Online Student Resources

Welcome to RIT! If you haven’t done so already, be sure to review all the steps in the Accepted Online Student Checklist.

Getting Started Checklist


Accept your Offer of Admission

To accept your offer of admission, please complete the online 'Reply to Offer of Admission' form which can be found on your Admissions Application Status Page.

Accept Your Offer


Activate Your RIT Account

After you have accepted your offer of admission, be sure to follow the emailed instructions regarding how to set up your RIT computer account.

RIT Computer Account


Course Registration

To get started with the enrollment process, you’ll first need to connect with your academic department.  Your admissions counselor can make the introduction for you and can be reached through the button below.

Get Connected


View and Pay Your Bill

Gain access to eServices, an online system at RIT which provides real-time account access, online tuition payments, and grants third party access to your financial account.

Visit eServices


Confirm Your Contact Info

Keep your address and phone number current to ensure all RIT related materials reach you in a timely manner. In the event your address changes, please update your record.

Go to SIS


Update Your Student ID

All online students are required update personal identification with the Registrar by uploading a photo. Student ID cards are available for in-person pick up only.

Update Your ID


Access Your Course

You will use RIT's learning management system, myCourses, to access the syllabus, review course materials, collaborate with your classmates, and instructor.

Go to myCourses


Order Your Materials

Select and order your textbooks, course materials, and supplies online from the RIT Online Bookstore.

Information and Technology Support


RIT Computer Account Activation

If you did not create an account during the admissions process, you will receive an activation email (sent to the email address indicated on your admissions application). If you have not received the account activation email, please contact the ITS Service Desk.

Service Portal


RIT Email & Google Applications

Your RIT computer account provides access to Gmail and G Suite. Many courses will utilize various Google Apps for collaboration, and Gmail is how you will access your RIT email. All important updates from RIT and your program/courses will be sent here so check regularly.

G Suite


Information & Technology Services

Information and Technology Services (ITS) at RIT provides students with technical support for computer accounts as well as secure computing information. You can reach the ITS Service Desk by either calling (585) 475-HELP (4357) or by visiting help.rit.edu.

ITS


Minimum Computing Requirements

Each college will have its own guidelines pertaining to the requirements for computers used for coursework. It is recommended that you check with your academic advisor for more information about what requirements may exist for your specific program.

Digital Den

RIT is improving online application security by requiring multi-factor authentication when accessing applications that store sensitive data. Multi-factor authentication is a way of ensuring that only you are able to access your accounts in these applications. In addition to your username and password, multi-factor requires you to provide an additional verification step to prove it is really you accessing your account. Please visit the ITS MFA website to activate this service.

To be a successful online learner, it’s important for you to be comfortable using your computer and working on the Internet. We’ve provided a list of tasks you should be comfortable with. If the majority of the skills below are unfamiliar, consider a computing skills class to prepare you for an online course. Many libraries and computer stores offer such classes.

  • Online learning students need to have access to a computer with an Internet connection.
  • Although you may be able to access these resources on campus, at work, or through other means, we strongly recommend having your own computer and resources.
  • Be able to organize, rename, open, and close files on your hard drive
  • Be able to download and install files from the Internet or from external media
  • Perform routine maintenance on your computer such as updating anti-virus software
  • Open, compress, and uncompress ZIP archives
  • Know how to Identify your computer’s properties (operating system, storage capacity/hard drive size, and memory/RAM)
  • Understand what a web address (URL) is and be able to visit a specific web site
  • Understand links and navigating web pages
  • Use search engines such as Google, Bing or others
  • Identify the web browser and version you are using 
  • Maintain your web browser by keeping its version up-to-date
  • Enable certain features of your browser, such as Javascript and Cookies
  • Send and receive email messages
  • Attach files to an email message
  • Have access to a current word-processing program, and be able to open and run it
  • As an RIT student, you will have access to the G Suite of products including Google Docs
  • Create and format paragraphs and documents, cut and paste text, and change fonts
  • Save files in different formats such as Portable Document Format (.pdf), Text Only (.txt) or Rich Text Format (.rtf) files

Tuition Billing and Financial Aid

The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships and Student Financial Services are equipped to help you with every financial aspect of your RIT education. From financial aid deadlines to how to pay your bill, these departments are happy to answer questions and provide guidance.

