About NTID

The National Technical Institute for the Deaf is one of the nine colleges of Rochester Institute of Technology, and is home to the world’s first and largest technological college for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

Better opportunities. Bigger impact.


Unique. RIT/NTID serves more than 1,100 deaf and hard-of-hearing students from around the world, many of whom live, study, and work alongside hearing students on the mainstream RIT campus.

A place that levels the playing field. RIT/NTID is the most accessible college in the world for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

A community of people who mentor and inspire. RIT/NTID faculty and staff specialize in educating deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

An inclusive environment where you will find your fit. A community where you will feel comfortable and make meaningful connections with classmates, faculty, and staff and find a sense of belonging from the minute you step on campus.

Gerard Buckley

NTID has revolutionized education for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Everything we do is focused on providing the education and experiences these students need to pursue their goals and lead successful lives. 

Gerard Buckley
President NTID/Vice President and Dean RIT

By the Numbers

Total 1,101
Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students at NTID  
Undergraduate 400
Graduate 21
Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students in other RIT Colleges  
Undergraduate 421
Graduate 66
Hearing Students at NTID  
Undergraduate 169
Graduate 24


The Right Fit

Our students come from all over the United States and the world, bringing with them a variety of backgrounds and life experiences. Many students attended mainstream schools. Others attended schools for the deaf. Some grew up in families where they were the only deaf or hard-of-hearing person. Others come from culturally Deaf families. Some prefer to communicate using spoken English. Other prefer sign language or a combination of speaking and signing. The bottom line is that here you’ll find other students like you. 

Who Are Our Students?

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At RIT, you'll find other students like you.

At RIT, you'll find other students like you. And you'll discover more about yourself than you ever knew.

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Students' Home Region

46% Northeast

19% South

16% West

16% Midwest

3% International

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Type of High School Attended

66% Mainstream

34% School for the Deaf

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Degrees Our Students Are Pursuing

54% Bachelor's

18% Associate

16% Associate + Bachelor's

10% Graduate

2% Career Exploration Studies

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59% White

15% Hispanic/Latino

11% Asian

9% Black/African American

5% Two or More Races

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53% Female

47% Male

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Assistive Technology Use

39% Hearing Aids

33% Cochlear Implant

14% Both Hearing Aids and Cochlear Implant

14% None

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Communication Mode

38% Spoken Language

37% American Sign Language

19% Spoken Language and Sign Language

6% Other

Meet Some of Our Students

Bobby Moakley

Hometown Boston, Massachusetts
Major Environmental Science
Preferred Communication Mode Spoken English and sign language

I am receiving an excellent education and incredible leadership experience that caters to both my general needs and specific needs as a deaf student. I found my identity here at RIT, and I have done things I have never imagined.

Maya Penn

Hometown Vallejo, California
Major Applied Liberal Arts/Psychology
Preferred Communication Mode American Sign Language

I wanted to find a place where making friends would be easy and where I could become involved in any activity I wanted to take part in. I also wanted a college that had resources specifically for deaf students, so I could be successful in my major. I visited RIT and knew immediately I belonged here.

Cortez Harris

Hometown Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Major Applied Liberal Arts/Criminal Justice
Preferred Communication Mode Spoken English and sign language

I knew I could have gone to other colleges and been successful, but RIT had all of the things on my checklist. Here I found a place to be me, and become the best leader I can be.

Baylee Trani

Hometown Huntington Beach, California
Major Psychology
Preferred Communication Mode Spoken English

RIT is already set up to accommodate hard-of-hearing and deaf students. Everyone is accepting and respectful, and I don’t feel like a bystander or feel out of place. With the guidance and acceptance I get here, it has shaped me into the person I want to become.

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