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Once you are registered for orientation, you will be assigned a Peer Advisor Leader (PAL) who is a current RIT student assist you with everything you need to know about becoming a new RIT Tiger!!
Arriving in the United States for the first time is exciting but it can also be a bit overwhelming. Below you will find information to help you prepare for you first few days on campus.
Many of your questions will be answered in International Student Orientation. In fact, we have found that attending orientation can be one of the most important factors in an international student's successful transition to RIT.
The ISS staff is looking forward to meeting you!
Due to the Covid 19 pandemic please plan to quarantine for two weeks in Rochester before being allowed on campus. If your quarantine extends beyond the first day of classes, work with your professors to keep up via online means. If you will live in RIT Housing this spring, please follow all guidance from RIT Housing & Residence Life about move-in dates. Our recommended last day to re-enter the US is January 11th. That should allow you to access campus from the first day of classes on January 25th.
Before you make travel arrangements to come to the United States, make sure you understand when you must arrive in order to maintain your immigration status.
The following resource provided by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security may be helpful to you: Study in the States Guide.
Be prepared to present the following documents at the Port of Entry:
It is very important that you keep these documents in a secure location while traveling, such as your purse or travel bag. Do not place any personal documents in your luggage, as they may be lost during travel.
Review your immigration documents and those for your dependents before you leave the arrival station. If you notice any errors, notify an immigration officer immediately. Once you leave the Port of Entry, it can be difficult to correct errors on your documents. Immigration officers review thousands of documents a day, so mistakes are sometimes made.
RIT’s campus sits adjacent to the city of Rochester, located in the western part of New York State, about 585 km from New York City and 300 km from Toronto, Canada. For maps and directions to campus please visit http://www.rit.edu/maps/
Please follow all guidance from RIT Housing & Residence Life about move-in dates and quarantine housing.
If you arrive before you are able to move in to off-campus housing, please plan to stay at an area hotel.
List of area hotels.
All new international students are required to check in with International Student Services. After completing the virtual check-in your SEVIS record will be registered and you will be issued an updated I-20/DS-2019 with a travel signature. Please visit our Orientation Information page for details.
**PLEASE NOTE – Your I-94 may take up to a week to generate after your arrival to the US**
**All initial status international students must perform their virtual check in as soon as possible upon admission into the United States.**