What is Academic Advising?

Academic Advising is an essential part of a successful educational experience. Students and academic advisors have a shared responsibility in creating an academic advising partnership.

Our Academic Advisors will guide students through the academic curriculum and help them develop their academic plan by taking into consideration program requirements, pre-requisites, and course sequences and availability.

Students should expect their Academic Advisor to:

1) Provide accurate and timely information about their program;

2) Evaluate their progress toward completing the degree and communicate concerns regarding progress;

3) Interpret and communicate the Institute, college, and departmental policies and procedures;

4) Assist students if they experience academic difficulty;

5) Assist students with evaluating experiences and choices to help them develop life-long skills;

6) Collaborate with faculty, staff, and departments across campus to enhance their individual educational experience.

The student is expected to:

1) Meet regularly with their advisor during their RIT career, especially if issues or challenges arise (all first year and transfer students are required to meet with their academic advisor in both the fall and spring semesters of their first year);

2) Respond to outreach and communication from advisors/professors in a timely manner;

3) Take ownership of their education and make decisions based on advice from their advisor, professors, and others in their support system.

Frequent student-advisor contact is a proven factor in student success.


Faculty Advising

All undergraduate students are also assigned a faculty advisor. Students can find their assigned academic advisor via the Student Information System (SIS).  Faculty advisors are great at helping you with career plans, planning the kinds of courses to take, and general advice about academics and industry.  Students' faculty advisors answer "big picture" questions for topics, like "what should I take for my advanced electives if I want to work in field XYZ?" or "I really liked course X, where can I go deeper into that?" or "how can I get more coursework on topic ABC?" 

Students can often learn a great deal by incorporating their faculty advisor into their support structure. Sometimes students work with their formally assigned faculty advisor, and other times students gravitate towards faculty members in their particular sub-discipline(s).  Students may seek out other IGM faculty with whom they have taken a class, worked on a project, or otherwise connected with both socially and academically.  

The program coordinators and school director are also available if you need further help.