Multicultural Center for Academic Success (MCAS)


Financial Support and Assistance

Students are eligible to apply for academic scholarships, emergency loan funds, and book loans through MCAS. These programs are offered to students on a semester basis, but students must meet the eligibility requirements for each program.

MCAS Programming

The Multicultural Center for Academic Success sponsors a series of educational, cultural, and social events designed to foster students’ personal, professional, leadership, and academic development.

  • Family Meetings
    Family meetings are held three times a semester each academic year. These meetings provide students an opportunity to network with other students over dinner. Students also receive development workshops on a wide range of topics, such as time management, resume writing, STEM towards Success, and Co-op opportunities.

  • Star Awards
    Star Awards is an end of the year event that celebrates the accomplishments of MCAS graduates and students above a 3.0. The event also presents awards recognizing the leadership and contributions of leaders to clubs, organizations, and departments.

  • Professional Development Series The Professional Development Series is designed to educate students on a wide range of topics, such as Financial Literacy, Dining and Professional Etiquette, Communication, and Personal Presence.

Academic Support and Coaching

Professional staff are available to provide one-on-one advising and coaching to students on personal and social matters, to make referrals to other campus and community resources as appropriate, to monitor academic progress and recommend strategies for improving academic performances.

With the support of The Multicultural Center for Academic Success (MCAS) and their advisors, your child can get professional guidance as well as direction into a variety of academic and scholarly programs including:

Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP):

The RIT Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) works to increase the number of historically underrepresented and/or economically disadvantaged undergraduate and graduate students (who are residents of New York State) pursuing a career in either science, mathematics, technology or a New York State licensed profession. The focus of the program is on the retention and development of RIT-CSTEP students.

Future Stewards Program (FSP):

The Future Stewards Program was established as a result of RIT's commitment to increasing the success rate and number of Native scholars (Native American, Alaska Native, and First Nations) in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) along with other areas of need in Indian country.

Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP):

The Upstate Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (ULSAMP) was formed to attract and maximize the potential of students from underrepresented populations, specifically African-American, Latino American and Native American (AALANA) attending college in Upstate New York who are enrolled in STEM fields. Supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation, the ULSAMP program will work across the alliance of 7 Upstate colleges and universities to increase recruitment and the subsequent graduation rate of both first-time freshmen and transfer students, by enhancing academic experiences and opportunities.

National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME):

NACME is a national organization that supports a critical national effort. Its mission is to expand the nation’s capability to ensure global competitiveness by increasing the number of successful African American, Native American, and Latino American (AALANA) women and men in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and careers. NACME’s goal of increasing the number of AALANA students in STEM is predicated on the belief that the best science and engineering team is one that “looks like America” – one that values diversity and is in tune with the needs and future direction of the country.

Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program:

The RIT Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program serves a diverse group of talented RIT second- and third-year students who are interested in pursuing post-baccalaureate education. The RIT McNair Scholars Program provides enriching scholastic experience that prepares eligible scholars for graduate education, with an emphasis on doctoral studies.