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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What happens once I have been accepted and paid my deposit?

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

The Computer Science department tries to make this as simple as possible for students: we do NOT recommend any particular brand of computer, type of computer, or operating system for incoming students. The majority of our students do bring computers to campus and they find various ways to set up their computers so they can utilize our networks. Keep in mind that you will take courses not only in Computer Science, but from many other departments as well. Computer needs will vary from class to class.

It does seem that more and more students are bringing laptops to campus (be reminded that this means that you need to be especially responsible as they are easier for people to walk away with).

It may be useful for incoming students to postpone buying a computer, if you don't already have one, until you get to campus. It is our belief that students will benefit greatly from seeing some of the ways upper-level students have their computers set up to help them judge the best plan for themselves.

In CS, the first programming language taught is Python. While programs students write in the introductory programming courses must run on Computer Science lab machines, Python is also available free for download for all platforms.

If you are going to bring your own computer(s), they should have:

* Anti-virus software

* All critical operating system patches

* Firewall software or a firewall appliance

* Media for their operating system

When will I be registered for fall classes?

The CS Student Services staff and professional Academic Advisors will take care of registering all first-year students over the summer. We will ensure you have a proper and full schedule for fall.

Transfer students are registered by the CS department as 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 times of your courses, you will have the opportunity to discuss changes to your schedule with an Academic Advisor during the week of Orientation.

Where do I send official transcripts?

If you have AP, IB or college 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:

RIT Office of Admissions
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 (888) 225-5427 (toll-free in the U.S. and Canada)
Their website can be found here.

What are the Wellness/Physical Education requirements?

All first year students are automatically enrolled in the YearOne course for fall semester. All students are expected to complete this course. Students must also successfully complete two DIFFERENT wellness activity courses (tennis, rock climbing, skiing, etc.) at some point before they graduate.

How do I contact Housing Operations at RIT?

Housing Operations has a detailed website to answer your questions.

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)

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. You can visit their website here.