Summer Vestibule Program
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 3 p.m.
A more detailed schedule will be available in advance of the program.
Things to Do Prior to SVP Orientation
Required items to complete:
- Contact MaryEllen Graham for a 1:1 meeting to review the accepted student checklist and necessary placement testing*.
- Complete the NTID Accepted Student Checklist
- Complete the Virtual 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.
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 email@example.com. 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.
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 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 with Financial Aid
- Parent, Family, and Student Welcome and Orientation
- Lemonade Social
- Dinner with Your Student (Optional)
Parents and families can leave after the lemonade social.
August 19 - August 26
- Social Events
- Academic Day
- Class Photo
- Tiger Walk
Service Providers and Other Resources
Advantage Federal Credit Union
585-454-5900 option 5 (voice)
NTID Communication Studies and Services
NTID Counseling & Academic Advising
NTID Diversity & Inclusion
NTID Learning Center
NTID Psychological Services
NTID Student Life Team
Kate Gleason College of Engineering,
College of Engineering Technology
RIT ASL & Deaf Studies Community Center (RADSCC)
RIT Center for Recreational Sports
Women and Gender
RIT Disability Services Office
RIT Parking and Transportation Services
RIT Public Safety
(585) 475-2853 (voice) or 585-205-8333 (text)
RIT Risk Management
RIT Spirituality and Religious Life
RIT Student Health Center
RIT/NTID Access Services
Bank of America
Excellus BlueCross Blue Shield
National Center for Deaf Health Research (NCDHR)
New York State Relay Service/CapTel
Mary Beth Mothersell
Social Security Administration
Sprint IP/Spring Accessibility
508-318-4012 (VP), 774-414-0935 (text)
ZVRS and Purple Communications
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.
I don’t have a computer or internet access, so I’m not able to take the placement tests online. What can I do?
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.
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.
Below are some videos that may be helpful for you:
How Does RIT Decide: https://youtu.be/-mfmK9JkRwM
Financial Support for Students: https://youtu.be/a0PMBBTL45I
This is what you need to fill out each year if you need loans/grants, etc.
eServices rit.edu/eservices: https://youtu.be/sVUOOq6Bk8c
This is the platform you will use to manage your tuition payments, billing, scholarships, etc.