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Welcome to the Information Sciences and Technologies (IST) orientation website! We are very excited for you to join the IST community. Throughout this site you will find an explanation of advising resources available to students in our degree programs, details regarding incoming credit, and departmental contact information. Use them as a guide to help you transition into life in the IST department.

Please follow the links at the right (desktop) or top (mobile) depending on whether you are an incoming freshman, transfer, or graduate student.

We look forward to meeting you in the Fall!

Incoming Freshmen & Transfer Students

New Student Orientation 2018

New Student Orientation is a week-long event, from August 21-25, that helps freshman students acclimate to college life. Fall classes begin on Monday August 27, the Monday after orientation. One day of that week will be devoted to you learning about the Information Sciences and Technologies department. You'll meet your academic advisor, faculty, and a few current students. All will be available to answer any questions you may have about life in our department. A specific schedule of the orientation week will be available by mid-June on the RIT orientation website.

Mathematics Placement Exam (MPE - ALEKS)

You will be required to take an online Math Placement Exam (MPE) May 15th - June 30th, 2018, so we can enroll you in the correct math course. You will be placed according to your MPE score, but qualifying AP credit can override MPE scores to some extent. For more information about the exam, visit the MPE website.

Writing Placement Exam (WPE)

All students are required to complete a First Year Writing course. Depending on your scores on the ACT, SAT Verbal exams, SAT or ACT Written exams, you may be required to take the WPE exam to ensure proper placement in an introductory writing course.

If required, you will be notified by your academic advisor.

For more information about the WPE, visit the WPE website.

Advanced Placement and Transfer Credits

RIT accepts a large number of Advanced Placement exam credits. A specific breakdown of each exam and how it transfers can be found on this [Coming Soon].

Advisors evaluate and apply valid AP and transfer credit to individual student worksheets. This credit should also show on the Student Information System (SIS) for your review. If you have not already done so, please submit your official AP scores and/or transcripts to RIT Undergraduate Admissions so we can ensure proper placement in fall courses.

Enrollment for Fall Semester

The IST department will enroll all incoming IST Undergraduate students for required fall courses in July. Typically students are registered for 2 IST courses, 1 Math course, 2 General Education/Liberal Arts courses, and the required Year One course.

Students should be registered for full-time status, which is a minimum of 12 credits; however, most students will be registered for 15-18 credits.

Requests for schedule changes will be evaluated on Academic Day during Orientation. Please note, there is very limited flexibility for schedule changes.

TO DO: If you are a student athlete, ROTC or NTID, please contact your assigned advisor to notify them of your schedule limitations.

Academic Advising

In the Information Sciences and Technologies department, academic advising is primarily provided by professional academic advisors. You are assigned an advisor based on your major.

Computing and Information Technology: Betty Hillman Betty.Hillman@rit.edu

Human-Centered Computing: Betty Hillman Betty.Hillman@rit.edu

Web and Mobile Computing: Jeff Spain Jeff.Spain@rit.edu

For more information, see the Academic Advising section below.

Graduate Students

Graduate Orientation

The Graduate Orientation session will take place on Tuesday August 21 2018, 9:00am-10:30am in Golisano 1435. Professor Qi Yu, Graduate Program Director, will introduce students to faculty and staff of the department, review program requirements, and answer any questions. Students will then be split into degree program groups for a session with the lead faculty for that program. Following this event, students will receive access information to review 7 IST Orientation Modules, to be completed online. Light refreshments will be served. We look forward to seeing you on the 21st!

There is also a mandatory Academic Integrity Workshop that all students have to attend on Thursday, August 23rd from 1:00pm-3:00pm in GOL-1400.

Graduate Course Enrollment and Bridge Course Placement Exams

All incoming graduate students will be enrolled in their fall courses by the IST department. Course placements are determined by your documented previous academic studies and your discussion with the Graduate Program Director, Professor Qi Yu. The majority of incoming students are placed in "bridge" courses, which are required prerequisite courses that students must take before they are able to move on to core program courses. Bridge courses prepare you for your new program, introducing important concepts and "bridging" any gaps between undergraduate and graduate study.

Students placed in these bridge courses have the opportunity to test out of the course by taking a placement exam. If a student passes a placement exam, the corresponding bridge course requirement is considered fulfilled, and the student does not need to take that course. Placement exams are not offered for all bridge courses. Any incoming student enrolled in a bridge course may elect to take an offered bridge course exam. Students may sit as many exams as they like, but can only take each exam once. No make-up or repeat placement exams will be given.

A full list of offered placement exams is below, along with PDF study guides for each. To register for an exam, please fill out this online survey. Students must register at least three days before a scheduled exam date. All exams dates, times, and locations may be subject to change. All exams will be given in GOL-2650 (Large DB Lab).

