Summer Transition Education Program

Summer Transition Education Program Update

Due to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis, the Summer Transition Education Program will not be held on campus this summer as originally planned. We are working on plans to run the program during the fall semester as part of students’ coursework. More details and information about the fall program will be available for participants in the coming weeks.


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, six-week summer program for first-year deaf and hard-of-hearing students that runs prior to NTID orientation, the Summer Vestibule Program. All tuition, fees, room, and board charges are covered by RIT. And when you enroll in and successfully complete STP, RIT/NTID will waive the tuition, room and board costs associated with your participation in SVP. 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 5 - August 16, 2020

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

Register Today

Program FAQs

STP is by invitation. Select incoming first-year students from all over the United States and Canada, are invited to register for the program. Students are invited based on their high school experiences and personal backgrounds. Students must be accepted by RIT/NTID and have paid their enrollment deposit. Each year, the NTID Admissions Committee is given a set number of spaces for this fully funded summer experience and selects students 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 six-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.

STP will be held July 5-August 16, 2020. Program registration begins at 8:30 am on July 5, 2020. Students will then promptly move into their permanent housing for the academic year.

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.

And when you enroll in STP and successfully complete the program, RIT/NTID will waive the tuition, room and board costs associated with your participation in SVP. 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 for travel costs to RIT.

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 students accepted into associate degree programs who attend this program also will attend SVP. The last week of STP overlaps the first week of SVP. Students who are enrolled in STP will be assigned to an SVP group and participate in both STP and SVP activities during this week.

We will have a special Parents’ Workshop on Sunday, July 5, 2020, to provide your parents with an overview of the resources, programs and requirements at RIT/NTID. The special Parents’ Workshop on Sunday, July 5 will provide all the same information as the SVP Orientation. Some parents may wish to bring you to STP and then return for SVP Parent Orientation. They are welcome to do that, but it is not necessary.

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 1, 2020. 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 9:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 5, 2020. You will obtain your room key and detailed STP program information at check-in, which will occur in the lobby of the Sebastian and Lenore Rosica Building Lobby (Building 53). Convenient parking is located adjacent to the building. Click here for a campus map.

After you have moved into your permanent room assignment, you and your parents also will need to meet back at the lobby of the CSD Student Development Center, Building 55 promptly at 2:00 pm for the STP Orientation and start of STP student activities.

Only STP students are moving-in on Sunday, July 5, 2020. Other students who are participating in SVP only and not STP will arrive on Sunday, August 9, 2020.

STP students need to check-in for SVP on Sunday, Aug. 9 (times will be announced during the program). Check-in for SVP will be in the lobby at the CSD Student Development Center, Building 55.

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.

Yes, upon arrival you will be moving into your permanent housing for the academic year.

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 your acclimation to and success at RIT/NTID.

2020 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

STP Code of Conduct

Below you will find the policies and guidelines that apply to STP. Complying with these guidelines will help to ensure that all participants treat one another, themselves, and RIT with respect and consideration. Participants should familiarize themselves with this code of conduct prior to the STP program.

Code of Conduct (text version)

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