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. Learn more about how we are RIT Ready. 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.
Q&A Information Session with Admissions Director Feb. 22, 2021
Parents of deaf and hard-of-hearing students can get answers to their questions regarding admissions requirements, academic programs, access and support services, scholarships, campus life, and more.
NTID Performing Arts Feb. 23, 2021
Have a love for dance, theater, music, and other performing arts? Explore performing arts at RIT/NTID, find out about our performing arts scholarships, and learn how students are always on to something wildly creative.
Audiology and Speech/Language Services Feb. 25, 2021
RIT/NTID in-house audiologists and speech pathologists will discuss on-campus services provided for deaf and hard-of-hearing students including audiology, speech-language, and cochlear implant services.
College Success in the Time of COVID-19 April 11, 2021
Learn from RIT/NTID leadership how the college adapted to a constantly changing environment this past fall and successfully navigated instruction, access services, co-ops, student life, and more to provide a safe, high-quality, and rewarding education and campus experience for students.
Accepted Student Checklist & Orientation Information Session April 26, May 17, June 7
We’ll take you step by step through the enrollment checklist, review the placement tests and move-in details, and give you an overview of Orientation.
Learn about the College of NTID’s academic programs that put you on the fast-track to success, get to know our ambitious students and dedicated faculty, ask questions, and get the answers you’re looking for.
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.)
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. See instructions on how to enroll, and additional information on how MFA works.
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. RIT transfer student housing includes residence halls, Global Village, RIT Inn & Conference Center, and a limited number of apartments and suites. 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. To receive full consideration, it is important that you file your financial aid application by November 1 (for Early Decision I), by January 1 (for Early Decision II), or by February 15 (for Regular Decision). Applications received after those dates will receive consideration as long as funds are available.
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.
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 deaf and hard-of-hearing students who have paid their enrollment deposit for the fall semester are encouraged to visit Summer Vestibule Program and RIT Orientation. Here you will find your Orientation schedule, resources, and action items to complete before coming to RIT. 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. Move-in for freshmen and transfer deaf and hard-of-hearing students will occur on August 15, from 8:00 a.m.-Noon, by appointment. Be on the lookout for more information that will be directed to your RIT email address from RIT Housing, as well as RIT Orientation.
If you are a new student entering during the spring semester, you must register for the New Student Orientation program. During this program, you will have the opportunity to interact with resources and different offices, participate in social programming, and meet with your academic department for advising and course registration. Please ensure you have set up your RIT email account, and are regularly checking it for upcoming webinars, and details for registering for the New Student Orientation program.
If 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 NTID Office of Admissions at 585-475-6700, toll free in the U.S. and Canada at 866-644-6843, by videophone at 585-743-1366, or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
All first-year and transfer deaf and hard-of-hearing students are required to attend the Summer Vestibule Program, a two-day pre-orientation program that starts on Sunday, August 15, 2021. Then, all first-year and transfer students will attend RIT Orientation from August 17-August 22. This includes students accepted into the American Sign Language-English interpretation program. 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.
The New Signers Program (NSP) is an optional three-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.