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 15-24, 2024.

Move-in Day: Thursday, August 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.*
Check-in first at the Student Development Center to pick up your keys.

* Please note that your move-in date may differ from others, depending on your orientation schedule and/or optional pre-orientation program.

Things to Do Prior to SVP Orientation

Required items to complete:

SVP Schedule

Check back for the 2024 schedule which will be posted as we get closer to this summer's 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)

Kate Gleason College of Engineering,
College of Engineering Technology

David Monahan
585-636-0507 (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
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


First complete these steps to get you started.

Then all students should complete the Virtual Orientation and complete the NTID Accepted Student Checklist. Starting in March you will set up a 1:1 meeting with the SVP director and she 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.

You will attend SVP if you are a freshman or transfer student who has been accepted into:

  • An associate degree program
  • An associate+bachelor’s degree program
  • A pre-baccalaureate program
  • Career exploration studies program

You will attend RIT’s New Student Orientation if you have been accepted into a bachelor’s degree program.

If you have any questions, please contact MaryEllen Graham.

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!

You must attend orientation even if you are a commuter student.

We are still planning a fabulous program for you!

Please continue to check back on this site for more information.

We will also share updates for all pre-orientation and orientation schedules with you as they are confirmed.

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.

For more detailed information about your dining options on campus, please visit

We encourage you to reach out to the RIT Financial Aid office for assistance.

If you have Vocational Rehabilitation questions, contact Denise Hampton.

Check out this video on VR that may be helpful for you: