You Paid Your Deposit: Now What?

by Kexin ‘Coco’ Wang, Visual Communications Design MFA student

If you have already paid the deposit, congratulations! Your spot in your program at RIT is guaranteed. But now what do you need to do next? Here are some steps that you need to follow.

First you’ll get a chance to create your personal RIT computer account. It’s a student Gmail account that will become your preferred email address in the school system. And this Gmail account will help you get all sorts of information from New Student Orientation, Student Financial Services, Housing Operations, Financial Aid & Scholarships, and academic departments, etc. You could visit Google Apps at RIT to access your account.

All new incoming students attending RIT are required to submit the Health History Form and Immunization Record via the Student Health Center Portal at least 30 days before classes begin. And again, you will need your RIT Gmail account to login to the system. For more information, please visit: https://www.rit.edu/studentaffairs/studenthealth/about/forms.

You’ll also have to submit your final official transcript once you finish all your current classes. If you are attending or have attended a school in the U.S., you should have the registrar to send your transcript to you following the instructions and then you can mail it directly to RIT’s Office of Graduate Enrollment Services. If you are from an International school, an official degree certificate in both English and the original language with the transcripts is required. And you may have this transcript and degree certificate forwarded directly to the office as soon as you have completed your undergraduate study.

If you are an international student, you need to provide additional documents to apply for a student visa. you’ll then need an original bank statement showing the amount available for their education, as well as a letter of support from the person owning the assets (if the funds are not in the student’s name) to RIT. More details can be found via this link: https://www.rit.edu/emcs/ptgrad/pdfs/International_student_visa_info.pdf

You will be encouraged to attend New Student orientations: graduate orientation and International orientation. Activities and further details can be found via the links. You’ll just need your RIT username and password to log in and complete the registration information. Orientations really do help set the tone for your transition into the next level of your academic career.

And if you are interested in finding housing (both on and off campus) before coming to school, the international student services have provided some good resources on their website, which could also be helpful to the domestic students. And the link is here: https://www.rit.edu/studentaffairs/iss/life-at-rit/housing

The very last step before you start your school will be to pay your bills and authorize access to RIT eServices. Usually, the bill will be generated during the beginning of July, and you’ll get different payment options. You may visit Student Financial Services for more information. And there are also various types of graduate student funding that you could find online, including graduate scholarships, graduate assistantship, campus jobs, cooperative education, and educational loans, etc. Check out this website for more info: http://www.rit.edu/emcs/ptgrad/apply/costs-funding

That’s all I have for you today. I hope you will find this information helpful and good luck with your preparations for new semester at RIT!

On-Campus and Off-Campus Housing at RIT – Choices!

by Estefany Rodriguez Rodriguez, Human Resource Development MS student

Hey! Coming to RIT and still haven’t figure out where you are going to live? I will show you some on-campus and off-campus options that might help you during this crazy time! Of course your choice will depend on your preferences of accommodation and if you will have a car or not.

RIT offers a variety of on-campus housing that range in size from one, two and four bedrooms.  If you are looking for a residential style complex, then you may want to live in Global village. This is a complex with a lot of exposure to the global community and cultural diversity. It is suite-style housing with lounges, community kitchens, meeting spaces and laundry rooms. On the other hand, University Commons offers students their own private sleep room with a common living room, kitchen, and two full bathrooms. Furthermore, RIT offers five apartments complexes. These are Colony Manor, Perkins, Racquet Club, and Riverknoll. Most of them are within walking distance to RIT, but if you don’t feel like walking, RIT also has a campus shuttle that actually takes you from the apartments to campus. This shuttle is very effective and it usually runs every 10 to 15 minutes. Information about the on-campus housing application can be found here. 

I used to live in Perkins Green and this was a really good experience for me. This is a two bedroom apartment with a very spacious living room, a full bathroom and a kitchen. I had to share the apartment with three other students, but it actually worked out really well. The bus stop was right in front of my apartment and also the laundry room, I was one of the lucky ones 😀

Now, if you are still thinking to live off-campus, there are good options too. Two of the closest ones are The Province and Park Point and the shuttle also runs inside these as well. There is also a Facebook page that I found to be soo helpful, it’s called RIT housing, sublets and roommates. Here, students post housing openings and even if they are looking for an apartment or roommate. You actually need to have a RIT email in order to join, but once you are in it’s a piece of cake!

Good luck on your search!