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Part-Time and Online Graduate Students
Congratulations on your acceptance into graduate study at RIT! The following checklist outlines the steps necessary to prepare for your first term of study at RIT.
ACCEPT THE OFFER OF ADMISSION
Confirm your enrollment by sending an email to the Office of Graduate Enrollment Services at firstname.lastname@example.org. This will secure your place in the entering class and allow you to register for courses. A tuition deposit is not required of part-time graduate students.
ACCEPT YOUR SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
If you have been awarded a scholarship or you have received any other departmental financial award, be sure to follow instructions for acceptance on the award letter.
CONTACT YOUR GRADUATE PROGRAM DIRECTOR / ACADEMIC ADVISOR
If you have questions about your program or registering for classes, contact the graduate program director or advisor in your academic department. Visit http://www.rit.edu/emcs/ptgrad/department_contact.php for a program director/advisor listing. They can assist you in reviewing program requirements, planning a schedule, and guiding you through the registration process.
UPDATE YOUR RIT COMPUTER ACCOUNT
After you have confirmed your enrollment, your existing RIT account will transition to a full student account. If you have not created an RIT account, you will receive an email with instructions for how to create your account. See start.rit.edu for other account management information including resetting your password and retrieving your username. If you have questions about your RIT Computer Account contact the ITS Service Desk. You may contact them at 585-475-4357, or via email at email@example.com.
Online Students: Once your academic advisor has registered you for an online course, you will receive an account activation email from RIT Information Technology Services. If you have not supplied RIT with a valid email address, or if you do not receive this information within two business days after confirmed course registration, please contact the ITS Service Desk at 585-475-4357 for further assistance.
REGISTER FOR ORIENTATION
Part-time On-Campus Students: RIT offers a number of orientation programs and options for new
graduate students. Visit http://www.rit.edu/emcs/ptgrad/accepted/orientation.php3 to learn more and register for orientation programs. Dates/times
may not yet be posted, so check back regularly for updated info.
Orientation Services: All students registered in an online course receive an email to their RIT email address three weeks prior to the first day of the term. This email welcomes students to online learning at RIT and directs them to RIT’s course management system, myCourses. From there, students can access the Online Student Community to read and complete the Semester Startup. As part of the Semester Startup self-guided tutorial, students may review course information, order course materials online for mail delivery, and review any proctored examination requirements.
OBTAIN ACCESS TO MYCOURSES – Online Course Registrants
MyCourses is the campus-wide course management system now in use at RIT. Online courses are delivered through the myCourses web-based application and is the home to all of your online course activity at RIT. MyCourses also enables instructors to enhance campus courses with online features that are utilized at the discretion of the instructor. Students login to myCourses with their RIT Student Computer Account. More information and help on how to use myCourses can be found at http://mycourses.rit.edu/ or by calling The Wallace Center at 585-475-2551.
SUBMIT FINAL TRANSCRIPTS AND DEGREE CERTIFICATION
All graduate students enrolled in another college must submit final official transcripts and degree certification. If you will receive a degree prior to enrollment at RIT, final transcripts must indicate receipt of the degree. When all your classes are complete, make arrangements to send transcripts to the Office of Graduate Enrollment Services. Failure to submit official original transcripts and proof of completion of degree required for entry to your RIT program will result in your being unable to register for courses.
RETURN THE GRADUATE ADMISSION CONTINGENCY FORM – if applicable
If your admission to RIT is contingent on additional coursework or special requirements, a Graduate Admission Contingency Form is enclosed. Please read it carefully. Sign one copy and send it with the Acceptance of Admissions Form to the Office of Graduate Enrollment Services in the envelope provided, or fax to 1-585-475-7164, or send a scanned copy by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions regarding the conditions of your acceptance, please contact your academic department.
SUBMIT HEALTH HISTORY AND IMMUNIZATION FORMS
Directions for completing these on-line forms in the Student Health Center web portal will be emailed to your RIT student computer account.
All students registered for 6 or more semester hours and born after January 1, 1957 need to comply with New York State and RIT immunization requirements.
- New York State Law requires proof of immunity to measles, mumps and rubella through either two MMR’s or positive blood tests for each disease.
- New York State requires all students, regardless of age, to sign a meningitis awareness form.
- RIT requires students age 21 and under to have the meningococcal meningitis shot.
- Failure to comply with the law may result in a $200 late fine and disenrollment from classes.
PERSONAL HEALTH HISTORY FORM
TUBERCULOSIS SCREENING FORM
All students from identified high risk locations must be screened according to local public health authority recommendations.
RIT undergraduates do not need to send the Health History Form if RIT currently has a copy on file.
CHECK OUT OUR INFORMATION GUIDE
Review the enclosed Guide for Part-Time Graduate Students to help you plan for your studies at RIT.
If, due to unusual circumstances, you are unable to attend RIT in the term you have been admitted, you may be able to defer your admission to a future term. Please contact Graduate Enrollment Services at (585) 475-2229 or email@example.com for more information and to find out if a deferral is possible.