic advisor regarding options and requirements.

I have more questions! Who should I talk to?

Your academic advisor is a great person to start with if you have questions! You can find contact information for all academic advisors on the People tab on the left hand side.