Accepted Online Students

Enrollment Checklist

To accept our offer of admission, please complete the online 'Reply to Offer of Admission' form which can be found on your Admissions Application Status Page at http://join.rit.edu/account/login. Your academic load, i.e. the number of classes you plan to take per semester as indicated on your application, determines how you need to confirm enrollment and reserve your place in the entering class.

Once you complete this form, your Admissions Application Status Page will be updated and you will be able to confirm your Enrollment. Details and due dates are outlined in the section below.

Part-Time Students (1-8 credits/semester): No additional steps are required. You will have confirmed your enrollment by completing the “Reply to Offer of Admission” form as stated above. This will secure your place in the entering class and allow you to register for courses. A tuition deposit is not required of part-time online graduate students.

Full-Time Students (9+ credits/semester): As a full-time student, you are required to submit your Advance Tuition Deposit to the Office of Graduate Enrollment Services in order to reserve your place in the program, allow for the provisioning of your RIT student account, and apply for campus housing. The deadline for submission of your tuition deposit is:

  • May 1 (Summer or Fall term entry)
  • December 15 (Spring term entry)
  • If your acceptance offer is received after the standard due date, you will be required to confirm your enrollment within 2 weeks of your acceptance notification.

To pay via credit card and to expedite the processing of your online deposit, please log into your Admissions Application Status Page and submit your payment using the secure link found under “Payment Due”. If you would like to pay your admission deposit by e-check, mail or wire transfer please go to http://www.rit.edu/emcs/ptgrad/pay-accept-deposit. Once your deposit is received, please allow 1-2 business days for processing. Your other required enrollment steps (i.e., RIT Computer Account, housing contract) will not be available until your payment has been processed.

Your RIT Computer Account and Your RIT Email address will be provisioned once you confirm your enrollment. If you have not received the account activation email, please contact the ITS Service Desk for further help by emailing servicedesk@rit.edu or calling 585-475-4357.

RIT provides Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) as an extra layer of security for systems that store sensitive data. MFA is a way of ensuring that only you are able to access your accounts in these applications. In addition to your username and password, MFA requires you to provide an additional verification step to prove it is really you accessing your account. All RIT students’ need to enroll in MFA. Steps on how to enroll or to more about how MFA works can be found here https://www.rit.edu/its/mfa.

*Current RIT community members/current students who already have an active RIT computer account will not receive an activation email as your current RIT account will remain the same.

The RIT Computer Account will be used to:

  • Access eServices, RITs hub to make payments, view student accounts, view bills, and view financial aid, and authorize access for parents and other third parties.
  • Access the student information center (SIS) for course registration information

Your RIT Student Email Address will be your preferred email address in our system. It is your responsibility to check your RIT student email account on a regular basis as it is our primary means of campus communication. It will include:

  • Orientation information for new students
  • All student account messages, including billing, payment, and tuition options
  • Any information from the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
  • Faculty and departmental communication to students

RIT has partnered with Google to provide RIT Gmail accounts to all students. To access your RIT Gmail account, visit the home for Google Apps at RIT, google.rit.edu. All email communication from RIT will be sent to your RIT student email address. Additionally, you can set e-mail preferences by visiting https://start.rit.edu.

Students from China may not be able to access your RIT email account since it is driven by Google. If this is the case, it is important that you follow the instructions below to forward email from your RIT account to another email account you use.

  • Navigate to https://start.rit.edu and click the Mail Preferences link on the left.
  • You will be prompted to log in using your RIT computer account.
  • Under the Mail Forwarding option, click the other radio button and provide the full email address that you want the mail to go to.
  • Save by selecting Change my Email Settings.

All graduate students enrolled in another college must submit final official transcripts. If you will receive a degree prior to enrollment at RIT, final transcripts must indicate receipt of the degree and conferred date. When all your classes are complete, make arrangements to submit transcripts to the Office of Graduate Enrollment Services:

1. By mail - Original transcripts issued by your university and sent to RIT in a sealed envelope. (If they are mailed to you, they must remain in their original, sealed envelope.)

  • Attention: Office of Graduate Enrollment Services
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Bausch & Lomb Center, Bldg. 77, Room A-130
  • 58 Lomb Memorial Drive Rochester, New York 14623-5604

2. Digital Copy - Some institutions allow you to request a digital copy. You can request a PDF official copy be emailed to gradinfo@rit.edu.

