New Signers Program

Interested in learning American Sign Language? Now it couldn't be easier!

Overview

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. It's a great way to meet other non-signing deaf and hard-of-hearing students and ease your transition to college life at RIT/NTID.

NSP program dates: July 26 - August 9, 2020

Video by NSP participant Clare Kelsey

NSP Slideshow

Application Form

Financial Assistance Form

Program Schedule

The schedule is subject to change. It can also be downloaded in PDF format.

Sunday, July 26, 2020
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm Registration Check-In
Move-In and Receive Temporary Key/Swipe Cards in Student Development Center (Bldg 55)
4:00 pm to 7:30 pm Opening Ceremony for Students and Parents (Food/Drinks Provided)
7:30 pm to 8:30 pm Ice-Breaker Activities (Students Only)
8:30 pm to 9:00 pm Meet With Your Orientation Assistant

Monday, July 27, 2020
8:30 am to 9:30 am Breakfast on Campus
9:30 am to 11:30 am Fulfilling Orientation Needs
11:30 am to 12:30 pm Lunch on Campus
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm NSP Session
2:30 pm to 3:30 pm Break (Socialize or Rest)
3:30 pm to 5:30 pm NSP Session
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm Dinner on Campus
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm Video Work
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm Evening Student Activities

Tuesday, July 28, 2020
8:30 am to 9:30 am Breakfast on Campus
9:30 am to 11:30 am NSP Session
11:30 am to 12:30 pm Lunch on Campus
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm NSP Session
2:30 pm to 3:30 pm Break (Socialize or Rest)
3:30 pm to 5:30 pm NSP Session
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm Dinner on Campus
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm Video Work
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm Evening Student Activities

Wednesday, July 29, 2020
8:30 am to 9:30 am Breakfast on Campus
9:30 am to 11:30 am NSP Session
11:30 am to 12:30 pm Lunch on Campus
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm NSP Session
2:30 pm to 3:30 pm Break (Socialize or Rest)
3:30 pm to 5:30 pm NSP Session
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm Dinner on Campus
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm Video Work
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm Evening Student Activities

Thursday, July 30, 2020
8:30 am to 9:30 am Breakfast on Campus
9:30 am to 11:30 am NSP Session
11:30 am to 12:30 pm Lunch on Campus
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm NSP Session
2:30 pm to 3:30 pm Break (Socialize or Rest)
3:30 pm to 5:30 pm NSP Session
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm Dinner on Campus
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm Video Work
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm Evening Student Activities

Friday, July 31, 2020
8:30 am to 9:30 am Breakfast on Campus
9:30 am to 11:30 am NSP Session
11:30 am to 12:30 pm Lunch on Campus
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm NSP Session
2:30 pm to 3:30 pm Break (Socialize or Rest)
3:30 pm to 5:30 pm NSP Session
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm Dinner on Campus
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm Video Work
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm Evening Student Activities

Saturday, August 1, 2020
8:30 am to 9:30 am Breakfast on Campus
9:30 am to 11:30 am NSP Session
11:30 am to 12:30 pm Lunch on Campus
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm NSP Session
2:30 pm to 5:30 pm Break (Socialize or Rest)
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm Dinner on Campus
6:30 pm to 9:00 pm Recreation or Shopping

Sunday, August 2, 2020
8:30 am to 9:30 am Group Breakfast
9:30 am to 11:30 am NSP Session
11:30 am to 12:30 pm Lunch on Campus
12:30 pm to 1:00 pm Meet for Shuttle Bus and Travel Time to Festival (Off campus)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm NSP Session at Festival
4:00 pm to 4:30pm Meet for Shuttle Bus and Travel Time to RIT/NTID
4:30 pm to 5:30 pm BBQ Dinner
5:30 pm to 9:00 pm Recreation Fun

Monday, August 3, 2020
8:30 am to 9:30 am Breakfast on Campus
9:30 am to 11:30 am NSP Session
11:30 am to 12:30 pm Lunch on Campus
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm NSP Session
2:30 pm to 3:30 pm Break (Socialize or Rest)
3:30 pm to 5:30 pm NSP Session
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm Dinner on Campus
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm Video Work
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm Evening Student Activities

Tuesday, August 4, 2020
8:30 am to 9:30 am Breakfast on Campus
9:30 am to 11:30 am NSP Session
11:30 am to 12:30 pm Lunch on Campus
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm NSP Session
2:30 pm to 3:30 pm Break (Socialize or Rest)
3:30 pm to 5:30 pm NSP Session
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm Dinner on Campus
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm Video Work
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm Evening Student Activities

