K-12 Campus Visits

RIT K-12 facilitates non-admissions campus experiences for K-12 schools and youth organizations. 

 

  Plan a K-12 Campus Experience at RIT

Each year, RIT's K-12 University Center hosts more than 2,000 youth for on-campus experiences. Our goal is to provide the opportunity for early college exposure, to have youth engage with near peers (college students who they can relate to) in order to nurture a sense of connection and belonging, and to create hands-on experiences. K-12 campus visits inspire! We want young visitors to see a future for themselves in higher education. If they can see it, they can dream it and be it. 

RIT K-12 regularly plans and facilitates campus experiences for K-12 schools (even kindergarteners!), youth organizations (scout troops, community organizations, etc.), and special interest groups (student clubs, early career focused groups, etc.). We seek to engage RIT students, faculty, and staff in the visits whenever possible. Visits are tailored to meet the needs and interests of the group. Offerings may include: a customized campus tour, hands-on activities around topics of interest, a panel of current RIT students, engagement with a department or facility of interest, large group speakers, lunch in the dining hall, etc. 

There are no costs for a customized campus experience arranged by RIT K-12. Groups are responsible for providing their own transportation and meals. In some cases when an intensive hands-on activity is planned, there may be an affiliated supply cost. When possible, RIT K-12 leverages grant and donor funding to maximize opportunities for youth and ensure that RIT campus experiences can be available to all.   

  Get Started

Get started in planning your group's campus visit to RIT by emailing kidsoncampus@rit.edu. Note that we can also arrange for virtual experiences and may be able to arrange for RIT to participate in your in-school event (science day, career day, etc.) - unfortunately our availability is limited to the Rochester region. 

  Identify Your Goal

The first step in planning your experience is understanding your goal for the day. Why are you choosing to bring your students to RIT? Is the goal general college exposure or are there other specific intentions for the visit? Is the visit intended to meet a specific requirement or your school or program? 

  Important Information

When contacting RIT K-12 to initiate planning, please provide: name of your organization, size of your group (we have hosted groups ranging from 4 students to 400!), potential dates and time frame for the visit, your big picture goal, ideas for the things you would like to do (activities, lunch on campus, etc.), and any special needs. Someone from RIT K-12 will contact you to confirm our availability and to move forward with planning. The development of your group's campus experience will be a collaborative process. Please do not assume that your experience is booked until it is officially confirmed by the RIT K-12 office. 

  Your Responsibilities

As a reminder, transportation and meal costs (including dining hall) are the responsibility of the visiting K-12 group. Groups are expected to bring an appropriate number of active chaperones. Chaperones will be responsible for classroom management during the experience and should plan to be active throughout. Youth (and their parents/guardians) will be required to complete an RIT release prior to the visit. A list of names of the attending youth and chaperones must be provided. 

   Covid-19 Mitigation Policies

Campus visitors must follow current guidelines and policies provided on the RIT Ready webpage. These may include mask and/or vaccine requirements and may be dependent on the size of the group visiting campus and the duration of the visit. Changes to RIT policies can happen at any time. 

Kraig Farrell
Director, Kids on Campus