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Smart Start Checklist

Campus offices are generally open to serve you Monday through Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm.

  • Pay your Admissions Deposit
    To reserve your place at RIT, a non-refundable Acceptance of Admission Deposit is due from accepted applicants. As a convenience to applicants, the Admissions Office provides an option to pay this fee with a credit card over a secured online transaction.
  • Activate your RIT Computer Account
    If you have created an account as part of the RIT admissions process, this same account becomes your student account upon payment of you accept/tuition deposit.  No additional action is required to activate your accountIf you did not create an account as a part of the admissions process, you will receive an account activation email from RIT when you pay your $300 accept/tuition deposit. The account activation email will go to the email address supplied on your admissions application. If you have not received the account activation email but you HAVE paid your deposit, please contact the ITS Service Desk for further help.
  • Authorize Access to eServices
    Authorize up to three persons to receive eBill notifications and have access to food or Tiger Bucks balances, course schedules, and grades. Application for the monthly payment plan is available through July 10.
  • Submit your Health History Forms
    New York State law mandates that all college students provide proof of vaccinations. Make sure you are up to date on your immunizations and submit your completed Health History Forms online to the Student Health Center. You will need to log in using your RIT username and password to access the online portal. Failure to comply means that you will be withdrawn from your classes, unable to live in campus housing or participate in extra-curricular activities.
  • Take the online Math Placement Exam (MPE)
    You will be notified via postcard if you are required to take the MPE – not all students are required to take this exam, so if you do not receive the postcard you do not have to take the exam. Instructions will be provided on the postcard.
  • Submit your high school transcripts and AP scores
    Contact the College Board at to request your AP scores. Send all documents to RIT Undergraduate Admissions, 60 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester NY 14623-5604.
  • Pay your bills and purchase Tiger Bucks
    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.
  • Complete your financial aid process
    Get information on loans and scholarships and find out who your Financial Aid Counselor is. You are assigned a Financial Aid Counselor based on your academic program.
  • Register your vehicle
    If you are bringing a vehicle with you to campus, you are required to register it within 10 days of arriving on campus. Register online or in person at the Resource Fair. If need be, you can also register your vehicle in person at the Parking and Transportation Services Office in Grace Watson Hall (GWH). Hours of operation are Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm.
  • Get your RIT University ID Card
    All students are required to have an RIT University ID (UID) Card. Your UID Card provides you access to your residence hall room, labs, libraries, meals, campus events, and more. If you’re in the Rochester area, you can get your card this fall at the Office of the Registrar in Eastman Hall (EAS) or during Orientation in January.
  • Request disability services
    The Disability Services Office provides students with disabilities equal access to programs, services, and physical facilities. A Request for Accommodations form is available online.
  • Pack smart
    On the Housing Operations website you’ll find comprehensive lists of what to bring (and what NOT to bring) when you move in to the residence halls, apartments, suites, the RIT Inn, or Global Village. Hint: fish are allowed; flames are not. Also be sure to pack required forms of identification. You will be required to provide a photo ID to obtain a bank account, University ID Card and Employment Eligibility Card. Come prepared.