We are following COVID-19 moment-by-moment, acting in accordance with NY state guidelines, and using the best information possible (i.e. CDC, Rochester-based health agencies, location-specific information, etc.) to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors. If you have any questions, please contact us at 585-475-6700, toll free in the U.S. and Canada at 866-644-6843, by videophone at 585-743-1366, or by email at NTIDAdmissions@rit.edu.
To accept our offer of admission and reserve your place in RIT’s entering class, please confirm your intent to enroll by completing the online Offer of Admission reply form which can be found on your Admissions Application Status page. Once this is complete, you should finalize your enrollment intention by submitting your $500 deposit by the deadline stated in your acceptance letter.
You will receive an account activation email from RIT when your Acceptance of Admissions 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 supplied 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 ITS Service Deskfor 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 and student health forms.)
Once you have created your RIT computer account and your deposit has been processed, your RIT Gmail account becomes active. At this time, your Gmail account will become your preferred email address in our system. It is your responsibility to check your Gmail account on a regular basis. Communication sent to your Gmail account will include information from New Student Orientation, Student Financial Services, Housing Operations, 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.rit.edu. Additionally, you can set e-mail preferences by visiting start.rit.edu. Your RIT Gmail can also be forwarded to your preferred email account.
Visit the RIT housing website to explore the living options available to you.
Freshman Housing Contract - All entering freshmen who do not live with their parent(s) within a 30-mile commuting distance are required to live in a RIT residence hall for their first full academic year; if you have received an RIT/NTID scholarship you are required to live in an RIT residence hall for up to three years. All freshmen will have the opportunity to select their own roommate and residence hall room assignment on a first-come, first-served basis, depending upon 1) the receive date of their Acceptance of Admission Deposit and 2) the receive date of their freshman housing contract. Entering freshmen are guaranteed housing.
Transfer Housing Contract - 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 Admission Deposit and 2) the receive date of the housing contract. Housing is not guaranteed for transfer students. Some transfer students may be placed in temporary housing initially, but relocated to permanent RIT housing early in the academic year. If you are seeking RIT housing, complete the appropriate online housing contract. No additional housing deposit is required. Use your RIT computer account to complete the online Housing Contract.
For students seeking need-based financial aid, please complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You may apply for financial aid after October 1of the year prior to enrollment at RIT.
A financial aid award will be mailed to your home address. It also will be available for you to view on eservices once you have paid your Admissions deposit and set up your RIT computer account. Visit eservices to determine any other financial aid requirements. Questions about your award may be addressed by calling (585) 475-2186 or by email.
All students are required to submit the Health History Form and Immunization Record at least 30 days before classes begin. Instructions regarding completion of the online Immunization Form and online Health History Form will be sent to you separately. If you have questions regarding these forms, please directed them to the Student Health Center at 585-475-2255.
If, in addition to your hearing loss, you have a disability requiring accommodation (learning disability, visual or mobility impairment), please complete the Disability Services Request Form. ASL-English Interpretation students with disabilities should also complete this form. Do not complete these forms unless the circumstances above apply to you.
You should request a final high school transcript (indicating date of graduation) and/or your final college transcript/s as soon as it becomes available. Transcript/s should be sent to: NTID Office of Admissions, Rochester Institute of Technology, 52 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623-5604. Registration may be delayed until transcript/s are received. For transfer students, if you receive a degree prior to enrollment at RIT, your final transcript must indicate receipt of the degree.
If you have taken AP, IB, and/or college courses in high school, please request your official test scores and/or transcripts to be sent to the NTID Office of Admissions so your coursework may be evaluated for transfer credit.
First-year and transfer students who are accepted into a bachelor’s degree program, including American Sign Language-English Interpretation, should attend the New Student Orientation. In early June, you will receive a Welcome Guide which will highlight and overview the New Student Orientation program. Move-in Day for fall 2020 is Wednesday, August, 12, 2020. New students entering during the spring semester also must register for the New Student Orientation program. An important part of RIT Orientation for deaf and hard-of-hearing students and their parents includes the Support Services Orientation (SSO) information session. At this session, deaf and hard-of-hearing students and their parents will learn about the outstanding access and student support services at RIT to support the college success of deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Register for SSO.
First-year and transfer students who are accepted into an associate degree program, associate+bachelor's degree program, pre-baccalaureate program, or in career exploration studies should attend NTID orientation, the Summer Vestibule Program (SVP). New students accepted for spring semester must register for an orientation program.
The New Signers Program (NSP) is an optional one-credit, pre-orientation program offered on a first come, first served basis 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. In addition to sign language instruction, you also will receive an introduction to Deaf culture and awareness, explore Rochester, learn how to navigate the RIT campus, and participate in other fun activities.
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.
Understanding Your Undergraduate Financial Aid Award
At RIT, we believe that an innovative, creative, relevant education should be affordable and accessible to all students. We invest more than $180 million of RIT funding in our students and distribute another $140 million from other resources to assist students to meet the costs of an RIT education. We recognize the critical role that financial aid plays in your choice of schools to attend. Our goal is to help you understand how your aid award is determined and what types of aid are included.
Email notifications are sent to students and authorized payers (e.g. parents, guardians, etc.) when bills become available. Student Financial Services has information on fee rates, billing, payment options, loan repayment and educational tax credit. The online eServices site provides real-time account inquiry and electronic payment for tuition/fees. You can authorize up to three persons to receive eBill reminder notifications, course schedules, and grades by logging into eServices.