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On the Horizon for 2019

January 15, 2019

RIT Holiday Closure

January 2, 2019

RIT will be closed for the upcoming holiday season from 2:00 pm on Friday, December 21, 2018 through Tuesday, January 1, 2019. We will reopen on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at 8:30 am. We hope you have a safe and healthy break.  

December Open House

December 9, 2018

Interested in learning more about how to come to RIT without commiting to a major first? Visit University Exploration at RIT's last fall open house on Friday, December 7, 2018.

Hear what a year in our program looks like from our advisors and student ambassadors and find out why University Exploration may be the right fit for you!

RIT will be closed for Thanksgiving Break.

November 26, 2018

RIT will be closing on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at 2 p.m. for the Thanksgiving break. 

The University will reopen on Monday, November 26, 2018 between 8 and 8:30 a.m.

We wish you all a safe and healthy time off. 

November Open House

November 12, 2018

Are you interested in RIT but unsure of what you want to study? Perhaps you have an idea but need some reassurance it is the right fit. 

Visit us at RIT's Open House on Saturday, November 10, 2018 and learn how University Exploration will help you find your way at RIT. 

University Exploration Change Of Major Fair

October 22, 2018

Are you thinking about changing your major but unsure of what to do or where to go? Stop by RIT Change of Major Fair and talk with representatives from University Exploration, School of Individualized Study, all nine colleges, and Career Counseling. 

To request Access Services, go to 

Coffee Chats with UE

March 1, 2018

University Exploration will be continuing our Coffee Chat series for the spring semester. Current students are invited to meet with featured RIT students to learn more about specific majors. 

Watch your emails and our Facebook page for more information throughout the semester. 

Tentative Dates: February 2, March 2, April 6, May 4

Welcome Back!

January 26, 2018

Welcome back to spring semester!

Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm


Current University Exploration students: contact your advisor
Current RIT students in another program or prospective students: email or

Early Decision Students Phone Calls

January 22, 2018

Early decision students who have been admitted to the University Exploration program at RIT should have received a phone call or message from one of our program advisors. If you did not receive a phone call or voicemail and would like to talk to someone, please email or call 585-475-5263 and we would be happy to set up a conversation for you!

Early decision and regular decision students who have a question about our program, please feel free to call or email! We'd love to be able to help answer your questions at any time. 

RIT Transfer Open House

January 19, 2018

Are you a first or second year transfer student looking to come to RIT but aren't exactly sure what you want to study?

Come to the RIT Transfer Open House on Friday, January 19, 2018 and learn more about Univeristy Exploration, RIT's undeclared program. 

To register: Undergraduate Admissions

Applying to University Exploration

January 15, 2018

Our fall Open Houses have wrapped up. We hope you were able to make it to one of our events but if not, head over here to schedule a personalized visit of RIT.

Regular Decision Freshmen applications are due January 15, 2018 (postmarked).

Transfer student applications are received on a rolling basis. 

Are you ready to apply to University Exploration? You may apply two ways:

RIT Application

Common Application

When you apply, select University Exploration as your first choice program.

Any questions? Call 585-475-5263 or email

RIT Closes for Holiday Break

January 3, 2018

Rochester Institute of Technology will be closed for the Holiday Break from Friday, December 22, 2017 at 2:00pm and will reopen on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. During this time, emails will not be monitored. 

We welcome you to email any questions you may have to and we will get back to you when we reopen. 

University Exploration hosts Change of Program Fair

December 8, 2017

Last year University Exploration (UE) introduced an Internal Transfer Fair to assist current RIT students who were questioning their current major to let the students know who the office was and how we could help them find their direction here at RIT.

This year, UE expanded upon that model to include representatives from all nine colleges, the School of Individualized Study, and NTID, and held our inaugural Change of Program Fair.

This fair is designed to give students looking at new programs access to all the knowledgeable people in one room instead of having them go from building and office to building and office. With this new model we were able to serve over 30 questioning students! We look forward to hosting this event again in the spring semester.

Final Fall Open House: December 1, 2017

December 1, 2017

Haven't had a chance to come to one of our fall open houses yet? Come out on Friday, December 1, 2017 for our final program of the fall. 

