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Vocational Rehabilitation is an important resource available to you as you plan and finance your college education. VR offices exist in every state, and VR counselors work with high schools, junior colleges and universities across the country to help students with disabilities get the education they need for career success.

VR services may include financial assistance, employment planning, counseling, transportation, and job placement assistance. A VR counselor, who determines eligibility for services, is assigned to each individual requesting assistance. States have various names for VR, and services vary depending on need and the state in which a student lives.

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First-Year Deposit Deadlines

Early Decision I - Jan. 15
Early Decision II - Feb. 15
Fall Regular Decision - May 1 (Extended to May 15 for U.S. Citizens and permanent residents)
Spring Regular Decision - Rolling

Transfer Deposit Deadlines

The deposit deadline for transfer students varies. Refer to your acceptance email for your deposit deadline.

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You’re in. Congrats new Tigers! Soon you will see that there is no place like RIT/NTID. To accept our offer of admission and reserve your place in RIT’s entering class, please follow the checklists below, step by step, to complete your enrollment.

Enrollment Checklist

To accept our offer of admission and reserve your place in RIT's entering class, please complete the online Offer of Admission reply form, which can be found at Once this is complete, please finalize your enrollment intention by submitting your $500 deposit by the deadline stated in your acceptance letter

To pay via credit card and to expedite the processing of your enrollment deposit, please log into your Admissions Application Status page in your Admissions Portal and submit your payment using the secure link found under “Payment Due.” If you would like to pay your enrollment deposit by mail, or wire transfer, view details about additional payment methods. Once your deposit is received, please allow 1-2 business days for processing. Your other required enrollment steps (e.g., housing contract) will not be available until your payment has been processed. The enrollment deposit is non-refundable.

Note: Due to ongoing delays in FAFSA data processing, the deposit deadline for first-year regular decision and transfer applicants who are U.S. Citizens or permanent residents has been extended from May 1 to May 15, 2024.

IMPORTANT: All deposits will be posted with the date of online receipt or mailing postmark. Students submitting the enrollment deposit after the deadline noted in their offer of admission letter may have their deposit returned once enrollment capacity has been reached.

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at no later than March 1. The RIT school code is 002806.

Complete RIT’s Financial Aid Application no later than March 15 by logging in to your account at Students will receive a financial aid estimate when this is completed, and an official financial aid package after RIT receives your FAFSA information from the U.S. Department of Education.

If you have been offered a financial aid award, you can accept it online at Please be sure to follow all procedures to ensure proper crediting and disbursement of your financial aid award. You must have an RIT computer account to accept your award. Questions relating to your award may be addressed by calling 585-475-2186 (V/VRS) or emailing

For international students, financial aid decisions are made for deaf and hard-of-hearing international students using information from the Declaration of Financial Support Form and supporting documents. The I-20 is normally released in late spring. Further questions should be directed to your admissions counselor.

VR can be a major source of educational funding for U.S. deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Schedule an intake visit with a VR Counselor in your state of residence as early as possible. While your financial aid award package may include an estimate for VR support, the actual amount will be determined by your state's VR officeContact information can be found at Questions should be directed to: Denise Hampton, assistant director VR Services, at 585-475-2582 (V/VRS) or

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) assists deaf and hard-of-hearing students from the Canadian province of Ontario. Contact OSAP at for assistance as early as possible. You will need to submit a copy of the Notice of Assessment before your I-20 form will be sent. If you are from another Canadian province or an international student, please contact your admissions counselor for details.

High school students: Your official final high school/secondary school transcripts should verify your graduation date. Please contact your high school counseling office or school official and request that they send this information in an official electronic format or in a school envelope. To check the receipt, you can log in to your RIT applicant account to review your checklist at

If you took dual enrollment courses during high school or completed course work through a college, please contact the Registrar’s Office of the college(s) to request that they send your final official college transcript in an official electronic format or in a school envelope to:
RIT/NTID Office of Admissions, 52 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623

Transfer students: Please contact the Registrar’s Office at your current or previous college(s) to request that they send your final official college transcript in an official electronic format or in a school envelope to:
RIT/NTID Office of Admissions, 52 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623

Do you have AP, IB or other types of exam credit(s) that you have not already submitted to RIT to review for transfer credit?

  • Advanced Placement (AP): Please request an official AP score report be sent from the College Board to RIT Undergraduate Admissions. Complete your score report requests online
  • International Baccalaureate (1B): Please request that 1B send your official score report to the RIT Admissions Office and it will be evaluated in order to determine eligible credit.

