Technological Requirements for Admitted Students

Having your own laptop computer makes it much more convenient for you to record your video assignments. If you choose to use a laptop, smartphone or tablet computer, you will need either a built-in camera or an external Web cam. You will need high-speed internet access to view and submit files. Wi-Fi is available throughout campus, but if you live off campus you will have to arrange for internet access.

Your device needs software (or apps) that allow you to:

  • View and print PDF, PowerPoint and MS Word files
  • Record video and audio
  • Play videos in MP4, QuickTime (.mov) and Windows Media Video (.wmv) formats

DVDs:  Some courses will require you to purchase and watch a DVD. If your computer does not have a DVD drive, you will need to use on-campus computers to watch DVDs.

Android devices:  Android devices are unable to play videos that are delivered via RIT’s content management system. Many of your courses will require you to watch these videos. If you have an Android device, you will need to use a different device or use on-campus computers to do your homework.

You can purchase a computer now or wait until you arrive at RIT. You may want to check out the RIT Digital Den, which offers competitive pricing on both software and computers.

You will need a USB flash drive to save some of your work. We recommend one that has at least 4 GB of memory.