Summer Vestibule Program

SVP Orientation Information Sessions

Now that you have been accepted to RIT for Fall 2020, you probably have questions about NTID orientation, the Summer Vestibule Program (SVP).

Join SVP Director Amy Stornello in an online session to learn how your placement tests will be used to create your course schedule, what to do if you want to change your major, when you will get your SVP schedule, how RIT is preparing for your arrival and more!

Our available sessions are:

  • Wednesday, July 15, 7–8 p.m. EST
  • Wednesday, July 22, 7–8 p.m. EST

Register today!

What is SVP?

The Fall 2020 session of SVP starts on Monday, August 10, 2020! 

NTID’s orientation process, the Summer Vestibule Program (SVP), is a required orientation experience for deaf and hard-of-hearing students who are accepted into an associate degree program, associate+bachelor's degree program, pre-baccalaureate program, or in career exploration studies in the College of NTID. Prior to arriving on campus on August 10th, you will be placed into the appropriate skill levels in math and English, as well as determine your course of study. Throughout this process, you also will be introduced to RIT/NTID facilities, policies, and student life opportunities, so that you'll be well prepared when classes start. Participation in SVP is mandatory, so you must fit this program into your plans throughout the next two months.

Deaf and hard-of-hearing students who are accepted into a bachelor's degree program in one of RIT's other colleges do not attend SVP orientation. These students should refer to the New Student Orientation - visit this page for your orientation information and schedule.


Transitioning from high school to college is a complicated process! To help, checklists are available.

First, have you completed the NTID Admissions checklist?

If you completed it, you can move on to the SVP Checklist.

Scheduling Information

All SVP students will get a text around August 1st, with their specific SVP schedule, which will include all relevant Zoom links for required activities like Career Seminar classes. You are expected to participate in all SVP activities, so please keep the following dates clear/available all day for your expected participation.

Because we are still waiting for guidance from the Office of the Governor, move-in date/details will be communicated to you in your RIT email. Evening activities may be done online and/or in person – more details are forthcoming.

Monday August 10

  • Career Seminar class
  • Orientation Leader Group meeting

Tuesday August 11

  • Career Seminar class
  • Orientation Leader Group meeting

Wednesday August 12

  • Career Seminar class
  • Orientation Leader Group meeting
  • Social Events

Thursday August 13

  • Student Conduct Workshop
  • Career Seminar class
  • Orientation Leader Group meeting
  • RIT Diversity, Equity, Inclusion/Living & Learning Together
  • Social Events

Friday August 14

  • Career Seminar class
  • Orientation Leader Group meeting
  • RIT Social Events

Saturday August 15

  • Career Seminar class
  • Orientation Leader Group meeting
  • RIT Target/Wegmans/WalMart shuttle (first come, first serve)
  • Social Events

Sunday August 16

  • RIT Target/Wegmans/WalMart shuttle (first come, first serve)
  • Orientation Leader Group meeting
  • Social Events

Monday August 17

  • Department Meeting
  • Career Seminar class
  • Orientation Leader Group meeting
  • RIT Title IX Program: “It IS My Place”
  • Social Events

Tuesday August 18

  • Career Seminar class
  • Orientation Leader Group meeting
  • RIT Tiger Walk
  • RIT Convocation
  • Social Events

Wednesday August 19
First Day of Fall semester – Good luck!

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)

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

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

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

RIT Dining
Erin Hartter
585-475-2228 (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
Monica Sanford
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
Dawnmarie Caggiano
888-888-1116 (VP)

New Signers Program

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.

New Signers Program