Welcome new students to the School of Interactive Games and Media (IGM) within the Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences (GCCIS). The faculty and staff in IGM are looking forward to working with you during your college career. You are joining an exciting and demanding college that provides the education that will help you meet the expectations and opportunities you will encounter in your career and throughout your life. We 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:
Please contact Kaitlin Lee, at firstname.lastname@example.org to be directed to your advisor.
Test and Transfer Credit
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.
View RIT's 2018-2019 AP credit rules. Please note that the credit rules have not been finalized for the 2019-2020 Academic Year. These rules are subject to change.
Academic advisors will build your schedule and enroll you in fall semester classes. You will be able to access your tentative schedule starting on July 22, 2019 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.
A typical first semester schedule for Game Design & Development students will include (17 credits):
IGME 105: Game Development and Algorthmic Problem Solving I (4 credits)
IGME 110: Introduction to Interactive Media (3 credits)
MATH 131: Discrete Mathematics (assuming a score of at least 55 on the Math Placement Exam) (4 credits)
Our academic advisors will be available to make any necessary adjustments to your schedule during Orientation
Math Placement Exam
To ensure proper course placement, you are required to take the ALEKS Math Placement Exam (MPE). It is imperative that you take the exam as soon as you are notified. The exam will be open from May 15 through June 30, 2019. To access the exam or for more information, please visit www.rit.edu/science/mpe/.
Programming Placement Survey - Game Design & Development Students ONLY
We recognize that students will be coming to RIT with varied coding experiences. To determine your placement in a programming class, the IGM faculty have created a Programming Placement Survey. This survey is optional (but strongly encouraged to allow us to provide the best advice for your placement). This survey is only for Game Design & Development students.
This evaluation must be completed by the incoming student by June 30, 2019.
This evaluation can only be taken once.
This evaluation will take no more than 15 minutes to complete.
After the survey is reviewed, academic advisors will utilize this information to enroll you into your Fall classes. If you have any questions about the placement survey, please contact the IGM Advising Team.
Orientation - Academic Day
Freshmen, participating in a pre-orientation program, will move into the residence halls on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 and New Student Orientation will run through Sunday, August 25, 2019. Fall semester classes begin on Monday, August 26.
Academic day is Thursday, August 22. This is where you will meet fellow first year students as well as faculty and staff at Academic Day. On this day during Orientation we will also review curriculum requirements and answer scheduling questions. Faculty and academic advisors will be available throughout your time at RIT to assist you with career planning and any other advising issues. You can find more information at www.rit.edu/orientation.
All students will be notified about the Code.Zero experience in early July. Code.Zero gives you the opportunity to prepare yourself for your introductory programming class via an optional, free, on-line class. This course is intended for students with no prior programming experience. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity.
Summer before RIT Checklist
Here are some important tasks you will need to complete prior to your arrival at RIT this fall:
IGM recognizes that family and friends are a big part of a student's success here at RIT. With that in mind, we'd like to point out some items that could be great resources in supporting your student during their time learning with us:
Academic Advisors- Each student at RIT has a direct line for answers to questions about academic resources, course planning, or other challenges through their Academic Advisor.
We know that you are anxious to get a jump start on preparing for college. The number one question we receive regarding technical needs is: What PC/Laptop/Tablet do we recommend for purchase to an incoming freshman?
The answer is that we do not recommend that incoming freshman purchase a laptop or desktop prior to arriving at RIT!
Surprised? The reason behind this is that students will acclimate to the environment for what works best for them. For example, a tablet for taking notes, a desktop in their room, a laptop that does both, etc. We provide adequate facilities with all the software needed for students to meet their curricular needs (and it lets you get to know your fellow students!). After your first year, students will have a better understanding of what will fit their needs.