Monday, March 25, 2013

How Will My Credits Be Converted?

As students, we have worked hard for our grades and credits from classes and we want to make sure that through the conversion process, our hard earned credits are not lost. As students our plan is to stay on track and graduate on time at our scheduled graduation and that is also your advisors highest concern too. Currently about 70% of RIT students have completed their IAPs, have you?

To help answer the question regarding how your credits will be converted to a semester system, we go to the registrars office which has been working extremely hard for the last few years along with an entire team directly responsible for making the conversion as smooth as possible. This team has created a way in SIS to be able to show students their "conversion term". When students look in Student Center now and request a copy of their unofficial transcripts (do not forget to turn off any pop-up blockers) they will see a conversion term of 2130. This term will display how all credits were converted from quarters to semesters.

If you do need to find a course or what it has become in semesters you can find that in student center as well.  You can also determine when a course is offered throughout the year or upcoming offerings of the course. As a student you have the right to information and the new SIS and the semester system will allow you to have that. You can find out course restrictions, equivalent courses, or prerequisites. The features SIS has that students have wanted to use for the last year will now be active and new features will continue to become available. All of this information is contained on the Browse Course Catalog page in Student Center.

We are all going through the conversion together and want students to stay informed. Please ask any questions that you have and we will do our best to find you the answers.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Semesters are Coming

The first semester at Rochester Institute of Technology is almost here.

Shopping carts will open up next week and students for the first time will be adding semester classes to their carts. This will be a change because for the majority of students, there will only be two enrollment periods per year (the exceptions will be the summer term and the intercession in January). An important note is that before a student can enroll in classes (on their enrollment point), they must complete their IAP. Most students have completed these documents; however, there is a portion of students that have not met with their advisor.

Fall 2013-14 Enrollment Dates are as followed:

Enrollment Day

Enrollment Population

Enrollment appointments will be assigned randomly but will occur on this date.
Day 1
·         Graduate Students
·         Early 5th year students*
·         Early 4th year in a 4 year program students*
Monday, April 15, 2013
Day 2
·         5th year students
·         4th year students in a 4 year program
·         Early 4th year students in a 5 year program*
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Day 3
·         4th year students in a 5 year program
·         Early 3rd year students*
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Day 4
·         3rd year students
·         Early 2nd year students*
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Day 5
·         2nd year students
·         Early 1st year students*
Friday, April 19, 2013
Day 6
·         1st year students
Monday, April 22, 2013
Day 7
·         Non-degree students and all open enrollment
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

*Be sure to check what date your enrollment appointment is go to your Student Center.
**To see your appointment time, you will need to click on the details link under the Enrollment Dates section. 

Monday, March 11, 2013

How Many Classes Can I Take?

With semesters approaching at Rochester Institute of Technology, there are a lot of little things students will need to learn.  We can start with the number of classes and units students can enroll in per semester.

Current students that will be enrolled at RIT through the transition from quarters to semesters will need to speak with their advisors and complete an IAP. This should be completed before March 15th as shopping carts for Fall 2013-14 are set to open March 26th. Students will be able to add classes to their carts without having their IAP completed; however, they will not be able to enroll on their enrollment appointment.

Here are the basics regarding semester units:

  • The minimum number if units a undergraduate student can take and be considered full-time is 12.
  • The minimum number of units a graduate student can take to be considered full-time is 9.
  • The maximum number of units an undergraduate student can take without special permission is 18.
  • Classes will typically carry a weight of 3 units.
  • The average number of units a student is projected to take per semester is 15 which is the equivalent of 5 classes.
  • Honors students will have the ability to enroll in up to 25 units per semester without special permission.

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Monday, March 4, 2013

ABC Search

Students have been talking for the past year about the SIS class search. Why doesn't the alpha system work? Why can't I search by course name in the search? Why can't I search by my major? Now we have the answer. We have been waiting for semesters to format the systems to search by category name instead of the four-digit number code. There will be 4 letter alpha codes in semesters instead of the 4 digit numeric codes used for quarter classes.

If you need help finding these codes you have a few options:

  •  Advisors will have a list of these new codes
  • You can check the full list online
  • Go to Student Center. Then click the search link and select the select subject button. From here you can use the academic group drop-down menu and filter course subject codes by college.  Below is a visual guide to these steps. Make note of the differences from the quarter class selection.

Step One: Go to your student center main page and select - Search 

Step Two: On the search for classes page, change the term to Fall 2013-14.  Then hit the Select Subject Button. 

Step Three: All courses will now be able to be found by subject, not the old course codes. 

Step Four: You will notice that the old four digit course codes will not work.

The system is becoming more and more user friendly and we have every intention to continue improving the system for RIT faculty, staff, and students.