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Graphic Design with a Minor in Print Media
Fayville/Newton MA

acceptance packets!

Erin Hazeltine on Friday, 20 February 2009. Posted in Academic Calendar, Student Life

I am sitting here at my desk (in the undergrad admissions office), and there were just 4 bins of acceptance packets sitting right next me. The person who comes to take our mail from the office (Pete) just took them all away.
So I wish you all the best of luck and some of you may just have a prize in the mail tomorrow!

Got to get back to work!

Comments (26)

  • KP


    20 February 2009 at 14:00 |
    Hi Erin, my son received his acceptance packet today. He was accepted into the software engineering program 2 years ago but decided to do his first 2 years at our local community college. This time he was only accepted into his 2nd choice program, not the SE. Does this mean he didn't meet the requirements? It just said that they felt he was better suited to this program. Thanks!
  • Ashley Hennigan

    Ashley Hennigan

    20 February 2009 at 15:13 |
    Hi KP,

    I am an admissions counselor. I would be happy to check on your son's file and discuss his application with you. Feel free to email, or call me next week.
  • AB


    20 February 2009 at 15:43 |
    Hi, Erin. My son just got his acceptance package and is very excited. It seem like the first big decision is what meal plan to pick. Any advice? Thanks.
  • Erin Hazeltine

    Erin Hazeltine

    20 February 2009 at 19:10 |
    Hello AB,
    Congratulations to you and your son!
    I personally would suggest the 10 meal plan. It was the meal plan I was on. Basically you get a total of 10 "meals" for the week, 5 of which must be used at Gracies, our main dining facility (on the residential side). Then you have an additional 5 "meal options" which are worth $6.35 a meal. So you can use those at Gracies, or you can use them wherever accepts meal options on campus (basically all the dining facilities) then you also have an additional $368 in "debit" which can be used to buy additional items whether it be food or something else. (Like the corner store or sols in the dorms.)
    I preferred this plan because it gave me the most flexibility, if i wasn't able to make it to Gracies I could just use debit or a meal option and then the debit doesn't have to be spent just on food so you can buy like school supplies or whatnot (as long as they take debit).
    If you find this doesn't work you can either use tiger bucks, or change meal plans.
    Check this out to get a better idea;

    hope that helped!
  • AB


    21 February 2009 at 17:36 |
    Great information, Erin.

    I will pass this along to my son.

    I did not realize the you could use the $368 in debit money for things other than food. You taught me something valuable.

    Thank you very much.

    Here's another question for you: Is there anything that you can think of that you had wished you had known when you first started at RIT? Any of those, "Boy, I wish someone had told me that" thoughts?
  • Erin Hazeltine

    Erin Hazeltine

    22 February 2009 at 21:43 |
    So I have spent awhile thinking about this question, and I honestly can't think of anything! I think one thing is that I brought EVERYTHING that I could humanly think I guess don't do that because the dorms are not really that big!
    Debit at least for me my first quarter I had 200 dollars left with a week left... so you have a lot and yes you can't spend it all at once (or you should not) you also do not need to savior it, because it DOES NOT roll over quarter to quarter...

    If I think of anything I will definitely post it!
  • Amanda Lasicki

    Amanda Lasicki

    23 February 2009 at 10:34 |
    To AB - I was going to write a comment back with "Things I wish somebody told me..." but I think I'll actually write a post instead. Thanks for the great idea and keep an eye out for it! It might take a bit...this is finals week. I do have a paper due tomorrow...paper or blog, paper or blog...hmmm.
  • AB


    23 February 2009 at 11:44 |
    Thanks, Erin, for the response. Your first semester, your meal plan was 10 meals a week and you still had $200 left on your debit card with a week to go? Where were you eating your other meals, then?

    Amanda, I eagerly await your post (which I hope is done after you complete your paper and get done with your finals).

    Another question - my son asked: is there either a physical or electronic bulletin board for people to hook up who are either offering or looking for rides home for the weekend?

