Summer Vestibule Program

Congratulations on your decision to join us at RIT! We look forward to welcoming you to campus in August.

The Summer Vestibule Program is required for all deaf and hard-of-hearing incoming first-year and transfer students who are entering into an associate degree program, associate+bachelor's degree program, pre-baccalaureate program, or in career exploration studies in the College of NTID.

During SVP you’ll:

  • Begin building relationships with other incoming deaf and hard-of-hearing students, faculty, and staff
  • Participate in interactive sessions, small group activities, and recreational events
  • Meet current deaf and hard-of-hearing RIT/NTID students

SVP for students admitted for the fall is scheduled for August 17-26, 2023.

Move-in Day: Thursday, August 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Check-in first at the Student Development Center to pick up your keys.

A more detailed schedule can be found below.

Things to Do Prior to SVP Orientation

Required items to complete:

*Completing placement exams will ensure you receive proper academic advisement and enroll at the appropriate skill level in math and English as well as determine your course of study. Taking your placement tests as soon as possible will allow you to meet earlier with your department chair and NTID academic advisor, and confirm your major/program of study.

To schedule your 1:1 meeting with MaryEllen Graham, go to this link:

If the times within Doodle do not work for you, please email MaryEllen Graham or call 585-286-4940 (VP) to request a specific date and time for your meeting.

Once MaryEllen receives notice of your booking, she will communicate with you and provide the Zoom link. On the date/time of your appointment, you need to show up for the meeting by clicking the Zoom link provided to join the Zoom meeting. She will review the accepted student checklist with you and explain the placement testing. 

There will be three tests required:

  • Degrees of Reading Power (English/multiple choice) – 3 hours
  • NTID Math Test (Math/multiple choice)– 2 hours
  • NTID Writing Test (English/essay-based) – 1 hour (this will be given in person on August 20)

Extended time is already built into these tests for our deaf and hard-of-hearing students. If you have an additional disability that requires testing accommodations, please contact our Disability Services Office at If you need access to a computer or the internet, please contact MaryEllen Graham for assistance.

SVP Schedule for Students and Parents/Families/Guardians

Parents should plan to be on campus on August 17 and 18.

View Google spreadsheet of the schedule (note the tabs at the bottom of the schedule for each day):

Summer Vestibule Program 2023 Schedule  

Or view/download each day as PDF:

Service Providers and Other Resources

Advantage Federal Credit Union
Zac Broekhuizen
585-454-5900 option 5 (voice)

NTID Communication Studies and Services
Amanda Picioli
585-475-6384 (voice)

NTID Counseling & Academic Advising
Eileen Contestabile
585-475-6468 (voice)

NTID Diversity & Inclusion
Alesia Allen

NTID Learning Center
Linda Bryant

NTID Psychological Services
Susan Chapel
585-475-2261 (voice)

NTID Student Life Team
Sarah McCormick
585-207-2500 (VP)

Kate Gleason College of Engineering,
College of Engineering Technology

David Monahan
585-636-0507 (VP)

RIT ASL & Deaf Studies Community Center (RADSCC)
Jeanne Behm
585-286-5108 (VP)

RIT Center for Recreational Sports
Brennan Coon
585-475-6559 (voice)

Women and Gender
Kelly Kamish
585-475-2141 (voice)

RIT Dining
Erin Hartter
585-475-5000 (voice)

RIT Disability Services Office
Shelley Zoeke
585-475-5538 (voice)

RIT Ombudsperson
Ashley Meyer
585-286-3483 (VP)

RIT Parking and Transportation Services
Casandra Davis
585-475-2074 (voice)

RIT Public Safety
Jake Griffin
(585) 475-2853 (voice) or 585-205-8333 (text)

RIT Risk Management
Melinda Ward
585-475-6135 (voice)

RIT Spirituality and Religious Life
585-475-2137 (voice)

RIT Student Health Center
Patricia Maillet
585-475-2255 (voice)

RIT/NTID Access Services
Brenna Cialini
585-502-8160 (text)

Earl Allen
585-286-1969 (VP)

Bank of America
Christopher Guck
585-475-1687 (voice)

Jim Skjeveland
510-629-5622 (VP)

Excellus BlueCross Blue Shield
Karin Kroth

Gallagher Insurance
Steven Mei
617-769-6462 (voice)

National Center for Deaf Health Research (NCDHR)
Kelly Matthews
585-512-8519 (VP)

New York State Relay Service/CapTel
Mary Beth Mothersell
585-444-1634 (VP)

Social Security Administration
Barbara Duckworth
833-515-0464 (eFax)

Sorenson Communications
Jim Tourangeau
508-589-5042 (VP)

Sprint IP/Spring Accessibility
Kevin Nolan
508-318-4012 (VP), 774-414-0935 (text)

Wegmans Pharmacy
Amber Valvano
585-424-7350 (voice)

ZVRS and Purple Communications
Micah Boudreaux

Off-Campus and Commuter Services


All students should contact MaryEllen Graham for their 1:1 meeting, complete the Virtual Orientation and complete the NTID Accepted Student Checklist. During your 1:1 meeting, MaryEllen will review the accepted student checklist, explain the required placement testing, and set up a time for you to take the exams. It’s important that you check your RIT email each day because this is how we will be communicating with you.

The checklist items will help prepare you for your arrival on campus.

If you can't get access to a computer, you can borrow a Chromebook from RIT/NTID. Make sure to let MaryEllen Graham know, so that we can ensure this need is met. Make the request here:

First-year and transfer students who are entering into an associate degree program, associate+bachelor's degree program, pre-baccalaureate program, or in career exploration studies in the College of NTID will attend SVP. If you have questions, contact us.

Yes, attending orientation is required! College is an amazing journey, but we want to make sure you have the information you need BEFORE starting fall semester. We want to ensure that you’re connected to the appropriate people, so you’re not overwhelmed with the information that’s out there.

Transfer students who are entering into an associate degree program, associate+bachelor's degree program, pre-baccalaureate program, or in career exploration studies in the College of NTID are required to attend SVP. We want to make sure you’re aware of all of the resources RIT/NTID has to offer and get connected with faculty/staff, so you'll be off to a great start when the academic year begins. Plus, use this time to meet other students and make new friends!

We are still planning a fabulous program for you. All Orientation schedules will be communicated through CampusGroups. Be sure to download the CampusGroups app from the App Store to receive your personalized schedule. We also will share updates on the pre-orientation/SVP program at a later date.

You will have Dining Dollars loaded onto your RIT ID card each semester. You eat on campus and swipe your ID card to “pay” for your meals. Make sure you budget your dollars to last you through the semester. If you run out, you can add money to your account.

We encourage you to reach out to the RIT Financial Aid office for assistance.

If you have Vocational Rehabilitation questions, contact Denise Hampton.

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