New Student Checklist

The New Student Checklist will help you navigate all of the required action items you must complete this summer. 

Academic Checklist

High school students: Your official final high school/secondary school transcripts should verify your graduation date. Please contact your high school counseling office or school official and request that they send this information in an official electronic format or in a school envelope. To check the receipt, you can log in to your RIT applicant account to review your checklist at

Transfer students: Please contact the Registrar’s Office at your current or previous college(s) to request that they send your final official college transcript in an official electronic format or in a school envelope to:

RIT Undergraduate Admissions Office, 60 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623

Do you have AP or IB credit(s) that you have not already submitted to RIT to review for transfer credit? 

  • Advanced Placement (AP): Please request an official AP score report be sent from the College Board to RIT Undergraduate Admissions. Score report requests can be completed online
  • International Baccalaureate (IB): RIT will evaluate your IB transcript in order to determine eligible credit. 

You are required to complete the Math Placement Exam (MPE) between May 15-June 30, 2021. If you are pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in the College of Art and Design, you are not required to take the MPE.

Learn more about the Math Placement Exam (MPE)

If you plan to take a foreign language course this fall semester, and have prior language experience and/or language transfer credits, you are required to take the Language Placement Exam. The exam must be completed by June 30, 2021. 

Contact the Modern Language department to schedule your exam with the coordinator of the language you wish to take. 

In early June, you will receive an email from your college, welcoming you to RIT and detailing steps you must complete in order to provide necessary information to your advisor. Your advisor uses this information to put together your first-semester schedule. Your college or academic program will also be hosting virtual events in July to give you an opportunity to connect with faculty, college staff, and your fellow classmates. We have also dedicated an entire day of Orientation to setting you up for academic success, called Academic Day. This will be a day you meet with your advisor and faculty, go through your first-semester schedule, and engage with other new students in your college.

Account Set Up Checklist

You will receive an account activation email from RIT when your enrollment deposit has been received and posted to our system. Please allow 1-2 business days for deposit payment processing. The account activation email will go to the email address you provided us on your admissions application. If after two business days you have not received the account activation email but have paid your deposit, please contact the RIT Service Center for assistance. (Please note that this is different than the RIT Admissions account that you used during the application process.) You will use your new RIT computer account login to complete other enrollment processes, including housing contracts, student health forms, and critical information to complete the rest of this New Student Checklist.

Email notifications are sent to you and authorized payers (parents, guardians, etc.) when bills become available. Student Financial Services has information on fee rates, billing, payment options, loan repayment, and educational tax credit. You can authorize up to three people to receive eBill reminder notifications and access Dining Dollars, course schedules, and grades by logging into eServices.

Skip the line at Orientation. Take a selfie and create your own personalized student ID for pickup during Orientation. You must submit your photo by Aug. 13, 2021. Resident students will receive their ID during Move-In, and commuters can stop by the Office of the Registrar to pick up their ID during Commuter Orientation. 

Photo guidelines and submissions

RIT Alert is used to notify the campus community of an emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff occurring on or near campus. You will be auto-enrolled into the RIT Alert system at the beginning of the semester using the contact information you provide in RIT's Student Information System. 

Learn about RIT Alert > 

TigerSafe is Public Safety's official campus safety app. It has a variety of useful features you can use in times of uncertainty or emergencies on campus. Download the RIT TigerSafe app and make sure you enable push notifications to receive app updates. 

Take two minutes to update your parent and emergency contact information in the Student Information System (SIS). Contact the RIT Service Center at or 585-475-5000 to report a problem.

Health and Wellness Checklist

You must complete and submit the six required health documents located online at

  • Immunization Record
  • Health History
  • Tuberculosis Screening
  • Treatment Authorization
  • Insurance Plan
  • Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination

Learn more about RIT Immunization requirements
Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine requirement

Long-term or Specialized Mental Health Counseling
Counseling and Psychological Services offers short-term, goal-focused individual therapy, group therapy, crisis support, and psychiatric services in an open, safe and confidential environment.

Weekly check-ins, specialized or intensive clinical services that require a meeting for concerns beyond identified short-term goals are outside the scope of our services. If you currently see a professional for these services, we recommend that you continue treatment with your provider or contact our Case Management team to assist you in connecting with a mental health specialist in the local community.

Learn more about RIT Counseling and Psychological Services 

Medical Care
The Student Health Center provides primary care and urgent care services to all RIT students in a culturally sensitive way. There is an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter on staff, as well as Cyracom translation services available. Appointments can be made for health counseling, evaluation and treatment of common medical concerns.

For medical care beyond the scope of practice of the Student Health Center, students will be referred to local specialists with guidance and coordination of care provided by a member of the Student Health Center team.

