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National Technical Institute for the Deaf

NTID National Technical Institute for the Deaf

A unique college, a superior education. An exceptional college experience awaits you at RIT, home to the world’s first and largest technological college for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

Today more than ever, one of the most important things you can do to ensure your success is to pursue a career-oriented education. Your education must be relevant. It must prepareyou for the real challenges and opportunities you will experience after you graduate.

As a career-focused university, RIT provides deaf and hard-of-hearing students with the finest career preparation to give them a competitive advantage when they graduate. Opportunities for deaf and hard-of-hearing students at RIT are unmatched by any university in the world.

RIT serves qualified deaf and hard-of-hearing students by providing:

  • academic support and access services for students enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs throughout the university;
  • pre-baccalaureate studies and associate degree programs to prepare students to enter bachelor’s degree programs;
  • career-focused associate degree programs to prepare graduates for immediate employment in technology-based careers;
  • career exploration studies for students who need additional information about and/or preparation for careers and majors;
  • reduced tuition through special federal support that allows deaf and hard-of-hearing students to pay about one-third of RIT’s regular tuition rate.

Choose your path

If you’re interested in and qualified* for admission into a bachelor’s degree program, you may apply for freshman or transfer admission to more than 90 exciting and challenging majors in one of the other eight colleges at RIT. If you are unsure which college fits your interests, you may apply to enter University Studies to explore different bachelor’s degree programs.

If you would like to enter a bachelor’s degree program in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering, College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, College of Liberal Arts, or College of Science, but need to complete some courses to qualify for admission, you may be eligible to enter pre-baccalaureate studies.

If you qualify, you also can pursue an associate+bachelor’s degree program that allows you to earn an associate degree and then enroll in a bachelor’s degree program.

If you’re looking for the fast track to career success, you may choose to pursue a career-focused associate degree program. These programs provide an outstanding education in a number of career areas, while at the same time offering you opportunities for study in the arts and sciences.

If you need additional information about careers and majors before deciding on an associate degree program of study, you may choose the career exploration studies option, which offers you the opportunity to do an intensive career search while developing a better understanding of yourself through career and personal counseling, decision-making classes, and sampling of various majors. A career development counselor will assist you in evaluating information and making a career decision.

While you are in career exploration studies, you will take introductory courses offered by technical majors, as well as courses in mathematics, English, humanities, the social sciences, and deaf studies.

Learning by doing

After graduation, your chances of finding a job in your field are excellent. Last year, 93 percent of deaf and hard-of-hearing graduates who sought jobs found one within a year. Our graduates are pursuing careers at places such as NASA, Microsoft, U.S. Department of Defense, BNY Mellon, Sprint, and many other corporations and organizations across the country. Part of the reason for this success is RIT’s cooperative education program. While you are a student, co-op gives you hands-on practical experience working for a company in your field. The combination of fieldwork plus classroom training gives you a real advantage in the job marketplace.

Your employment success is supported by employment specialists at the NTID Center on Employment, who travel coast to coast to connect with employers to create job opportunities. These employment specialists network with employers to build relationships and educate the marketplace about the value of hiring deaf and hard-of-hearing students and graduates.

Outstanding access and support services

RIT provides one of the most accessible educational communities in the world for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. At RIT, deaf and hard-of-hearing students are part of a unique college community that understands their educational needs like no other college in the world.

If you qualify to take courses in one of our eight other colleges, we will provide the educational access services you need. You can choose from among sign language interpreting services, FM systems, notetaking, or real-time captioning services. Alternative services may be provided as required. You also will have access to a unique array of educational support services, including tutoring by experienced faculty tutors, personal and career counseling, and academic advising.

Exceptional direct instruction

National Technical Institute for the DeafIf you take NTID courses, instructors are responsible for facilitating communication in the classroom and will communicate directly with you using a variety of communication strategies, which may include sign language, spoken language (FM systems are available), fingerspelling, printed/visual aids, Web-based instructional materials, and individual tutoring. An assigned counselor will work closely with you to help you plan your collegiate experience and provide you with academic advising as well as personal, social, and career counseling services.

If you apply and are accepted to an associate+bachelor’s degree program, professors will communicate directly with youin the courses in your program that are taught by NTID faculty members. You may request access services for the courses in your program that are taught by faculty members in RIT’s eight other colleges.

Communication services

You don’t have to leave campus for audiological, speech/language, or cochlear implant support. RIT’s Communication Studies and Services Department provides services and excellent collaborative educational programs through which you can broaden and/or strengthen your communication competencies. On-site audiologists provide services related to hearing and hearing aids, cochlear implants, and assistive devices, and speech-language professionals offer a broad range of speech and language services.

Leading-edge facilities

The educational facilities at RIT are state of the art. Classrooms are specially designed to allow the best possible vision from all parts of the room. The NTID Learning Center provides academic, tutorial, and other learning opportunities for students as well as networked computer workstations and distance learning capabilities.

Residence halls and academic buildings are equipped with visual emergency systems and direct access to campus computing facilities.


National Technical Institute for the Deaf Viewbook
The National Technical Institute for the Deaf Viewbook provides an overview of programs offered by the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at RIT.

View the National Technical Institute for the Deaf Viewbook (PDF)