3. In-Person - You may present them in-person in their original, sealed envelope.

Failure to submit official original transcripts and proof of completion of degree required for entry to your RIT program will result in your being unable to register for courses.

If your admission to RIT is contingent on additional coursework or special requirements, a Graduate Admission Contingency Form is enclosed. Please read it carefully. Sign one copy and send it with the Acceptance of Admissions Form to the Office of Graduate Enrollment Services by mail, fax to 585-475-7164, or send a scanned copy by email to gradinfo@rit.edu. If you have any questions regarding the conditions of your acceptance, please contact your admissions counselor or academic department.

If you have questions about your program or registering for classes, contact the graduate program director or advisor in your academic department. Visit http://www.rit.edu/ptgrad/programs and click on your specific program to obtain your Graduate Program Director’s contact information. They can assist you in reviewing program requirements, planning a schedule, and guiding you through the registration process.

Be on the lookout for an email from RIT Online sent to your RIT address within one week of the term in which you’re enrolled. In this email you’ll find two important (and useful) resources to prepare you for successful online study at RIT: 

  • A link to RIT’s online learning guide which will orient you to your online classroom
  • A link to RIT’s online orientation handbook, which contains everything you need to know about online study at RIT, including: 
    • How to customize your contact information
    • How to access your online course
    • How to order course materials
    • How to access the many services available to you online

RIT students who are enrolled in a program which is fully online and who never come to campus are exempt from completing New York State and RIT immunization requirements. Should that status change, you will be required to complete four health forms online to satisfy NYS and RIT vaccination submission and verification requirements.

Please contact the Student Health Center at 585-475-2255 or studenthealth@rit.edu with questions. Additional information is available at https://www.rit.edu/studentaffairs/studenthealth/.

Review the section below called Guide for Online Graduate Students to help you plan for your studies at RIT.

If, due to unusual circumstances, you are unable to attend RIT in the term you have been admitted, you may be able to defer your admission to a future term. Please contact Graduate Enrollment Services at 585-475- 2229 or gradinfo@rit.edu for more information and to find out if a deferral is possible.

Guide for Online Graduate Students

The information provided here will help you as you plan for your graduate studies at RIT. Enclosed is the RIT Institute Calendar with important dates. The calendar can also be viewed at https://www.rit.edu/calendar/. With academic department approval, you may join classes NO LATER than the sixth class day from the beginning of the term.

As an online graduate student pursuing your education entirely online, you will not be required to obtain a RIT student ID card since you will not be on-campus using on-campus facilities. However, if you wish to obtain a RIT student ID card to acquire discounts or you simply wish to have one please contact the Office of the Registrar at 585-475-2821.

If you plan to visit the campus for any reason you will need to obtain a visitor’s permit at the Visitor’s Booth when you first arrive at the RIT campus. This permit is good for one day and allows you to park in the general parking spaces of any of the campus lots. The general parking areas are those that are not labeled with a “Reserved” sign. Directions to the RIT campus can be found at https://maps.rit.edu/.

The Barnes & Noble @ RIT Bookstore is the place to buy textbooks and any educational materials you may need for your courses. You can make your course material purchases online at http://rit.bncollege.com/ or in-person. The Barnes & Noble @ RIT Bookstore is located at 100 Park Point Drive, adjacent to the campus. Hours of operation are listed on their website. As a RIT student, you may also purchase computer equipment and software at discount rates. For more information call the Barnes & Noble @ RIT Bookstore at 585-424-6766.

A full list of online courses can be found at http://sis.rit.edu. In your search, select “online” for the instruction mode.

All students registered in an online course receive an email to their RIT email address within two weeks prior to the first day of the term. This email welcomes students to RIT Online and directs them to RIT’s course management system, myCourses. From there, students can access the Course Start-up Information to ensure you are prepared for your online class. The self-guided tutorial covering topics on customizing your RIT contact information, accessing your course, ordering course materials, and familiarizing yourself with the many student services available online.

MyCourses is the campus-wide course management system in use at RIT. Students login to myCourses with their RIT Computer account. You can login to myCourses with your RIT Student Computer Account. If you have questions or need assistance accessing your online course contact Teaching and Learning Services (TLS) support help desk at 585-475-2551 or visiting the website at https://www.rit.edu/academicaffairs/tls/.

