Graduate Orientation

Letter from IGM Director 

Welcome new students to the School of Interactive Games and Media (IGM) within the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences (GCCIS). The faculty and staff in IGM are looking forward to working with you during your graduate study 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.

To start your career at RIT off on the right foot we encourage you to visit the Office of Graduate Studies ( Their program is separate from the New Student Orientation program for undergraduate students.

We will continue to provide just in time communication to incoming students on this page. Also, please consider following us on Facebook ( and Twitter (@IGMRIT) to stay connected with the latest IGM related news and events. Finally, please check your RIT email account for future correspondence from IGM. If you have trouble accessing your email account, contact Information & Technology Services (ITS) at or 585-475-4357.

Additional information about getting prepared for your first semester at RIT is below. You can also call our main office at 585-475-2763 if you have additional questions.

We look forward to meeting you in the fall!

With Best Wishes,

David I. Schwartz
Director and Associate Professor
School of Interactive Games and Media


Graduate Program Staff

  • Dr. Jessica Bayliss, Associate Director of IGM and Associate Professor


Office Phone Number: 585-475-2507

Office Location: GOL-2153



  • Jill Bray, Administrative Assistant to the Director



Office Phone Number: 585-475-7657

Office Location: GOL-2161



Orientation Week Information

Keep your eyes peeled for more information regarding RIT’s New Graduate Student/ International Student Services Orientation, which centers around all incoming first year graduate students on campus. You will receive emails and/or hard copy communication from the Office of Graduate Education or from the International Student Services Office, with further details.


Office of Graduate Education website:

International Student Services website:

Please note: for domestic MS GDD students, some of the information found on the International Student Services websites is pertinent to your academic career too! Please take a look around at the provided links.

Move In Day

Date: Saturday, August 19, 2017

Arrival Details and How You Can Prepare:


International Student Services Orientation Information

Please refer to the following link for updated details:


School of IGM Orientation Details

Date: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Location: Golisano Hall; Room #1610 (aka GOL-1610…you will see as GOL on RIT campus maps)

Timing is as follows:

10:00 – 11:00 am: Graduate Assistants ONLY

11:00 am – 12:00 pm: All new MS GDD students ONLY (including Graduate Assistants) for an introduction to the School of IGM

12:00 – 2:00 pm: All new BS/MS and MS GDD students for an introduction to faculty and a catered lunch

2:00 – 2:30 pm: tour of facilities


Summer Checklist for First Year Graduate Students 

Things to do before arriving at RIT:


Employment Opportunities and Co-op Experience 

Employment Opportunities at RIT: 


  • Student Employment Office (SEO):

  • School of Interactive Games and Media Labbie or TA: The school hires both lab workers and teaching assistants to work roughly 10-20 hours a week.

    • Contact Ann Warren ( to fill out an application for the next semester

  • Co-op / Internship: students can work over the summer as part of their education (this counts as CPT for international students). This has to be registered at RIT through the Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education.


Technical Resources


We know that you are anxious to get a jump start on preparing for RIT. The number one question we receive regarding technical needs is: What PC/Laptop/Tablet do we recommend for purchase to an incoming student?

The answer is that we do not recommend that incoming students of any level 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!). Additionally, current students sometimes receive educational discounts that they would not obtain prior to their arrival at RIT.

For more information about the technical resources available to IGM students: & Tech Sheet PDF (215 KB)


Additional RIT Resources


Office of Graduate Education:

Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships:

RIT Center for Campus Life:

Off-Campus Housing Information:

International Student Services:

Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education:

Office of Graduate Admission and Part-Time Enrollment: