Individual and Group Instruction
Academic Coaching – This free service introduces students to more effective learning and study strategies. Students work 1:1 with a Student Support Specialist to enhance time management and study habits as well as learn of important resources on campus.
Academic Success Workshop Series – The Academic Success Workshop Series focuses on topics such as time management, lecture note-taking, text reading and test preparation
EMPOWER – This service provides students regularly scheduled coaching with an assigned mentor. (fee-based service).
Tutoring and Support
Math Assessment – A thorough evaluation of math skills and math study strategies is available for students who struggle in math or math-related courses.
Math/Physics Study Centers (Bates and Sol Heumann) – Located in Gosnell Hall, room 1200 and Sol Heumann Residence Hall, room 1016, these study centers are staffed by peer tutors trained to assist with math and physics.
Supplemental Instruction – SI offers a series of weekly study sessions open to students enrolled in supported sections of historically difficult courses.
Tutor for Hire – rit.edu/tutorforhire is a free online service where students and tutors can connect for individual tutoring needs. Students and tutors negotiate times and prices.
Reading Support – Reading services offered include reading assessment and evaluation, informal reading inventories, and strategies to improve vocabulary, comprehension and textbook reading for college material.
The Academic Support Center offers the following courses for zero credit throughout the academic year: Applied Study Strategies; Critical Math Skills; Insights on Success; and Study Strategies Lab.
YearOne Course – This course serves as an interdisciplinary catalyst for first-year students to access campus resources, services and opportunities that promote self-knowledge, leadership development, social responsibility and life skills awareness and application. YearOne is also designed to challenge and encourage first-year students to get to know one another, build friendships and become an integral part of the campus community.
The office of Assessment, Research & Technical Services provides leadership to the Division of Student Affairs in the development and management of assessment, data, technology, and grant efforts for program improvement, service development, and professional growth.
ARTS staff members represent Student Affairs on Divisional and University committees, initiatives and task forces related to:
- Assessment policy and procedures
- Strategic planning
- Technology utilization
- SIS and other database utilization
- Grant and scholarly activity
Individual and Department Consultations
ARTS offers one-to-one and department level consultations and training on the following topics:
- Program and department assessment planning and administration
- Data management and SIS Queries
- Technology use in classrooms, programs and services
- Grant application opportunities & process
- Scholarly activity
Workshops and Training
ARTS offers several opportunities for Student Affairs staff to participate in workshops and training:
Assessment Training Series (ATS), a structured year-long certificate series with multiple levels with the goal of preparing professionals to plan, administer and utilize assessment effectively.
Educational Technology Workshop Series, a variety of workshops avalable to Student Affairs staff to introduce current and emerging technologies to improve program and course delivery.
External Funding for Student Affairs Seminars, workshops designed to assist Student Affairs staff in identifying and developing grant proposal ideas, highlighting best practices and RIT resources integral to the external funding process.
Customized topics to meet various needs of Student Affairs departments related to assessment, technology, and scholarly activity.
The CRP application process
There is specific eligibility the student must meet in order to participate in CRP:
- An online referral must be submitted from their academic department
- An online application must be submitted by the student
- Their RIT account must be free of financial, health & disciplinary “holds.”
- Students are not allowed to have any “incomplete,” “I” grades on their official academic transcripts
- Eligible students are accepted on a case-by-case basis for up to 75 students.
Note: CRP is a one-time only opportunity
CRP Mentoring Component
Each CRP student is assigned a mentor. Mentors and students meet weekly to discuss progress and concerns. The mentor serves primarily as an academic advisor; however personal issues which impact academic performance are often raised. The mentor receives information from both the CRP and credit course instructors throughout the semester. He/she is responsible for writing their mentee’s Mid-Term Grade Report and Final Grade Report that includes recommendations for the following semester.
Upon successful completion of CRP, students apply for readmission to the college or academic department of their choice.
Students who would like to request academic and/or residential accommodation due to a disability should submit a “Request for Accommodations” form and appropriate documentation of the disability to the Disability Services Office. The request form can be found on line at www.rit.edu/dso or requested from Disability Service at 585-475-2023. The director or coordinator will review the student’s request for accommodation and supporting documentation and recommend appropriate and reasonable accommodations as needed.
- Located in on the first floor of the Student Alumni Union
- Office hours: M-F 8am-5pm
- Test center hours: M-F 8am-6pm;
exam week M-R 8am-8pm,
- Submit a request, found on our web site
- Submit documentation of your disability
- Contact the Director if you would like to discuss your request
Academic English for RIT Students
The ELC offers advanced courses in English to prepare international students for academic reading and writing at the university level. Courses in special topics are also offered, such as: Academic Presentation Skills; The Sound System of English; Reading in Science and Technology; Critical Thinking; Integrated Language Skills for the TOEFL; Research Paper Writing; Reading in the Fine Arts; and Analysis and Problem Solving. Special topics offerings vary from term to term.
Depending on their TOEFL or IELTS scores, RIT International students may be required by admissions or by their department to take a battery of English language assessments upon arrival at RIT. Based on the test battery results, students may be required to enroll in English courses which meet their language needs. Course grades appear on RIT transcripts. Courses do not bear academic credit.
Full-time Program for non-degree and provisionally admitted students
For full-time English language students, the intensive English language program consists of 20 or 21 hours of classroom instruction per week at beginning, intermediate and advanced proficiency levels. The program prepares students for academic study in English and also assists its students in acclimating to life in the U.S. The intensive program meets the immigration requirements for the Certificate of Eligibility I-20 for F-1 student status.
