Exploration Orientation

I would like to extend you a warm welcome to RIT and 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 you arrive on campus for New Student Orientation, please review the following: 

  • Check out the Orientation checklist. 

    Please fill out our questionnaire as soon as possible. This information will be helpful in pre-registering your classes.

  • 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.eduusing your RIT computer account. Instructions for setting up your password can be found here: start.rit.edu
  • If you are participating on an RIT athletic team, or you anticipate receiving AP or transfer credits – please let us know using the email address below!
  • You are required to take the Math Placement Exam (MPE).  We are offering the MPE May 15th– June 30th.
  • You will 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 via email. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity.

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 Computing Exploration program will offer you support, challenges, and rewards as you explore and prepare for a major in either Computer Science, Computing and Information Technologies, Computing Security, Human-Centered Computing, New Media Interactive Development, Software Engineering, or Web and Mobile Computing. If we can assist you as you prepare for college, please contact us by e-mail at computingexploration@rit.edu or by telephone at 585-475-5824. Also, please be sure to introduce yourself to me during Orientation. I congratulate you on your accomplishments thus far and look forward to meeting you this fall.

Sincerely,
Michael Yacci, PhD
Professor and Senior Associate Dean
Exploration Coordinator

Advising Team

If we can assist you as you prepare for college, please contact one of our advisors:

Gina Shevchuk headshot
Assistant Dean for Student Success
Advising
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
585-475-7110

Transfer Credits

As soon as is practical, request your official transcripts for transfer credit and official scores for Advanced Placement (AP) credit, International Baccalaureate (IB), and have them sent via mail to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions as soon as possible. For more information, please visit www.rit.edu/emcs/admissions.

Your Fall Class Schedule

Academic advisors will build your schedule and enroll you in fall semester classes. You will be able to access your tentative schedule in late July using the Student Information System (SIS) online at www.rit.edu/infocenter/. You must use your RIT computer account and password to access SIS. Our academic advisors will be available to make any necessary adjustments to your schedule during Orientation.

Code Zero

This summer you will have the opportunity to prepare yourself for your introductory programming class via an optional, free, on-line class called Code Zero. This course is intended for students with no prior programming experience. More information will be forthcoming. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity.

Summer Before RIT Checklist

Here are some things that we encourage you to do throughout your time here at RIT!

COMPEX Summer Checklist

Technical Resources

One of the most common questions we get asked is: Is it required to bring a computer to school with me? If I do bring a computer should I bring a laptop or desktop? We try to make this as simple as possible for students: we do NOT recommend any particular brand of computer, type of computer, or operating system for incoming students. The majority of our students do bring computers to campus and they find various ways to set up their computers so they can utilize our networks. Keep in mind that you will take courses from a variety of computing departments. Computer needs will vary from class to class. It does seem that more and more students are bringing laptops to campus (be reminded that this means that you need to be especially responsible as they are easier for people to walk away with).

It may be useful for incoming students to postpone buying a computer, if you don't already have one, until you get to campus. It is our belief that students will benefit greatly from seeing some of the ways upper-level students have their computers set up to help them judge the best plan for themselves.

If you are going to bring your own computer(s), they should have:

  • Anti-virus software
  • All critical operating system patches
  • Firewall software or a firewall appliance
  • Media for their operating system