Summer Transition Education Program

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Get a strong academic and social start on your college journey!


Register for RIT/NTID's Summer Transition Education Program (STP) and prepare to succeed!

STP is designed to prepare you for the transition from high school to college, so you can hit the ground running in the fall. The program is a FREE, five-week summer program for first-year deaf and hard-of-hearing students that runs prior to RIT/NTID orientation, the Summer Vestibule Program. All tuition, fees, room, and board charges are covered by RIT. You also will get a free Google Chromebook, and when you complete STP the laptop is yours to keep!

At STP you will:

  • Improve your academic skills
  • Develop your leadership skills
  • Enhance your college readiness skills
  • Meet key RIT/NTID faculty and staff
  • Get to know the RIT campus and Rochester community
  • Meet new friends
Students pose with Ritchie, the RIT Tigers mascot

Join us!

July 10 - August 13, 2022

Take the first step to a rewarding academic future that will help you build a support network and be successful at RIT/NTID.

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Program FAQs

Accepted, incoming first-year students from all over the United States and Canada are invited to apply to the summer program. Spaces are limited. Students who apply to STP will be accepted based on their high school experiences and personal backgrounds and recommendation from the NTID Admissions Committee who they believe will benefit from and appreciate the many ways STP assists with the transition to college. The program is limited to 40 students, and draws together a unique group of students who are interested in getting a head start on their college journey.

As there is only a limited amount of space in the program, the NTID Office of Admissions makes decisions on who is invited, based on who they believe can benefit the most from this five-week experience.

No, the STP program is optional, but we feel that an early start could help ensure a smooth transition from high school to college. We believe attending STP will play an important role in invited students' acclimation to and success at RIT/NTID.

This program will allow students to develop their academic skills, and be better prepared to start university life, make new friends, meet their advisors, and learn their way around the campus and Rochester community before other students arrive. The program will help students be successful at RIT/NTID.

July 10 to August 13, 2022

STP is a federally funded educational program, and all program activities and services, including room and board, are FREE for students enrolled in the six-week program. The only costs associated with STP are personal expenses.

You also will get a free Google Chromebook, and when you complete STP the laptop is yours to keep!

Your $500 acceptance of admission deposit to RIT is due prior to the start of STP.

You are responsible to cover all travel expenses on your own.

Classes are scheduled daily and include coursework designed by the faculty of the STP Program to prepare you for success in college. You will take courses, including English, math, and American Sign Language, as well as courses related to wellness and college readiness, such as time management, work/life balance, and study skills. You’ll spend additional time during the day working on an innovative, individualized learning path created for you as well as participate in fun social activities. See schedule.

During STP, you will be expected to attend all classes, activities and meetings. While on campus, you will be expected to follow all RIT/NTID rules and standards of behavior.

Yes, all deaf and hard-of-hearing students who attend this program also will attend SVP.

No, you cannot participate in both programs. You have to choose one.

No, you cannot participate in both programs. You have to choose one.

Sunday, July 10, 2022. The orientation schedule will be shared with accepted students and families prior to their arrival.

It’s optional for your parents to attend. Please refer to the SVP website for further information.

Supplies for the year: (Refer to RIT Residence Halls Checklist and your official STP welcome packet).

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.

The online registration must be completed by June 15, 2022. You are not accepted into the program until we receive your registration. Please apply early to ensure a spot in the program, as the program is limited to 40 students.

Move-In FAQs

Move in for STP is 9 am to 2 pm on Sunday, July 10, 2022. Check-in will be in the Frisina Quad – further information and details will be shared with accepted students and families.

Only STP students are moving-in on Sunday, July 10, 2022.

For students who are participating in SVP only and not STP: SVP move-in day is August 11, 2022.

Please watch your RIT emails for an update for the Orientation schedules.

Supplies for the academic year: (Refer to your registration packet or 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.

No, you will not be moving into your permanent dorm room during STP. On the weekend between STP and SVP Orientation you will move to your permanent room for the academic year.

2022 STP Schedule Typical Week

Sunday

8:50 am - 9:50 am Breakfast
9:50 am - 11:50 am Seminar
11:50 am - 12:50 pm Lunch
12:50 pm - 4:50 pm Social Activity

Monday

7:15 am - 8:15 am Breakfast
8:15 am - 10:00 am Academic Session One
10:00 am - 10:30 am Wellness Session
10:30 am - 12:30 pm Academic Session Two
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm  Lunch
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm  Academic Session Three
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Wellness
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm Break (Socialize or Rest)
4:45 pm -5:45 pm Dinner
5:45 pm - 7:00 pm Homework or Rest
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Social Activity
Tuesday
7:15 am - 8:15 am Breakfast
8:15 am - 10:00 am Academic Session One
10:00 am - 10:30 am Wellness Session
10:30 am - 12:30 pm Academic Session Two
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm  Lunch
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm  Academic Session Three
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Wellness
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm Break (Socialize or Rest)
4:45 pm -5:45 pm Dinner
5:45 pm - 7:00 pm Homework or Rest
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Social Activity
Wednesday
7:15 am - 8:15 am Breakfast
8:15 am - 10:00 am *Academic Session One
10:00 am - 10:30 am *Wellness Session
10:30 am - 12:30 pm *Academic Session Two
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm  Lunch
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm  *Academic Session Three
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Wellness
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm Break (Socialize or Rest)
4:45 pm -5:45 pm Dinner
5:45 pm - 7:00 pm Homework or Rest
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Social Activity
Thursday
7:15 am - 8:15 am Breakfast
8:15 am - 10:00 am *Academic Session One
10:00 am - 10:30 am *Wellness Session
10:30 am - 12:30 pm *Academic Session Two
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm  Lunch
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm  *Academic Session Three
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Wellness
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm Break (Socialize or Rest)
4:45 pm -5:45 pm Dinner
5:45 pm - 7:00 pm Homework or Rest
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Social Activity
Friday
7:15 am - 8:15 am Breakfast
8:15 am - 10:00 am Academic Session One
10:00 am - 10:30 am Wellness Session
10:30 am - 12:30 pm Academic Session Two
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm  Lunch
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm  Academic Session Three
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Wellness
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm Break (Socialize or Rest)
4:45 pm -5:45 pm Dinner
5:45 pm - 7:00 pm Homework or Rest
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Social Activity
Saturday
8:30 am to 9:30 am Breakfast
9:45 am - 4:00 pm Field Trip Off Campus

* Mid Program Advising Sessions during week three

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