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Parent Poll

Current Poll

Have you asked this semester if your student’s budget is still on track?

Previous Polls

When your student has academic concerns, who is typically their first point of contact?
Sep 1, 2018
Academic adviser
26%
Classmate/friend
11%
Parent
15%
Professor
26%
Other RIT staff/office
2%
Web search
1%
I don't know
19%
What is the primary thing you look for when visiting the RIT parent website? (www.rit.edu/parents)
Aug 1, 2018
Communications, such as the newsletter archives
11%
Information about FERPA/parent access
2%
Information/resources in support of my student’s academic life
23%
Information/resources in support my student’s personal/social life
6%
Information about health and safety on campus
2%
Parent event information (Family Orientation; Brick City Weekend)
19%
Parent poll and other survey information
6%
Pictures and videos of campus
1%
Tuition and cost of attendance
6%
I don’t use the parent website
23%
What was the most important factor in your student's selection of RIT over other colleges?
Jul 1, 2018
Excellence of a particular academic program
49%
Excellence of faculty
1%
Co-op experience
21%
Facilities
2%
Special accommodations (NTID, Spectrum Support, etc)
2%
Scholarship/financial award
10%
Location/distance from home
2%
Culture/feel of RIT
13%
After your student receives an undergraduate degree, do you expect them to attend a graduate program?
Jun 1, 2018
Yes, right away
22%
Yes, within a year or two
15%
Maybe someday
28%
No
21%
I don't know
13%
What is the concern you have most discussed with your student this year?
May 1, 2018
Academics
29%
Billing/financial aid
7%
Campus or community involvement
3%
Career planning
10%
Co-op
18%
Living situation
11%
Mental health
6%
Physical health
3%
Personal relationships
4%
Safety
1%
Time management/study skills
8%
Who is primarily responsible for your student's RIT bill/loan?
Apr 1, 2018
I pay the full bill/loan
43%
My student pays the full bill/loan
11%
My student and I split the bill/loan
46%
I don't know
0%
For what life skill does your student currently need the most guidance?
Mar 1, 2018
Cooking
14%
Financial management
17%
Health/wellness management
14%
Home maintenance
11%
Organizational skills
7%
Relationship/social skills
15%
Street smarts
9%
Time management
13%
How much influence do you think you as a parent should have on your student's career choice?
Feb 1, 2018
A lot
4%
Some
32%
A little
30%
Very little
28%
None
6%
During fall semester, on what topics regarding your student did you personally contact RIT?
Jan 1, 2018
Academics
7%
Careers/co-ops
2%
Finances
20%
Housing or dining
8%
Involvement opportunities
1%
Mental health or wellness
1%
Physical health
1%
Roommates
1%
Safety
1%
Time management or study skills
1%
Other
2%
I did not contact RIT
57%
Have you ever traveled internationally? (Canada and Mexico count!)
Dec 1, 2017
I travel internationally at least once a year
21%
I travel internationally every few years
27%
I have traveled internationally once or twice-recently
18%
I have traveled internationally once or twice-years ago
29%
I have never traveled internationally
5%
What is the most important task that assists your student in finding a co-op, internship, or full-time job?
Nov 1, 2017
Attending campus events, such as career fairs
33%
Building their professional network
22%
Applying to positions online through a job board
9%
Attending a career advising meeting at the Career Services office
12%
Writing a resume
6%
Building a LinkedIn profile or portfolio
2%
Getting volunteer or part-time work experience
9%
Gathering professional references
2%
Learning how to negotiate a job offer
2%
Developing an "elevator pitch"
3%
Does your student have a job?
Oct 1, 2017
Yes, on campus
30%
Yes, off campus
9%
Yes, both on and off campus
4%
No, but they are looking
16%
No, my student doesn't work during the semester
40%
Would you be supportive of your student joining a social fraternity or sorority during their time at RIT?
Sep 1, 2017
Yes, I would be supportive
32%
No, I would not be supportive
22%
Unsure-would need more information to make my decision
43%
My student is already involved in a social fraternity or sorority
3%
What do you like to do when you visit your student at RIT?
Aug 1, 2017
Hang out on campus
20%
Grab a meal in Henrietta
24%
Grab a meal in Rochester
27%
Run errands with my student
21%
Visit a Rochester museum/attraction
7%
How is your student spending the summer?
Jul 1, 2017
Working a summer job
48%
Working a co-op/internship
22%
Taking classes
4%
Studying abroad/traveling
3%
Relaxing
11%
Preparing to come to RIT as an incoming freshman
12%
During spring semester, on what topic regarding your student did you personally contact RIT?
Jun 1, 2017
Academics
6%
Career planning
3%
Finances
16%
Involvement opportunities
1%
Mental health or wellness
2%
Physical health
1%
Roommate or housing concerns
6%
Safety
0%
Time management or study skills
0%
Other