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Student Financial Services (SFS)

The Office of Student Financial Services is RIT’s central billing service center for tuition, fees, and other charges incurred by students. Our goal is to provide excellent service when assisting families in managing their financial obligations to the university by offering a variety of financial services. Email notifications are sent to students and authorized payers when bills are available. Students can grant account access for parents, third parties and sponsors through www.rit.edu/eservices. Granting access ensures SFS has permission to speak with authorized users regarding your account. For step by step instructions on how to grant access, please visit rit.edu/eservices/grantaccess.

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RIT's eServices can be utilized for the following:

  • View and pay tuition statements
  • View or apply for financial aid
  • View grades and class schedule
  • Add funds to Tiger Bucks and Food Debit
  • Request payment plan
  • Set up direct deposit and request a refund

Vist eServices

Accessing Your Course

myCourses

myCourses is your central location for accessing each of your courses. This system allows instructors and students to interact and access course materials online in a secure environment. myCourses can be accessed at myCourses.rit.edu with an RIT computer account. Here are some useful guides to getting started with myCourses:

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Academic Support

If you are pursuing a degree, your academic advisor is your go-to for advice and guidance regarding your courses and plan of study.

It is recommended that you check with your academic advisor prior to enrollment to ensure you are following your plan of study. All enrollment will take place in the Student Information System (SIS) during your enrollment appointment which is assigned based on your year level at RIT. For more information about using SIS, please visit the Student Training Materials site or check with your advisor. There are easy steps to complete your enrollment process: 

  1. Check Enrollment Appointments & Holds – Log in to SIS and check what time your enrollment appointment is scheduled. Check for academic or financial holds—holds on your account may prevent you from enrolling. You may not be able to remove holds instantaneously, so take action to resolve them in the weeks before your enrollment appointment.
  2. Plan Ahead with Your Shopping Cart – Use the class search to find classes. If you are unsure of the course subject code, click select subject and sort by college using the Academic Group dropdown menu. Add classes to your shopping cart and create back-up plans in case your first choices fill up. Click “Validate” to make sure you meet the requisites and don’t have conflicts.
  3. Check-In & Double-Check – If you have questions about which classes to enroll in, check-in with your advisor to make sure you are on the right track. Then make sure to double check your shopping cart closer to the time of your enrollment appointment to ensure no classes have closed. If a class is full you may have an opportunity to wait-list the class.
  4. Enroll In Classes – When your shopping cart is complete and your enrollment appointment begins, click “enrollment shopping cart,” select the appropriate term, check the box for the classes you would like to take, and click “enroll.”

You may change your schedule through the end of the Add/Drop period which takes place during the first few days of the academic term – please consult the official RIT Calendar for specific dates. During this period, you can modify your schedule by either adding or dropping courses online via SIS, with your department, or through the Registrar’s Office. When you drop a class during this time frame there is no record kept.

Once the Add/Drop period ends, a student may withdraw from a course online through SIS. Before withdrawing from a course, students are encouraged to discuss their performance or concerns with their instructor and academic advisor to determine any academic or financial implications. Once a student completes the withdrawal process, a grade of “W” is assigned to that course, and the withdrawal becomes part of the student’s transcript.

Through RIT Libraries, dedicated subject librarians are also available to provide assistance with student research. The Library provides access to many resources, including print materials, ebooks, journals, databases and multimedia materials. 

Many subject level resource guides are available to help you get started and are located at the library’s guide page: infoguides.rit.edu. Discover unique collections and treasures of the past in the RIT Archives and Cary Graphic Arts Collection. Some of these materials are digital collections while others must be viewed on site. The RIT Libraries online resources are always available. In addition to individual librarian contacts, the reference desk can be reached via the RIT Library website.

RIT Policies and Procedures

As a student and member of the RIT community, it is important to understand your student rights. RIT’s Student Rights and Responsibilities outlines your obligations and expectations as a member of our community.

Students and student organizations are expected to conduct themselves in ways that support the university’s mission. All Students are expected to comply with this Student Code from the time of admission through the separation from the university. This includes students on co-op and students not officially enrolled during a particular term, but who have a continuing relationship with the university.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. It reads: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” Additional laws prohibit sex discrimination in education on the basis of sex, as well as dating violence, domestic violence and stalking. This Student Gender-Based and Sexual Misconduct Policy is RIT’s Student Title IX Policy. RIT’s Student Title IX Policy applies whenever any allegation of sex discrimination is made by or against an RIT student. This policy applies equally regardless of an individual’s sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression.