Global Connections: Activities and programs
Every term, the ELC offers events to connect its students with others on campus and in the community. The ELC hosts weekly activities and regularly co-hosts events with other RIT student and Rochester community groups. The ELC organizes a Conversation Partner program which sets up one-on-one or small group experiences for students of different linguistic and cultural backgrounds to talk to each other in English and learn from each other. RIT students and faculty who would like to meet the international students at the English Language Center are welcome to drop by and find out how.
Individual and Small-group Foreign Language Instruction
For RIT faculty, staff and others who request specialized individual or small group instruction in a foreign language, the English Language Center provides a service to identify students who speak that language natively and are able to teach it. International students may thus find an opportunity for part-time employment at the English Language Center to teach their native language to others at RIT.
English Language Testing and Assessment
Who takes the English language assessment battery?
- All non-degree students in the full-time program
- All provisionally admitted students
- RIT International students if required by RIT or by the home department
What is the English language assessment battery?
The test includes five parts:
- Writing test
- Speaking test
- The Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency, which tests reading, vocabulary and grammar.
When is the English language assessment battery given?
- At the beginning of a student’s first term at RIT
- At the end of every term of study in the English Language Center
What happens with assessment results at the end of each term?
Both students and academic advisors receive:
- Assessment battery results
- A progress report assessing in-class performance and progress
- A recommendation regarding any need for continuing language study
The Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) is committed to the recruitment and academic success of eligible students with strong academic potential and personal initiative. Equal access to education has long been an objective of the New York State Board of Regents and RIT. In 1969, New York State established the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) for disadvantaged students in the independent colleges and universities. Since 1970, RIT has partnered with New York State in providing financial and academic assistance to deserving NYS residents who have the ability to succeed at colleges such as RIT.
RIT's HEOP program provides comprehensive academic and personal support to maximize student success. More specifically, it provides a mandatory summer pre-freshmen preparatory program, broad-based tutoring, comprehensive counseling using a whole student philosophy and a case management approach.
The primary purpose of RIT's HEOP program is to provide access and equity to the disenfranchised population which it serves. Through its comprehensive services, HEOP fosters students’ individual growth by providing strong programmatic and institutional support to students who would otherwise be excluded from higher education. The HEOP staff is dedicated to excellence in service. In addition to providing comprehensive support, the HEOP program also recognizes students' achievements and persistence. HEOP has provided over 40 years of access, advocacy and academic support for these deserving New York State residents who have the ability to succeed at independent colleges such as RIT.
To be eligible, prospective freshmen students must:
- Be a New York State resident
- Have a high school degree or its equivalent
- Not have attended college previously
- Not be admissible under regular RIT admissions standards
- Attend and pass the summer pre-college preparatory program which focuses on building academic skills and preparing incoming students for college success in the RIT environment
To be eligible, prospective transfer students* must:
- Come from another college’s EOP/HEOP, SEEK, or College Discovery program
- Be accepted into an RIT undergraduate degree program
*Participation in HEOP for transfer students is based on available funding and space in the program. Please contact the HEOP office for further information.
Rochester Institute of Technology has a growing number of students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) registered with the Disability Services Office. We value these students as part of our diverse community and acknowledge that some individuals may need additional support in realizing collegiate success.
RIT’s Spectrum Support Program (SSP) is one of the largest formal programs in the nation focused on meeting the unique needs of highly capable college students on the autism spectrum. This comprehensive support program coordinates services to assist students on the autism spectrum entering degree programs at RIT to successfully transition through significant academic stages. SSP seeks to support the success of enrolled students with services dedicated to success during the initial transition to RIT, persistence as students move toward graduation as well as support focused on workforce success.
SSP delivers individualized and small group skill development and support to address critical areas such as college transition, academic and social success, executive functioning and co-op preparation. The program responds to each participant's complex set of challenges through individualized assessment and program planning as well as coordination of services and cross campus collaboration of support. Professional development offerings provide information, training and support to faculty and staff to further safeguard the success of students with ASD at RIT.
Project Goals and Objectives:
- To support students with ASD during the transition into RIT
- To support students with ASD in maintaining academic success and persisting toward graduation
- To support students with ASD and assist potential employers in facilitating a successful transition into the workforce
- To create alliances locally, regionally and nationally to support students with ASD in the college environment
TRiO SSS has a long standing history at RIT and three major objectives in working with students: maintain good academic standing, retention, and graduation. Students accepted into the program will remain in our program until graduation and will work with an assigned support specialist to capitalize on strengths and address needs. We will provide an intensive case management approach for students and help them to fully engage with their college experience.
Services cross a wide spectrum. Academic services are the core of the program and include peer tutoring in any content area, drop-in tutoring in math, science and engineering, and individualized math and liberal arts instructor with a professional staff member. Additionally staff will assist students with course selection and advisement and work in conjunction with the academic advisor. Financial literacy and financial aid planning will be discussed and part of the student’s long and short term goals and objectives. Finally we will work with students during the co-op process and encourage and assist with graduate and professional school applications.
- Serve students who meet one or more criteria:
- First generation college student
- Low income college students
- Disabled college student
- Must be an undergraduate student matriculated in a bachelor’s degree program and
- Will work individually with a support specialist to capitalize strengths
- Will receive comprehensive and individualized support to meet goals including but not limited to:
- Academic support
- Assistance with course selection and advisement
- Financial literacy
- Financial Aid
- Encouragement to apply to graduate and professional schools
- Assistance with the co-op process