  • Christine


    23 February 2009 at 16:51 |
    hey! i realized that you're an art major and i plan on being a studio major! i was just wondering if RIT gives scholarships for a portfolio?
  • Mark Croce

    Mark Croce

    23 February 2009 at 23:43 |
    i know this wasent the right spot to put this, but i noticed that a admission councilor posted in here and figured this would be a good spot to post it
  • Michelle Bishop-Utano

    Michelle Bishop-Utano

    24 February 2009 at 08:01 |
    Hi Mark, thanks for posting a question! I am an Admissions Counselor here in Undergraduate Admissions and I’d be happy to answer you. I would recommend that you list your extra curricular activities and work experience on your application because it gives the reviewer a better sense of the person that you are and the type of student that you may be if you were accepted here. If you find that you have a lot of extra curriculars and work experience and it doesn’t all fit on the application, I would recommend that you submit a resume.
  • Michelle Bishop-Utano

    Michelle Bishop-Utano

    24 February 2009 at 08:06 |
    Hi Christine, thanks to you too for posting a question! Yes, we offer the RIT Achievement Scholarship for Art, Design and Crafts. The recipients of this scholarship typically have a combined SAT score of 1800 or higher (ACT 26), a B+ average, and submit an outstanding art portfolio. This Scholarship ranges from $5,000 to $7,500 per year.
  • mike


    24 February 2009 at 10:00 |
    uh-oh, did all the packets go out???
  • Michelle Bishop-Utano

    Michelle Bishop-Utano

    24 February 2009 at 12:18 |
    Hi Mike. No, all of the packets did not go out yet. The rest of the packets will continue to be mailed. And all packets will be postmarked by March 15th, so the latest you will hear is mid-March.
  • mike


    24 February 2009 at 13:48 |
    Thank you for the info, Michelle!!
  • zaryab


    02 March 2009 at 10:29 |
    i am one of those lucky guys who has received a great scholarship package. i would just like to know what is the last date for 300$ deposit because its not mentioned on my acceptance letter. secondly i have send my necessary documentation for I-20. so what is the maximum time for the issuance of I-20
  • Luna


    02 March 2009 at 11:23 |
    Hey!! I had read somewhere that all scolarships and grant money and the such was being sent out not too long after the acceptance packages started going out... I was wondering if they were still going out? I'm just curious if I'm getting anything at all! :( Also, if you do get it later... does it mean it's not worth as much as some of the first ones going out? Just curious, because I really want to go... but I really need some help! :'( Thanks!
  • Erin Hazeltine

    Erin Hazeltine

    02 March 2009 at 11:45 |
    Hey guys, as to the scholarship and grant questions I honestly do not know enough information to give you a good answer, I will leave this one up to one of the counselors!
    If you have any broad questions about campus life or what not I would love to answer those!
    Best of Luck!
  • zaryab


    02 March 2009 at 12:17 |
    iam so sorry, i have found the deadline for the deposit of acceptance fee. sorry again.
  • Corinne Franklin

    Corinne Franklin

    02 March 2009 at 17:01 |

    Our staff in the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office is working on getting merit scholarship letters out this week. Then we'll start sending Financial Aid Awards out shortly after. Every application is evaluated in the same way so those that go out first don't get treated any differently. If you want to check on the status of your application, send me an e-mail(
  • Dan


    03 March 2009 at 18:21 |
    My friend was already notified of his presidential scholarship and my grades and extracurricular activities are about the same as his but I have not heard anything yet. Does it vary because he has different major than I?
  • Corinne Franklin

    Corinne Franklin

    04 March 2009 at 07:25 |
    Hi Dan!

    I see that you sent me an e-mail and I'll reply with your status after my morning staff meeting. But, wanted to say that we are sending a ton of merit award letters out this week. We are reviewing applications major by major. So, your application is being evaluated along with all other applicants in your major. This is why a friend applying to RIT may receive a different award at a different time.
    I'll be in touch!
  • daniel


    10 March 2009 at 21:49 |
    I am an international student. I have great SAT reasoning and subject tests. I am the second best student out of 70. I do not have many extracurricular activities, but the ones I have, have been my passion. Many people say that I do not have to worry about getting accepted. Well, the problem is, that I do not have money to support my studies in RIT. For four years I've studied day and night to conquer my dream. I only have 10000 US dolars to spend each year. Do you think that I, as an internatioanl student, that can not apply for federal aid, could be addmitted???
  • Erin Hazeltine

    Erin Hazeltine

    17 March 2009 at 11:30 |
    I am not sure if someone has gotten back to you, if not I will check up on it. I do not know the specifics I know that this is more of a financial aid question. So I will point someone in your direction.

    Good Luck!
  • Pam


    05 April 2010 at 19:50 |
    My daughter has applied as a transfer student into the photography program, and we are still waiting to hear something We have visited twice from VA, and were told her application was still being sent to the different dept. Should she be receiving something soon? Is the time different for transfer students?
  • Elie


    27 July 2015 at 05:18 |
    Thanks for the info, you made it easy to understand. BTW, if anyone needs to fill out a merit award form, I found a blank fillable form here: I also saw some decent tutorials on how to fill it out.

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