The computing, network, and information resources of RIT are intended to support the mission of teaching, scholarly activity, and service for the University’s students, faculty and staff. Appropriate use of computing and networking facilities by members of RIT’s academic community should always reflect academic honesty and good judgment in the utilization of shared resources, and observe the ethical and legal guidelines of society.

As members of an academic community, both students and faculty share responsibility for maintaining high standards of personal and professional integrity. This policy outlines the procedures for resolving allegations of a breach in student academic integrity.

RIT Resources

The mission of the Academic Success Center at RIT is to assist and empower students to achieve academic success. This is accomplished by providing quality resources and staff to meet student needs. The ASC's academic coaching; individual tutoring; workshops; and presentations assist students to develop the necessary skills to achieve their academic goals. To accomplish this goal the ASC seeks to empower students by assisting them in developing the skills and confidence necessary to succeed in an academic environment.

NTID’s Department of Access Services provides interpreting and real-time captioning services to the RIT community. Our goal is to provide the highest possible quality of access to communication.

Access services enable more than 650 deaf and hard-of-hearing RIT students to register and fully participate in roughly 23,000 credit hours annually in more than 200 highly competitive academic programs. Deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing students alike use access services to communicate with each other in a variety of extra-curricular activities associated with student clubs and organizations, entertainment and sports events, and RIT programs and services.

Undergraduate and graduate students, as well as alumni, are supported through their career development and job search success. We also provide tremendous support to our employer partners for their recruitment needs through lifelong virtual job search coaching, online resources and webinars, and a curated online database of program-related job postings and recruiting events.

The Disability Services Office is dedicated to facilitating equitable access to the full RIT experience for students with disabilities. We value disability as diversity and work in collaboration with campus partners to foster a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive campus community.

The information below regarding educational records is only a summary taken from the Institute Policies and Procedures Manual.

RIT complies with the Family Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, which governs access and release of information from student educational records. This statute, in part, permits students to inspect their educational records upon request, provides the opportunity to seek amendment to such records, and requires student consent prior to disclosure of non-directory information.

Any student who does not want all or part of his/her directory information disclosed must inform the Office of the Registrar to this effect in writing and such information concerning that student will not be released to anyone after receipt of the notice.

All students (including online students) must provide valid proof of full COVID-19 vaccination with an RIT-approved vaccine. Visit Student Health Immunizations for information regarding RIT immunization requirements. Please contact the Student Health Center at 585-475-2255 or studenthealth@rit.edu with questions. Additional information is available on the Student Health website.

The Office of the Registrar maintains the official academic records for current and former students. The office publishes an online registration guide; coordinates registration; issues ID cards; schedules classrooms; produces the final exam schedule; handles all corrections to student data; verifies enrollment and degrees; processes transcript requests; and prepares and mails diplomas.

The Online Writing Commons at RIT is a collection of resources for interested students and faculty looking to improve their writing, reading, researching, and revising processes. Many of the resources on this page are maintained by RIT Libraries and the Wallace Center.

Some instructors may require proctoring services for exams. If your instructor chooses to do so, they will provide you with instructions to ensure you meet the proctoring requirements. If there are any fees related to proctoring, your instructor will make this information available at the beginning of your class.

The official academic calendar for RIT is located online at: https://www.rit.edu/calendar.

Your RIT University ID Card, as proof of student status, may provide you access to local discounts and/or reduced admission fees available to students. Online students who are interested in having a RIT student ID card can contact the Registrar’s Office.

Submit Your High School Transcripts & AP Scores - Contact the College Board at collegeboard.com to request your AP scores.

Send all documents to: RIT Undergraduate Admissions, 60 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623-5604

You will be notified if you are required to take the Math Placement Exam; not all students are required to take this exam, so if you are not notified you do not have to take the exam. This exam is available online from May 15 through the month of June only. 

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is technology that is used to secure transmissions that travel across the open Internet.

RIT's VPN client lets you securely connect to the RIT campus network when you are not on campus but connected to a working internet connection.. An encrypted VPN tunnel will allow you to securely communicate with the RIT network. With our VPN service, your traffic is encrypted between RIT and your computer at home or another remote location.

Please note there may be restrictions on your use of RIT's VPN based on your country of residence.