The Rochester Institute of Technology is promoting a new program for graduating high school seniors who may want to take a pause before going to college.
The RIT European Post–High School Semester program offers the students a chance to live in Dubrovnik, Croatia—where RIT already has a base—while they take three classes and embark on guided excursions across Europe.
Ian Mortimer, vice president for enrollment management at RIT, said potential students may include those who want to improve their college credentials from a COVID-19–impacted senior year, those who love to travel but have had limited recent opportunities, and those with an interest in learning how to properly conduct college-level research.
“We recognize that some high school graduates may want to take a half step into full college from bumpy high school rides due to COVID, and we believe this program is the perfect solution for their needs,” said Mortimer. “To be clear, this European transition program is for potential RIT students and students that choose other college destinations; we just want to use our available capabilities and offer new alternatives because of COVID.”
RIT is charging students $17,500 for the semester-long program, which includes tuition for 10 to 11 credits, housing, books, program excursions (including a kickoff for the program in Rome), international health insurance, and a meal plan covering lunch and dinner.
The students also have access to two independent college counselors. Students who wish to attend RIT are assured that those who earn a grade point average of 3.0 in the semester-long college program have a “dependable admission option.”
Additionally, students will have a direct admissions pathway to RIT in the spring semester or have access to a highly credentialed, independent college counselor who will work with students on spring 2023 or fall 2023 admissions.
RIT is seeking up to 20 students for the program.