Department Chair- Welcome Letter & New Student information
Dear Incoming Students to the Software Engineering Department:
I would like to extend you a warm welcome to RIT and the Department of Software Engineering (SE) in the Golisano College of Computing & Information Sciences. 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 New Students arrive on campus, we need you to complete the following:
Here are your first steps to get ready for the fall semester - we recommend you complete these items by June 30.
You are required to take the Math Placement Exam (MPE). We are offering the MPE May 15 - June 30, but you are encouraged to take the test no later than June 16.
Please fill out our questionnaire by 7:00 PM EST on June 30 to aid in pre-registering your classes. This questionnaire is how we get to know you in order to build the best possible schedule for you!
You have an 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. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity.
Find departmental related information, refer to our SE website: www.se.rit.edu.
"Like" our Facebook page (@SEatRIT) to start connecting with the department and find out about great events that you can be a part of during your time with us.
If you haven't already done so, review the Orientation checklist.
The SE 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 585-475-5461 or email your assigned academic advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org. I congratulate you thus far on your accomplishments. We trust that your experience at GCCIS and in the SE Department will be as fulfilling for you as it is for us. We are looking forward to working with you this fall!
As you adjust to your new home at RIT, you will have a well-balanced variety of courses in your first semester, typically ranging 14-17 credits. Expect the following in your schedule:
RIT365, a program for freshmen
Software Engineering Seminar
General Education courses
You can anticipate receiving a schedule in early August. If there are any adjustments to be made to your schedule, we will be happy to discuss them at our advising session during New Student Orientation.
Orientation week is coming fast! You have started to pack and you've reviewed your schedule in SIS or Tiger Center. Let's see if we can help address your questions before you arrive on campus.
It means you have been placed (by your advisor) on a waitlist for a specific course. If you are added directly from the waitlist, you will actually receive an e-mail, but your advisor will also continue to keep trying to make your schedule final for fall. There is time during Orientation to discuss an unfinished schedule with your advisor.
Our priority for fall courses is to ensure all students are in courses that meet their requirements to make degree progress. The perfect schedule is the one you have! A valid reason to change your schedule would be any of the following:
You already have AP credit for a course on your schedule
You recently joined ROTC or varsity athletics and you have practice times that conflict with your schedule
You have a disability accommodation with the Disability Services Office at RIT that requires specific scheduling constraints (such as having travel time in between courses on your schedule)
You'll be able to see which textbooks are required once you have a fall schedule. To see the textbook for each course, log in to view your schedule on Tiger Center: https://tigercenter.rit.edu. If you scroll below the schedule, there is a button to "View Textbooks."
Textbooks can be purchased through RIT's Barnes & Noble location at Park Point, or through any site. We recommend keeping your receipt, in case there are unexpected changes to your schedule or book requirements.
We do not have any specific requirements as far as the computers our students use. Any newer computer will have the power/memory needed for the coursework. Our current students have a wide range of different computer set-ups (laptop vs. desktop, Mac vs. Windows, different operating systems, etc.), so it really comes down to personal preference. If students need specific software for a course, the instructor will let students know how to access it.
Placement in Mathematics Course
Your mathematics course will be an important component of your fall schedule. Regardless of AP or transfer credit, all SE students must take the Mathematics Placement Exam (MPE).
Looking for more experience? There are plenty of online tutorials you can try - these are a few examples:
Khan Academy has plenty of video tutorials in bite-sized chunks
Udacity offers free, online, self-paced courses, such as Intro to Computer Science
Code Zero, which you'll receive an email about (email was sent to your RIT email on July 10), will also offer you an opportunity to learn more about programming