RIT’s Combined Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s Degrees are for our most highly focused, goal-oriented students. These pathways enable you to earn both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in as little as five years. That’s a full year of time, effort, and expense shaved off from what is normally a six- to seven-year journey.
Cooperative Education, or co-op, gives you the opportunity to gain meaningful work experience before you graduate. Co-op at RIT is full-time (35 hours or more), paid work experience directly related to your field of study. All engineering majors require one year of co-op experience. This is completed by alternating semesters of full-time work with semesters of academic study. Students are eligible to begin co-op after their second year of study. Students are expected to complete 4 blocks and 48 weeks of co-op and this is accomplished by 2 academic co-ops and 2 summer co-ops. If you are an accelerated scholars (dual degree) student, you will only need 3 blocks and 40 weeks of co-op.
To determine when your required co-op block is, please refer to your plan of study/flow chart and/or connect with your academic advisor.
Remember, you have a Career Services Coordinator that is assigned to your major and is available year-round to assist and advise you with the job search process and any career-related concerns. You can meet with your coordinator for personalized advising. Coordinators are here to assist you in securing a co-op position and remain available to you while you are on co-op.
Tutoring and mentoring services are available year-round. Advisors in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering, and throughout RIT, can help you with high school-college transition issues, discovering your personal learning style, and developing study skills that will optimize success in your program of study. Tutors are available for every area of study.
The L3Harris Passport for Study Abroad is administered by the WE@RIT program and funded by a gift from L3 Harris Corporation. This scholarship is for the purpose of study abroad and can be applied toward any cost with the exception of the program deposit.
Who is eligible?
Must be participating in a credit-bearing program of any length.
Preference goes to undergraduate women in KGCOE with demonstrated financial need.
To apply, simply check the box indicating your wish to be considered for study abroad scholarships during the study abroad application process.
Lee Scholars demonstrate the highest of ethical standards, embrace innovation and strive for professional excellence in their chosen fields. There is an absolute expectation that all scholarship recipients will carry forward the philanthropic spirit of the scholarship by giving back to the community through volunteering, mentoring and/or charitable gifts.
$5,000 scholarship per full-time semester
Who is eligible?
U.S. citizen or permanent resident
Full-time enrollment in an undergraduate engineering or engineering technology program
Minimum 2.8 cumulative GPA with a preference for 3.0 or higher
Demonstrated financial need, as determined by the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships
Must be within four (4) academic semesters of graduation, defined by 4th year status (year level must be related to their academic standing in their major and not credits earned) Min. 60 credits toward degree
No evidence of student misconduct
Scholarship is not automatically renewable; the scholarship may be considered for a one-year renewal based on funds available, continuing to meet the eligibility criteria, and committee approval
Recipient is required to write a note of thanks, must agree to attend Lee Scholars networking events with the Foundation and past recipients, and must agree to be featured on the Patrick P. Lee Foundation web site.
Preference will be given to students who are from a Western New York county.
Wait to receive an email from the Office of Student Services announcing that applications are being accepted.
One letter of recommendation (two are permitted)
Resume of achievements; Include a list/discuss community service, civic engagement, and/or philanthropic engagement activities in which you have participated.
One 500-word essay titled: “Why do you want to be an engineer and how do you exemplify the qualities of a Lee Scholar?”
Applications are usually open within the first few weeks of the spring semester. You will be notified by the Office of Student Services via email when applications are being accepted.