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As a non-traditional student, you have chosen to pursue an RIT degree while already managing many other life roles. Generally speaking, a non-traditional student is anyone who is over 24 years of age. Non-traditional students are those who have chosen to start an undergraduate degree program after:

  • their graduation from high school
  • being in the work force
  • being a parent
  • serving in the military
  • being married

In addition to dealing with basic transition issues when starting college, non-traditional students are often also faced with additional issues such as:

  • having to work full time
  • balancing education, family, and work
  • limited time on campus prohibiting them from building relationships and getting
  • involved
  • difficulty connecting with classmates
  • fewer scholarship opportunities and other financial strains

We realize that you may not be interested in the small group activities associated with the fall and spring New Student Orientation programs, but we hope you will choose to attend some of Orientation. You are welcome to go to any of the events listed on the Orientation schedule – even if you choose not to be in a group. We are here to help make your transition as smooth as possible, and want to be sure we are meeting your unique needs, so please let us know how we can help.


Check out the information online or contact:
Lana Buzuk | Mandie Klingelhoffer
Veterans and Military Services Office
Bausch & Lomb Center, Room A126
Phone: (585) 475-6641

Commuter Life

An estimated 1 in 3 of all students at RIT are commuter students: students living in housing not provided by RIT, including Park Point and Province. With such a prevalent presence it’s up to Commuter Life to meet those unique needs presented by commuter students. Commuter Life offers a wider variety of different services, events, educational programs, and resources tailored to commuter students. We look at the different challenges and necessities of being a commuter student and address those concerns to make their time at RIT as enjoyable and comfortable as possible.

Commuter Lounge

Located on the bottom floor of the Campus Center, room A650, the Commuter Lounge offers a home-away-from-home for commuter students who don’t have the luxury of having a place of residence here on campus to go back to in between classes. Our lounge offers the following amenities for commuter students only: free locker rentals, lounge furniture, computers with free printing, a Keurig with free coffee, TV, DVD player, video game systems, free umbrella rentals, variety of board games, phone charging stations, free snacks, use of a refrigerator and microwave, and a fun thriving community of people to meet and have fun with!

Commuter Students

We don’t believe that commuter students require special treatment, but we know that your needs and interests can be different from those of a residential freshman or transfer student at RIT. We also know that proximity to campus makes a difference in the level of your engagement; the further away from campus you live, the less likely you are to take advantage of resources the university provides. We want to assure you that you have as many opportunities to get involved as residential students do. You just might have to work a little harder to find them.

If you are a first year commuter student, you are expected to attend all New Student Orientation activities. Your Orientation is no different than it is for students who live on campus at RIT and it’s not so much about the campus; it’s about the connections. This is your opportunity to meet and get to know your fellow students, as well as the faculty and staff who will play a crucial role in your success at RIT. As a new student living off-campus, making connections with other students and getting to know the campus while commuting can be difficult. Orientation events are designed to help you make connections easily.

If you are a transfer commuter student you are expected to do what is best for you, but we encourage you to attend as many Transfer Orientation activities as you can (see the info under “Transfer Orientation”). You are welcome to attend any of the Orientation events listed on the schedule – even if you choose not to be in a group.

Veteran Students

We know that veterans often have a different experience than other new students before they come to RIT. In order to make the transition as smooth as possible for you we encourage you to attend New Student Orientation and, additionally, to peruse the information on this website to prepare yourself before your arrival on campus. The purpose of both our online resources and the New Student Orientation Program is to provide information that will be useful and timely for both student veterans and their families.

If you are a veteran (or a veteran’s dependent) you will want to get in touch with the Veterans Services Office at RIT. We are dedicated to supporting and advocating for active duty military, veterans, and their dependents, helping them from the moment they consider applying to RIT all the way through graduation. At RIT your service to our country is valued, appreciated, and acknowledged by the special services and support you receive.