Incoming program enrolled students are paired with a trained Coach who provides weekly transitional support as students navigate their first year at RIT.  Coaches work with students to support the development of skills and confidence in advocating with professors, negotiating the residential experience, utilizing RIT resources, engaging with extracurricular clubs and events, navigating new and challenging situations, and working toward academic and social goals.

First year students needing additional support can meet twice weekly with a Coach who, in addition to providing transitional support, will assist with exploring strategies related to organizing and prioritizing academic tasks, monitoring academic progress, utilizing academic resources, and planning for academic success. 

Coaches provide individualized coaching to continuing students (2nd year and beyond) for ongoing guidance toward academic, social and career related goals.

During regular business hours, SSP staff are available to program enrolled students for drop-in coaching and support.

Cross Campus Collaboration and Referral

SSP staff work with program enrolled students and cross campus partners to facilitate the connection to appropriate resources, make targeted referrals, and provide follow-up support.

Cross campus partners include:

  • Academic Advising
  • Residence Life
  • Disability Services Office
  • Office of Cooperative Education and Career Services
  • Academic Support Center
  • Counseling and Psychological Services.....and more


Customized Seminar Courses

Unique seminar courses are taught in collaboration wtih the Career Services Office and deliver critical skill development and support for SSP participants, primarily focused on meeting cooperative education requirements and transitioning to employment experiences. 

Fall 2018:  Intro to Career Success

Spring 2019:  Career Success Lab 

Sponsored Social Events

Program participants are invited to attend organized events sponsored by the Spectrum Support Program.  Past events include weekly Community Meet-Up, Friday dinner meet-ups and game nights.

Early Move-In and Specialized Programming  for Freshman

Incoming students qualify for early move-in (the Monday prior to standard freshman move-in) and specialized programming in the days before as well as during New Student Orientation.