Wednesday, August 5, 2020
8:30 am to 9:30 am Breakfast on Campus
9:30 am to 11:30 am NSP Session
11:30 am to 12:30 pm Lunch on Campus
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm NSP Session
2:30 pm to 3:30 pm Break (Socialize or Rest)
3:30 pm to 5:30 pm NSP Session
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm Dinner on Campus
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm Video Work
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm Evening Student Activities

Thursday, August 6, 2020
8:30 am to 9:30 am Breakfast on Campus
9:30 am to 11:30 am NSP Session
11:30 am to 12:30 pm Lunch on Campus
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm NSP Session
2:30 pm to 3:30 pm Break (Socialize or Rest)
3:30 pm to 5:30 pm NSP Session
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm Dinner on Campus
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm Video Work
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm Evening Student Activities

Friday, August 7, 2020
8:30 am to 9:30 am Breakfast on Campus
9:30 am to 11:30 am NSP Session
11:30 am to 12:30 pm Lunch on Campus
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm NSP Session
2:30 pm to 3:30 pm Break (Socialize or Rest)
3:30 pm to 5:30 pm NSP Session
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm Dinner on Campus
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm Video Work
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm Closing Ceremony

Saturday, August 8, 2020
8:30 am to 9:30 am Breakfast on Campus
9:30 am to 10:30 am Meet for Shuttle Bus and Travel Time to Darien Lake Amusement Park (Off campus)
10:30 am to 12:00 pm NSP Session at Darien Lake Amusement Park
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Lunch at Darien Lake Amusement Park
1:00 pm to 5:30 pm Play on Your Own at Darien Lake Amusement Park
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm Dinner at Darien Lake Amusement Park
6:30 pm to 9:30 pm Play on Your Own at Darien Lake Amusement Park
9:30 pm to 10:30pm Meet for Shuttle Bus and Travel to RIT/NTID

Sunday, August 9, 2020
9:00 am to 10:00 am Group Breakfast
All Day Move-In for Summer Vestibule Program for Students Accepted to Associate Degree Programs
(Refer to your schedule for more information)
Move-Out for Students Accepted to Bachelor’s Degree Programs *optional (Refer to Move-In FAQs for more information)
11:30 am to 1:00 pm Brunch at Gracie’s

Program FAQs

The deaf and hard-of-hearing community at RIT/NTID is highly diverse, and individuals on campus use a variety of communication methods. Students who wish to begin to learn basic American Sign Language skills to facilitate communication with those deaf and hard-of hearing students, faculty and staff who use sign language can do so through the New Signers Program.

Information for students accepted into NTID associate degree programs and/or SVP is slightly different than that for students accepted into bachelor’s degree programs in one of the other colleges of RIT. Please choose the link that represents the academic degree program to which you have been accepted.

Am I required to attend the New Signers Program?

No, the program is optional, but if you are interested in learning how to sign, we encourage you to participate. You not only will have the opportunity to meet and develop relationships with other non-signing students, learn basic sign language skills, and get an introduction to Deaf culture, but this program also will help ease your transition as you prepare for your first year at RIT/NTID.

What does the $758 program fee cover?

The fee covers the direct cost of programming, room and board, off-campus excursions and recreation activities, and the tuition for the one-credit course. The program fee will be reflected on your fall bill. If you have VR (Vocational Rehabilitation) or OSAP (Canada's VR) support, be sure to discuss the cost related to NSP with them before arriving. Scholarships are available for students with financial need. The FAFSA must be completed to be considered. The Financial Assistance Form also should be completed. Questions about support? Contact NTID Student Financial Services Office at 585-475-6863 or 585-286-5516 (videophone), or send an email.

Am I moving into my permanent housing for the year?

Yes, upon arrival for NSP, you will be moving into your permanent assigned housing for the school year. However, if you are assigned to Sol Hall, you will likely experience a temporary housing assignment for one night during Colleges and Careers weekend, and will be temporarily housed in Ellingson Hall. You will not have to move out your belongings from your permanent housing at Sol, and your room will be locked and inaccessible by anyone during that time.

What does the schedule look like for NSP?

The schedule includes topics covered during classroom instruction, activities and events for Sunday, July 26, 2020 - Saturday, August 8, 2020. (Check out is on Sunday morning, August 9.)

Why is NSP between July 26-August 9?

It is because the program has to happen before SVP which starts on Aug. 9 to accommodate those students who are enrolled in SVP.

Do I have to stay for the entire program?

Yes, this is a credit-bearing program and participants are required to stay the entire program to earn the credit.

