Transfer Orientation

As a transfer student, RIT wants to provide you an opportunity to customize your Orientation experience to help you transition to life at RIT.

If you are a residential transfer student, you will need to register for Track One. If you are an off-campus or commuter transfer student, you will need to register for Track Two. Track One will include placing you with an Orientation small group, assigned an Orientation Leader, and helping you acclimate through various programs from your move-in date to your first day of classes. Track Two will consists of you meeting with your college or academic program August 17-18, before you begin classes on August 19. You are eligible to register and select your track once you have made your Admissions deposit.

Track One

Join a group of other incoming transfer students in a small group, led by an Orientation Leader and participate in the full Orientation program. This is an all-access pass to the Orientation program, with transfer-specific programs and activities throughout the week that you will attend with your small group. We recommend choosing Track One as it will provide you more opportunities to connect with faculty, staff, and other new transfer students at RIT.

Register for Orientation

Track Two

August 20, 2020

Do you just want to meet with your academic college and learn more about your academic program? This track is for you. Track Two includes an overview and introduction to your academic college and program. You will need to check into Orientation in the Gordon Field House on the Mezzanine level (second floor) starting at 7 a.m., as you will be expected to find your seat with your college with the Academic Day Overview beginning promptly at 8 a.m.

Register for Orientation

RIT Coronavirus Updates

We are planning the best and safest ways in which to bring the residential academic experience back, with public health considerations at the forefront. A return to campus in the fall will require innovative practices and new safety standards related to places and spaces, and how we learn, study, conduct research, collaborate, and engage with one another. The RIT Coronavirus website will be updated throughout the summer as decisions are made about our return to campus in the fall. This will affect how we execute Orientation, and help acclimate you to RIT. Please be sure to check your RIT email frequently for important updates and information designed to make your transition to RIT as smooth as possible. 

Access the New Student Orientation closed group in RIT CampusGroups  

New RIT students in the Gordon Field House during Convocation in 2019.

Welcome Guide

Be on the lookout for your RIT welcome guide that takes you step by step through what needs to be completed now that you have deposited and are coming this fall. You will be able to walk through the timeline we have put together of deadlines, action items, and resources with your family to best prepare you to start classes this August.

Download the Welcome Guide 

Academic Checklist

Please contact the Registrar's Office at your current college to request that they send this information in an official electronic format or in a school envelope when available to: 

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

For any questions regarding your transcript(s), please contact 

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. 

The Math Placement Exam (MPE) is used to place you in the appropriate initial mathematics or statistics courses. Incoming transfer students will be notified via their RIT email account if they are required to complete the Math Placement Exam. Full details about taking the Math Placement Exam are available at

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.

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, 2020. 

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

Expect to see an email from your college starting in June that includes information we need from you directly to help your advisor put together your first semester fall schedule.

Account Setup 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 supplied on your admissions application. If you need assistance, please contact the ITS Service Desk.

Email notifications are sent to students and authorized payers (e.g., parents, guardians, etc.) when bills become available. Student Financial Services has information on fee rates, billing, payment options, loan repayment, and educational tax credit. Their online eServices site provides real-time account inquiry and electronic payment for tuition/fees and Tiger Bucks. You can authorize up to three persons to receive eBill reminder notifications and have access to food or Tiger Bucks balances, course schedules, and grades by logging into

Take a selfie and create your own personalized student ID before Orientation so you don’t have to wait in line!

Photo guidelines and submissions

You must submit your photo by Friday, August 14, 2020.


RIT Alert allows RIT to contact you in the event of an emergency through text message, voice message, and email. If you have questions or concerns about RIT Alert, contact

Learn more about emergency communications

Take two minutes to update your parent and emergency contact information in SIS (Student Information Systems). Contact the ITS Service Desk at or 585-475-4357 to report a problem.

Health and Wellness Checklist

You must complete the five required health documents located online at by July 1, 2020.

  • Immunization Record
  • Health History
  • Tuberculosis Screening
  • Treatment Authorization
  • Insurance Plan

The departments within Wellness Programs and Services strive to promote and develop healthy lifestyles, social interaction, and leadership skills among RIT students. Participating in recreation activities, health promotion programming, club sports or intramurals is a great way to meet new friends who share a common interest.

