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Overview of our visit to RIT (Rochester Institute of Tech)


Replies to: Overview of our visit to RIT (Rochester Institute of Tech)

  • lje62lje62 Registered User Posts: 5,615 Senior Member
    @12dandelion, the visit went well . My husband I really loved RIT , our daughter is not thrilled , but I think that is because she wants to be in Boston. I am concerned that she is putting her desire for location above what program is best for her. Their program is very impressive ! We didn't really get a feel for the campus life and things to do outside of school activities…but we did cut out of the dorm portion of the tour ( it was horribly bottlenecked and kind of hot ) The campus is beautiful and everyone was very nice.
    Most importantly, the major was a great fit for her as their deaf community is one of the largest in the country , which is a perfect way to become immersed .
    She will apply regular decision since they only offer ED..
    My husband and I both feel that she will go there if offered admission, unless Northeastern offers her something comparable. NTID Students only have to pay 1/3 the tuition since they are federally funded.
    I think I would fly there again…we live in south Jersey, about an hour away from Philadelphia airport , which has direct flights to Rochester
  • 12dandelion12dandelion Registered User Posts: 132 Junior Member
    @lje62 glad the visit went well. A year ago my daughter was also enchanted with the idea of school in Boston. Several of her HS friends did end up at Northeastern (we live in the Albany area). But when it came down to the final decision, mid-April of senior year, she decided on RIT. We went to an accepted students day and the place was just humming with activity, not all organized stuff either, just kids out playing frisbee, on their skateboards, whatever. Maybe they were just happy for a warm day after a long winter. ;-)

    Good luck to you and your daughter.
  • lje62lje62 Registered User Posts: 5,615 Senior Member
    Thanks 12dandelion ! The funny thing about RIT is, it was recommended by the director of the ASL program at Northeastern as a school for her to check out. She has a chance at NEU , but she isn't a top student. She is a good student. The applications there all go through regular admissions, whereas the RIT applications for the ASL program go strictly to the NTID admissions…so that tells me that her app will be viewed more closely. At NEU, she will be considered a legacy applicant since her sister is an alumni. I fear her being accepted without enough financial aid to make it work. She is applying to a couple of other schools too, five total.
  • smokinactsmokinact Registered User Posts: 415 Member
    My DD and I were at the open house a couple of weeks back and we both enjoyed the school. It had a good vibe with the mixture of tech, art/design and hearing impaired students. I think this is unique among tech schools.

    I thought the dorms left something to be desired, and it was a bit disconcerted that a tech school wouldn't have their washers and driers hooked up with some electronic/virtual status update (machine availability, when your load is complete etc).

    Oh and that quarter-mile walk seems like it could be a bear in winter.

    However I do think this school is quite good for a student who has some idea what they want to do. I get the impression that RIT is interested in the student's successful completion of a program.

    It is on our short list of schools to apply to.
  • 12dandelion12dandelion Registered User Posts: 132 Junior Member
    @smokinact are you from a warmer climate? We're from upstate NY anyway, and my D is used to a quarter-mile walk to her HS bus stop, and then once she got her license, from the parking lot into the school building. I know she'll be ok.

    D says laundry has not been a problem, she just uses alert features on her phone to remind her when to go check on it.

    But she is no big fan of the residence halls either. After freshman year, there are some much nicer apartment and suite options.
  • smokinactsmokinact Registered User Posts: 415 Member
    @12dandelion We are from a relatively warmer climate 50 miles north of NYC in the Hudson Valley. My D is a junior and we are still sorting out what schools would be good for her. The key thing to decide for my D is whether or not a vocationally focused school like RIT is good for her for two reasons. First, what happens if she finds out engineering is not really for her. Second, D likes associating with non-techies and perhaps taking an art class or two.

    What does your D study?
  • 12dandelion12dandelion Registered User Posts: 132 Junior Member
    @smokinact My D is one of the rare non-techies at RIT. Over half of her HS friends are now studying engineering at one school or another, but she was always the artsy one. She's in an especially small (but we love that) program at RIT in museum studies. She took a lot of art throughout HS, but so far hasn't seem interested in continuing with it, though she certainly has wonderful classes to choose from at RIT.

