Karyssa Martin, Staff Assistant
LBJ-2593 52 Lomb Memorial Dr. Rochester, NY 14623
Videophone: (585) 286-4586
Fax: (585) 475-7786 firstname.lastname@example.org
What is SVP?
The Fall 2020 session of SVP starts on Sunday, August 9, 2020!
NTID orientation, the Summer Vestibule Program (SVP) is a required two-week 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. During this program, you will be placed into the appropriate skill levels in math and English, as well as determine your course of study. Also, you will be introduced to RIT/NTID facilities, policies, and student life opportunities, so that you'll be well prepared when classes start. Attendance at SVP is mandatory, so do not make other plans during this period.
This consists of two days of activities designed to help you determine or confirm your major at RIT/NTID. You will be able to see the six program areas and select two that you're interested in. The areas are:
Design and imaging technology
Engineering studies and technology
Information and computing studies
Career seminars are classes designed to help you match your skills, interests and values with a major at RIT/NTID. Career seminar instructors provide instruction and guidance, explain test results, and introduce you to campus life.
You'll participate in activities that introduce you to college life and what is needed to succeed at RIT/NTID. During SVP, the NTID Student Life Team offers opportunities for personal growth including cultural, recreational, athletic, and residence life activities.
Move into your dorm room. SVP volunteers will be available to help you as much as possible. To make your move easier, some carts will be available; however, we recommend you bring your own dolly or cart, if possible.
Follow your orientation schedule completely. You are expected to stay and participate fully in your orientation experience.
The schedule below is an example of what to expect during your SVP experience.
Students will obtain a DETAILED SVP schedule on move-in day. Students can expect to be busy with SVP events/activities between 8am-9pm each day. (*PLEASE do your shopping, errands BEFORE you arrive for move in!)
Thinking about moving in before this day? There may be a $50/day early arrival fee. Please discuss this option with Housing Operations
Day 1: Move-in and orientation
Move-in from 9am-1pm only! (PLEASE make every effort to be here during this time. LATE ARRIVALS will need to wait a bit to obtain keys, get settled in and you'll be missing important information!).
SVP SCHEDULE BEGINS @ 2pm!
Meet your OL "Orientation Leader", Student Panel
Dinner - SVP Student meal plans start @ Dinner
SVP Welcome, Olde Tyme Lemonade Social
ROC That! entertainment show in Panara Theater!
Reading Placement Test
Writing Placement Test
Communication Access at NTID program
Math Placement Test
Student Conduct presentation
SAISD Jam program
Financial Aid workshop
College Life 101
Dating and Relationships program
Writing Placement Exam
Math Interviews/Math Placement Exam
RITz Game Night
Diversity and Identity program
(Fun evening entertainment being planned...)
(OFF in the morning/FREE TIME)
(FUN afternoon/evening events being planned...)
Career Sampling #1
Communication Workshop and Tour
Night at the Library/Global Village hangout
Career Sampling #2
Tour of the NTID Learning Center
RA Floor Meeting (in the dorms)
SVP Closing Ceremony
RIT Academic Convocation
Ice cream social
RIT Orientation activities
Academic Department meeting
Meet your NTID Academic Advisors
RIT Orientation activities
RIT Orientation Activities
RIT Orientation activities
Day off! Get organized, meet people, REST before your first day as a college student!
Dress at RIT is casual, but there may be times when you will want to dress up. What is most important to remember is that Rochester’s weather is unpredictable. Bring plenty of warm clothing and rain gear to campus with you. If you plan to go home for Thanksgiving break, you can bring most of your winter clothing back to campus then, instead of in early fall.
You are not required to bring a computer to RIT/NTID. There are computer labs in academic buildings, the library and in the residence halls. If you do bring a personal computer, you will have to make sure your computer software meets RIT security standards. Information explaining how to get your computer “network ready” can be found on the ITS Resnet website.
The Student Financial Services Office, located in the University Services Center, Bldg 87 1st floor, maintains all student financial records, generates semeter billing, and determines each student’s financial eligibility to register for each semester. The office processes student charges, payments, and refunds. Questions regarding financial records should be directed to the Student Financial Services Office at 585-475-6186 (V) or 585-475-2080 (TTY). Student Financial Services representatives are available to meet with parents.
Vocational Rehabilitation Support
If you will be receiving VR support, it is important to keep your VR counselor informed of your program choice, grades and any other information he or she requires as part of your funding agreement. It is very important to communicate with your VR counselor throughout the academic year to keep him or her informed of your progress. Most VR offices expect you to maintain full-time student status (minimum 12 credits/semester) and to earn a GPA of 2.0 or above to continue to receive support.
The NTID Counseling and Academic Advising Services Department provides all deaf and hard-of-hearing students with personal, career and academic counseling. Upon arrival at RIT/NTID you are assigned a counselor to assist you with your transition to college. For more information about these services, please visit the NTID Counseling Department website.
RIT hosts a branch of Advantage Federal Credit Union on campus. Additionally, there are several HSBC and M&T Bank ATMs that accept bank cards affiliated with NYCE, Global Access, MasterCard, Visa, CIRRUS, and PLUS at a charge to the customer. Here is a list of a few banks, close to campus.
Be here and ready for the Orientation program by the date listed in your acceptance communication.
There will be no paper mail sent home with any orientation details - all the information you need is right here. Please contact us if you have questions.
If you need a residence hall assignment, be sure to contact Housing Operations ASAP for more details. You are expected to do this before your arrival to ensure we have located an available housing assignment! Do not sign up for housing when you come to campus.
The fee for NTID’s Summer Vestibule Program is included in your fall semester bill. These costs cover programming and room & board and are not covered by financial aid. If you have VR or OSAP support, be sure to discuss the costs related to SVP with them before arriving.
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.
NSP is held for two weeks prior to SVP. Upon arrival to NSP, you will move into your permanent housing for the academic year.