In addition, Wellness Education and Outdoor Education, combined, offer over 400 wellness-related classes each year. Students are required to take two wellness classes prior to graduation, but there is no limit to the number of classes you can take. There is a large variety of courses available for students to choose from, including Zumba, Juggling, Stress Management, Maple Syrup in our Environment, Sunrise Yoga, CPR and First Aid, Futsal, Rock Climbing and more.

Learn more about Wellness Programs and Services

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.

For more information on medical care and services, visit the Student Health Center website.

Although the Student Health Center does not have a full service pharmacy and cannot fill prescriptions written by outside clinicians, we 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. 

For more information on filling prescriptions, visit the Student Health Center website.


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.

For more information on mental health counseling, visit the Counseling and Psychological Services website.


Health insurance coverage and cost is also important to understand. Check with your health insurance provider to determine if you will be covered in the Rochester Area. 

The Case Management team is available to assist students in connecting to resources on- and off-campus. Since it takes time to schedule off-campus appointments, early planning is encouraged for students who may benefit from these resources. Advance scheduling will allow for the smoothest transition to get students access to the resources they need.

For more information on connecting to off-campus resources and insurance, visit the Case Management website.

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 Diability 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)

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.  

In order to request disability accommodations, students should:

  1. Fill out an accommodation request form
  2. Submit documentation to verify your disability and need for accommodations
  3. Meet with our professional staff to discuss your request and next steps

For more information on disability services and accommodations, visit the Disability Services Office website.

Housing and Dining Checklist

Your special interest housing essays are due June 1, with no extensions. You will receive a notification on June 9 regarding your request for special interest housing.

June 8: Complete your housing contract to receive an appointment time at
June 10: You will receive an email with an appointment date and time to select your room.
June 17-30: Log in to at your assigned date and time to select your room, and indicate your roommate at that time. 

If you complete the contract after June 8, or you did not self-select, in late June you will be assigned by RIT Housing.

After room selections have been verified in late June, you can select a meal plan.

Transfers are not required to have a meal plan, but the following meal plans are available for all RIT students, including students living off campus:
Tiger 10: $2,918
Tiger 14: $3,000
Tiger 19: $3,050

To find more information regarding all meal plans offered, please visit the RIT Dining website.

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 account that starts with a zero balance, and they can be rolled over per semester and academic year. When using Tiger Bucks, you are charged 8% sales tax on all purchases. You can add funds at any time via

Meal Exchanges are valued at $9.50. They apply to any meal with meal exchanges included. Meal Exchanges can be used at any RIT Dining location, excluding Nathan's Soup & Salad and Java Wally's. Meals reset every Sunday before breakfast.

Dining Dollars can be used at all RIT Dining locations (excluding Nathan's Soup and Salad, and Java Wally's), campus convenience stores, and vending machines. They save 8% tax on food purchases and 10% at Gracie's. Any unused Dining Dollar balances at the end of the fall semester will roll-over into spring semester. All funds must be used by the end of spring semester.

Navigating Orientation Checklist

Text RITORI to 888777 to receive immediate text alerts and updates as you arrive on campus for Orientation. The Orientation text alert system will be available on June 1, and will only be used to communicate about on campus emergencies and inclement weather.

You must activate your RIT email in order to receive information from New Student Orientation with action items we will need for you to complete throughout the summer. Please be on the lookout for the RIT newsletters in your RIT email every week starting the first week in June. 

With the RIT CampusGroups app, you will have access to the most up-to-date Orientation schedule after August 1 (when the Orientation app in CampusGroups goes live), and it will provide you the ability to check into events throughout Orientation. RIT CampusGroups maximizes student engagement opportunities for all RIT students. Visit to learn about how you can get started, and what you might like to try. You will not have access to RIT CampusGroups until your RIT computer and email account are set up.

Housing Arrival Guide

You will receive your Housing Arrival Guide if you choose to live in one of our residential facilities this fall to your RIT email in late July. Please review additional information at for additional resources, information, and your Housing Arrival Guide in July.

Off-Campus and Commuter Services

If you are an off-campus or commuter student, Off-Campus and Commuter Services (OCCS) is an office within Campus Life that provides opportunities, events, and space for you to build your community at RIT with other off-campus students. OCCS puts on social gatherings, 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 in the Campus Center Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.