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 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. SVP is held before the start of RIT’s campuswide orientation program, New Student Orientation.

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 11-13, 2022.
Move-in will be on Thursday, August 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
A more detailed schedule will be available in advance of the program.

After SVP concludes, you will attend New Student Orientation.

RIT is requiring all students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before their arrival on campus. Learn more about the details on how to upload your proof of vaccination and all immunization and COVID-19 requirements..

Things to Do Prior to SVP Orientation

*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. Tests are currently being offered weekly on Tuesday and Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Time). Saturday and Sunday times are available upon request.

To schedule your test appointment, go to this link:
https://doodle.com/bp/summervestibuleprogram/placement-tests

If the times within Doodle do not work for you, please email Landing Badjie or call 585-286-4586 (VP) to request a specific date and time for you to take the placement tests.

Once Landing receives notice of your booking, he will communicate with you and provide the Zoom link. On the date/time of your appointment, you need to show up for the test by clicking the Zoom link provided and joining the Zoom meeting. The tests will be proctored, so if you have questions a person will be available to assist you.

There will be three tests required:
Degrees of Reading Power (English/multiple choice) – 3 hours
NTID Writing test (English/essay-based) – 1 hour
NTID Math test (Math/multiple choice) – 2 hours

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 dso@rit.edu. If you need access to a computer or the internet, please contact Landing Badjie for assistance.

SVP Schedule for Students and Parents/Families/Guardians

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

  • Move In
    • Get your keys and move into your rooms
  • Check in
    • Will have all of the key departments in one area for Parents/Families/Guardians and their student to go through and check that they are all set with each group such as Access Services, VR, Student Health Center, etc.
    • Appointments can be scheduled here for Friday if anyone needs to meet one on one with any of the departments present
  • Overview Presentation
    • Will discuss the events of Friday, August 12
      • Summarized overview of who will present and what to expect
  • Parent/Guardian/Family Social

Morning/Afternoon

  • Resource Fair
  • Parent/Families/Guardian Orientation
  • Informational Sessions with Campus Partners

*Parents/Families/Guardians will depart

Afternoon/Evening
(Students Only)

  • Workshops
  • Social Events
  • Workshops
  • Social Events
  • New Student Orientation (NSO) STARTS
*Parents should plan to be on campus on August 11-12.

Service Providers and Other Resources

Advantage Federal Credit Union
Zac Broekhuizen
zbroekhuizen@advantagefcu.org
585-454-5900 option 5 (voice)
https://www.rit.edu/fa/globalvillage/locations/advantage-fcu

NTID Communication Studies and Services
Amanda Picioli
aldnca@rit.edu
585-475-6384 (voice)
https://www.rit.edu/ntid/css

NTID Counseling & Academic Advising
Eileen Contestabile
excnod@rit.edu
585-475-6468 (voice)
https://www.rit.edu/ntid/sas/ntid-counseling-academic-advising-services

NTID Diversity & Inclusion
Alesia Allen
anadls@rit.edu

NTID Learning Center
Linda Bryant
lmbnca@rit.edu
https://www.rit.edu/ntid/nlc/

NTID Psychological Services
Susan Chapel
slcnps@rit.edu
585-475-2261 (voice)
https://www.rit.edu/studentaffairs/counseling/

NTID Student Life Team
Sarah McCormick
samnsl@rit.edu
585-207-2500 (VP)
https://www.rit.edu/ntid/sas/student-life-team

RIT ASL & Deaf Studies Community Center (RADSCC)
Jeanne Behm
Jsbnss@rit.edu
585-286-5108 (VP)
https://www.rit.edu/ntid/radscc/

RIT Center for Recreational Sports
Brennan Coon
bdcsid@rit.edu
585-475-6559 (voice)
https://www.rit.edu/~w-criw/

Women and Gender
Kelly Kamish
kekcwag@rit.edu
585-475-2141 (voice)
https://www.rit.edu/studentaffairs/womenandgender/

RIT Dining
Erin Hartter
help.rit.edu
585-475-5000 (voice)
https://www.rit.edu/fa/diningservices/

RIT Disability Services Office
Shelley Zoeke
slzdso@rit.edu
585-475-5538 (voice)
https://www.rit.edu/studentaffairs/disabilityservices/

