Student Life

A rich student life experience is essential to your time at RIT. While we practice physical distancing, we are finding new ways to move forward together.

Clubs, Intramurals, and Recreation

Student clubs
Guidelines for the approximately 300 RIT student clubs have been developed to ensure members can continue to plan and execute activities and events that are meaningful and engaging, whether they continue virtually, in-person, or a combination of the two.

Connect with student clubs and organizations

Intramurals will take place outdoors if the weather allows and virtually this fall and will incorporate several safety modifications and protocols. Intramural offerings include 2-vs-2 sand volleyball, pickleball, tennis (singles), Kan Jam, golf (at Genesee Valley Golf Course), disc golf (at Riverton Golf Course), foot golf (at Genesee Valley Golf Course), and softball.

Performing arts
The show must go on – even if it means virtually. While performing arts offerings at RIT may look and feel differently from how they normally operate, RIT is committed to making sure they are available in a healthy and safe manner.

Learn more about the performing arts at RIT

The Student Life Center will open on Monday, October 26, for students, faculty, and staff hoping to keep fit now that colder weather is settling in. The popular fitness pods that had been in place on the outdoor track since August have been closed, but fitness equipment found in the pods will be available inside, including more cardio and weight machines, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Virtual student life
Although we are practicing physical distancing, it is important that we continue to find opportunities to connect with one another and to RIT. Virtual engagement opportunities and individual activities can be found on the Virtual Student Life website. This will be a great resource for students in quarantine and isolation.

Connect with virtual events and opportunities

Community Exploration and Service

Into the ROC
Explore the unique challenges and cultural treasures in the Greater Rochester community through three types of trips involving “people, places, and possibilities.” Trips involve exploring what the community has to offer, as well as offering volunteering opportunities to give back to the local community. Transportation is provided for trips planned on Saturdays or Sundays with various organizations including CP Rochester, Flower City Pickers, ARTISANworks, and the Rochester Museum and Science Center.

Learn more about Into the ROC

Volunteering and community service
The Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement has compiled an extensive list of local and global volunteer opportunities for students to explore, from local nonprofits that support senior citizens to organizations that help feed families globally.

Learn more about volunteer opportunities

Leadership development
A multi-level experiential leadership development program called “momentum” will introduce students to challenges impacting communities around the world and can develop the skills and competencies they need to address those challenges.

Learn more about “momentum”

ROAR the Vote
Register to vote, apply for an absentee ballot, change political affiliation, or learn more about the election process in general online or at one of the many registration drives that will be held throughout the semester. Debate viewing parties will also likely be held leading up to Election Day on Nov. 3.

Get involved

Outdoor Venues

Various outdoor, low-risk amusement and entertainment events are on the agenda, which will allow for students to gather in large outdoor areas following the state 33% occupancy guidelines.

2 people playing piano at night on an outdoor stage.

Outdoor Stage

A 24-foot outdoor stage has been set up near the Gordon Field House, where performing arts, local artists, comedy, and more will be entertaining up to 500 students at a time. Student organizations can also request time on the stage, including small groups involved in performing arts. Local artists, comedians, and speakers will be rotating throughout the fall semester.

Students watching a movie on an inflatable screen, outside.

Inflatable Screen

Two 13-by-20-foot inflatable screens will be used to showcase movies, trivia, video games, and more from dusk to dawn for up to 150 students at each location. At least one of the screens will be between the Student Life Center and Gordon Field House for the College Activities Board’s weekly movie series—with multiple showings for each movie. A video game tournament with the MAGIC Center is also scheduled.

For a full listing of events, go to the RIT Events Calendar.

Brick City Homecoming
There will not be a traditional Brick City Homecoming and Family Weekend in the fall. Instead, events are being designed to allow alumni and parents to participate virtually during the week of October 19-25. Activities for students are being planned throughout the fall, including the weekend of October 10-11. Information related to the RIT vs. Notre Dame men’s hockey game will be released at a later date. Read more about Brick City 2020.


Men's hockey and Atlantic Hockey announced plans for the start of 2020-21 season.

All indoor and outdoor athletic facilities are closed until further notice, to include team locker rooms, weight rooms, Clark Gymnasium (main and auxiliary), Ritter Arena, Gordon Field House, Judson Pool, Gosnell Boathouse, Tiger Stadium, RIT Turf Field, RIT Baseball Field, RIT Softball Field, grass practice fields, and the throws area.

In conjunction with the Liberty League, the RIT Athletic Department cancelled all conference competition and championships for its NCAA Division III programs through December 31, 2020. Discussions regarding competition during the 2021 spring semester are ongoing.

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Frequently Asked Questions

All undergraduate and full-time graduate students in a degree program are assessed the student activity fee. The student activity fee supports programs, events, and services that enhance the quality of student life at RIT. Information about these programs can be found in the Student Life webpage. For fall 2020, in-person and remote student engagement opportunities will be offered. The fee will be assessed to all students unless they are enrolled in a designated online program.

We discourage students from traveling outside of the RIT community. If travel is essential, students should follow New York state guidance regarding mandatory quarantine at that time.  

All new first-year and transfer undergraduate students are assessed a one-time orientation fee/transfer transition fee to support programs and services related to new student orientation and transfer orientation programs. This fee is charged even if a student chooses not to attend the orientation program. Each new student is assessed an all-inclusive orientation fee that will appear on the fall tuition statement. Details about the orientation program can be found on the Orientation website.