Do I also need to attend SVP if I participate in this program?

Yes, all students accepted into associate degree programs who attend this program also will attend SVP.

Do my parents need to attend the SVP Parent Orientation?

We will have a special Parents’ Workshop on Sunday, July 26, 2020 to provide your parents with an overview of the resources, programs and requirements at RIT/NTID. The special Parents’ Workshop on Sunday, July 26 will provide all the same information as the SVP Orientation. Some parents may wish to bring you to NSP and then remain in Rochester until the SVP Parent Orientation. They are welcome to do that, but it is not necessary.

If your parents are bringing you to NSP and plan to stay in Rochester, they can select a local hotel. There’s a lot to see and do in Rochester.

How will the NSP move-in benefit me?

If you are accepted to the NSP program, it is our goal to have you move your belongings into your permanent dorm room on July 26 between Noon-4:00 p.m. This is in advance of all other associate degree or SVP students.

Who can attend?

Deaf and hard-of-hearing students who have identified themselves as non-signers on the NTID Language/Communication Background Questionnaire (L/CBQ). Program seats are limited, and are filled on a first come, first served basis.

Is there financial aid?

In some states, the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), or a similar office, will pay some or the entire fee for NSP. To find out if you qualify, contact your VR counselor or the state VR office. Scholarships also are available.

When is the application deadline?

The online application must be completed by July 10, 2020. You are not accepted into the program until we receive and review your application, and we send you an official acceptance letter. This is when you know you're officially an NSP participant. Please apply early to ensure a spot in the program.

Am I required to attend the New Signers Program?

No, the program is optional, but if you are interested in learning how to sign, we encourage you to participate. You not only will have the opportunity to meet and develop relationships with other non-signing students, learn basic sign language skills, and get an introduction to Deaf culture, but this program also will help ease your transition as you prepare for your first year at RIT/NTID.

What does the $758 program fee cover?

The fee covers the direct cost of programming, room and board, off-campus excursions and recreation activities, and the tuition for the one-credit course. The program fee will be reflected on your fall bill. If you have VR or OSAP support, be sure to discuss the cost related to NSP with them before arriving. Scholarships are available for students with financial need. The FAFSA must be completed to be considered. The Financial Assistance Form also must be completed. Questions about support? Contact NTID Student Financial Services Office at 585-475-6863 or 585-286-5516 (videophone) or send an email.

Am I moving into my permanent housing for the year?

After the conclusion of NSP on Aug. 9, you will have two options. If you select option 1 below, then yes, upon arrival for NSP you will be moving into your permanent assigned housing for the school year. However, if you are assigned to Sol Hall, you will likely experience a temporary housing assignment for one night during Colleges and Careers weekend, and will be temporarily housed in Ellingson Hall. You will not have to move out your belongings from your permanent housing at Sol, and your room will be locked and inaccessible by anyone during that time.

  1. You can remain at RIT in your permanent room until NTID-Support Services Orientation (NSSO) Move-in Day on Aug. 18 and pay $50/day for housing (a total cost of $450) plus meal costs. This will give you the opportunity to remain on campus until all students move-in. During the week you will have the opportunity to meet other students that did not take part in NSP and participate in some SVP activities.
  2. You may choose to return home after NSP concludes and return on NSSO Move-in Day on Aug. 18. If you choose this option, please bring only your belongings needed during the NSP program while you are in your NSP room. You will not move-in your permanent belongings to your permanent room until Aug. 18.
What does the schedule look like for NSP?

The schedule includes topics covered during classroom instruction, activities and events for Sunday, July 26, 2020-Saturday August 8, 2020. (Check out is on Sunday morning, August 9.)

Why is NSP between July 26-Aug 9?

It is because the program has to happen before SVP which starts on Aug 9 to accommodate those students who are enrolled in SVP.

Do I have to stay for the entire program?

Yes, this is a credit-bearing program and participants are required to stay the entire program to earn the credit.

Who can attend?

Deaf and hard-of-hearing students who have identified themselves as non-signers on the NTID Language/Communication Background Questionnaire (L/CBQ). Program seats are limited, and are filled on a first come, first served basis.

Is there financial aid?

In some states, the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), or a similar office, will pay some or the entire fee for NSP. To find out if you qualify, contact your VR counselor or the state VR office. Scholarships also are available.

When is the application deadline?

The online application must be completed by July 10, 2020. You are not accepted into the program until we receive and review your application, and we send you an official acceptance letter. This is when you know you're officially an NSP participant. Please apply early to ensure a spot in the program.