RIT Ombudsperson
Ashley Meyer
akmrla@rit.edu
585-286-3483 (VP)
https://www.rit.edu/ombuds/

RIT Parking and Transportation Services
Casandra Davis  
cvdcps@rit.edu
585-475-2074 (voice)
https://www.rit.edu/fa/parking

RIT Public Safety
Jake Griffin
jegcps@rit.edu
(585) 475-2853 (voice) or 585-205-8333 (text)
https://www.rit.edu/fa/publicsafety/

RIT Risk Management
Melinda Ward
mjwrmss@rit.edu
585-475-6135 (voice)
https://www.rit.edu/fa/grms/studentinsurance.html

RIT Spirituality and Religious Life
Monica Sanford
srl@rit.edu
585-475-2137 (voice)
https://www.rit.edu/studentaffairs/religion/people-2

RIT Student Health Center
Patricia Maillet
studenthealth@rit.edu
585-475-2255 (voice)
https://www.rit.edu/studentaffairs/studenthealth/

RIT/NTID Access Services
Brenna Cialini
bepdis@rit.edu
585-502-8160 (text)
https://myaccess.rit.edu

SAISD
Earl Allen
emasai@rit.edu
585-286-1969 (VP)
https://www.rit.edu/ntid/saisd

Bank of America
Christopher Guck
christopher.guck@bofa.com
585-475-1687 (voice)
https://locators.bankofamerica.com/ny/rochester/financial-centers-rochester-13540.html

Convo
Jim Skjeveland
jim.skjeveland@convorelay.com
510-629-5622 (VP)
https://www.convorelay.com

Excellus BlueCross Blue Shield
Karin Kroth
karin.kroth@excellus.com

Gallagher Insurance
Steven Mei
Steven_Mei@ajg.com
617-769-6462 (voice)
https://www.collegestudentinsurance.com

National Center for Deaf Health Research (NCDHR)
Kelly Matthews
kelly_matthews@urmc.rochester.edu
585-512-8519 (VP)
https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/ncdhr

New York State Relay Service/CapTel
Mary Beth Mothersell
mbmothersell@sprint.com
585-444-1634 (VP)
https://www.nyrelay.com

Social Security Administration
Barbara Duckworth
Barbara.Duckworth@ssa.gov
833-515-0464 (eFax)
https://secure.ssa.gov/ICON/ic001.action#officeResults

Sorenson Communications
Jim Tourangeau
jtourangeau@sorenson.com
508-589-5042 (VP)
https://www.sorensonvrs.com

Sprint IP/Spring Accessibility
Kevin Nolan
Kevin.Nolan@sprint.com
508-318-4012 (VP), 774-414-0935 (text)
https://www.sprintrelay.com/sprintiprelay

Wegmans Pharmacy
Amber Valvano
pharmacymanager.store062@wegmans.com
585-424-7350 (voice)
https://www.wegmans.com/pharmacy

ZVRS and Purple Communications
Micah Boudreaux
mboudreaux@zvrs.com
https://www.zvrs.com

Off-Campus and Commuter Services                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     occs@rit.edu                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     https://www.rit.edu/studentaffairs/campuslife/commuter-life

FAQs

All students should complete the NTID Admissions Checklist and the SVP checklist. Start with taking your placement tests, and then we will connect you to your department chairperson to confirm your major. Next, we will introduce you to your assigned counselor/academic advisor to assist with course scheduling. It’s important that you check your RIT email each day because this is how we will be communicating with you.

These 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: https://www.rit.edu/ready/student-academic-support#covid-19-technology-fund.

You will attend both SVP and RIT's campuswide orientation programs.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 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.

Below are some videos that may be helpful for you:

VR: https://youtu.be/yjhKn3fXhTM

How Does RIT Decide: https://youtu.be/-mfmK9JkRwM

Financial Support for Students: https://youtu.be/a0PMBBTL45I

FASFA: https://youtu.be/I9H_P3NZHbs
This is what you need to fill out each year if you need loans/grants, etc.

eServices rit.edu/eserviceshttps://youtu.be/sVUOOq6Bk8c
This is the platform you will use to manage your tuition payments, billing, scholarships, etc.