For any other college level test credit, please contact the testing organization directly and request that transcripts/score reports be sent to:
RIT/NTID Office of Admissions, 52 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623

Learn more about test and transfer credits 

Complete the Language Communication Background Questionnaire (LCBQ) as soon as you confirm your enrollment. RIT attracts students from a wide variety of communication backgrounds (ASL, sign and speech, and spoken communication) and your response helps RIT work optimally with you. In addition, you will be contacted by NTID Department of Access Services to discuss communication access needs (i.e., interpreting, captioning, deaf-blind services, notetaking). Accommodations may not be implemented in time for late requests.

If you plan to take a foreign language course this fall semester, and have prior language experience and/or language transfer credits, you are required to take the Language Placement Exam.

Contact the Modern Language department to schedule your exam with the coordinator of the language you wish to take. 

Account Set Up Checklist

You will receive an account activation email from RIT when your enrollment deposit has been received and posted to our system. Please allow 1-2 business days for deposit payment processing. The account activation email will go to the email address you provided us on your admissions application. If after two business days you have not received the account activation email but have paid your deposit, please contact the RIT Service Center for assistance. (Please note that this is different than the RIT Admissions account that you used during the application process.) You will use your new RIT computer account login to complete other enrollment processes, including housing contracts, student health forms, and critical information to complete the rest of this New Student Checklist.

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 validate your identity. All RIT students are required to enroll in MFA. View instructions on how to enroll and additional information on how MFA works.

Once you have created your RIT computer account AND your enrollment deposit has been received and processed, your RIT student Gmail account becomes active. At this time, your RIT student Gmail account will become your preferred email address in our system. You should check this account on a regular basis. Communication sent to RIT student Gmail accounts will include information from New Student Orientation, Student Financial Services, RIT Housing, Financial Aid & Scholarships, and academic departments.

RIT has partnered with Google to provide RIT Gmail accounts for all students. To access your RIT Gmail account, visit Google Apps at RIT. Additionally, you can set email preferences by visiting Your RIT Gmail can also be forwarded to your preferred email account. You can set e-mail preferences by visiting, including forwarding emails to your preferred email account.

eServices is your secure online portal where you can pay bills, view or apply for financial aid, view grades and schedules, request a payment plan, and request a refund. You can set up your authorized payers and select what you want them to have access to in the Manage Accounts section of eServices. All billing information is sent via email to you and up to three authorized payers. 

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RIT Alert is used to notify the campus community of an emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff occurring on or near campus. You will be auto-enrolled into the RIT Alert system at the beginning of the semester using the contact information you provide in RIT's Student Information System. 

Learn about RIT Alert

TigerSafe is Public Safety's official campus safety app. It has a variety of useful features you can use in times of uncertainty or emergencies on campus. Download the RIT TigerSafe app and make sure you enable push notifications to receive app updates. 

Take two minutes to update your parent and emergency contact information in the Student Information System (SIS). Contact the RIT Service Center at or 585-475-5000 to report a problem.

Health and Wellness Checklist

Counseling and Psychological Services provides individualized mental health care based on your own unique needs. This includes online self-help resources, educational workshops, single-session therapy, short-term individual therapy, group therapy, urgent care (same-day appointments), psychiatric services, and a 24-hour mental health line.

Weekly check-ins, specialized or intensive clinical services that require a meeting for concerns beyond identified short-term goals are outside the scope of services. If you currently see a professional for these services, we recommend that you continue treatment with your provider or contact our Case Management team to assist you in connecting with a mental health specialist in the local Rochester area.

Contact our office for help determining whether our individualized care model can meet your needs during your time at RIT.

Learn more about RIT Counseling and Psychological Services 

The Student Health Center provides primary care and urgent care services to all RIT students. Services range from support for acute medical concerns to injury evaluation, to sexual health and nutrition consultation. There is an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter on staff, as well as Cyracom translation services available. Appointments can be made for health counseling, evaluation and treatment of common medical concerns.

For medical care beyond the scope of practice of the Student Health Center, students will be referred to local specialists with guidance and coordination of care provided by a member of the Student Health Center team.

Learn more about RIT medical care and health services

All students are expected to have health insurance coverage for services provided outside of the Student Health Center at RIT. Health insurance coverage ensures that students receive the appropriate medical care in the event of an injury or illness that requires prescription medication, a referral to a specialist, or even hospitalization.

Consider purchasing the RIT Student Health Insurance Plan, particularly if your plan only includes emergency services in the Rochester area. The Case Management team at RIT is available to help students navigate their health insurance.

Learn more about health insurance requirements

The Student Health Center on campus has limited commonly prescribed medications on-site and can assist with prescription delivery options for students who must fill prescription medications away from home. 

If a prescription is recommended by the Student Health Center, but is not available to purchase or if your doctor at home continues your prescriptions, you can arrange for delivery from Wegmans Pharmacy to the Student Health Center. If you have a different preferred pharmacy, our clinicians can fax your script directly to them. 

