We don’t believe that commuters and non-traditional students require special treatment, but we know that your needs and interests can be different from those of a traditional, residential freshman or transfer student at RIT. We also know that proximity to campus makes a difference in the level of your engagement; the further away from campus you live, the less likely you are to take advantage of resources the university provides. We want to assure you that you have as many opportunities to get involved as residential, traditional students do. You just might have to work a little harder to find them.
If you are a freshman commuter student, you are expected to attend all Orientation activities. Your Orientation is no different than it is for students who live at RIT. Orientation is not so much about the campus; it’s about the connections. This is your opportunity to meet and get to know your fellow students, as well as the faculty and staff who will play a crucial role in your success at RIT. As a new student living off-campus, making connections with other students and getting to know the campus while commuting can be difficult. Orientation events are designed to help you make connections easily, as well as learn how to get the most out of all that RIT has to offer.
If you are a transfer commuter student you are expected to do what is best for you, but we encourage you to attend as many Transfer Orientation activities as you can (see the info under “Transfer Orientation”). You are welcome to attend any of the Orientation events listed on the schedule – even if you choose not to be in a group. You will see this option when you register online.
RIT has a commuter organization called OCASA (Off Campus and Apartment Student Association). OCASA is your home on campus! OCASA provides its members with various services to make life easier. Over the course of the school year OCASA provides its members with a means to relax and interact with each other. With events happening each term, there is always something to do. All students who live in RIT apartments or off-campus are automatically members of OCASA.
As a non-traditional student, you have chosen to pursue an RIT degree while already managing many other life roles. Generally speaking, a non-traditional student is anyone who is over 24 years of age. Non-traditional students are those who have chosen to start an undergraduate degree program after:
- their graduation from high school
- being in the work force
- being a parent
- serving in the military
- being married
In addition to dealing with basic transition issues when starting college, non-traditional commuter students are also faced with additional issues such as:
- having to work full time
- balancing education, family, and work
- limited time on campus prohibiting them from building relationships and getting involved
- difficulty connecting with classmates
- few scholarship opportunities and other financial strains
We realize that you may not be interested in the small group activities associated with the fall Orientation program, but we hope you will choose to attend some of Orientation. You are welcome to go to any of the events listed on the Orientation schedule – even if you choose not to be in a group. You will see this option when you register online. We are here to help make your transition as smooth as possible, so please let us know how we can help.
If you are a veteran (or a veteran’s dependent) you will want to get in touch with the Veterans Services Office at RIT. We are dedicated to supporting and advocating for active duty military, veterans, and their dependants, helping them from the moment they consider applying to RIT all the way through graduation.
Check out the information online or contact:
Veterans and Military Services Office
Bausch & Lomb Center, Room A126
Phone: (585) 475-6641