Move-In FAQs

For students interested in the NSP program, the move-in information for students accepted into NTID associate degree programs and/or SVP is slightly different than that for students accepted into bachelor’s degree programs in one of the other colleges of RIT. Please choose the link that represents the academic program to which you have been accepted.

What time is the New Signers Program move-in and check-in?

Move-in for accepted NSP students is Noon.-4:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 26, 2020. You will obtain your room key and detailed NSP program information at check-in, which will occur in the lobby of the CSD Student Development Center, Building 55. Convenient parking is located adjacent to the building. Click here for a campus map.

After you have moved into your permanent room, you and your parents also will need to meet back at the lobby of the CSD Student Development Center, Building 55 promptly at 4:00 pm for the NSP Orientation and start of NSP student activities.

How is this different from SVP move-in day?

Only NSP students are moving-in on Sunday, July 26, 2020. Other students who are participating in SVP only and not NSP will arrive on Sunday, August 9, 2020.

NSP students need to check-out of NSP on Sunday, Aug. 9 (times will be announced during the program) and then check-in for SVP according to the SVP instructions they received. Check-in for SVP will be in the lobby at the CSD Student Development Center, Building 55.

What do I need to bring on move-in day?

Supplies for the year: (Refer to RIT Residence Halls Checklist).

Bring one form of picture ID to use on move-in day. This could be: driver’s license, learner’s permit, high school ID, or current or expired passport. YOU MUST BRING ID IN ORDER TO OBTAIN YOUR PERMANENT RIT STUDENT ID.

Optional: A cart or dolly to transport your items from your unloading location to your room. A limited number of carts will be available for your use.

Am I moving into my permanent housing for the year?

Yes, upon arrival for NSP, you will be moving into your permanent assigned housing for the school year. However, if you are assigned to Sol Hall, you will likely experience a temporary housing assignment for one night during Colleges and Careers weekend, and will be temporarily housed in Ellingson Hall. You will not have to move out your belongings from your permanent housing at Sol, and your room will be locked and inaccessible by anyone during that time.

What time is the New Signers Program move-in and check-in?

Move-in for accepted NSP students is Noon-4:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 26, 2020. You will obtain your room key and detailed NSP program information at check-in, which will occur in the lobby of the CSD Student Development Center, Building 55. Convenient parking is located adjacent to the building. Click here for a campus map.

After you have moved into your permanent room, you and your parents also will need to meet back at the lobby of the CSD Student Development Center, Building 55 promptly at 4:00 pm for the NSP Orientation and start of NSP student activities.

Am I moving into my permanent housing for the year?

After the conclusion of NSP on Aug. 9, you will have two options. If you select option 1 below, then yes, upon arrival for NSP you will be moving into your permanent assigned housing for the school year. However, if you are assigned to Sol Hall, you will likely experience a temporary housing assignment for one night during Colleges and Careers weekend, and will be temporarily housed in Ellingson Hall. You will not have to move out your belongings from your permanent housing at Sol, and your room will be locked and inaccessible by anyone during that time.

  1. You can remain at RIT in your permanent room until NTID-Support Services Orientation (NSSO) Move-in Day on Aug. 18 and pay $50/day for housing (a total cost of $450) plus meal costs. This will give you the opportunity to remain on campus until all students move-in. During the week you will have the opportunity to meet other students that did not take part in NSP and participate in some SVP activities.
  2. You may choose to return home after NSP concludes and return on NSSO Move-in Day on Aug. 18. If you choose this option, please bring only your belongings needed during the NSP program while you are in your NSP room. You will not move-in your permanent belongings to your permanent room until Aug. 18.
What do I need to bring on NSP move-in day?

For students who decide to return home after the conclusion of NSP and return on NSSO Move-in Day on Aug. 18, please bring only your belongings on July 26 needed during the NSP program. You will not move-in your permanent belongings until Aug. 18.

If you decide to remain at RIT until move-in day on Aug. 18, please bring the following:

  • Supplies for the year: (Refer to RIT Residence Halls Checklist).
  • Bring one form of picture ID to use on move-in day. This could be: driver’s license, learner’s permit, high school ID, or current or expired passport. YOU MUST BRING ID IN ORDER TO OBTAIN YOUR PERMANENT RIT STUDENT ID.

Optional: A cart or dolly to transport your items from your unloading location to your room. A limited number of carts will be available for your use.

Contact Us

Have any questions or concerns? Fill out the form below and we'll get right back to you! You can also contact Marguerite Carrillo at 585-286-4559 or by email at mfcnss@ntid.rit.edu about the NSP program.