Learn more about medication services and prescriptions 

The Disability Services Office works in collaboration with partners across RIT to foster a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive campus community. Some students may be unsure whether the Disability Services Office can support their needs. The Disability Services Office welcomes all enrolled RIT students to register with our office and request accommodations if they identify as having a permanent or temporary disability. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Lifelong or acquired disabilities
  • Hidden disabilities (e.g. learning disabilities or mental health disabilities)
  • Deaf-blind or vision-related services
  • Service and assistance animals
  • Chronic illness
  • Veterans with service-related disabilities
  • Pregnancy-related disability
  • Students of size
  • Students with temporary disabilities (e.g. students with injuries or recovering from surgery)
  • Students facing new access needs in light of the COVID-19 pandemic

Learn how to apply for an accommodation

Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students: RIT is also home to the Department of Access Services (DAS) at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID). DAS provides interpreting, note-taking, and real-time captioning services to the RIT community, which must be requested separately from accommodations.

Deaf and hard-of-hearing students who work with DAS for captioning, note-taking, and/or interpreting may also contact the Disability Services Office for support with any additional accessibility needs. For more information about support for deaf and hard-of-hearing students with additional disabilities, visit the DeafPlus website.

Housing, Dining, and Commuting Checklist

RIT Housing provides the best living environment for students who are in pursuit of successful college experiences where they can develop friendships, be inspired to work on creative projects, and engage in new experiences in a safe and residential atmosphere. Every student living in RIT Housing must sign an online housing contract. No additional housing deposit is required. Visit RIT Housing to explore the many living options available to you.

First-Year Housing Contract

All entering first-year students are required to live in one of RIT Housing’s first-year communities for their first academic year, with the exception of those who live within a 30-mile commuting distance with a parent or legal guardian. 

First-year students starting at RIT in the spring semester will be assigned to available space by RIT Housing. Entering incoming first-year students are guaranteed housing. RIT first-year student housing includes residence halls and the RIT Inn.

To complete a housing contract, use your RIT computer account (username and password) to login to the myLife portal.

Transfer Housing Contract 
Entering transfer students may live in RIT Housing or non-RIT housing. Transfer students are assigned RIT Housing on a space-available basis, prioritized by 1) the receive date of the enrollment deposit and 2) the receive date of the housing contract. View RIT Housing options>

To complete a housing contract, use your RIT computer account (username and password) to login to the myLife portal.

After completing your RIT Housing Contract, review the important dates and mark your calendar so you are prepared to select your room, roommate, and move-in day. 

Review RIT Housing information for first-year students

Review RIT Housing information for transfer students

If you are planning to live off-campus, you will be a member of our large and vibrant commuter community. Through Off-Campus and Commuter Services, you will have the opportunity to meet other commuter students and engage in events that help you get connected to important resources available to you at RIT. There is even a dedicated space on campus just for you! Connect with Off-Campus and Commuter Services to learn more about what’s available for off-campus and commuter students. 

First-year students: Incoming first-year students living in the residence halls, 175 Jefferson or the RIT Inn may select one of the meal plans below. The Tiger plan is the default plan applied to student accounts. 

  • Orange: $3,500
  • Tiger: $3,020 

Meal plans are available for all RIT students, including students living off-campus. You can add a meal plan, Tiger Bucks, or voluntary Dining Dollars at any time. 

Transfer Students: Transfers living in RIT residence halls, 175 Jefferson, Greek Circle and the RIT Inn are required to have a meal plan. Transfers may select an Orange or Tiger meal plan. Transfers living in other RIT Housing or off-campus may select one of the Commuter Plans. Select your meal plan at

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There are several ways to pay on campus: your meal plan, Dining Dollars, Tiger Bucks, Tiger Pay, credit (Visa/MasterCard/Discover), Apple Pay, and Google Pay.  

Your meal plan may be composed of Gracie’s swipes and Dining Dollars or solely Dining Dollars. You can add Dining Dollars or Tiger Bucks to your dining account anytime. Learn the difference between Dining Dollars and Tiger Bucks

Tiger Pay utilizes mobile payment technology for in-person purchases from a smart device. A unique barcode generates every time you log into Tiger Spend.

You can add and manage your funds, access Tiger Pay, view past transactions, and check your balance at Tiger Spend

If you have allergies or dietary restrictions, make an appointment with our registered dietitian at to discuss your needs and make a plan for eating on-campus safely. 

If you’re considering bringing a car to campus, please review the parking rules and regulations and permit options.

Orientation Checklist

Students who are planning to attend Spring Orientation on Friday, Jan. 12, and Saturday, Jan. 13, 2024 must register in advance. Registration will be open until Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2024. 

