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RIT Lingo To Know

RIT has its own language! This cheat sheet will help you brush up before you arrive on campus.


ACA - AALANA Collegiate Association

ACE - Association for Commuter Engagement

AALANA - African American, Latino/a American, Native American

Artesano Bakery & Café - Patisserie and coffee shop located on the first floor of Monroe Hall (adjacent to the SAU)  

Barnes & Noble @ RIT - RIT bookstore

Beanz - Coffee/smoothie shop in Grace Watson Hall

Breezeway - Located between the Campus Center and the Clark Gym

Bytes - Grab-and-go sweet and snack shop on the first floor of Monroe Hall (adjacent to the SAU)

CAB - College Activities Board

Cage - Equipment closets in the SLC and Booth Hall

CAST - College of Applied Science and Technology

CHST - College of Health Sciences and Technology

CIAS - College of Imaging Arts and Sciences

CMS - Center for Multidisciplinary Studies

COLA - College of Liberal Arts

The Commons - Eatery in the Student Development Center

Corner Store - Convenience store on the A-level of Nathaniel Rochester Hall

COS - College of Science

Crossroads - Eatery on the academic side of campus

CTRL ALT DELI - Eatery in the atrium of Golisano Hall

Fireside Lounge - Quiet sitting area in the SAU

Fishbowl - Information booth on the north side of campus

GCCIS - B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing & Information Sciences

Global Village - RIT housing community with retail, dining, event, and educational services

Gracie’s - Eatery in Grace Watson Hall

GV Market - On-campus market with international and all-natural foods and fair trade gifts in Global Village

HUB - On-demand print center and post office

Java Wally’s - Coffeehouse in Wallace Library

ITS - Information and Technology Services

KGCOE - Kate Gleason College of Engineering

Midnight Oil - Newest late night coffee shop and lounge in Global Village

MPE - Math Placement Exam

NTID - National Technical Institute for the Deaf

OA - Orientation Assistant

OCASA - On Campus Apartment Student Association

Quarter Mile - Walkway connecting the academic and residential sides of campus

RA - Resident Adviser

Reporter - Weekly student magazine

ResNet - Residential computing services

RHA - Residence Hall Association

RITA - RIT Ambulance

RITchie - RIT’s Tiger Mascot

RITchie’s - Game room in Gibson Hall, A-level

RITZ Sports Zone - An eatery and game room on the A-level of the SAU

Salsarita’s - Eatery in the Global Village Cantina and Grille

SAU - Student Alumni Union

SCB - Saunders College of Business

SDC - NTID’s Student Development Center

Shear Global - On-campus full service hair, nail, and tanning salon

Shop One² - Fine art and original craft gallery in Global Village

SIS - Student Information System

SLC - Student Life Center

SOC - Student Orientation Coordinator

Sol’s Underground - Convenience store and eatery on the A-level of Sol Heumann Hall

SVP - Summer Vestibule Program–NTID's new student orientation program.

USP - University Studies Program

WITR - RIT’s radio station - 89.7 FM

Wally’s - Wallace Library

WPE - Writing Placement Exam