Transfer Admission

This year, RIT will enroll a new and excited group of deaf and hard-of-hearing transfer students, placing our university among the national leaders in transfer student admission. About 75 percent of our total transfer population comes from two-year schools, and the remaining 25 percent transfer to RIT after beginning studies at another four-year school.

Visit and Events

We have opportunities every day to come to campus or visit virtually! Get to know RIT/NTID, meet our students and staff, and ask questions. Students who attend one of these visit opportunities will have their application fee waived. View all the ways you can experience RIT/NTID

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We invite you to campus for an individualized tour experience.

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Want to find out how RIT can be a great fit for you? Come join us for any of our live virtual information sessions and find out why more than 1,100 deaf and hard-of-hearing students and 14,000 hearing undergraduates call RIT home. Choose one or more of our one-hour live general information sessions or 20-minute live flash sessions.

General Information Sessions
Student Panel Session for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students
Thursday, October 14 at 7:00 p.m. ET
Wednesday, November 10 at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Meet current students and see what they say about our inclusive community and the undergraduate experience. Admissions representatives will be on hand to chat with you.
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Admissions 101 for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students
Tuesday, October 5 at 7:00 p.m. ET
Tuesday, November 2 at 7:00 pm ET
Wednesday, December 8 at 7:00 p.m. ET

Find out more about our academic programs, campus life, reduced tuition, access and support services available, co-op program, and admissions requirements.
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Q&A Information Session with RIT/NTID Admissions Director
Sunday, December 5 at 7:00 p.m. ET

Deaf and hard-of-hearing students and their parents can get answers to their questions regarding admissions requirements, academic programs, access and support services, scholarships, campus life, and more.
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Panel: Diversity & Inclusion at RIT/NTID
Wednesday, October 13 at 7:00 p.m. ET

Get a glimpse of our welcoming and inclusive environment, and learn how we support diversity in culture, perspective, and beliefs.
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Panel: The LGBTQ+ Connection
Monday, November 1 at 7:00 p.m. ET

Learn about how we promote an equitable and accessible campus, create safe spaces for the LGBTQ+ community, and encourage unity in diversity.
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Financial Aid Session
Wednesday, September 22 at 7:00 p.m. ET
Tuesday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m. ET
Monday, November 8 at 7:00 p.m. ET

Learn about RIT’s reduced tuition, tips on navigating financial aid forms, scholarships, and more.
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Vocational Rehabilitation Overview
Tuesday, November 9 at 7:00 p.m. ET

Get an overview of VR, and learn how VR can help deaf and hard-of-hearing students plan and finance their college education.
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Flash Topic Sessions

20-minute online sessions held every other Thursday. Get a deep dive without the time commitment!

Student Life: Clubs, Sports, Events, & More
Thursday, October 7 at 7:00 p.m. ET
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I Don’t Know Sign. Is RIT Right for Me?
Thursday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m. ET
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Deaf Culture Strong: The ASL User’s Experience at RIT
Thursday, November 4 at 7:00 p.m. ET
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RIT or NTID: What’s the Difference?
Thursday, November 18 at 7:00 p.m. ET
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My Application: What do I do Next?
Thursday, December 2 at 7:00 p.m. ET
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Audiology and Speech/Language Services
Thursday, December 16 at 7:00 p.m. ET
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College search checklist and visit tips

The college search and application process can be a challenge, but you can stay organized using this helpful checklist app and visit tips. Download the free "College Checklist" app and visit tips PDF.
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Applying for Admission

Ways to Apply

Admission to RIT is competitive, but our admission process is a personal one. Each application is reviewed holistically for strength of academic preparation, performance on standardized tests, counselor recommendations, and your personal career interests. We seek applicants from a variety of geographic, social, cultural, economic, and ethnic backgrounds.

Manage Application

Whichever method you choose to apply, we invite you to create an RIT Admissions account to monitor your application, track the status of your application credentials, receive your admissions decision, and more.

Transfer Application Checklist

Set up an RIT admissions portal account and complete the RIT online application, sign the application, and submit it. If you prefer, you can use the Common Application to apply to RIT.

Instructions on how to submit your $65 fee are included with your application. Visit the RIT campus or attend an RIT summer camp and your application fee will be waived.

All applicants must submit a college transcript showing all academic work completed and in process. If you have attended multiple colleges, please send transcripts from all schools. Your college/s Records Office should submit transcript/s to: Rochester Institute of Technology, NTID Office of Admissions, 52 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623. Transcripts are acceptable if they are faxed, but must include a cover sheet that clearly shows that it came directly from the college. Transcripts can be faxed to 585-475-2696.

