Computing Security Orientation

Welcome to RIT and to the Computing Security (CSEC) department of the Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences (GCCIS). Here you will find information regarding the CSEC orientation events this fall, depending on whether you are an entering freshmen, transfer, or graduate student. Please click on the appropriate links to find our welcome letter, important links, and our Frequently Asked Questions.

We look forward to meeting you in the fall!

Freshmen

Welcome Class of 2024!

I would like to extend you a warm welcome to RIT, the Golisano College of Computing & Information Sciences and the Computing Security Department (CSEC). You are joining an exciting and demanding college that will provide an education to help you meet the expectations and opportunities you will encounter in your career and throughout your life. It is our hope that your academic career at RIT will prove to be fruitful and challenging.

Before you arrive on campus for New Student Orientation, we will need for you to complete the following:

□ Check out the Orientation checklist.

 In mid-July, we will pre-register you for your fall term classes. 

□  On August 1, access your tentative fall semester schedule online at sis.rit.edu using your RIT computer account . Instructions for setting up your password can be found here: https://start.rit.edu/

□ If you are participating on an RIT athletic team, or you anticipate receiving AP or transfer credits, please let us know in the Qualtrics survey below. 

□ You are required to take the Math Placement Exam (MPE).  We are offering the MPE May 15thJune 30th

□ Opportunity to prepare yourself for your introductory programming class via an optional and free online class experience called Code Zero. More information will be forthcoming via email. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity.

□ Complete this required survey by July 1st: Qualtrics hyperlink

We are excited to meet you on Thursday, August 22nd of Orientation week, during Academic Day!  You will have an opportunity to:

  • Meet fellow students, faculty, and staff at your mandatory group advising session.
  • Meet your academic advisor who will be available to you throughout your entire RIT career.
  • Review curriculum requirements.
  • Answer scheduling questions.

The CSEC Department will offer you the support, challenges, and rewards expected from a high quality academic program. If we can assist you as you prepare for college, please contact us by telephone at (585) 425-2963 or email your assigned academic advisor. I congratulate you on your accomplishments thus far and look forward to meeting you this fall. Please introduce yourself to me during Orientation, and I congratulate you thus far on your accomplishments.  We are looking forward to meeting you this fall!

Sincerely,

Bo Yuan, Professor and Chair

Department of Computing Security

Undergraduate Questionnaire

Please take a moment to tell us about yourself.  The information you provide will assist us with creating your first semester schedule.

Undergraduate Questionnaire

Transfer Students

Welcome!

I would like to extend you a warm welcome to RIT, the Golisano College of Computing & Information Sciences and the Computing Security Department (CSEC). You are joining an exciting and demanding college that will provide an education to help you meet the expectations and opportunities you will encounter in your career and throughout your life. It is our hope that your academic career at RIT will prove to be fruitful and challenging.

Before you arrive on campus for New Student Orientation, we will need for you to complete the following:

□ Check out the Orientation checklist.

□  We will pre-register you for your fall term classes, after you pay your deposit. 

□  You will have access to your fall semester schedule online at sis.rit.edu using your RIT computer account . Instructions for setting up your password can be found here: https://start.rit.edu/

□ If you are participating on an RIT athletic team, or you anticipate receiving AP or transfer credits that are not already articulated – please let us know!

□ You are required to take the Math Placement Exam (MPE), if you did not previously earn transfer credit for Calculus.  

□ Opportunity to prepare yourself for your introductory programming class via an optional and free online  class experience called Code Zero. More information will be forthcoming via email. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity.

□ Complete this required survey by July 1st: Qualtrics hyperlink

We are excited to meet you on Thursday, August 22nd of Orientation week, during Academic Day!  You will have an opportunity to:

  • Meet fellow students, faculty, and staff at your mandatory group advising session.
  • Meet your academic advisor who will be available to you throughout your entire RIT career.
  • Review curriculum requirements.
  • Answer scheduling questions.

The CSEC Department will offer you the support, challenges, and rewards expected from a high quality academic program. If we can assist you as you prepare for college, please contact us by telephone at (585) 425-2963 or email your assigned academic advisor. I congratulate you on your accomplishments thus far and look forward to meeting you this fall. Please introduce yourself to me during Orientation, and I congratulate you thus far on your accomplishments.  We are looking forward to meeting you this fall!

Sincerely,

Bo Yuan, Professor and Chair

Department of Computing Security

Graduate Students

Graduate Orientation: Tuesday, August 20th, from 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM, Golisano 1435

The Graduate student orientation will allow you to meet with the Graduate Program Director, Sumita Mishra and Graduate Advisor, Jill Persson.  Professor Mishra will review program requirements and answer any questions you might have. A light breakfast and coffee will be served!

There is also a mandatory Academic Integrity Workshop that all students have to attend on Wednesday, August 21st from 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM in the Golisano Auditorium GOL-1400.

Graduate Open Advising

You will have a chance to meet one-on-one with the Graduate Advisor, Jill Persson, to discuss your Fall course schedule during walk-ins held during orientation week.