Statistics
Study Guide
Tuesday August 21, 1:00pm-3:00pm (written only)
Database
Study Guide
Written: Wednesday August 22, 2:00pm-4:00pm
Practical: TBA*
Programming (Java)
Study Guide
Written: Thursday August 23, 9:00am-11:00am
Practical: TBA*
Networking
Study Guide
Written: Thursday August 23, 1:00pm-4:00pm
Practical: TBA*

*Practical exams are only offered to those students that pass the written portion. Students will be notified by the examining professor of their written score. If it is a pass, the student will then be informed of the date and time of the practical portion of the exam. (Practical exams will be held that same week).

International Student Services

Please visit this link to the International Student Services office. Here you will find details about their services including office location and hours, immigration information, ISS forms, answers to frequently asked questions, and many other important items.

Graduate Housing

Graduate students are assigned RIT housing on a space-available basis following the date the housing contract was sent to RIT; housing is not guaranteed.

Temporary Housing

Graduate students will most likely be placed in temporary housing on the hotel side of the RIT Inn. Housing on the hotel side of the RIT Inn is not permanent student space; therefore throughout the fall semester the assignment team will work to reassign you to student space in RIT housing. This student space will include permanent housing at the RIT Inn, the residence halls and limited apartment space.

All rooms at the RIT Inn are double occupancy, so you will be assigned a roommate upon arrival. RIT Inn temporary housing rooms are completely furnished. There is also a shuttle bus that runs from the RIT Inn to campus. For details concerning the shuttle schedule, please visit http://finweb.rit.edu/campussafety/pandt/transportation/bus.html. You are also required to have a meal plan at the RIT Inn. For information regarding meal plan options please go online to http://finweb.rit.edu/foodservice/mealplans.

If you have any questions regarding your assignment, please feel free to contact Housing Operations by sending them an email to housing@rit.edu, or call them at 585-475-2572 (voice) or 585-475-2113 (TTY).

Alternative ways to find on and off campus housing

Housing Connection is an online service that provides a venue for upperclassmen students to communicate about openings in the RIT on-campus apartment complexes. In order to fill a vacancy in an apartment, students fill out "Roommate Wanted" ads and post them on the website. As an incoming graduate student you can contact people who have posted "Roommate Wanted" ads and if you and the occupants feel you are a good match, you can be added into the apartment. You can also be proactive and fill out a "Roommate Available" ad and list yourself on the website as someone looking for housing opportunities.

The RIT Student Affairs Office offers off-campus housing information and resources on their website.While the page is geared more toward international students, the content is still useful to local students seeking off campus housing.

Academic Advising FAQ

In the Information Sciences and Technologies department, academic advising is primarily provided by professional academic advisors. You are assigned an advisor based on your major, who will remain your advisor throughout your time with the department.

What does my academic advisor do?

  • Provides accurate and timely information about your program.
  • Evaluates your progress toward completing your degree and communicating concerns regarding your progress.
  • Interprets and communicates the Institute, college, and departmental policies and procedures.
  • Assists you if you experience academic difficulty.
  • Assists you with evaluating your experiences and choices to help you develop life-long skills.
  • Collaborates with faculty, staff, and departments across campus to enhance your educational experience.

Who is my academic advisor?

Betty Hillman (Computing and Information Technology and Human-Centered Computing students): Betty.Hillman@rit.edu

Jeff Spain (Web and Mobile Computing): Jeff.Spain@rit.edu

Jill Persson (Graduate Students): Jill.Persson@rit.edu

How do I meet with my academic advisor?

To schedule an appointment with your advisor, contact the IST office at 585-475-2700. Please be prepared to explain why you would like to meet with your Academic Advisor. This will not only help our advisors prepare for your meeting, but sometimes students have common questions that can be answered by our staff, right over the phone. From this conversation, you can also schedule an appointment in person, if you wish.

All 3 of our academic advisors are located in the IST Student Services Office, in Golisano (GOL) 2100. The office is open Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm. We are closed for Institute Holidays.

When will I be registered for fall classes?

The IST staff and advisors will take care of registering all first-year students over the summer. We will ensure you have a proper and full schedule for the fall semester. You will receive a copy of your schedule during orientation.

Transfer students are registered by IST department after you pay your admissions deposit. It is likely that you will be contacted by an Academic Advisor to help ensure that your schedule is appropriate.

How can I make changes to my fall schedule?

Although it will be difficult to make changes to the days and time of your courses, you will have the opportunity to discuss changes to your schedule with an academic advisor during orientation week. You can also contact your advisor via email over the summer if you have more immediate concerns about your fall schedule.

What other support services can I find at RIT?

RIT offers numerous support services available to all students during their time at RIT. From academically related resources, like the Academic Support Center, to Personal Development Resources like the Center for Campus Life. A solid list of available resources can be found here. If something that you're looking for is not on this list, you can always connect with your academic advisor.

What should I do to prepare for a meeting with my academic advisor?

  • Be prepared. We suggest writing a list of questions to bring with you to the meeting, to ensure you don't forget anything.
  • Tell your advisor as much information as possible regarding your situation. All visits are kept confidential as much as is allowed.
  • If you don't understand an answer, ask for clarification.