If you have less than 30 college credits achieved at the time you submit your application for admissions, you must submit a final high school transcript. Starting in Fall 2021 and beyond, RIT is a “Test Optional” school, meaning you can choose whether or not to report SAT or ACT test scores for admission to any of our nine colleges. Information can be submitted to: Rochester Institute of Technology, NTID Office of Admissions, 52 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623. Transcripts are acceptable if they are faxed, but must include a cover sheet that clearly shows that it came directly from the college. Transcripts can be faxed to 585-475-2696.

Deaf and hard-of-hearing applicants need to submit one recommendation. Ask the individual writing the letter to complete the recommendation section on the secondary school transcript request form in the RIT Undergraduate Application. Or, if you prefer, the letter can be sent separately on an official letterhead. The author of the letter should be someone who is familiar with your work in school, for example, a school counselor, a teacher or a coach.

The personal essay helps us to become acquainted with you as a person and student, apart from courses, grades, test scores and other objective data. It will also demonstrate your ability to organize your thoughts and express yourself. The essay questions are included in the application.

Submit the Audiological Record Form or submit an unaided audiogram from your audiologist without the form. All audiograms should have been completed within three years of the application date.

If you are applying for a bachelor-level degree program in the School of Art, School for American Crafts or the School of Design, a portfolio is required.


For best consideration for admission and scholarships, and because many programs fill to capacity, we strongly recommend that deaf and hard-of-hearing applicants file their materials on or before March 1 for fall or summer admission and November 1 for spring admission. Applications for transfer admission are reviewed on a “rolling admission” basis.

For American Sign Language-English Interpretation program applicants, the application deadline is January 15. There is no admission for spring or summer terms for students considering this program.

Academic Preparation and Requirements

Learn more about the variety of academic opportunities available to deaf and hard-of-hearing students at RIT.

Most students applying to RIT choose a specific major as part of the admission process. In addition, all colleges offer undeclared options, and the University Exploration program is available to applicants with interests in two or more colleges. Given the variety of majors, admission requirements and entrance exam score ranges will vary from one major to another. For all bachelor’s degree programs, a strong performance in a college preparatory program is expected. Generally, this includes 4 years of English, 3-4 years of mathematics, 2-3 years of science and 3 years of social studies and/or history.

See specific math and science requirements and other recommendations

Costs and Financial Aid

RIT/NTID receives support from the federal government, and as a result, deaf and hard-of-hearing students enrolled in any undergraduate degree program pay less than one-half of RIT’s tuition. The reduced tuition rate also applies for students enrolled in the American Sign Language-English Interpretation program.

Deaf and hard-of-hearing students enrolled in graduate degree programs also pay a reduced tuition rate. At RIT/NTID, we pride ourselves on making a great education truly affordable. You get a world-class private university education at a public university price!

RIT's Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships will assist you and your family in identifying sources of financial aid to help meet the cost of a quality education. We realize that you are taking an important step in your life—one that is exciting, yet challenging. Since you have many other things to consider as you prepare for college, we want to help make your financial aid experience as smooth as possible.

While the primary responsibility for your education rests with you and your family, the RIT Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships will assist you in identifying additional financial aid resources. Currently, more than 13,500 RIT undergraduate and graduate students receive over $300 million dollars in financial assistance from federal, state, and institutional resources, in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and part-time employment. We expect to continue this commitment by assisting the same number of students for the upcoming academic year.

Start by filing the Free Applications for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Once you have completed these forms, the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships will review your information and send you a financial aid package. Your financial aid award may include need-based grants, loans, or employment opportunities.

Deaf and hard-of-hearing students can receive scholarships through our merit-based scholarship programs.

Merit-based scholarships are awarded in recognition of academic and extracurricular achievements, regardless of a student’s financial need. These scholarships are awarded based on a review of information already provided to NTID’s Office of Admissions as part of the admission process and no separate scholarship application is required.

Regardless, if you receive merit-based scholarships, you are encouraged to apply for Financial Aid by filing the Free Applications for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

General guidelines pertaining to merit-based scholarships at RIT/NTID include the following:

  • Students who submit all required admission credentials by February 1 will automatically be considered for merit-based scholarships.
  • Entering students selected to receive an RIT/NTID merit-based scholarship will be mailed a notification letter specifying the scholarship amount and renewal requirements.
NTID President’s Scholarship

NTID President’s Scholarship is awarded to outstanding first-year RIT/NTID students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Recipients are selected based on a comprehensive review of the student’s academic record, ACT or SAT scores, activities, and demonstration of outstanding leadership and extracurricular activities. Award amounts are up to $4,000 annually.