The Student Information System, or SIS, provides a convenient method for students to register for courses and obtain information from the Registrar’s and Student Financial Services offices. SIS is a menu driven system which uses onscreen prompts to allow you to access the function you desire and navigate through the various options. Once you have a RIT student computer account you can access SIS via: http://sis.rit.edu.

Each graduate department has specific requirements and procedures for graduate students. New graduate students should contact their academic advisor for additional information regarding registration. Visit your program’s page online at http://www.rit.edu/ptgrad/programs for detailed information.

New students will receive assistance selecting courses and creating your initial class schedule. Your academic advisor will pre-enroll you for your first classes or assist you with self-registration – contact your department for specific procedures. Once you obtain your RIT Computer Account you will be able to access your class schedule online at http://sis.rit.edu. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your schedule, you will need to contact your academic department directly.

Continuing students may register online through the Student Information System (SIS) at http://sis.rit.edu, in person, by mail, or by fax 585-475-7005.

Tuition for online graduate study is based on the number of credits you enroll in during each academic term.

You may view and pay your electronic bill at https://www.rit.edu/eServices.

Due dates, payment options, and policies are available at http://www.rit.edu/fa/sfs/.

If you need assistance paying for college expenses, you may be eligible to apply for a student loan. Matriculated graduate students enrolled in eligible certificate or degree-seeking programs and are registered in at least six credits per term may qualify to receive a student loan through the William D. Ford Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loan program. U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens (such as permanent residents) will need to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to determine if they qualify for federal student loan funding. The FAFSA can be filed online at https://fafsa.ed.gov/. Once the FAFSA is completed, RIT will determine your eligibility based on your level of financial need and your individual cost of attendance. If you need assistance with filing your FAFSA, please contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at 585-475-2186 or by email at ritaid@rit.edu.

Federal student loan funding will disburse to your account after we have confirmed that you are enrolled in minimum of six credits for the term assuming that you have completed all necessary loan requirements. Loans for those students who are enrolled in multiple sessions within a term may not disburse until after the start of the second session if the total number of credits enrolled in the first session is not equal to six credits or more.

There are also private lenders who have established educational loans to assist students with their college expenses. RIT will work with any lender from which a student chooses to apply for an educational loan. In addition to loan funding, many students secure financial assistance through external organizations and foundations that offer scholarship funding. The Wallace Library maintains a number of scholarship reference books, and the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships provides a robust scholarship resource online at http://www.rit.edu/emcs/financialaid/scholarships.html#scholsearches to assist students in locating scholarship applications.

Campus Services

RIT is a remarkable and diverse university with a vast array of services and opportunities to attend activities and events as well as vital student needs. Some of the services provided on campus are the Office of Cooperative Education and Career Services, the Student Health Center, Public Safety, the Wallace Library, Information Systems and Computing Services, the Counseling Center, and Margaret’s House Child Care Program.

Included on campus are laundry facilities, dining halls, convenience stores, hairdressers, bookstore, religious services, athletic facilities, medical facility, and computer centers. There is transportation provided across campus during most hours. A shuttle bus service is provided at set hours between the campus and local shopping areas. Taxis and the regional public bus service also serve the campus.

RIT has a tradition of honoring and supporting active duty military, veterans, and their families. For over 50 years, RIT has had a Veterans Services Office dedicated to supporting and advocating for active duty military, veterans, and their dependents. Please visit https://www.rit.edu/military to learn more about the resources available and for essential military education benefits information and paperwork.

Office of Graduate Education 585-475-2127 http://www.rit.edu/academicaffairs/graduateeducation/
Barnes & Noble @ RIT Bookstore 585-424-6766 http://rit.bncollege.com/
Public Safety

585-475-2853


585-475-3333 (for emergencies)

https://www.rit.edu/fa/publicsafety/
ITS Service Desk 585-475-4357 http://www.rit.edu/its/
Student Financial Services 585-475-6186 http://www.rit.edu/fa/sfs/
Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships 585-475-2186 http://www.rit.edu/financialaid/
Office of Part-Time Enrollment Services 585-475-2229 http://www.rit.edu/parttime
Office of the Registrar 585-475-2821 http://www.rit.edu/registrar
RIT Libraries at the Wallace Center 585-475-2563 https://wallacecenter.rit.edu/
Student Health Center 585-475-2255 http://www.rit.edu/studenthealth/
Veterans and Military Enrollment Svcs 585-475-6641 http://www.rit.edu/veterans