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. Please review the latest regulations involving clubs, team sports, and events.

Season of Giving


Health and Safety
Reduce the spread of COVID-19 as you celebrate the season.


Give to yourself
It's important to plan ahead, check-in on your mental health, and take care.


Give to your community
There are tremendous opportunities to give back to our RIT and local communities.


Give to others
Happiness is contagious. Stay connected with friends and engage in virtual events hosted by RIT.


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
Intramural activities and practices are suspended until further notice.


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


Recreation
The Student Life Center is now open for students, faculty, and staff to exercise indoors. Bathrooms and locker rooms are available, but you must bring your own towel and lock.  The Wiedman Fitness Center has been moved to the Gordon Field House, which is open on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to 25 people.

The aquatics center is available during open swim hours.

Indoor studio space and basketball courts are also open for groups involved in wellness classes, intramurals, and student clubs and organizations.

In addition, students, faculty and staff can stay engaged with RIT’s virtual walking, running, and cycling community through Strava.

More information on recreation options and rules


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

Clubs, Intramurals, and Recreation


Student clubs
Guidelines for the approximately 300 RIT student clubs will help ensure members can continue to hold activities and events, whether they continue virtually, in-person, or a combination of the two.


Intramurals
Intramurals will take place both in-person and virtually this spring, incorporating several safety modifications and protocols. Intramural offerings include 4v4 Volleyball, 2v2 Pickleball, 2v2 Badminton, Kan Jam, 1v1 Table Tennis, and E-sports.


Performing arts
While performing arts offerings at RIT may look and feel differently than normal, RIT is committed to making sure they are available in a healthy and safe manner.


Recreation
The Student Life Center is open for students, faculty, and staff to exercise indoors. The Wiedman Fitness Center has been moved to the Gordon Field House. Other recreation spaces and options are available.


Virtual student life
It is important 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.


RIT Athletics
For the latest updates, go to the RIT Athletics website. Athletic training services and supervised strength and conditioning is permissible for intercollegiate athletics. All services are by appointment only and adhere to established masking and distancing protocols.

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”

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 New York state 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 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.

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.

Athletics

Due to ongoing health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, RIT has canceled several winter sports competition for the 2020-21 season. Men's and women's hockey are competing. For the latest updates, go to the RIT Athletics website.

Athletic training services and supervised strength and conditioning is permissible for intercollegiate athletics. All services are by appointment only and adhere to established masking and distancing protocols.

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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.