NTID Scholarship for Academic Excellence

NTID Scholarship for Academic Excellence is awarded to outstanding RIT/NTID students. Recipients are chosen on the basis of the strength of their overall application materials including grade point average, ACT/SAT scores, activities and recommendations. Award amounts are up to $4,000 annually.

Associate+Bachelor’s Degree Scholarships

Students who are admitted to an Associate+Bachelor’s degree program are awarded an additional $1,000 when the student successfully enrolls in the bachelor’s degree program.

RIT Founder's Scholarships

Students accepted directly to RIT bachelor’s degree programs also are eligible for consideration for RIT Founder's Scholarships. Amounts are prorated in order to reflect the lower tuition rate for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Named to recognize the founders of RIT and its forerunners, Founder's Scholarships are awarded to freshmen who have excelled academically, are active and involved in their schools or community, or demonstrate special talents or abilities. Consideration also may be given to outstanding leadership, service, entrepreneurship, citizenship or creativity. Portfolio evaluations or other evidence of creative excellence will also be considered for applicants to art, crafts, design, film and photography programs. Scholarship awards are $2,500-$3,500 per year. Students qualifying for an additional RIT merit-based scholarship will automatically be awarded the scholarship with the highest amount. Renewable. All freshman applications submitted to RIT by November 1 or January 1 (Early Decision), January 15 (Regular Decision), or November 1 for spring entry will be reviewed for possible selection.

RIT Presidential Scholarships

Awarded to a select number of entering freshmen. Recipients demonstrate exceptional academic performance; receive exemplary letters of recommendation as well as strong entrance exam scores. Scholarship awards are $1,000-$4,500 per year. All freshman applications submitted to RIT by November 1 or January 1 (Early Decision), January 15 (Regular Decision), or November 1 for spring entry will be reviewed for possible selection.

Incentive Scholarship

NTID’s Incentive Scholarship is awarded to first-year RIT/NTID students who are deaf or hard of hearing and are planning to enroll in one of NTID’s Associate Degree programs. Recipients are selected based on a comprehensive review of the student’s academic record, ACT or SAT scores, activities, and demonstration of leadership and extracurricular activities. Students are awarded $3,000 annually.

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)

You might not be aware that your state’s Vocational Rehabilitation office is an important resource available to you to help you plan and finance a 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 who are deaf or hard of hearing or who have disabilities get the education they need for career success. VR may assist with vocational training or college.

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.

If you have questions about VR related to RIT/NTID, please contact the NTID Student Financial Services Office:

Denise Hampton
Assistant Director
Vocational Rehabilitation Services
585-475-2582 (V)

Barbara Polle
Coordinator, NTID Student Financial Services
585-475-6863 (voice/TTY)
585-286-5516 (VP)

Alicia Johnson
Assistant Director, NTID
Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships
Rochester Institute of Technology
56 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623

State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies can be an important resource in helping deaf and hard-of-hearing students fund their education. VR can provide invaluable assistance in helping you obtain your college degree so you can realize your career goals. Click on your state below for information about VR services and support in your state.

State-by-State VR Agencies

What is Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)?


Vocational Rehabilitation is a federal- and state-funded program that provides financial and other types of support for employment- and education-related services and training to assist individuals with disabilities to qualify for, find or keep a job. The services available through VR for college students with hearing loss are designed specifically to meet the needs of the individual student.

Is my student eligible for services through VR?

To be eligible for services through VR, your student must meet the following federally mandated guidelines:

  • Your student must have a documented physical, mental, emotional or learning disability that has a significant impact on your student’s ability to get a job.
  • Your student must require VR services to find, keep and succeed in a job.

Meeting with the VR counselor in your area can help determine if your student is eligible.

How can my student apply for VR?

Your student should contact a guidance counselor, teacher, principal or other school representative who can provide an application and make a referral. You also can contact your area’s VR office directly to get an application and set up an interview with a VR counselor.

How does my student qualify for services?

Based on your student's application and interview, the assigned VR counselor will decide whether or not your student qualifies for services. What services are available for my student? Services vary depending on need and the state in which your student lives. Each state agency has its own eligibility criteria, application process and methods for deciding the level of support it will provide. If your student is eligible, the VR counselor will work with him/her to develop an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE). The IPE has three basic parts: the individual’s job goals, the services needed to be successful in those job goals, and the process for review of progress toward goal achievement. This IPE is based on your student’s abilities, strengths, priorities, concerns, interests and resources.

