Parent Polls

Current Poll

What is your biggest concern regarding your student’s upcoming year at RIT?

  • Academics 9%
  • Career/co-op planning 4%
  • Finances 11%
  • Involvement opportunities 9%
  • Mental health/wellness 24%
  • Physical health 0%
  • Roommate or housing issue 6%
  • Safety 1%
  • Time management/study skills 35%

Previous Polls

Would you be supportive of your student joining a fraternity or sorority during their time at RIT?

  • Yes 33%
  • No 33%
  • Unsure, I need more information 28%
  • My student is already involved in a fraternity or sorority 6%

During this academic year, on what topic did you personally contact RIT?

  • Academics 4%
  • Billing 16%
  • Career/co-op planning 2%
  • Financial aid 19%
  • Involvement opportunities 1%
  • Mental health/wellness 3%
  • Physical health 2%
  • Roommate or housing concern 5%
  • Safety 0%
  • Time management/study skills 1%
  • I did not contact RIT 47%

How likely do you think it is that your student will live at home, at least for a while, after graduation?

  • I'm sure of it 10%
  • Very likely 22%
  • Somewhat likely 47%
  • Not a chance 21%

For what life skill does your student currently need the most guidance?

  • Cooking 12%
  • Financial management 18%
  • Health/wellness management 11%
  • Home maintenance 10%
  • Organizational skills 7%
  • Relationship/social skills 20%
  • Street smarts 12%
  • Time management 10%

How important is it to you that your student gets volunteer or service experience while in college?

  • Very important 29%
  • Somewhat important 48%
  • Not at all important 23%

What does your student primarily do for self-care?

  • Cook 10%
  • Exercise 22%
  • Meditate 0%
  • Play video games 31%
  • Read for fun 3%
  • Spend time with friends 24%
  • Work on a hobby/passion 10%
  • Write/journal 0%

Does your student have a job?

  • Yes, on campus 29%
  • Yes, off campus 12%
  • Yes, both on and off campus 3%
  • No, but they are looking 14%
  • No, my student doesn’t work during the semester 43%

After your student receives an undergraduate degree, do you expect them to attend a graduate program?

  • Yes, right away 25%
  • Yes, within a year or two 17%
  • Maybe someday 24%
  • No 17%
  • I don't know 16%

Who typically initiates communication between you and your student?

  • Mostly me 40%
  • Mostly my student 6%
  • We're pretty equal 54%

Have you asked this semester if your student’s budget is still on track?

  • Yes, we talked and they are on track 46%
  • Yes, we talked and adjustments are needed 10%
  • No, but I plan to 7%
  • No, it's my student's responsibility 23%
  • My student doesn't have a budget 14%

Has your student downloaded the TigerSafe app?

  • Yes 22%
  • No 5%
  • I don't know 61%
  • What is the TigerSafe app? 12%

When your student was choosing a major, what information was most important?

  • Interest in the subject 73%
  • Career possibilities 24%
  • Potential salary in the field 2%
  • How it fit with graduate school plans 1%
  • How easy or difficult the subject matter is 0%

How is your student spending the summer?

  • Working a summer job 45%
  • Working a co-op/internship 26%
  • Taking classes 12%
  • Studying abroad/traveling 1%
  • Relaxing 13%
  • Preparing to begin RIT as an incoming student 3%

During this academic year, on what topic did you personally contact RIT?

  • Academics 4%
  • Billing 17%
  • Career/co-op planning 2%
  • Financial aid 17%
  • Involvement opportunity 1%
  • Mental health/wellness 3%
  • Physical health 1%
  • Roommate or housing concern 5%
  • Safety 1%
  • Time management/study skills 0%
  • I did not contact RIT 49%

How much influence do you think you, as a parent, should have on your student’s career choice?

  • A lot 2%
  • Some 28%
  • A little 50%
  • None 20%

What topic is most difficult for you to discuss with your student?

  • Academics 8%
  • Career/co-op 13%
  • Finances 4%
  • Mental health/wellness 18%
  • Physical health 5%
  • Sex 28%
  • Religion/spirituality 3%
  • Romantic relationships 20%
  • Safety 1%

Has your student joined a club/organization on campus?

  • Yes, several 14%
  • Yes, one or two 48%
  • No 32%
  • I don't know 6%

What is the primary thing you look for when visiting the RIT parent website? (www.rit.edu/parents)

  • Communications or contact information 14%
  • Information about FERPA/parent access 1%
  • Resources to support my student’s academic life 8%
  • Resources to support my student’s social life 5%
  • Information about financial aid/bill pay 13%
  • Information about health and safety on campus 12%
  • Campus event information 12%
  • The Parent Poll 8%
  • I don't use the parent website 27%

What are you most concerned about regarding your student’s religious/spiritual life?

  • Not fitting in/feeling welcomed 5%
  • Losing touch with their community 13%
  • Conflicts between schedules and religious observances 2%
  • Not being able to meet religious obligations 3%
  • Being discriminated against/hearing offensive statements 3%
  • Feeling pressured to change their beliefs 5%
  • Being left out of services or events due to their hearing status 0%
  • I'm not worried about anything 68%

When your student has academic concerns, who is typically their first point of contact?

  • Academic advisor 24%
  • Classmate/friend 13%
  • Parent 15%
  • Professor 27%
  • Other RIT staff/office 1%
  • I don't know 19%

For what life skill does your student currently need the most guidance?

  • Cooking 14%
  • Financial management 17%
  • Health/wellness management 9%
  • Home maintenance 10%
  • Organizational skills 8%
  • Relationship/social skills 18%
  • Street smarts 12%
  • Time management 13%

What is your primary source for information about RIT?

  • My student 21%
  • RIT Parent Newsletter 42%
  • RIT Parent website/social media 25%
  • RIT main website/social media 10%
  • Other 2%

Where or how will your student vote on November 3?

  • An absentee ballot from their home precinct 65%
  • In person in their home precinct 10%
  • In an RIT-area precinct 3%
  • Not sure 17%
  • My student doesn't plan to vote 5%

What is your greatest health concern for your student?

  • Anxiety 22%
  • Chronic illness 2%
  • Depression 8%
  • GI or stomach infections 1%
  • Headaches/migraines 3%
  • Nutrition concerns 5%
  • Sexually transmitted infections 0%
  • Sleep issues 5%
  • Stress 26%
  • Upper respiratory infections 8%
  • None 12%
  • COVID-19 7%