Register for Spring Orientation 

Orientation for new students starting at RIT in the Spring (Spring 2024) should plan to attend Orientation on Friday, Jan. 12, and Saturday, Jan. 13, 2023. Students who are planning to attend Spring Orientation must register in advance. 

View the schedule of Orientation events

Stay tuned for additional opportunities to connect with the RIT community upon your arrival. 

Jump start your Orientation experience with our RIT Virtual Orientation. The virtual orientation experience will provide you with important information; including an introduction to services and resources, to help you successfully launch your RIT journey.

You must complete all five modules before your in-person Orientation begins. Feel free to go through this program at your own pace. If you need to take a break, you can log back in at any time and pick up where you left off.

Write down your questions and bring them with you to in-person Orientation. The orientation team is eager to answer any questions you may have about your RIT journey.

Fall Incoming Students

RIT Orientation will help you get acclimated as a new student. With online modules that are completed over the summer and a required on-campus program that begins just after move-in, you will get all the guidance and resources you need to successfully start your RIT journey. Important information and details regarding your Orientation experience will be sent to your RIT email address starting in May and will continue over the summer. Visit the RIT Orientation website for more information.

Fall Orientation 2024 Dates:

  • Welcome Days: Sunday, August 18, and Monday, August 19
  • New Student Orientation: Tuesday, August 20 – Saturday, August 24

All first-year and transfer deaf and hard-of-hearing students who are entering into an associate degree program, associate+bachelor's degree program, pre-baccalaureate program, or in career exploration studies in the College of NTID are required to attend the Summer Vestibule Program, an orientation program that runs from August 15-24, 2024. Check out the SVP website to see what you need to complete before your in-person Orientation begins.

Financial Aid Checklist

You filed your FAFSA, reviewed your Financial Aid Offer, and have begun navigating your way through your RIT eServices account. You are now asking, “What’s next when it comes to Financial Aid”? Review the Financial Aid Checklist.

Graduate Student Checklist

The Graduate Student Checklist will help you navigate important information such as enrollment next steps, arrival information, financial aid, campus services, and more. If you haven't done so already, be sure to check out the detailed next steps you need as a new RIT Tiger by selecting your applicable Graduate Student Checklist (US Student, International Student, Online Student, or PhD Student).

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Deferral Request

If you are unable to attend RIT in the term you have been admitted, you may be able to defer your admission. Please contact NTID Office of Admissions at 585-475-6700 (V), toll free in the U.S. and Canada at 866-644-6843, by videophone at 585-743-1366, or for more information.

Orientation Information and Dates

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First-year and transfer deaf and hard-of-hearing students who are entering into an associate degree program, associate+bachelor's degree program, pre-baccalaureate program, or in career exploration studies in the College of NTID will attend the Summer Vestibule Orientation. Save the Date: SVP will be held August 15-24, 2024.

Students should anticipate being on campus and fully available to participate in orientation activities during the entirety of the time frame. Please ensure you are activating your RIT email account, so that you are receiving important information about what your next steps are, webinars that are available for you and your family to attend, and resources that will help acclimate you to RIT. More important dates will be released and sent to your RIT email starting in May.

Summer Vestibule Program

First-year and transfer deaf and hard-of-hearing students who are accepted into bachelor’s degree programs in one of the other eight colleges of RIT as well as first-year and transfer students accepted into the American Sign Language-English interpretation program and community development and inclusive leadership program will attend RIT New Student Orientation.

RIT New Student Orientation 2024 Dates:

  • Welcome Days: Sunday, August 18, and Monday, August 19
  • New Student Orientation: Tuesday, August 20 – Saturday, August 24

Students should anticipate being on campus and fully available to participate in orientation activities during the entirety of the time frame. Please ensure you are activating your RIT email account, so that you are receiving important information about what your next steps are, webinars that are available for you and your family to attend, and resources that will help acclimate you to RIT. More important dates will be released and sent to your RIT email starting in May.

New Student Orientation

Summer Pre-Orientation Programs

In addition to the required orientation programs for accepted students, RIT/NTID offers optional summer pre-orientation programs for first-year and transfer students.

Students may only register for one summer program because dates overlap.

Summer Transition Program

July 8-August 15, 2024

STP is a six-week program designed to give newly admitted students a strong academic and social start on their college journey. The program helps students develop their academic, leadership, and college readiness skills. Students who apply to STP will be accepted based on their high school experiences and personal backgrounds and recommendation from the NTID Admissions Committee.
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New Signers Program

July 30-August 15, 2024

NSP is an optional four-credit, pre-orientation program offered to newly accepted deaf and hard-of-hearing students who have little or no prior skills in American Sign Language. This program is designed to help you learn basic sign skills, so that you will be able to communicate more effectively with RIT/NTID students, faculty, and staff members who use sign language.
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