Year One Programs

RIT 365 is an opportunity unlike any other. It’s a chance to immerse yourself in the campus culture at RIT.

Our experiential learning opportunities and dialogue model set us apart from any other first-year course in the country. Through this immersive course experience, you’ll develop greater self-awareness and make meaningful connections that will provide a foundation for success during your time at RIT and beyond. With each experience, you’ll make a plan, reflect, receive feedback, and take one more step towards owning your RIT experience. Tigers, it’s time to launch your RIT career!

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Orientation - Liftoff!

It’s time to launch your RIT career with Liftoff! Before your RIT 365 class begins, build camaraderie with your section of fellow students and RIT 365 Facilitators through shared experiences.

RIT 365 Course

Students will encounter a series of experiential learning opportunities and facilitated dialogue, all meant to help build meaningful connections across the RIT community. RIT 365 is an opportunity to practice your creativity, communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and deepen your self-awareness.

Learn more about the RIT 365 course

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Community Engagement Experiences

After completing the RIT 365 course, you will be invited to be a part of authentic projects that have a positive impact on the community. Possibilities include service-based learning, and developing campus programs and projects.

Featured RIT 365 Experiences

RIT Libraries

RIT libraries and archives are hosting a variety of experiences for RIT 365 students to actively engage with the resources The Wallace Library provides. These experiences include an escape room, making thank-you cards on a historic printing press in the Cary Collection, uncovering the history of books dating as far back as the 16th century, bookmaking, editing Wikipedia pages, and using technology in the Deaf Studies Archive.

Learn more about RIT Libraries

RIT Baja Team

Baja SAE is a team of students who build a new off-road vehicle every year that can survive and overcome different terrains and obstacles. The vehicles are entered in competitions, being judged on the design and performance of the vehicle through numerous events ranging from static events like cost and design to dynamic events like acceleration, hill climb, and maneuverability. In the most recent racing season, RIT’s team placed 1st overall as the North American champion. RIT 365 students will observe demonstrations of workshop equipment as well as participate in a “corner swap” (physically switch out the components on a corner of a vehicle).

Learn more about the RIT Baja Team