When should we contact our VR office?

Students should contact VR during their junior year of high school or earlier to allow themselves sufficient time to work with a VR counselor to determine employment goals prior to entering college.

Should the parent/guardian go with the student to meetings with his/her VR counselor?

Parent’s/Guardian’s participation in the VR process is very important, especially if the student is underage. Go to the first meeting, then stay in touch to make sure VR’s planning activities are consistent with the plans you and your student are making with the college your student plans to attend.

What are some questions to ask VR?

A few questions you can ask VR to get your discussion underway include:

  • How does my state decide how much funding my student will receive?
  • How long will it take to determine if my student is eligible?
  • If I claim my student on my taxes, does that affect VR support?
  • If my student receives SSI benefits, how will this benefit affect VR funding?
  • Does VR support cover the cost of career-related summer programs for high school students?
Will VR pay for all services in the IPE?

VR might not cover all of your student’s expenses related to college. Contact RIT’s Financial Aid and Scholarship Office about other sources of financial support, including scholarships.

Can my VR state agency refuse to support my student from attending an out-of-state college, such as RIT?

No. According to the Rehabilitation Act, federal regulations state clearly that state agencies cannot establish policies that “effectively prohibit the provision of out-of-state services.” However, a state agency "may establish a preference for in-state services," as long as there are provisions to ensure that your student is not denied a necessary service. If the out-of-state program costs more than an in-state service, and it is determined that either service would meet your student’s rehabilitation needs, the VR system is not responsible for costs in excess of the cost of the in-state service. Your student can still choose an out-of-state service, and the VR system would be responsible for the costs of the out-of-state program, up to the cost of the in-state program.

If there is no program within the state that will enable your student to meet his/her employment goal, the state must have a process to fully fund the out-of-state program (subject to any financial need criteria the state may have established). Generally, VR offices have a written policy covering this situation.

What if I disagree with VR’s decision?

If you disagree, you have the right to appeal. To initiate an appeal, you or your student should write to the director of your state VR office and identify the reason(s) for the appeal and the action you wish the office to take. In addition, each state has a Client Assistance Program, which can provide you with advice and assistance in resolving issues and concerns. In most cases, an individual issue or concern is addressed without having to conduct a formal appeal hearing. Get more information on appealing a VR decision.

If my student receives SSI benefits, how will services through VR affect this benefit?

Contact the Social Security Administration District Office to get specific information about the impact of VR services on your student’s SSI benefits.

Will VR support automatically continue until my student graduates from college?

No, VR support must be assessed each semester. Your student is expected to maintain good academic standing and is required to maintain contact with their VR counselor and to keep the counselor up to date with all transcripts, changes in courses or curricula, financial status or problems encountered.

If I am receiving VR support, do I still need to file a FAFSA?

Yes, you need to complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) in your student’s last year of high school and each year while your student is attending college. The FAFSA is available after October 1 of your student’s senior year.

Will VR support my student to participate in transition programs that will help lead them to identify their career interests?

VR may support your student to participate in activities related to his/her transition planning from high school to college, such as the NTID’s Explore Your Future (EYF) program for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. By participating in transition programs like EYF, your student begins the process to prepare for life after high school. Through self-assessment and hands-on activities, your student will learn more about how to match his/her interests, personality and skills to a career and career-education options. To find out if your VR office will support transition planning programs like EYF, contact your VR counselor.

Online transition planning programs also are available for your student to help him/her learn about his/her career interests and goals.

How do I get more information about VR Services?

Contact the VR office closest to your home. VR programs are known by different names in different states, but you can find information in your local telephone directory under "State Government."

In your appeal, you must demonstrate why your student will have a better opportunity to succeed at RIT/NTID than at another college. Here are some facts you can use in your appeal:

