Academic Success

There are a number of services and resources available to support your student in their journey to academic success at RIT.

Parent Tips and Conversation Starters

It is your student’s responsibility to reach out for help when they are struggling or need encouragement and direction. As a parent, you can support your student academically by helping them identify the root of the issues, pointing them to resources, and helping them develop questions to ask when they reach out.


  • Ask open-ended questions to help your student get at the root of their academic concerns.
  • Your student’s academic advisor is a great place for them to start with questions.
  • Encourage your student to take advantage of their professors’ office hours.
  • Often times it is not the subject area that is a barrier, but time management and study skills.
  • Some colleges and departments offer additional support such as tutoring in specialized courses or mentoring programs.

Conversation starters

  • What is your favorite class this semester and why?
  • When was the last time you connected with your academic advisor? What did you talk about?
  • Where do you prefer to study on campus?
  • What types of feedback have you been getting about your coursework?
  • What support resources have you used on campus?

Academic Resources

At RIT, students have access to a number of resources, tools, and services to support them in achieving academic success. Here are some of the primary academic support resources:

Academic Success Center

The Academic Success Center offers a number of programs and services that assist and empower students to achieve academic success including individual and group instruction, tutoring, content-specific support in math and physics, peer to peer learning, and online content.

College Restoration Program

College Restoration Program is an intensive, one-semester academic intervention program for students facing academic suspension or probation. Students must be referred to CRP through their academic departments.

Department of Access Services

The Department of Access Services provides accessible education for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Services include interpreting, note taking, and captioning services.

Disability Services Office

The Disability Services Office supports all RIT students who identify as having a permanent or temporary disability. Students need to request academic accommodations each semester through this office.

Multicultural Center for Academic Success

The Multicultural Center for Academic Success supports the cultural and academic needs of the African American, Latino American, and Native American student populations, as well as other multicultural populations, through a variety of services and programming.

Ombuds Office

The Ombuds Office provides confidential and neutral assistance to students, faculty, and staff who have concerns affecting their studies or work. The Ombuds Office listens, offers information about policies and procedures, and helps people examine options for resolving concerns.

RIT Libraries

Students can check out books, reserve a study room, borrow a laptop, get help with research, and much more with the RIT Libraries. Each college has a subject librarian to assist students with questions specific to their field.

University Advising Office

The University Advising Office coordinates undergraduate advising at the university as well as targeted student success initiatives.

University Writing Center

The Writing Center provides both individualized and group feedback and guidance on academic and professional writing at any stage of the writing process.

The Academic Support page has more information on these resources and others directed to specific populations, including the Higher Education Opportunity Program, McNair Scholars Program, Native American Future Stewards Program, and Spectrum Support Program.