First Year Students
Congratulations! On behalf of the faculty and staff of the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences and the Computer Science Department (CS) it is my pleasure and privilege to extend a warm welcome to you, the CS@RIT class of 2023. You are beginning a new challenge that asks you to flourish and self-advocate, as well as to be confident, inquisitive, diligent, and responsible. As such, we want to take this opportunity to offer our advice for starting off on the right foot and making the most of your college experience:
• Visit the RIT New Student Orientation Page at https://www.rit.edu/studentaffairs/orientation/
It contains a checklist of to-do items and information about the many services and resources that will help you make the most of your experience at RIT. Located on this site you will also find details about the RIT Pre-Orientation Program at which will be held on Saturday, August 18th -Tuesday, August 21st, 2018. First year students will move into the residence halls on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 and New Student Orientation will run through Saturday, August 25, 2018. There is a great deal of information on the Orientation site, so please look through the links and discover all that is offered as you begin your journey as an RIT Tiger.
• Located in the menu on the left of this page is the Freshman Orientation Schedule and a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). The Freshman Orientation Schedule will walk you through the RIT Academic Day on August 23rd. We look forward to meeting you in person during the CS Academic Day during Orientation.
• Review our What to Expect your First Year in Computer Science at RIT tips sheet.
• All first-year students will be pre-registered for fall term courses in late July. In addition, CS students are required to take the RIT Math Placement Exam (MPE), available from May 15th-June 30th. We strongly encourage you to take the exam as soon as it opens. To access the exam and for more information, visit https://www.rit.edu/science/sms/mpe
• Become knowledgeable about your degree requirements by reviewing the CS Curriculum Flowchart, also attached with this letter, and with various department policies, procedures, and good things to know by reviewing the CS Undergraduate Handbook at
• One unique component of your RIT education is our academic advising program. Each student is assigned a CS Academic Adviser who will guide and empower you to make decisions that enhance your educational, personal, and professional growth and development. For more information on our advising program, please visit https://www.cs.rit.edu/advising
• Step out of your comfort zone, ask questions, and seek clarifications. Remain open to new ideas, interests, and possibilities. Be an active learner by participating fully in the educational experience. Take responsibility for your decisions, actions and inactions, and be proactive rather than reactive to obstacles you may encounter. Explore and utilize campus and community resources.
• This summer you will have the opportunity to prepare yourself for your introductory programming class via an optional, free, on-line class experience called Code Zero. More information will be forthcoming. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity.
Please contact us if you have any questions. We are confident that you will have a rewarding experience in the CS department. Wishing you the very best for an exciting time at RIT.
Chair of the Department of Computer Science
Thursday, August 23rd, 2018
Academic Day Open Advising
Please review the What to Expect as a Freshmen in Computer Science document (note: this is for fall entry only).