Life At RIT
Academic Support Services
RIT offers a wide variety of academic support services for our students. It can be difficult, however, to know which one provides the appropriate help. Below is a brief description of many of the academic resources available, including links to websites for more information.
It is your student’s responsibility to reach out to these offices if academic assistance is needed. However, a recommendation from a parent can go a long way, and we encourage you to understand these services in brief so you can suggest resources to your student if you recognize a developing academic issue.
Academic Support Center (ASC)
The ASC offers a number of programs and services that assist and empower students to achieve academic success. Services include academic success courses and workshops, academic coaching, math & physics study centers, reading support, tutor training, and more.
College Restoration Program (CRP)
CRP is an intensive, one-semester academic intervention program for students facing academic suspension or probation. Students must be referred to CRP through their academic departments. Areas of study include time management, study skills, and motivation and wellness, which aim to increase the student’s academic abilities.
Department of Access Services (DAS)
DAS provides accessible education for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Services include interpreting, note taking, and captioning services. Students can request services online.
Disability Services Office (DSO)
DSO is committed to providing equal access to programs and services across campus to students with disabilities. However, accommodation requirements are different than in high schools. Students new to DSO can request accommodations and services on the DSO website, and should be sure to read closely about their responsibilities regarding services.
English Language Center (ELC)
The ELC offers a comprehensive program in English for Academic Purposes for students who would like to study in the United States and need additional language skills.
Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)
HEOP is a program dedicated to the recruitment and academic success of low-income, underrepresented students, providing financial, academic, and personal support to maximize student success.
The I’m First program strives to ensure success for students who are the first in their family to attend college. Support services include opportunities for mentoring, leadership, and networking.
IMPRESS (Integrating Metacognitive Practices and Research to Ensure Student Success) is an intensive educational experience for select RIT students that incorporates metacognition into STEM studies. IMPRESS programs are designed with first-generation and deaf or hard-of-hearing students in mind.
McNair Scholars Program
The McNair Scholars Program provides programming that prepares first-generation, low-income, and minority students for graduate education. This program is directed at second- and third-year students interested in pursuing a graduate degree, with an emphasis on doctoral studies.
Multicultural Center for Academic Success (MCAS)
MCAS supports the cultural and academic needs of the African American, Latino American, and Native American student populations, as well as other multicultural populations, through a variety of services and programming.
Native American Future Stewards Program (FSP)
FSP was established to increase the success rate and number of Native American scholars in STEM programming. Partnering with students, Tribal nations, and other organizations, FSP creates opportunities for Native students to develop professionally, personally, and culturally.
The Ombuds Office provides confidential and neutral assistance to students, faculty, and staff who have concerns affecting their studies or work. The Ombuds Office listens, offers information about policies and procedures, and helps people examine options for resolving concerns.
Students can check out books, reserve a study room, borrow a laptop, get help with research, and much more with the RIT Libraries. Each college has a subject librarian to assist students with questions specific to their field.
Spectrum Support Program
The Spectrum Support Program supports students with autism spectrum disorders in the transition to college life by encouraging self-advocacy and autonomy and assisting students in building connections in order to achieve academic, social and career success.
University Advising Office
The University Advising Office is an excellent starting point for any questions related to academic advising and student success at RIT. This office coordinates undergraduate advising at the University as well as targeted student success initiatives.
University Writing Commons
The Writing Commons, as well as the Online Writing Lab, is available to all RIT students looking to improve writing skills through working with professional and peer writing consultants.