Academic Advising

Every student in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering is assigned two advisors to support their academic success. Professional Academic Advisors are the first point of contact for issues related to course registration, support services, and degree certification. For more information about the undergraduate academic advising program at RIT please view this short video: University Advising Office Overview. Students are also assigned a faculty advisor within their home department that is available to provide students with advice about their careers and professional development within their major.

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Faculty advisors

Each student is assigned a faculty adviser within their first or second year. These advisors work in coordinating with academic advisors and focus on the following objectives:

  • Providing program- or discipline-specific guidance and support, as well as advising relevant to career growth, each respective professional field, and specialized aspects of academic program curriculum as needed.
  • Providing students with perspectives on research opportunities and work environment(s).
  • Collaborate and share curricular and student information with professional advisors to ensure seamless support of students
  • Partnering with academic advisors around student issues related to RIT policies and the implications of non-academic factors/decisions/influences on specific students.

Your adviser is available during office hours, which are set at the beginning of each semester. You may also call or e-mail your adviser to make an appointment to see him/her at a mutually convenient time. See your adviser before registering for courses to be sure you are on the right track. If you experience any problems related to your course work, remember that the best time to see your adviser is before problems get too big so that you have time to understand the options available to you and you can make a well-thought out decision on a course of action to solve any issues that arise.  

Frequently Asked Questions

To schedule an appointment, please check your advisor’s availability on Starfish by following these instructions:

  • Go to SIS or MyCourses
  • Click on the Starfish icon
  • Login
  • Click “My Success Network” > Find your academic advisor > Click “Schedule Appointment”
  • Plan and attend regular appointments and group advising with your advisor each semester or as needed
  • Come prepared for your advising appointments (ex: bring your flowchart or five- year plan)
  • Check your progress through your Academic Advising Report (AAR) on SIS
  • Clarify personal values and goals
  • Become knowledgeable about university programs, policies, and procedures
  • Complete all “to-do’s” recommended by your advisor
  • Speak up when you have a concern or if you have questions
  • Read and respond to RIT emails in a timely manner
  • Take responsibility for exploring career options by speaking with faculty, career services, and other available resources
  • Seek opportunities that are consistent with your areas of interest

Take ownership of how your decisions and actions impact your educational progress.

  • Remain accessible and responsive to advisees
  • Communicate university policies and procedures
  • Help students define and develop realistic goals both in the short and long term
  • Match students’ needs with available resources and make appropriate referrals
  • Assist students with planning paths that are consistent with their abilities’ and interests
  • Educate advisees about the major (s) and/or career field (s) they are interested in pursuing, or direct students to appropriate resources
  • Monitor and support students’ academic progress
  • Keep students informed of curriculum requirements, including any changes that occur

RIT complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). Parents or other relevant parties will only be given access to your educational records if you have provided written consent. Your advisor will encourage your parents/guardians to speak with you directly instead, if possible. For more information regarding FERPA, please visit

University Advising Office

The University Advising Office is an excellent resource for general questions related to academic advising at RIT. If any member of the RIT community--student, faculty, or staff--needs assistance with advising related issues, the University Advising Office is a great resource. If you are unsure of who your advisor is or have general advising questions we are here to help you.

Learn more on the University Advising Office website.