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Advising Information

Academic Advisors

Students majoring in the undergraduate and graduate Information Sciences and Technologies programs are assigned both an academic advisor, and a faculty advisor. The professional academic advisors guide students though the program’s curriculum, helping them develop their academic plan.  They do this by taking into consideration program requirements, pre-requisites, and course sequences and availability. They also help students by interpreting institutional policies, referring students to other resources on campus and discussing issues of concern regarding student's academic progress. Students are expected to be responsible for making their own decisions based on the information and advice their advisor offers. Frequent student-advisor contact is a proven factor in student success.

Please note: all first-year and transfer students are required to meet with their academic advisor in the fall semester. First-year students with a semester and/or cumulative GPA <2.0 will also be required to meet with their advisor in the spring semester as well.

Professonal Advisors:

  • Matt Lake, Information Technology and Honors (Matt.Lake@rit.edu)
  • Betty Hillman, Networking and Systems Administration, and Medical Informatics (echics@rit.edu)
  • Jill Persson, IST Graduate Programs (jmpics@rit.edu)  

Scheduling Advising Appointments

The IST Office, located at Golisano Hall, room 2100, is open Monday-Friday, from 8:30 AM-4:30 PM. If you need to schedule an appointment with your advisor (for any reason), the most efficient way to do so is to contact the office at 585-475-2700 or by coming to the office in person and scheduling an appointment with the front office staff. Our advisors have very full schedules and emails sent directly to them asking "when can you meet?" cannot be answered in a timely manner and will result in delays. In an effort to avoid these delays you can only make appointments through our front office staff.

Please note that appointments will not be made for the same day.

Walk-in Hours (Graduate students only)

Available only for graduate students, walk-ins are for quick meetings under 10 minutes. They are offered on a first come, first served basis. Please be prepared to explain the nature of your question to our front office staff when you arrive. This is to help assess if it is appropriate for a walk-in or if you need an appointment. Our graduate advisor Jill also accepts student phone calls during her walk-in hours. To speak with Jill over the phone, call the main IST office (475-2700) and our staff will find a time for you to speak with her. Note that physical walk-ins take priority over phone calls. 

A permanent schedule for graduate advisor Jill Persson's walk-in hours can be found online and is displayed in the IST office. There are no walk-in hours during the summer term. 


4 Year Check-Off List

Download the 4 year check-off list to make sure you are on track!

Faculty Advisors

Faculty advisors are a resource for the 'big picture' questions for topics like:

  • What should I take as my concentration if I want to work in field XYZ?
  • I really liked course X, where can I go deeper into that?
  • How can I get more coursework on topic ABC?

Your faculty advisor is someone that understands your curriculum from the perspective of the overall content, as well as their own particular content specialty. Students can often learn a great deal by incorporating their faculty advisor into their support structure: sometimes this is the formally 'assigned' faculty advisor, and other times simply a faculty member that students gravitate toward given their particular concentrations. Your faculty members are great resources for discussing career options, major specific electives, and co-op opportunities being a good ‘fit.’  Getting to know your faculty is very important; they have a wealth of knowledge that they love to share.  You also never know when you will need a reference letter for a future job.


Graduate Independent Study Form

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