Learn more about RIT medical care and services

Disability Services
The Disability Services Office works in collaboration with partners across RIT to foster a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive campus community. Some students may be unsure whether the Disability Services Office can support their needs. We welcome all enrolled RIT students to register with our office and request accommodations if they identify as having a permanent or temporary disability. This includes, but is not limited to: 

  • Lifelong or acquired disabilities
  • Hidden disabilities (e.g. learning disabilities or mental health disabilities)
  • Chronic illness
  • Veterans with service-related disabilities
  • Pregnancy
  • Students of size
  • Students with temporary disabilities (e.g. athletes with injuries or students recovering from surgery)

Learn how to apply for an accommodation

Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students: RIT is also home to the Department of Access Services (DAS) at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID). DAS provides interpreting, note-taking, and real-time captioning services to the RIT community. Deaf and hard-of-hearing students who work with DAS for captioning, note-taking, and/or interpreting may also contact the Disability Services Office for support with any additional accessibility needs. For more information about supports for D/deaf and hard-of-hearing students with additional disabilities, visit the DeafPlus website.  

Although the Student Health Center does not have a full service pharmacy and cannot fill prescriptions written by outside clinicians, they do have a limited selection of commonly prescribed medications acute medical needs available for purchase. 

If a prescription is recommended by the Student Health Center, but is not available to purchase or if your doctor at home continues your prescriptions, you can arrange for delivery from Wegmans Pharmacy to the Student Health Center. If you have a different preferred pharmacy, our clinicians can fax your script directly to them. 

Read more about medication services and prescriptions 


All students are expected to have health insurance coverage for services provided outside of the Student Health Center at RIT. Health insurance coverage ensures that students receive the appropriate medical care in the event of an injury or illness that requires prescription medication, a referral to a specialist, or even hospitalization.

Health insurance may be obtained through the university, or through family or individual policies. The Case Management team at RIT is available to help students navigate their health insurance.

Learn more about health insurance requirements

Familiarize yourself with the RIT Ready website – your central resource for all information related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the RIT Safety Plan, student requirements, information, and past COVID-19 communications.

RIT is requiring students to have a COVID-19 vaccination prior to coming to the Henrietta campus for the Fall 2021 semester. Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine requirement

Important COVID-19 updates and pre-arrival requirements will be delivered straight to your RIT email inbox, so be sure you check your email frequently throughout the summer.

Housing, Dining, and Commuting Checklist

First-year students: If you plan to live on campus, please make note of these important deadlines.

  • May 18: Complete your housing contract to receive an appointment time at
  • May 20: You will receive an email with an appointment date and time (June 1-18) to select your room.
  • June 1-18: Log in to on your assigned date and time to select your room. 

View the RIT Housing step-by-step instructions and important information

If you choose to live in one of our residences this fall, you will receive a detailed Housing Arrival Guide delivered to your RIT email in July. Please review additional RIT Housing information at

Transfer Students: Entering transfer students may live in RIT housing or non-RIT housing. Transfer students are assigned RIT housing on a space-available basis, prioritized by 1) the receive date of the enrollment deposit and 2) the receive date of the housing contract. RIT transfer student housing includes residence halls, Global Village, RIT Inn & Conference Center, and a limited number of apartments and suites.

If you are seeking RIT housing, complete the appropriate online housing contract. No additional housing deposit is required. Use your RIT computer account (username and password) to complete the online Housing Contract found at

If you are an off-campus or commuter student, Off-Campus and Commuter Services (OCCS) provides opportunities, events, and space for you to build your community at RIT with other off-campus students. OCCS hosts social gatherings, a celebratory week honoring commuter students (Commuter Spirit Week), and housing fairs to connect you to RIT and the surrounding Rochester community. OCCS also has a commuter lounge with study space, computers and printer access, free coffee, a microwave and refrigerator, and games to help you make this space a home away from home.

Connect with OCCS at Orientation and stop by the Commuter Lounge, located on the A-level of the Campus Center, open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

First-year students: Incoming first-year students living in the residence halls or the RIT Inn may select one of the meal plans below. The Tiger plan is the default plan applied to student accounts. 

  • Orange: $3,500
  • Tiger: $3,020 

Meal plans are available for all RIT students, including students living off-campus. You can add a meal plan, Tiger Bucks, or voluntary Dining Dollars at any time. 

Transfer Students: Transfers living in RIT residence halls and the RIT Inn are required to have a meal plan. Transfers may select an Orange or Tiger meal plan. Transfers living in other RIT Housing or off-campus may select one of the Commuter Plans. Select your meal plan at 

View all Meal Plan options

Purchases with Tiger Bucks can be made at food and retail locations across campus, and can be used on food and non-food items. They are held in a separate student dining account that starts with a zero balance, and they can be rolled over each semester. When using Tiger Bucks, you are charged 8% sales tax on all purchases. You can add funds at any time via

Dining Dollars can be used at vending machines and all RIT Dining locations (except Java Wally's). Dining Dollars are used to purchase perishable and non-perishable groceries and food items only. Food purchases are not charged the 8% sales tax. Dining Dollar balances will roll-over each semester. 
*See terms and conditions for additional information.