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Incoming Student Info

Welcome! We are looking forward to having you join the department of Software Engineering here at RIT.

Frequently Asked Questions

Orientation week is coming fast! You have started to pack and you've reviewed your schedule in SIS or Tiger Center. Let's see if we can help address your questions before you arrive on campus.


I am viewing my schedule in SIS. It looks like I have classes all day with no breaks. What do I do?

We recommend signing into to view your weekly calendar - it displays much nicer!

It looks like a class on my schedule is in two different rooms at the same time. What's going on?

This can happen for lecture/lab situations and is nothing to worry about. In some cases it's actually a classroom that is either two small rooms or one big one.

My schedule shows a course with "Waiting." What does that mean?

It means you have been placed [by your advisor] on a waitlist for a specific course. If you are added directly from the waitlist, you will actually receive an e-mail, but your advisor will also continue to keep trying to make your schedule final for fall. There is time during Orientation to discuss an unfinished schedule with your advisor.

Can I change my fall schedule?

Our priority for Fall courses is to ensure all students are in courses that meet their requirements to make degree progress.  The perfect schedule is the one you have!  A valid reason to change your schedule would be any of the following:

  • You already have AP credit for a course on your schedule
  • You recently joined ROTC or varsity athletics and you have practice times that conflict with your schedule.
  • You have a disability accommodation with the Disability Services Office at RIT that requires specific scheduling constraints (such as having travel time in between courses on your schedule)



    How do I find out which textbooks are required?


    You'll be able to see which textbooks are required once you have a fall schedule. To see the textbook for each course, log in to view your schedule on Tiger Center, If you scroll below the schedule, there is a button to 'View Textbooks.'


    Textbooks can be purchased through RIT's Barnes & Noble location, or through any site. We recommend keeping your receipt, in case there are unexpected changes to your schedule or book requirements.


    What type of computer do I need to bring with me to campus?


    We do not have any specific requirements as far as the computer our students use. Any newer computer will have the power/memory needed for the coursework. Our current students have a wide range of different computer set-ups (laptop vs. desktop, Mac vs. Windows, different operating systems, etc), so it really comes down to personal preference. If students need specific software for a course, the instructor will let students know how to access it.

    Information We Need From You

    It is important that we know information about:

    • All incoming transfer credit / AP credit
      • This includes any courses taken at local colleges, AP exams, IB exams, or CLEP scores
    • Your preferences about general education courses
      • You'll be offered a list of possible topics of elective courses. Your preferences will help us build a schedule so it's important to accurately rank your interests.
    • Any scheduling restrictions you may currently have
      • This can include participation in varsity-level sports, known work schedules, participation in ROTC, or other committments

    We will try our best to honor your preferences for courses, but seating is limited. In order to have the best advantage possible, please complete the questionnaire by Sunday, June 16‚Äč so that we have enough time to assemble your schedule.

    Placement in Mathematics Course 

    Your mathematics course will be an important component of your fall schedule. Regardless of AP or transfer credit, all SE students must take the Mathematics Placement Exam (MPE).

    Welcome from the Chair

    The Software Engineering Department Chair, Dr. Naveen Sharma, welcomes you to the department.

    Programming Experience

    Looking for more experience? There are plenty of online tutorials you can try - these are just a few examples:

    • Khan Academy has plenty of video tutorials in bite-sized chunks
    • Udacity offers free, online, self-paced courses, such as Intro to Computer Science
    • Code Zero, which you'll receive an email about, will also offer you an opportunity to learn more about programming
    Typical Freshmen Fall Semester Schedule

    As you adjust to your new home at RIT, you will have a well-balanced variety of courses in your first semester, typically ranging 14-17 credits. Expect the following in your schedule:

    • RIT365, a program for freshmen
    • Software Engineering Seminar
    • Computer Science
    • Calculus
    • General Education courses

    You can anticipate receiving a schedule in early August. If there are any adjustments to be made to your schedule, we will be happy to discuss them at our advising session during New Student Orientation.