  1. Outstanding Job Placement Rate—Last year, 94 percent of deaf and hard-of-hearing RIT/NTID graduates who chose to enter the workforce found employment after graduation.
  2. Impressive Persistence and Graduate Rates—First-year persistence rates and graduation rates for both associate- and bachelor-level deaf and hard-of-hearing students at RIT/NTID are higher than the national rates for students in community colleges and other four-year colleges.
  3. Higher Earnings for Graduates—A recent study by NTID and the Social Security Administration shows that completing a degree from RIT/NTID has significant economic benefits for deaf and hard-of-hearing graduates. At age 50, deaf and hard-of-hearing RIT/NTID graduates with a bachelor’s degree or an associate degree earn 178% and 95% more, respectively, than deaf and hard-of-hearing students who graduate from other postsecondary institutions around the country.
  4. Exceptional Value & Affordability—Because RIT receives special federal support for deaf and hard-of-hearing students, those students pay less than one-half of RIT’s regular tuition rate.
  5. Unparalleled Access and Support Services—RIT/NTID provides the most accessible educational community in the world for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.
    • Deaf and hard-of-hearing students enrolled in RIT bachelor’s degree programs will have access to more than 150 sign language interpreters, the largest staff of professional and skilled interpreters of any college program in the world, each with an average of 14 years of experience. There also are more than 50 captionists and hundreds of notetakers whose classroom notes are uploaded onto a website for easy access by deaf and hard-of-hearing students.
    • For deaf and hard-of-hearing students enrolled in associate degree programs, instructors will communicate directly with students using a variety of communication strategies, which may include sign language with voice, sign language without voice, spoken language (FM systems are available), fingerspelling, printed/visual aids, Web-based instructional materials and individualized tutoring. In cases where a faculty member's communication strategies do not appropriately meet their needs, students can request access services from the Department of Access Services for courses at NTID via the website.
    • Tutors, advisors and faculty and staff members who have experience working with deaf and hard-of-hearing students are available to help students succeed.
    • On-campus audiologists provide services related to hearing and hearing aids, cochlear implants and assistive devices, and speech-language pathologists offer a broad range of speech and language services.
  6. Deaf and hard-of-hearing students at RIT complete a required cooperative work experience that provides them with real-world job experience in their field of study before they graduate.
  7. Job Search Assistance—Unlike career placement offices at most other colleges, RIT/NTID employment specialists travel coast to coast meeting with employers, building relationships and educating the marketplace about the value of hiring deaf and hard-of-hearing RIT/NTID students and graduates. They also provide job search and interview preparation services, and host an annual on-site career fair specifically for deaf and hard-of-hearing students with employers from across the country.
  8. RIT/NTID’s 50 years of experience and expertise in teaching English to deaf and hard-of-hearing students set the college apart from other colleges. The college offers a strong English program that enables deaf and hard-of-hearing students to develop their English literacy skills. An English remediation program also is available to those deaf and hard-of-hearing students who need additional support.
  9. With more than 1,100 deaf and hard-of-hearing students on campus, RIT/NTID has made sure the campus is fully accessible. Classrooms and laboratories support the latest technologies for teaching deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Academic and residence halls are equipped with visual emergency warning systems.
  10. RIT/NTID offers more than 300 clubs and organizations for deaf and hard-of-hearing students to develop their professional, leadership and life skills. Deaf and hard-of-hearing students participate fully in the campus community, and for many students this is an integral part of their success at RIT/NTID and after graduation.

All of these factors set RIT/NTID apart from other colleges in the education of deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

You and your student are encouraged to work with your VR counselor and exhaust all options to reach a consensus about supporting your student at RIT/NTID. If, after making your case, you and your student still cannot reach an agreement with VR, you have the right to appeal the decision and request a review of the case by your state’s Client Assistance Program representative who can provide you with advice and assistance in resolving issues and concerns. Your CAP representative can also help you request mediation services, where a third party will be brought in to try and negotiate a compromise between your student and VR.

When your concerns are not resolved through this process, your CAP representative can assist you with requesting an administrative review by a supervisor. Each state is different, but if your appeal is denied at this level then you can request your case to go to the Appeals Board. The Appeals Board is composed of appointees who are neutral, objective and have familiarity with federal and state rehabilitation laws and regulations. The board will make a decision, which is usually adopted by the VR agency.

Again, each state is different in its appeal process, so you need to check your state’s VR written materials or website for your student’s rights and remedies.

International Students

RIT/NTID is an exceptional college choice for deaf and hard-of-hearing students from all countries.

RIT/NTID provides excellent academic programs, outstanding access and support services, and diverse educational, social and personal development opportunities that you won't find anywhere else in the world. If you're looking for a superior education and a truly unique college experience, you'll find it here at RIT/NTID.

Among RIT's 18,000 students are hundreds of international students, including nearly 100 deaf and hard-of-hearing students from countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North and South America.

RIT/NTID has welcomed students from countries around the world, including deaf and hard-of-hearing students from places like Australia, Bolivia, Canada, China, Czechoslovakia, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Greece, Haiti, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, Uganda, United Kingdom, Vietnam, and others!

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