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Pre-arrival Information


Welcome to the RIT community! The information provided here will help you as you plan for your arrival at RIT. Additional dates may be added and updated in the coming months.


Dates for Spring 2017 Semester:
International student move-in: January 21, 2017
International student orientation: January 22, 2017
Spring semester classes begin: January 23, 2017

Dates for Fall 2017 Semester:
International student move-in: August 19, 2017
International student orientation: August 20-21, 2017
Fall semester classes begin: August 28, 2017

Dates for Summer 2017 Semester:
Please contact our office for information.


RIT is located within 7 miles of the Rochester International Airport. If you are arriving by plane, you should take a taxi from the airport to the campus. The taxi fare is approximately $20. If you are arriving by bus or train, you should choose the destination of Rochester, New York and take a taxi from the train station or bus terminal to the campus. The ride will be about 20-30 minutes and the taxi fare will vary.

Students arriving in New York City (NYC) by plane should book passage through to Rochester, which is an additional one-hour flight. You may also take a train or bus from New York City, which will take an additional 8 hours to reach Rochester. Allow yourself enough time to travel from the NYC airport (LaGuardia, Kennedy, or Newark) to the train station or bus terminal, as ground transportation in NYC can be time consuming.

If you are assigned campus housing, the Housing Operations Office will contact you with more details regarding move-in dates and procedures. Check the website at On-Campus Living for more information.


If you will arrive in Rochester prior to the arrival date above, you should make arrangements to stay in an area hotel. You should make a reservation at the hotel/motel before you arrive, and be sure to ask if there is an RIT discount rate. RIT does not offer early arrival accommodations. RIT has compiled a list of area hotels/motels for your reference.


Four forms must be submitted to the Student Health Center:

  • Immunization Record
  • Health History Form
  • TB Screening Form
  • Insurance and Treatment Authorization

Please go to https://shcportal.rit.edu/ and login with your RIT Computer Account to access the forms detailed below.

Immunization Record

  • Please complete the Immunization Record
  • Immunization requirements apply to all students born on or after January 1st, 1957 including part-time, non-degree seeking and RIT Staff.
  • Immunizations must be submitted prior to your arrival on campus and must be in English.
  • New York State law requires students born on or after January 1st, 1957 and enrolled for six or more credits to supply the following immunization information:
    • Dates of 2 MMR (Measles, Mumps & Rubella combined) shots or equivalent inidividual vaccines.
    • An electronically signed meningococcal meningitis awareness form.
  • If you are 21 and under, you must supply proof of a meningococcal meningitis vaccine verified by your health care provider or school official.
  • You will receive an immunization verification form via e-mail. Your registration is not complete until the verified (by a health care provider or school offical) copy of your immunizations is received and approved by the Student Health Center staff.

Health History Form

  • Please complete the Health History Form.
  • Health History must be submitted prior to your arrival on campus.
  • This form provides the Student Health Center a detailed history of your past physical and emotional health and allows us to personalize your health care.

Tuberculosis Screening Form

  • Please complete the Tuberculosis Screening Form.
  • You may receive additional information via e-mail based on your responses to the screening form.

Insurance and Treatment Authorization Form

  • Please complete the Insurance and Treatment Authorization Form.
  • All students are required to carry health insurance coverage through family coverage, a personal policy, or through the RIT sponsored plan.

The Student Health Center staff is ready to assist you with any questions or concerns that you may have. Please contact us at ritshc@rit.edu or 585-475-2255.

Learn more by reading the Student Health Center FAQs.


Keep your passport, I-20 or DS-2019, other important documents, and your money on your person at all times. Immigration documents must be presented at the port of entry to the United States.

During travel, you should carry a small bag with personal items, a change of clothing, and any valuable items in case your luggage does not arrive in Rochester when you do. You should contact the airline or other carrier with which you will be traveling to find out about any luggage weight, size, or quantity restrictions. Be sure to label your luggage with your name, address, and telephone number, both at home and at RIT.

You should bring enough money to cover your expenses while traveling. We recommend that you carry at least $100 in U.S.dollars (include smaller denominations too, as you may need them for airport shuttles, taxis, etc.).

Remember that most of the RIT housing available for graduate students is not furnished. You should have something to sleep on for your first night on campus.

The weather in Rochester is varied. It is usually hot and humid from June through September, and cold and snowy from November through March. Other months are moderate in temperature. You will need a heavy wind and rain resistant coat, waterproof boots, and gloves for the cold months. Students usually wear comfortable, informal clothing to attend classes.


Students living in RIT apartments should not send their belongings ahead. Please DO NOT send baggage to International Student Services or Graduate Enrollment Services.