Pre-Baccalaureate Studies in Liberal Studies


The pre-baccalaureate studies program is available to students who are accepted by NTID and are close to, but not fully ready for, direct entry into a baccalaureate-level program through one of the other colleges of RIT. It is a bridge program for qualified students, based on academic transcripts, scores on admissions tests, and other evidence that supports a reasonable expectation of success in baccalaureate course work. Qualified students who are undecided as to a program of study may choose the career exploration studies program.

Enrollment in the pre-baccalaureate studies program is appropriate for students who need to further develop mathematics, English, or discipline-related skills. The academic program is flexible and individualized and allows students to focus on needed skills while concurrently progressing toward their chosen field of study. Students may take courses taught by NTID faculty, as well as entry-level courses taught in other RIT colleges. While in the program, students receive academic advising as well as career counseling.

Students cannot receive a degree in pre-baccalaureate studies. Rather, they will apply for admission into a baccalaureate program as soon as they are academically ready and the college offering their chosen baccalaureate program reviews their application for admission. After completing an entire academic year in the program, a student must transfer to a degree-granting program in NTID or one of the other colleges of RIT.

Curriculum for Pre-Baccalaureate Studies in Liberal Studies

Pre-baccalaureate Studies, Liberal Studies, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
Freshman Seminar
The course provides entering NTID students with opportunities to develop/enhance academic skills, personal awareness, and community involvement in order to maximize their college experience. Students have opportunities to explore and navigate the college environment, develop/reinforce academic skills and participate in service learning opportunities. Students are encouraged to establish meaningful connections with faculty, staff and peers. The course promotes the development of plans for ongoing growth and involvement in class and in the RIT/NTID and/or broader community. Students must pass this course to earn an associates degree. (NTID Supported Students.) Lec/Lab 2 (Fall, Spring).
First Year Major Courses
General Education Courses*
Mathematics or Science Course‡
NTID Humanities or Social Science Courses§
Pre-Baccalaureate Courses†
Total Semester Credit Hours

* Please see the NTID General Education Curriculum (GE) for more information. Depending on placement, the writing sequence may begin with Critical Reading and Writing (UWRT-100) or a First Year Writing course, such as FYW: Writing Seminar (UWRT-150). Students should also choose a course that satisfies one of the RIT General Education Perspectives: ethical, artistic, global, or social.

† Pre-baccalaureate courses strengthen students’ skills in critical thinking, learning strategies, and specific discipline areas.

‡ Students may choose one of the following: NMTH-210, NMTH-250, NMTH-260, or a science course numbered NSCI-250 or higher.

§ Students may choose one of the following: any communication studies course numbered NCOM-201 or higher, or any humanities and social sciences course numbered NHSS-260 or higher.

Admission Requirements

Specific English, and Mathematics Requirements and other Recommendations

Students entering pre-baccalaureate studies in liberal studies will typically be required to have:

  • English: Placement into Critical Reading and Writing (UWRT-100)
  • Mathematics: Placement into the NTID Advanced Mathematics (NMTH-275) course or higher
  • ACT (optional): The ACT middle 50% composite score is 18-21 with a reading score of 20 and all other skill area scores of 18 or higher.

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