NTID by the Numbers

A closer look at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf

Published Jun. 28, 2016

The National Technical Institute for the Deaf is one of the nine colleges of RIT. More than 1,200 deaf and hard-of-hearing students come to RIT every year to take advantage of the benefits of an RIT/NTID education.

Opportunities for deaf and hard-of-hearing students at RIT/NTID are unmatched by any university in the world. Career-focused programs that reflect the needs of today's employers, work experience gained through the university's cooperative education program, faculty who specialize in educating deaf and hard-of-hearing students, outstanding graduation and job placement rates, and unparalleled access and support services all set RIT/NTID apart.

In 1966, RIT was chosen as the home campus for the federally sponsored NTID, which had been established by Congress in 1963 and signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. In a national report, RIT’s long history of technical education, cooperative education, and its emphasis on career preparation were cited as the reasons for the choice.

NTID enrolled its first freshmen class in 1968, and now has more than 8,000 alumni, including NTID President Gerry Buckley. Check out NTID by the Numbers for a glimpse of what NTID looks like today and see why students say RIT/NTID is the right fit for them.