Head to our Undergraduate Admissions page to register today!

The University will be closed for Thanksgiving break

November 27, 2017

The University will be closed for the Thanksgiving break beginning Wednesday, November 22, 2017 and will reopen on Monday, November 26, 2017.

We look forward to welcoming everyone back and returning any messages next week.

Have a safe and healthy break!

University Exploration has had a busy fall!

November 24, 2017

Check out what University Exploration has been up to this fall!

University Exploration Honors Students participate in the RIT Global Day of Service

Current and past University Exploration Honors students joined together for the first community service event of the year, volunteering for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Rochester, NY. This organization provides a “home-away-from-home” for families of children receiving healthcare in the Rochester community. Along with other Alumni of RIT, the group volunteered at the Annual Ronald McDonald Household Sale as they scrubbed, swept, organized, and shelved donations. The funds raised from The Household sale stay locally here in Rochester and help support the mission of the organization. University Exploration is so happy to have been able to join in on the RIT’s Global Day of Service this year!


First Fridays with University Exploration

University Exploration began a series of “First Friday” events with our students. These events bring together University Exploration staff, student ambassadors, and current program students to help build relationships and give insights into how students find their major with the program. We kicked off the year with a Chocolate Chat and are continuing with a Coffee Talk series for the remainder of the semester.


University Exploration welcomes alumni for a Brick City Homecoming Brunch

A small group of successful RIT alumni joined University Exploration for our first alumni brunch at Brick City Homecoming 2017. (L-R):  

Marian Van Vlack, Packaging Science, class of 2014. Marian is currently living in Chicago, IL and working for The Kraft Heinz Company.

Molly Mallette, Nutrition Management, class of 2012. Molly is currently living in upstate NY and is a nutrition services coordinator and registered dietician for Lewis County’s Office of the Aging.

Melissa Masline, Psychology, class of 2012. Melissa is living and working in Rochester, NY. Melissa is an academic advisor at Monroe Community College.

Dan English, Advertising & Public Relations, class of 2012. Dan is living and working in Rochester, NY. Dan is a marketing coordinator with Genesee Regional Bank.

University Exploration welcomed guests to our new location!

September 23, 2017

On Thursday, September 7, 2017, University Exploration and the Honors Program hosted a joint open house to welcome the campus community to our new space in Global Village. 

We enjoyed giving our guests tours of our offices and sharing a bit about our programs to those who had never visited us before. 

Thank you all for coming out and seeing us! Stop in anytime you are in our neighborhood. 

University Exploration has moved!

August 4, 2017

Have a wonderful summer!

May 26, 2017

As we close on another semester, we hope all of our students have a wonderful summer ahead! 

And, to our 2017 incoming class, we look forward to seeing you all in a few short months!

The Princeton Review

RIT featured in 'Colleges that Pay You Back' 2017 edition of the Princeton Review

February 28, 2017

Lady Tigers basketball keep playoff hopes alive

February 20, 2017

Why choose University Studies?

January 27, 2017

Upcoming Spring News!

January 23, 2017

Happy Holidays!

December 30, 2016

Final Two Fall Open Houses

December 2, 2016

Personal Care Item Collection Drive

December 1, 2016

University Studies Holds First Open House for Current Students

October 28, 2016

New Academic Advisor Announcement

August 12, 2016

Former University Studies student, Josh Mitchell, continues hockey career after RIT

July 29, 2016

University Exploration RIT - Your orientation begins today!

June 6, 2016

Missed our Accepted Student Open Houses?

April 29, 2016

University Studies Honors Students Community Service

April 29, 2016

New Assistant Director has been appointed!

April 22, 2016

Congratulations to our own Becca Schwan!

April 7, 2016

RIT Bennett Scholarship for students with disabilities

April 1, 2016

Welcome to Spring 2016!

January 19, 2016

Happy Holidays from University Studies!

January 4, 2016

Former University Studies student, Sam Weinger, named Empire Collegiate Conference Wrestler of the Week

December 16, 2015
University Studies Cards for Kids

University Studies Honors Students make cards for Golisano Children's Hospital