Academic Advising

Advising is a collaborative education process whereby you and your advisors are partners in meeting essential learning outcomes, promoting your academic success, and outlining the steps for achievement of your personal, academic, and career goals.

Each student is assigned an academic adviser who provides counsel on course selection, curriculum checklists, degree progress and information on RIT services and policies. Advisors, based on their expertise, guide their engaged and responsible advisees in their educational and advising experiences.

Each student is also assigned a faculty advisor who provides research, career and graduate school guidance. Faculty advisors are experts in their academic discipline, having taught, researched and published in their scientific field.

Your advisors, both academic and faculty, are important partners in your educational journey. You can locate your advisor’s names on the “Advisors” tile in Student Information System (SIS). Click on the “details” link to find out additional information about the advisors, such as their role and email address.

To access STARFISH through SIS:

1. Navigate to
2. Click on Student Information System
3. Login using your RIT username and password
4. Click on the Starfish icon on your Student Home page

This will bring you to the Starfish My Success Network page. From here you can set up a meeting with your Academic Advisor.

From the navigation menu in the top left corner, you can navigate to your Profile, Upcoming meetings, and Dashboard.

Assistant Dean and Director of Student Advising

Academic Advisors by Program

The School of Mathematical Sciences

The School of Mathematical Sciences

The School of Chemistry and Materials Science

Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences

For Last Names (A - L)

For Last Names (M - Z)

Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences

Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences

The School of Chemistry and Materials Science

The School of Mathematical Sciences

Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences

Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science

The School of Physics and Astronomy

The Integrated Sciences Academy


Change of Program

The following documents describe the process for a change of program within the College of Science:

Petition to Participate in Commencement

The following form is to only be used for cases where a student does not meet RIT's policy D13.0 Diplomas and Degrees Certification regarding commencement participation due to extenuating circumstance(s). ** THIS IS NOT THE APPLICATION TO GRADUATE.**

University Advising Office

The University Advising Office is an excellent resource for general questions related to academic advising at RIT. If any member of the RIT community—student, faculty, or staff—needs assistance with advising related issues, the University Advising Office is a great resource. If you are unsure of who your advisor is or have general advising questions we are here to help you.

Learn more on the University Advising Office website.