CIAS Honors is just one division of the Honors Program that encompasses all of RIT’s different colleges. Click on any of these links to read up on what being in RIT’s Honors Program entails!
As a member of the RIT Honors Program, students have the opportunity to take Honors courses, and are also assigned a specific advisor familiar with Honors coursework. Each college also has an Honors Advocate to assist students with meeting the demands of both their degree programs and the Honors Program.
Students also have the opportunity to live in the Honors dorm (Gibson), and are guaranteed housing there throughout their time at RIT if they desire it. In addition, Honors students are eligible to receive a one-time $500 Study Abroad grant, to be used at the time of their choosing.
Within CIAS, students also have the opportunity to be a part of a close-knit group of students, and to participate in Leadership Trips, frequent workshops and local excursions, movie nights, and lots of fun!
Each year, RIT admits roughly 175 new students to the Honors Program, representing the top of the incoming freshmen class. These students are invited to the program once they are accept to RIT, and are asked to submit a secondary application specific to the RIT Honors Program.
Students may also enter the RIT Honors Program after their freshmen year, upon invitation to apply as a Late-Entry student. CIAS annually invites the top first and second year students (you must have at least two years remaining at RIT in order to be accepted into the Honors Program as a late-entry student) to apply late entry. In CIAS, students must submit a late-entry application, and then the top students from that pool are selected for peer interviews. Current CIAS Honors students interview the applicants in an informal fashion, and meet with their Honors Advocate to select the final applicants. On average, CIAS is able to accept 6-7 late entry students each spring.
Every year CIAS Honors students fundraise heavily in order to fund the annual Leadership Trips. In the past, fundraisers have included selling ‘aRtIsTs’ and ‘cRIT happens’ t-shirts, selling DiBella’s subs on campus during lunchtime, coordinating refreshment sales at the bi-annual National Portfolio Day event, and selling candy bars and snacks in various offices around RIT’s campus.
Each year, Honors students are required to complete 20 hours of citizenship or leadership experience, known as Complementary (Comp) Learning. This requirement can be fulfilled through leadership roles such as Honors Council Officer, RA, Orientation Mentor, Orientation Assistant, or club executive board member. It can also be fulfilled through volunteer experience such as involvement in Habitat for Humanity or Foodlink. Most importantly, activities submitted for Comp Learning cannot be credit-bearing, paid (with the exception of RA, OA, and OM), required for a course, study abroad experiences, or solely academic pursuits. Every Spring, students must submit an online form indicating what they did to fulfill their 20 hours of leadership or citizenship experience, along with a short explanation. Honors Council members and the Honors Comp Learning Advisors then review the submissions and accept or reject them.
All students in the Honors Program are required to accumulate at least 12 Honors Points during their undergraduate studies in order to graduate as a member of the Honors Program. Honors Points can be earned in several different ways: Honors courses, Contract courses, Honors Capstone Projects, faculty-sponsored scholarship activities, and international experiences.
Students are also required to maintain a 3.6 GPA, or remain on track to graduate with a 3.6 GPA, in order to remain in the Honors Program.