RIT is consistently ranked among the elite colleges for technical degrees. The programs generally bring out the “intensive” in intensive learning, and many departments are currently offering ground-breaking new majors. All of RIT’s programs have the advantage of offering a hands-on approach to learning by way of the co-op system. Overall, the professors are intelligent and helpful. There are, as in any school, good and bad apples, but the bottom line is that if you need help you can find a professor who is willing to help you. All professors often have an online presence either through the mycourses.rit.edu Web site or their own personal Web sites. Full-time professors are also required to have posted weekly office hours, and most professors will make appointments to meet with their students if they need assistance. The professors at RIT are very concerned that their students closely follow course material. In addition, most professors at RIT have some field experience, so they can give students an accurate depiction and show them what to expect out of the professions they are studying.
Perhaps the most unique aspect of the RIT educational experience is the quarter system. The rigors of the quarter system keep RIT students on their toes, and if they can handle it for four years, transition from college to the real world will be made that much easier because of this system. The quarter system can seem daunting at times, though, and it has been known to break even the most committed student. The 10-week period leaves little room for procrastination and makes it all the more important for students to stay on top of their work and seek help the moment they begin having problems. Fortunately, at RIT, seeking help is not a problem. Perhaps the most important thing to remember is not to be afraid of your professors. I cannot stress this point enough: ask for help! The professors can’t help you if they don’t know there is a problem. The professors at RIT possess many fine qualities, but as far as I know, none of them are clairvoyant.