Graduate Course Enrollment and Bridge Course Placement Exams

All incoming graduate students will be enrolled in Fall courses by the department. Course placements are determined by your documented previous academic studies. Many of you are placed in bridge courses, which are required prerequisite courses that students must take before they are able to move on to core program courses. Bridge courses prepare you for your new program, introducing important concepts and "bridging" any gaps between undergraduate and graduate study.

Students placed in these bridge courses have the opportunity to test out of the course by taking a placement exam. If a student passes a placement exam, the corresponding bridge course requirement is considered fulfilled, and the student does not need to take that course. Placement exams are not offered for all bridge courses. Any incoming student enrolled in a bridge course may elect to take an offered bridge course exam. Students may sit as many exams as they like, but can only take each exam once. No make-up or repeat placement exams will be given.

The placement exam along with a PDF study guide is below. To register for an exam, please fill out this online survey. Students must register by Tuesday, August 13th. 

Statistics
Study Guide
Tuesday August 20th, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM (written only) - GOL-2650 (Large DB Lab).

*Practical exams are only offered to those students that pass the written portion. Students will be notified by the examining professor of their written score. If it is a pass, the student will then be informed of the date and time of the practical portion of the exam. (Practical exams will be held that same week).

All graduate students who need to take a math course will also need to take the Math Placement Exam through RIT's Math Department. The MPE is available until August 15th. To access the exam or for more information, please visit: https://www.rit.edu/science/mpe.

International Student Services

Please visit this link to the International Student Services office. Here you will find details about office location and hours, immigration information, ISS forms, answers to frequently asked questions, and many other important items.

Undergraduate FAQ

It is not required to bring a computer to school. However, many students do own a laptop for note-taking, doing homework and learning, accessing remote lab environment, or other purposes. Once students are on campus, they will have access to a list of commercial software free of charge for educational purpose. Currently, many Microsoft products are available through MSDN Academic Alliance; VMware products are available through VMware Academic Program (VMAP). For more information about software might be available to you, please visit this website: https://www.rit.edu/its/services/software-licensing.

The CSEC Student Services staff and professional academic advisors will take care of registering all freshmen students over the summer. We will ensure you have a proper and full schedule for fall. 

Transfer students are registered by the CSEC department as you pay your admissions deposit and fall enrollment begins. It is likely that you will be contacted by an academic advisor to help ensure that your schedule is appropriate.

Although it will be difficult to make changes to the days and times of your courses, you can work with your assigned academic advisor to make changes to your schedule. Their contact information is located at the bottom of the welcome letter. You will also have the opportunity to discuss changes to your schedule with an academic advisor during the week of Orientation as well. 

If you have AP, IB or college transfer scores/credits to report, and have not done so already, please request that your official scores and/or transcripts be sent directly from the issuing body to:

RIT Office of Admissions
60 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623-5603


College Board contact information
(to request official AP scores for Admissions):
AP Services

P.O. Box 6671
Princeton, NJ 08541-6671
Phone: (609) 771-7300 or (888) 225-5427 (toll-free in the U.S. and Canada)
Their website can be found here.

Students must successfully complete two DIFFERENT wellness activity courses (tennis, rock climbing, skiing, etc.) at some point before they graduate.

Housing Operations has a detailed website to answer your questions.

You can also reach Housing by telephone:
8:00AM - 5:00PM
(585) 475.2572 (voice)
(585) 475.2113 (tty)

Office hours for Financial Aid are 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday. You can reach them by telephone at 585-475-2186 (585-475-6909 TTY).

You can also find useful information on their website.

RIT has a central office called the Student Employment Office (SEO) which can assist you with finding student employment. You can visit their website here.

Placement Exams

RIT Math Placement Exam
The Computing Security program at RIT requires a calculus sequence as part of your course requirements. In an effort to enable you to succeed in your college math courses, the math department has developed an on-line calculus placement test. The purpose of this exam is to assess mastery of some of the fundamental mathematical concepts that you may have seen in your high school math courses. In particular, it tests skills in algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and functions, all of which are crucial to succeed in the various calculus sequences at RIT. The placement exam has no effect on your GPA. It simply provides a strong recommendation to us in the CSEC department regarding the suitable course to begin your required mathematics sequence.

All entering students whose program requires a calculus sequence, including those who have AP credit and those who may have transfer credit, will need to take this exam online. The Computing Security department will not be able to register you for a math course until you have taken this exam.

Failing to take this exam may affect your ability to be placed in the appropriate course at a later date because seats are limited. In addition, your financial aid may be affected if your schedule does not include the minimum number of credits (12). Therefore, the placement exam will be available for your convenience online at https://www.rit.edu/science/mpe until June 30th, 2019.

Writing Placement Exam (WPE)
The purpose of the WPE is to determine whether students are able to be registered directly into a First Year Writing course or if they must take the Critical Reading & Writing course first. For more information and where to take the WPE, please click here: https://www.rit.edu/academicaffairs/writing/writing-placement-exam

Contact Us

Student Services Office

Our student services office is located in room GOL-2120 in building 70. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30am until 4:30pm.

Phone: 585.475.2963
Fax: 585.475.2181

Postal address

Rochester Institute of Technology
Computing Security Department
152 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, New York 14623