University Studies allows students to enter RIT before identifying an academic program of study. Students may be new first year students, or transfer students who have minimal transfer credit from another university or community college. A typical student has a strong academic background, interests in multiple majors that span across two or more RIT colleges, and is motivated and ready to engage in the exploration process.
The benefits of being a "New-to-RIT" student in the University Studies Program:
In University Studies, students will have about one year to explore their interests, values, and career goals to make an informed decision for a major and resulting career.
Current RIT students who are re-considering their major choice are encouraged to schedule an advising appointment with one of the University Studies program advisors. If after an advising appointment a student wishes to request a change of program into University Studies to allow themselves time to explore and discover a new major, he or she is considered an internal transfer to University Studies.
Internal Transfer students will need to be in their first or second year by credit hours and meet all admission requirements. All internal transfer students to University Studies will be required to successfully complete a one credit hour course called Career Exploration Seminar their first term in the program.
Changing into University Studies is not an option for students in their third year or higher, however, they are welcome to consult with a University Studies advisor about other options and to gain information about the general change of major process.