Summer Vestibule Program

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

The deaf and hard-of-hearing student orientation, Summer Vestibule Program, is required for deaf and hard-of-hearing incoming first-year and transfer students. SVP is held before the start of RIT’s campuswide orientation program.

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 15-17, 2021. Move-in will be on Sunday, August 15 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. A more detailed schedule will be available in advance of the program.

After SVP concludes, you will attend RIT Orientation.

RIT is requiring all students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before their arrival on campus. You'll find details on how to upload your proof of vaccination in the New Student Checklist, which contains all immunization and COVID-19 requirements.

Things to Do Prior to SVP Orientation

Students Accepted into College of NTID

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.

Students Accepted into Other Colleges at RIT

First-year and transfer students who are accepted into bachelor’s degree programs in one of the other eight colleges of RIT.

*Students accepted into the College of NTID: 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 test appointment, e-mail Karyssa Martin at Tests will be offered on Tuesdays and Fridays starting at 1 p.m. (EST). Limited Saturdays, Sundays, and evening hours are available upon request. Please have your calendar with times available to share with Karyssa.

**Students accepted into other colleges at RIT. Incoming bachelor-level students will be notified via their RIT email account if they need to take the Math Placement Exam (MPE). More details about the MPE and the first-year English course requirement can be found here:

Self-Directed Writing Placement

Math Placement Exam (MPE)


*** Refer to CampusGroups for the detailed schedule, when available.

Sun., Aug. 15
8 a.m. - 2 p.m. RIT Move-in (find your time slot here:
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. RIT Resource Fair
2 p.m. - 4 p.m. NTID Resource Fair
4 p.m. - 5 p.m. NTID Welcome
5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Dinner on Your Own
7 p.m. - 8 p.m. RIT Welcome
8 p.m. - 9 p.m. Meet your OL
9 p.m. - 11 p.m. ROC THAT! Entertainment Show
Mon., Aug. 16
8 a.m. - 9 a.m. Breakfast
9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. DEI Programming
10:30 a.m. - 12 noon Parent and Student Time for Goodbyes
12 noon - 1 p.m. Lunch or Affinity Programming
1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Group Photo
1:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. Diversity/Communication Program
5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Multicultural Dinner
7 p.m. - 8 p.m. OL Meeting
8 p.m. - 10 p.m. SAISD Jam
Tues., Aug. 17
8 a.m. - 9 a.m. Breakfast
9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Access Services, Student Conduct Program
10 a.m. - 12 noon Check-in/Review
SSO Workshop (for bachelor-level students only)
12 noon - 2 p.m. Lunch
2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Dating and Relationships Program
5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Dinner
7 p.m. - 8 p.m. OL Meeting
8 p.m. - 11 p.m. Social Programming
Wed., Aug. 18
9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Meet your OL
12 noon - 2 p.m. Lunch
2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Tiger Walk
3 p.m. - 4 p.m. Convocation
5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Dinner or Affinity Programming
9 p.m. - 11 p.m. Social Programming
Thurs., Aug. 19
9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Academic Advising Overview
10 a.m. - 12 noon Academic Day
12 noon - 1:30 p.m. Lunch with Academic Departments
1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. Academic Day (continues)
5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Dinner or Affinity Programming
7 p.m. - 8 p.m. OL Group Time
8 p.m. - 11 p.m. Social Programming
Fri., Aug. 20
9 a.m. - 12 noon Academic Day Part II
12 noon - 2 p.m. Lunch
2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Optional Academic Advising and Additional Follow-up Meetings/Appointments
5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Dinner or Affinity Programming
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Title IX Programming
9 p.m. - Midnight Social Programming
Sat., Aug. 21
12 noon - 2 p.m. Lunch
5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Dinner
7 p.m. - 8 p.m. OL Group Time
8 p.m. - Midnight Social Programming
Sun., Aug. 22
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Wellness Fair and Carnival
American Red Cross Blood Drive
2 p.m. - 6 p.m. Floor Meetings
8 p.m. Fireworks
Sun., Aug. 15
8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
(various locations)
Move into RIT Housing
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Gordon Field House
and Activities Center
(GOR, 24)
RIT Resource Fair
The Resource Fair allows new students and their families to get their questions answered, meet with staff members, and get information regarding the resources and services available at RIT and in the community.
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Lyndon Baines
Johnson Hall,
1st Floor
NTID Resource Fair
Review NTID’s services that we provide for our deaf and hard-of-hearing students.
4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Lyndon Baines
Johnson Hall,
Panara Theatre
NTID Welcome
Review NTID’s services that we provide for our deaf and hard-of-hearing students.
5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Dinner on your own.
7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Gordon Field House
Welcome to RIT
Parenting a college student will be a new experience, and we’re here to help you make the transition! Join the Director of Parent & Family Programs and a team of students to learn how to best support your Tiger.
8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Global Village
Parent and Family Social
Meet and socialize with other RIT parents –an excellent opportunity to meet other parents of deaf and hard-of-hearing students.
8 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Panara Theater
Student Programming
At 8 pm, students will be introduced to their assigned Orientation Leader and review/discuss the Orientation program activities for the week. Then they will join in on a fun performance by RocTHAT!
Mon., Aug. 16
9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*Refer to
RIT Orientation
schedule for locations!
Academics at RIT: Ask an OL
In this OL session, you will learn about what life is like for a typical student in your student’s college. *Note that this is an outdoor program.
10:30 a.m. - 12 noon Family Time
Use this time however you need. Please depart by Noon when your student’s orientation experience will continue.

