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Here are the first 5 things students need to do or know to get started using RIT's computing services provided through Information & Technology Services (ITS):

This page provides links to and information about these services. We have also included other useful information, terminology, and links.

1. Activation of Your RIT Computer Account

If you have created an account as part of the RIT admissions process, this same account becomes your student account upon payment of you tuition deposit.  No additional action is required to activate your account.

If you did not create an account as a part of the admissions process, you will receive an account activation email from RIT when one of the following conditions is met:

  • You are an RIT student that has paid your tuition deposit (or the deposit has been waived); or
  • You are a part-time undergraduate or graduate student not matriculated in a program at RIT AND have been registered for a course; or
  • You are an Online Learning student that has been registered for a course

The account activation email will go to the email address supplied on your admissions application. If you believe you meet at least one of the above criteria but have not gotten the account activation email, please contact the ITS Service Desk for further help.

For more information about your RIT Computer Account click here

2. Update/Verify Your RIT Online Directory Information and Privacy Settings

The RIT Online Directory contains an entry for each computer account at RIT. Each entry lists the name, e-mail address, and other information associated with the account. You can use it like a traditional directory (enter a name to find an e-mail address or phone number), perform a reverse lookup (enter an e-mail address or phone number to find a name), or perform a search based on any piece of information that may be listed.

At start.rit.edu, you can click on the "Name Preferences" link on the sidebar to make changes to how your name is displayed in the RIT directory (for example, if you prefer "Mike" instead of "Michael").

Also at start.rit.edu, visit the "Contact Information" link to control what other information appears in the directory, as well as who can see it.

3. Check Your E-mail

RIT has partnered with Google to provide RIT Gmail accounts to all students. To access your RIT Gmail account, visit the home for Google Apps at RIT, google.rit.edu. Additionally, you can set some other e-mail options by visiting start.rit.edu or by clicking the mail preferences link below.

If you created your account as part of the admissions process, your student email account becomes active once your tuition deposit is paid.  At this time your RIT email account will become your preferred email address in our system.  All email communication from RIT will be sent to your RIT email address.  Please check your RIT email account on a regular basis or set your RIT account to forward to an email address you check frequently.

4. Sign on to the myRIT Portal and Configure RIT Message Center Preferences

myRIT is a web portal for the RIT community. It has many of the features of the popular portals, such as news feeds and calendaring, plus RIT-specific content and web-enabled applications.

RIT Message Center is a trusted source of information from which you can receive communications about what's going on in the RIT community. From within the myRIT portal, you can visit the "My Message Board" section to select which categories of Message Center messages you wish to receive. This puts the power in your hands to make it so you're receiving messages that are most relevant to you!

You can log in to myRIT with your RIT Computer Account username and password through a standard web browser. Once you are logged in, you can customize your myRIT page according to your particular needs and interests. myRIT remembers your personalized settings and displays them when you log on in the future.

5. Know Where to Get Help

The ITS Service Desk is central resource to get nearly any kind of computer related help or information. For students located in the residence halls or RIT apartments, ITS Resnet also provide assistance and resources. And basic help can be provided when in a computer lab by the lab assistant. ITS Distributed Support Services (DSS) manages several computer labs across campus.