Student Services

Information Sciences & Technologies Department
Golisano Building 70, Room 2100
152 Lomb Memorial Dr.
Rochester, NY 14623-5603

Phone: 585-465-2700

Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm

The Information Sciences and Technologies Student Services Office is run by 9 full-time staff and faculty members, all committed to helping you succeed in your academic career. A complete list of all faculty and staff in the IST department can be found on the IST Dept page.

Steve Zilora | Department Chair | Stephen.Zilora@rit.edu

Rhonda Baker-Smith | Office Manager | rdbcst@rit.edu

Betty Hillman | Undergraduate Academic Advisor | Betty.Hillman@rit.edu

Jeff Spain | Undergraduate Academic Advisor | Jeff.Spain@rit.edu

Jill Persson | Graduate Academic Advisor | Jill.Persson@rit.edu@rit.edu

Dan Bogaard | Undergraduate Program Director | Dan.Bogaard@rit.edu

Qi Yu | Graduate Program Coordinator | qyuvks@rit.edu

Melissa Hanna | Senior Staff Assistant | mchics@rit.edu

Kailey McCabe | Student Experience Coordinator | krmics@rit.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it required to bring a computer to school with me? If I do bring a computer, should I bring a laptop or desktop?

Short answer: No. We do not require students to bring their own computers, and in theory an IST student could excel in their degree program only using our available lab computers.

That being said, we do recommend that students bring a computer with them to RIT. The majority of our students have their own computer, be it a laptop, desktop, or both. In general, laptops are more popular among our students, mostly because of the convenience they offer over desktops. In addition, IST professors teach using open source software as much as they can, which allows our students to download the software themselves and use it on a machine they are most comfortable with. Walk by any of our classes and you'll see a mix of students using our lab machines or personal laptops. The choice is really up to you.

If you are thinking about purchasing a computer specifically for school use, the RIT Information & Technology Services Office has recommended hardware and software specs available on their website.

When will I be registered for fall classes?

The IST staff and advisors will take care of registering all first-year students over the summer. We will ensure you have a proper and full schedule for the fall semester. You will receive a copy of your schedule during orientation.

Transfer students are registered by the IST department after you pay your admissions deposit. It is likely that you will be contacted by an Academic Advisor to help ensure that your schedule is appropriate.

How can I make changes to my fall schedule?

Although it will be difficult to make changes to the days and time of your courses, you will have the opportunity to discuss changes to your schedule with an academic advisor during orientation week. You can also contact your advisor via email over the summer if you have more immediate concerns about your fall schedule.

What is the Liberal Arts Writing Placement Exam? Do I have to take it?

From the College of Liberal Arts website:

The purpose of the Writing Placement Exam is to determine whether students may register directly for Writing or must take Basic Writing first. The Writing Placement Exam is a writing test in which the student is asked to write an essay of four to five paragraphs. Students may have fifty (50) minutes to write the essay. Students may take the Writing Placement Exam only once, so they should endeavor to do their best on the exam.

Students who achieve 560 or better on their SAT Verbal are not required to sit for the Writing Placement Exam and may automatically register for Writing. If a student has taken the ACT only, the student will be exempt from taking the Writing Placement Exam if he or she has an ACT English score of 23 or above.

Can I test-out of classes?

Waiver exams are only available to graduate students. These exams are typically offered by the department in the weeks leading up to the start of the semester. Email our graduate advisor, Jill Persson, for a list of exams being offered this fall.

How do I contact Housing at RIT?

Housing Operations has a detailed website to answer all of your questions: http://finweb.rit.edu/housing/

Click here to find information regarding the Residence Halls.

You can also reach Housing by telephone:

8:00AM - 5:00PM
(585) 475-2572 (Voice)
(585) 475-2113 (TTY)

Where do I send official transcripts?

If you have AP or IB scores or transfer scores/credits to report, and have not done so already, please request that your official scores and/or transcripts be sent directly from the issuing body to:

Undergraduate Admissions Office
60 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623-5603

College Board contact information (to request official AP scores for Admissions):
AP Services
P.O. Box 6671
Princeton, NJ 08541-6671
Phone: 609.771.7300 or 1.888.225.5427 (toll-free in the U.S. and Canada)

http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/exgrd_rep.html

How do I reach the Financial Aid Department?

Office hours for Financial Aid are 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday. You can reach them by telephone at (585)-475-2186 (585.475.6909 TTY).

You can also find useful information on their website.

How do I find a job on campus?

RIT has a central office called the Student Employment Office (SEO) which can assist you with finding student employment. More info about jobs, including listings, can be found on their website.

What other support services can I find at RIT?

RIT offers numerous support services available to all students during their time at RIT. From academically related resources, like the Academic Support Center, to Personal Development Resources like the Center for Campus Life. A solid list of available resources can be found here. If something that you're looking for is not on this list, you can always connect with your academic advisor.

Have a question you don't see here?

Call the IST Student Services Office at 585-475-2700.

Contact Us

Information Sciences and Technologies Department

Monday through Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm

(585) 475-2700

Postal Address

Information Sciences and Technologies Department

152 Lomb Memorial Dr.

Rochester, NY 14623-5603