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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ Plus IconWhat is YearOne?

The YearOne class serves as an interdisciplinary catalyst for first-year students to access campus resources, services and opportunities that promote self-knowledge, leadership development, social responsibility and life skills awareness and application. YearOne is also designed to challenge and encourage first-year students to get to know one another, build friendships and help them become an integral part of the campus community. Research and evidence on courses like YearOne, coupled with intentional programmatic efforts, have demonstrated success in helping first-year students make a smooth transition to college, feel connected to the institution and feel supported in their curricular and co-curricular endeavors.

YearOne includes a "coaching" component that enables students to meet individually with their instructor to discuss a variety of transition issues including academic and personal success, social involvement and connection to the community, and resources and services at RIT. Students are expected to attend one half hour meeting with their instructor over the course of the first term.

Course Map

FAQ Plus IconWhat kind of topics will YearOne cover?

YearOne will have a core curriculum of transitional topics such as: balancing social and academic demands and pressures; adjusting to living away from home while transitioning to being on one's own; and developing and/or discovering one's likes, interests, and preferences. YearOne will also address the development of critical thinking skills, communication & collaboration that are core competencies for students’ academic and professional enhancements.

FAQ Plus IconIs there Course Credit for YearOne?

No. YearOne is required and non-credit-bearing component of RIT's first-year students' experience. Students will either receive a Satisfactory (S) or Fail (F). Students will be able to change their grade by repeating the course through independent study.


FAQ Plus IconWhat role will YearOne Peer Advisors have?

YearOne Peer Advisors are all current RIT students who are actively engaged in campus and academic life on campus, and understand both the excitement and the trepidation that comes with the college transition. Peer Advisors are an integral part of the course and are carefully chosen; they are successful and personable undergraduates and are highly motivated to help first-year students to:

  • meet other students,
  • find new ways to anticipate and solve typical first year problems,
  • gather information about and be aware of university sponsored academic and social activities,
  • become acquainted with the university.