1. Overview
  2. What is IST?
  3. Life in IST
  4. Cooperative Experience
  5. Financial Aid
  1. Undergraduate
  2. Undergraduate Experience
  3. Undergraduate Degrees
  4. Minors
  5. Adv. Placement / Placement Exams
  1. Graduate
  2. Graduate Experience
  3. Graduate Degrees
  4. Advanced Certificates
  5. General Information
    1. Admission Requirements
    2. Financial Information
    3. Application Timelines
    4. Debbie Cahn Scholarship
    5. MS Capstone Information

Life in Information Sciences & Technologies

Your experience in the Information Sciences and Technologies (IST) department is going to be influenced by the faculty, the staff, the coursework, and your classmates.

The Faculty

The majority of our faculty have come from private industry. This means you'll not only learn the theoretical basis for some principle, but also the practical implications. And when it comes time to get a job, the faculty are there to help you with advice and contacts.

Our faculty engage in both teaching and research, with students being the common element. Students are involved in most research efforts and the result of those research efforts are always brought back into the classroom. As a student, you can be part of the discovery, part of the learning, or both--it's your choice.

The Staff

In addition to an office staff that keeps everything running smoothly, we have a team of professional advisors to guide students throughout their experience. Their primary goal is to ensure you graduate on time while getting the most out of your time at RIT. The staff are ready to assist you with academic course selection, personal improvement courses, academic support opportunities, and just about anything else that stands between you and your diploma.

In addition to the advisors, we have a co-op staff that is dedicated to helping you find your co-op jobs. They not only maintain a database of employers who are seeking students, but they also offer training opportunities to help make your co-op experience a successful one. The co-op program is a hallmark of RIT and valued by both students and employers. It's quite possible you'll get a full-time job offer while you're on co-op!

The Courses

Every IST course you take will be taught by a professor and you will not find yourself taking an IST course in a lecture hall with hundreds of other students. First, that simply doesn't work with our style of hands-on education. Second, and more importantly, we don't believe in it. We believe in the power of connections. We want that connection between you and the professor both in and out of the classroom. So we keep our classes small and all your professors will have office hours when you can see them for additional help--about anything!

If you do need extra help, there's plenty of it. In addition to working with your professor, you can work with one of the Teaching Assistants assigned to the course. This is a graduate student who is there to provide additional help during the hands-on exercises. What about outside of class when you're doing your homework? Well, in addition to your professor there are tutors available right in the labs where you are working. They are there for one purpose--to help you.

The Classmates

Most of your advanced courses will have you working in a team to complete a substantial project. This prepares you for the larger scale work you will do after graduation and also for the team environment you will be working in.

You may also find yourself working in facilitated study groups during your first year. This is part of RIT's nationally recognized Supplemental Instruction program that helps freshmen develop good study habits.

Of course, it's not all work. But when IST students relax, they often find themselves in computing-related competitions like RIT48, which challenges student teams to create a web or mobile startup in 48 hours. Students may also find themselves going on a department outing to take in some of the Rochester culture or enjoying a department pizza party, ice cream social, or student-faculty mixer.


No matter how you look at it, you're going to find opportunities to explore, learn, and connect while you earn your degree.