DDI Summer Experience

The Division of Diversity and Inclusion’s Summer Experience is a four-week summer academic enrichment-, confidence-, and community-building program that consists of credit-bearing courses, academic enrichment, exposure to research, and pipelines to co-curricular and community service programs.

The DDI Summer Experience has 50 available spaces and is available to first-year students who have been accepted by RIT and paid their deposit to the university. Participants are housed, fed, and enriched through a variety of carefully selected programs, co-curricular events and cohort-building activities. Most notably, students take two credit-bearing classes that are applied to their degree. Once the academic year commences, students will have preferred access to an MCAS Advising Coach, whom they will meet with on a weekly basis to discuss academic progress and services available to support their success. 

Time Commitment

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In addition to their classes, all students in the DDI Summer Experience are required to participate in all scheduled workshops, events, and activities during the program. Some of the scheduled activities include field trips, team building exercises, and recreational/social outings. All students must live on campus for the duration of the program and will be unable to leave for work, graduation parties, etc.

The promise and support of MCAS continues beyond the DDI Summer Experience. Participants have priority in scheduling weekly coaching meetings during the academic year. These meetings are held once per week for students to ask questions and voice concerns to their MCAS Advising Coach. Additionally, the full breadth of MCAS programs and events will be available throughout their time at RIT.


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Coursework – Students accepted into the program will be enrolled in Writing Seminar and one of two additional credit bearing courses, either College Algebra, Pre-Calculus or Intercultural Communications.

Academic Support Initiatives – Time management comes down to choice. Good choices lead to better results, while poor choices lead to wasted time and energy. These initiatives supply students with the skills, tools, and systems that work together to help improve their productivity. The students will learn to accomplish more with less effort, and improve their performance while reducing stress.

Co-Curricular Pipelines – DDI Summer Experience students will be introduced to a variety of support programs such as CSTEP and I’m First, be introduced to undergraduate research through McNair and LSAMP, and explore RIT’s connection to the city of Rochester through Asset-Based Community Development and a partnership with Into the ROC.


Beds in a dorm room

Participants in the DDI Summer Experience are provided with housing in a residence hall on campus. Each participant will share a double room with a roommate. Students are not allowed to leave their residence hall room between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., and only members of the DDI Summer Experience are allowed on floor during the program.


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All meals during the Summer Experience are covered. Students will use their RIT ID cards to access the DDI Summer Experience meal plan. Breakfast, dinner, and weekend brunch will be served in our all-you-care-to-eat facility. Students will receive $9 in debit to eat lunch at multiple campus dining locations. Cooking any meals in residence hall rooms is strictly prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, the use of toasters, toaster ovens, hot plates, and microwave ovens. There will be microwave ovens available for use in the lounge areas of the residence halls.

Rules and Regulations

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All students participating in the DDI Summer Experience are required to adhere to all RIT policies, procedures, and regulations as well as local, state, and federal laws. Alcohol is strictly prohibited in the residence halls, regardless of age. DDI Summer Experience participants are strictly forbidden from consuming alcoholic beverages and/or using illegal or controlled substances, including prescription drugs not prescribed to the student during the DDI Summer Experience. Violators will immediately be suspended from the program without waiver or compromise.


The summer experience program is a fully comprehensive and inclusive opportunity which provides students with room, board, programming, and the tuition costs for 6 credits. The approximate value of the program is:





Although valued at $11,708, the total cost to families is only the $400 registration fee. Additionally, families with a demonstrated need may submit a plea for assistance in order to receive a reduction in cost.


All first-year students interested in the DDI Summer Experience must complete an application, schedule a phone interview, and submit the $400 registration fee in order to be considered.


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