More Parent Orientation schedule details can be found here.

Virtual SSO Webinar

All deaf and hard-of-hearing bachelor-level students and their parents are REQUIRED to register and attend the Support Services Orientation (SSO) virtual information session as part of student orientation.

It will be an opportunity for you to meet RIT staff who manage access and support services and get answers to questions.

SSO for parents and students will be held online on Wednesday, August 4, 2021, 7 p.m. (EST) via Zoom. Register today!.

Virtual SSO Webinar

New Signers Program

The New Signers Program (NSP) is an optional three-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. NSP is offered online this year, and is FREE. We encourage you to register for this exciting virtual program.

New Signers Program

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)

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
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
Micah Boudreaux

Off-Campus and Commuter Services                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Support Services Coordinators

The following faculty members at RIT are assigned to provide tutoring, academic/career advising, and personal counseling for deaf and hard-of-hearing students enrolled in courses and programs in the other colleges of RIT. These faculty are skilled at working with students of all communication modes, including those who do not use sign language as well as those who communicate in ASL.

Sidonie Roepke

College of Art & Design

Booth Hall, #3451
585-475-2707 (V)

Scott Bellinger

Kate Gleason College of Engineering
College of Engineering Technology

Gleason Hall, #1113
Johnson Hall, #2332
585-475-4400 (V)

Pamela Conley
Associate Professor

Pamela Conley

College of Liberal Arts

Liberal Arts Hall, #2242
585-286-4568 (VP)

Kelly Davis
Senior Lecturer

Kelly Metz Davis

Saunders College of Business

Lowenthal Hall, #3306
585-475-5118 (V)
585-563-5171 (VP)

Stacey Davis
Principal Lecturer

Stacey Davis

College of Science
College of Health Sciences and Technology

Gosnell Hall, #A180
585-475-2032 (V)

Brian Nadworny

Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences

Golisano Hall, #1517
Johnson Hall, #2296
585-475-4565 (V)
585-286-2287 (VP)


All deaf and hard-of-hearing students should complete the NTID Admissions Checklist.

Students accepted into a program in the College of NTID also need to complete 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 Amy Stornello know, so that we can ensure this need is met. Make the request here:

All deaf and hard-of-hearing incoming freshmen and transfer students 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:


How Does RIT Decide:

Financial Support for Students:

This is what you need to fill out each year if you need loans/grants, etc.

This is the platform you will use to manage your tuition payments, billing, scholarships, etc.