My son was accepted at RIT for the fall of 2013. He wants to study Information technology. He also applied to Drexel and University of MD, Baltimore county (We live in MD). He was accepted at all 3 schools.
RIT and Drexel both have accredited IT programs. UMBC does not offer an IT program, they offer Information systems and IT certificate programs.
He is a fairly quiet/shy kid. Not a very social person at first, but once he makes a few friends, he is fine. He is highly talented in computers, photography and robotics.
I have a few questions:
** Can anyone give me information on the IT program at RIT? I've been reading that the while admission to RIT is very difficult, the classes can be quite hard. My son scored 1160/1600 and 1840/2400 on the SAT. He is a B- student with respect to GPA. Is there a lot of support from the school with respect to tutors, etc for struggling students?
** What is the housing situation like? I read a few posts that mentioned that Freshmen are able to live on campus in dorms but most students live off campus or in "hotel" type dorms off campus that require bus transportation. Is this still the case? Are there adequate dorms for your entire 4-5 years?
** How bad are the winters? We live near DC and we barely get a dusting of snow. Is it difficult to get around campus in the snow? Does the school ever cancel classes?
** How is the social scene at the school? Since my son is shy, my fear is that he will sit in his dorm room all the time. He is not into sports, however he enjoys photography, video games, robotics, etc.
** For those of you that attend RIT or have kids there: Why did you choose RIT? What is the best thing you like about the school and what is the worse?
We are also considering the other schools (UMBC and Drexel) as they are closer to our home. RIT is about a 7 hour drive from our home.