3%
I did not contact RIT
62%
How likely do you think it is that your student will live at home, at least for awhile, after graduation?
May 1, 2017
I'm sure of it
7%
Very likely
16%
Somewhat likely
41%
Rather unlikely
31%
Not a chance
5%
How important is it to you that your student gets volunteer or service experience while in college?
Apr 1, 2017
Very important
35%
Somewhat important
47%
Not at all important
17%
When your student was choosing a major, what information was most important?
Mar 1, 2017
Interest in the subject
70%
Career possibilities
22%
Potential salary in jobs related to the major
6%
How it fit with graduate school plans
1%
How easy or difficult the subject matter is
1%
Other
0%
To your knowledge, how much money does your student spend each month on non-academic expenses (e.g. clothing, eating out, entertainment)?
Feb 1, 2017
$100 or less
48%
$101-$200
26%
$201-$300
8%
$301-$400
4%
$401-$500
0%
More than $500
2%
I don't know
10%
During fall semester, on what topic regarding your student did you personally contact RIT?
Jan 1, 2017
Academics
8%
Career planning
2%
Involvement opportunities
0%
Mental health or wellness
2%
Physical health
0%
Roommate or housing concerns
6%
Safety
1%
Time management or study skills
2%
Other
11%
I did not contact RIT
69%
Who typically initiates communication between you and your student?
Dec 1, 2016
Mostly me
42%
Mostly my student
7%
We're pretty equal
51%
Has your student given you parent/third-party access through eServices?
Nov 1, 2016
Yes
91%
No
5%
I don't know what this is
4%
Have you asked your student this semester if his/her budget is still on track?
Oct 1, 2016
Yes-we talked about it and he/she is on track
47%
Yes-we talked about it and adjustments are needed
13%
No, but I plan to
10%
No, it is my student's responsibility
20%
My student does not have a budget
10%
Where or how will your student vote on November 8?
Sep 1, 2016
An absentee ballot from my student’s home precinct (non-RIT)
59%
In person in my student’s home precinct (non-RIT)
8%
In an RIT-area precinct
6%
Not sure
23%
My student doesn’t plan to vote
4%
When your student was selecting a college, what was the most important factor in the selection of RIT over other colleges?
Aug 1, 2016
Excellence of a particular academic program
45%
Excellence of faculty
2%
The co-op experience
23%
Facilities
2%
Special accommodations for students (NTID, spectrum support, etc)
2%
Scholarship/ financial award
8%
Location or distance from home
1%
Culture or the feel of RIT
15%
Other
1%
What do you see as the primary benefit of your student learning abroad?
Jul 1, 2016
Personal development and growth
48%
Experiencing a new culture
25%
Learning cross-cultural communication skills
12%
Continuing coursework in a unique environment
4%
Career enhancement
3%
I am unsure about the benefits
6%
Other
1%
During spring semester, on what topic regarding your student did you personally contact RIT?
Jun 1, 2016
Academics
8%
Admissions
13%
Career planning
1%
Involvement opportunities
1%
Mental health or wellness
2%
Physical health
2%
Roommate or housing concern
13%
Safety
1%
Time management or study skills
1%
Other
10%
I did not contact RIT
50%
What is the primary thing you look for when visiting the RIT parent website?
May 1, 2016
Communications, such as the newsletter archives
10%
Information about how to support my student’s academic life
17%
Information about how to support my student’s personal/social life
13%
Parent event information, like Brick City Homecoming and Family Weekend
25%
Cost of tuition, housing, dining, etc.
12%
Pictures and videos of campus
8%
Information about FERPA
0%
Other
5%
I don’t use the parent website
10%
What topic is most difficult for you to discuss with your student?
Apr 1, 2016
Academics
10%
Careers
4%
Finances
4%
Mental health
10%
Physical health
5%
Sex
32%
Religion
0%
Romantic relationships
18%
Safety
2%
Other
14%
How much influence do you think you, as a parent, should have on your student's career choice?
Mar 1, 2016
A lot
5%
Some
33%
A little
32%
Very little
27%
None
4%
For what life skill does your student currently need the most guidance?
Feb 1, 2016
Career guidance
27%
Cooking
6%
Financial management
12%
Health/wellness management
10%
Home maintenance
2%
Organizational skills
5%
Relationship/social skills
14%
Street smarts
5%
Time management
14%
Other
3%
During fall semester, on what topic regarding your student did you personally contact RIT?
Jan 4, 2016
I did not contact RIT
63%
Academics
6%
Career planning
2%
Involvement opportunities
1%
Mental health or wellness
2%
Physical health
4%
Roommate or housing concerns
6%
Safety
2%
Time management or study skills
1%
Other
14%
How often do you communicate with your student?
Oct 28, 2015
more than once a day
5%
about once a day
17%
2-3 times a week
37%
about once a week
31%
2-3 times a month
7%
about once a month
3%
2-3 times a semester
0%
almost never
0%

Additional comments and questions should be sent to Chelsea at parents@rit.edu