    D applied and was accepted to a boatload of LACs as a history major, but in the end, she chose the techy school. I think it was the strength of the museum program, and that she could still be with the techy types if she wanted. So far most of her new friends seem to be from her major, other than her lovely roommate, a comp sci major.

    Would you D maybe like a bigger school that offered engineering among many other subjects? My first thought was Union in Schenectady. My husband works in the Albany area and tells me they hire a lot of Union engineers, but I also know a guy that went there for liberal arts and is now a lawyer.

    No question engineering is big at RIT, but they also have interesting programs in graphic arts, film, and the 'School for American Crafts.' I went out a few weeks ago for a special sale of glass pumpkins made by the glassblowing students.

  • smokinactsmokinact Registered User Posts: 415 Member
    Ironically we are visiting Union College on Monday for Open House, @12dandelion. We have visited Lafayette in the Spring but she thought that felt too isolated. D also prefers an urban campus but satisfying all of her desires within our financial constraints is difficult and she knows it. At least she will have options, and RIT is still one of them.
  • 12dandelion12dandelion Registered User Posts: 132 Junior Member
    I haven't been on the Union campus in years but I remember it as lovely. We couldn't even get D to look at it because my husband made the mistake of saying 'you could commute in with me.' :(

    Has your D looked into any of the 'women in engineering' professional societies? One of my D's classmates (at HS and now at RIT) attended a summer weekend event with them at RIT between jr/sr year and then also went for their early orientation program.
  • oldmom4896oldmom4896 Registered User Posts: 3,798 Senior Member
    smokinact, my daughter is premed at RIT, a freshman in the College of Health Sciences and Technology. In addition to her academic advisor within her department, she has a pre-med advisor. At the accepted-students open house, we went to a session with the pre-med advisor, where there were students in many colleges and programs at RIT (biomedical engineering, College of Science, etc.). When the issue of changing career goals came up, the pre-med advisor said that she would connect students who changed their career goal to whatever career advisor covered the new goal. And a similar process was explained at the college meeting for those who are changing majors and/or colleges.

    I was very impressed at how focussed RIT is on outcomes, and this was one important manifestation.

  • mamaduckmamaduck Registered User Posts: 672 Member
    @smokinact There are almost 2700 students in CIAS and Liberal Arts majors. My D is in one of the techier CIAS programs, but almost all of her (girl) friends are arts majors and her (guy) friends are sciences, computing, engineering. Sadly it seems to break down that women are much rarer in engineering and computing, but I know they try actively to increase the women in those majors. It's kind of fun to go to sis.rit.edu and browse the class offerings as a guest. There are a lot of art classes for non majors.
  • smokinactsmokinact Registered User Posts: 415 Member
    D has met with and attended some SWOE programs and we spoke with the representatives at RIT. One woman's best friends was in an ARTS major, so there is interaction between people in the various schools. I also found out that D can take non-major art classes, which is good.

    I didn't know about the program over the summer. D is a junior counselor at a camp so I do not know if time will allow her to attend the program.
  • smokinactsmokinact Registered User Posts: 415 Member
    @mamaduck, @oldmom4896, @12dandelion, - Have any of you had any dealings with someone in the Imagining Science program in the College of Applied Sciences?
  • 12dandelion12dandelion Registered User Posts: 132 Junior Member
    Sorry smokinact, only met with liberal arts people so far. About the summer programs, my D went to "College & Careers" which I think they do twice each summer. The kids spend a full 24 hours on campus, sleep in the dorm, eat at the cafeteria. When we later connected with her engineering classmate, we found out she had come on a different weekend for the women in engineering program. Not sure how long that one runs.
  • 12dandelion12dandelion Registered User Posts: 132 Junior Member
    And isn't it interesting that even though the student population is 70/30 male/female, all of us are talking about our daughters!
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