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Academic Enrichment

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Accelerated degree programs, Honors Program, more than 80 minors … these are prominent among many opportunities to enrich and expand your undergraduate experience.

University Services CenterThe University Services Center is only the second LEED Platinum certified college or university facility in New York state. The building’s centerpiece is the circular, glass-enclosed Center for Student Innovation, which serves as a showcase for innovative, multi-disciplinary projects and activities.


Students pursuing a bachelor’s degree have the option of completing a minor—a set of five or more related courses. A minor can complement your major, help you develop another area of professional expertise, or enable you to pursue an area of personal interest. Completion of one of RIT’s more than 80 minors is formally designated on your baccalaureate transcript, which serves to highlight your accomplishment to employers and graduate schools. For the most recent list of minors, please visit


As a part of their bachelor’s degree requirements, students must complete an immersion—a concentration of three courses in a particular area. These upper-level courses are used to meet RIT’s general education requirements and provide you with course work in a specialized area that can enhance and complement your major or allow you to explore a personal interest. For the most recent list of immersions, please visit

Accelerated dual-degree programs

If you’re looking for a way to distinguish yourself from the crowd, you may want to combine undergraduate and graduate studies in accelerated options such as BS/MS, BS/ME, or 4+1 MBA degree programs. These accelerated dual-degree programs allow you to earn both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in less time than it would normally take to complete each degree separately. Most accelerated programs require students to complete freshman and sophomore course work at RIT before being considered for entry into the program.

Honors Program

The Honors Program admits approximately 150 entering freshmen each year. The Honors Program features several distinctive and complementary components:

  • Honors courses
  • Research and professional development
  • Complementary learning experiences (annual volunteering and community service projects)
  • Honors advising and mentoring
  • Honors residence

Outstanding upperclass students who have distinguished themselves academically and as contributing members of the campus community also may apply for sophomore or junior admission to the Honors Program after enrolling at RIT.

Innovation and entrepreneurship—a university-wide initiative

RIT has long been a center for innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship. The range of activities is extensive and includes: