Rit Fuller

Founding Advisor

Biography

After earning a Master’s degree in College Student Personnel, Rit Fuller started his 37-year career in college admissions at Rochester Institute of Technology, rising through the ranks to Director of Admission.

Rit served as Director of Admission at Johns Hopkins University and later as Dean of Admission and Financial Aid at Hamilton College. Since his departure in 2003, he has assisted many institutions in his role as an admission and enrollment consultant. He currently serves as the first Vice President for Enrollment Management at the SUNY Polytechnic Institute.

Some past clients have included NYU, Syracuse University, Champlain College, Ithaca College, Drew University, Franklin & Marshall, Union College, Nazareth College, Grinnell College, Lafayette College, and the University of San Diego.

Rit is a member of the National Association of College Admission Counselors, the New York State Association of College Admission Counselors and is a Trustee of Franklin & Marshall College.

When asked about his motivation to contribute to Pioneer, Rit stated the following: “I’ve had the opportunity to meet with countless students and review thousands of applications to some of the most selective colleges in the US.  As a dean of admission you are looking for those unique abilities or experiences that set a candidate apart. Students who participate in the Pioneer Research program have had that difference-making experience.“

Why Is Pioneer So Respected?

Pioneer has developed a rigorous pedagogical system with collegiate academic oversight. Through the highest standards, Pioneer sets authentic transparency of each young scholars’ level of accomplishment with the most selective college and universities.

Letter to counselors:

Dear counselor/educator friend,

In the critical process of preparing students to transition to college, you are key. The
ramifications of your guidance are far-reaching.

The Pioneer Research Program believes it, too, has a role to play in preparing students of special potential and passion for learning. This is a role we trust you will appreciate knowing about. Our mission is to offer a deep and otherwise unavailable opportunity to exceptionally motivated young scholars who want to learn and research at the college level and to explore their potential for innovation.

What makes Pioneer a unique deep-dive learning experience is not just the mentorship of distinguished professors. It is the rigorous quality controls developed conjointly by Pioneer and Oberlin College. Professors (must) adhere to rubrics for

1) setting learning goals;

2) syllabus development;

3) oversight, feedback and evaluation, and

4) grading standardization.

This rigorous academic system is supported by a (principled or high-minded) ethics code and an initial thorough admission process. The combination gives students an exceptional learning experience that is brought to fruition in a college-level research paper documenting their findings.

You can follow this link [link to academics page] to learn more about the academic system.

Link to the academic system: Academic quality control and academic oversight Pioneer’s focus is on learning and learners, and therefore all of our practices were built upon the following principles:

No conflict of interests [Link to the ethics: ]

Because of its high academic and ethical standards, the Pioneer program has earned the trust of college admissions departments and formed the basis for the ground-breaking collaboration with Oberlin College. Pioneer scholars get two college credits upon completing their Pioneer research.

[Link to the article about the partnership]

Pioneer has a rigorous admission process. Students who have genuine academic interests and are highly motivated are a good fit with Pioneer’s values. Pioneer’s founding board insisted that Pioneer commit to a professor-blind policy during the application process, ensuring authentic field interest and a correct priority of applicants. As a result, no information about professors is released before admission to the program. This policy is much appreciated and respected by universities. [Link to admissions page: Professor-blind admission policy]

On this page, we have assembled the critical information needed to meet your needs.

If you have additional questions, feel free to let us know how we can help you by emailing info@pioneeracademics.com or calling 855-572-8863.

Best,

Matthew Jaskol

Program director