What's Next - RIT Accepted Students

Pay Admission Deposit

All deposits will be posted with the date of online receipt or mailing postmark. Students submitting the acceptance deposit after the deadline noted in their offer of admission letter may have their deposit returned, once enrollment capacity has been reached.

Once your deposit is received, please allow 1-2 business days for processing. Your other required enrollment steps (i.e., housing contract) will not be available until your payment has been processed.

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Create Your RIT Computer Account

If you have created an admissions account as part of the admissions process, this same account becomes your RIT student account upon payment of your accept/tuition deposit. No additional action is required.

If you did not create an admissions account as a part of the admissions process, you will receive an account activation email from RIT when your $300 Acceptance of Admission Deposit has been posted to our system. Please allow 1-2 business days for deposit payment processing. The account activation email will go to the email address supplied on your admissions application. If after two business days you have not received the account activation email but you HAVE paid your deposit, please contact the ITS Service Desk for assistance.

Access Your RIT Student Email

Once you have created your RIT computer account AND your Acceptance of Admission Deposit has been received and processed, your RIT student Gmail account becomes active. At this time your RIT student Gmail account will become your preferred email address in our system.  It is your responsibility to check your RIT student Gmail account on a regular basis. Communication sent to RIT student Gmail accounts will include information from New Student Orientation, Student Financial Services, Housing Operations, Financial Aid & Scholarships, and academic departments.

RIT has partnered with Google to provide RIT Gmail accounts for all students. To access your RIT Gmail account, visit the home for Google Apps at RIT. Additionally, you can set email preferences by visiting start.rit.edu. Your RIT Gmail can also be forwarded to your preferred email account.

Complete Housing Contract

Read through the housing brochure in your acceptance packet or visit the Housing Operations website to explore the many living options available to you.

Freshman Housing Contract - All entering freshmen who do not live with their parent(s) or guardian(s) within a 30-mile commuting distance are required to live in an RIT residence hall for their first full academic year. All entering freshmen will have the opportunity to select their own roommate and residence hall room assignment on a first-come, first-served basis, depending upon 1) the receive date of your Acceptance of Admission Deposit and 2) the receive date of your freshman housing contract. Entering freshmen are guaranteed housing.

Transfer Housing Contract - Entering transfer students may live in RIT housing or non-RIT housing.  Transfer students are assigned RIT housing on a space-available basis, prioritized by 1) the receive date of the Admission Deposit and 2) the receive date of the housing contract.  Housing on campus is not guaranteed.  RIT transfer student housing includes residence halls, Global Village, RIT Inn & Conference Center, and a limited number of apartments and suites.  Some transfer students may be placed in temporary housing initially, i.e., local hotel or vacancies in fraternities and sororities; however students placed in temporary housing will be relocated to permanent RIT housing early in the academic year.

If you are seeking RIT housing, complete appropriate online housing contract. No additional housing deposit is required. Use your RIT computer account (username and password) to complete the online Housing Contract.

For those unable to use the online method -Contact Housing Operations at 585-475-2572 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange to receive a paper housing contract.

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Financial Aid Award

For students seeking need-based financial aid, please complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit it to the federal processor. You may complete the FAFSA online

If you are seeking fall admission, you may begin the process of applying for aid after October 1. To receive full consideration, it is important that you file your financial aid application by December 1 (for Early Decision) or by February 15 (for Regular Decision).  Applications received after those dates will receive consideration as long as funds are available. To view your financial aid award online, an RIT computer account is required.

If you have been offered a financial aid award, you must complete and return your acceptance of that award directly to the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships within the time specified.  Aid packages can also be accepted online. Please be sure to follow any prescribed procedures to ensure proper crediting and disbursement of any financial aid you may have been awarded. Questions relating to your award may be addressed by calling 585-475-2186 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Student Health Forms

All entering students (including part-time and commuter) are required to submit the Health History Form and Immunization Record at least 30 days before classes begin. Instructions regarding completion of the online Immunization Form and online Health History Form will be sent to you separately. Questions regarding these forms should be directed to the Student Health Center at 585-475-2255.

Final Transcript Requirements

Once all your current classes are completed, you must request an official copy of your transcript be sent to: Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Rochester Institute of Technology, 60 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623-5604.

All entering students should request a FINAL transcript (indicating date of graduation) be sent to RIT as soon as it becomes available.  Registration may be delayed until this is received. For TRANSFER students, if you will receive a degree prior to enrollment at RIT, final transcripts must indicate receipt of the degree.  

If you have taken AP, IB, and/or college courses in high school, please request that your official test scores and/or transcripts are sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions so that your coursework may be evaluated for transfer credit.

New Student Orientation and Registration

First year and transfer students who have paid their Acceptance of Admission Deposit for the Fall Semester are encouraged to visit the New Student Survival Guide. The Survival Guide contains all of the information about New Student Orientation and DiscoveRIT programs for first year and transfer students. It also contains critical information to help you succeed in your first year at RIT, including student employment, dining locations and options, financial aid, student clubs and organizations, academic resources, and much more! In addition, in late May you will receive a Welcome Guide which will better highlight and overview the New Student Orientation and DiscoveRIT programs. More information about all New Student Orientation programs will be outlined on the Orientation website. Move-in Day for Fall 2017 is Tuesday, August 22. Orientation programming for families will take place August 22 and 23 and programming for first year and transfer students runs from August 22-27.  Move-in Day for Spring 2018 is Sunday, January 14 and classes begin Tuesday, January 16.

New students entering during the Spring Semester must register for the New Student Orientation program. During this program, students will have the opportunity to meet with their academic department for advising and course registration. Students can register for the program online.


Pay Your Bills and Authorize Access to eServices

Email notifications are sent to students and authorized payers (e.g., parents, guardians, etc.) when bills become available. Student Financial Services has information on fee rates, billing, payment options, loan repayment, and educational tax credit. Their online eServices site provides real-time account inquiry and electronic payment for tuition/fees and Tiger Bucks. 

You can authorize up to three persons to receive eBill reminder notifications and have access to food or Tiger Bucks balances, course schedules, and grades by logging into eServices.


Late - May
Housing office will send an email with an assigned date and time to select your room.
Mid - June
First-year students select housing assignments online.


Mid - July
Courses will be selected by your academic department and will be viewable online. Changes can be requested during Orientation.


Mid - July
First bill generated
Mid - August
First payment due