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Welcome to Rochester

RIT’s campus occupies over 1,300 acres in Henrietta - a suburb of Rochester - and is close to theaters, parks, waterways, and bustling retail centers. In addition to the top-notch education RIT offers, you will find an exciting life outside the classroom through Rochester’s local attractions, sports, music, and the arts. Residents and guests can enjoy unlimited entertainment, recreation, and cultural opportunities. Our four-season climate is an ideal place to work and play, allowing for a variety of activities like hiking, biking, skiing, kayaking, boating, golfing, and camping.

View more about what Rochester has to offer.

University Mailings

Over the summer, you'll receive numerous mailings from RIT via email with topics ranging from immunizations, getting your college ID, college/program welcome, math placement exam, etc. Those mailings can also be accessed here.

Non-Traditional Students

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

View resources for non-traditional students

Course Enrollment and Registration

We’ll get you started with your first schedule at RIT! In mid-July, academic departments register students for fall term classes. You will be able to access your tentative schedule in late July by logging in to the Student Info System (SIS) with your RIT computer account and password. You will also find your advisor’s name on the “Student Center” tab in SIS. Please be aware that as official Advanced Placement (AP) scores, official college transcripts, and RIT placement test scores are received, schedules will be adjusted accordingly. Academic advisors will be available to help finalize schedules and make adjustments during New Student Orientation. You will also meet with your advisor during your first term. These meetings are a great time to ask questions about co-curricular opportunities, such as study abroad and undergraduate research.

If you have any questions or concerns about your schedule that need to be discussed before orientation, contact your academic department directly.

Bus Transportation

My Bus Home arranges one-way and round trip transportation for all academic breaks in private, fully insured motor coach buses with restrooms, DVD and Wi-Fi.

The buses pick up on campus and go to/from central locations in:

  • Allentown and Plymouth Meeting, PA and Bridgewater, NJ,

  • NYC (Penn Station) and Jericho, Long Island

  • White Plains and Albany, NY

  • Mechanicsburg, PA, Baltimore, MD and Arlington, VA

  • Ludlow and Newton, MA and Londonderry, NH


Maximum occupancy is 50 students per bus. A minimum of 30 students is required. 

Please sign up at My Bus Home for more information. 

RIT Lingo To Know

Do you know what Beanz, Breezeway, Bytes, CAB, Cage, CTRL ALT DELI, Fishbowl, RITchie, or Shear Global means? You can probably guess some of them, but we've created a list of RIT lingo which will be a part of your college life (and maybe forever).

Graduate Studies

The Office of Graduate Education is here to help faculty and graduate students succeed in their programs of study, research and creative endeavors. The office strives to help grad students develop novel partnerships among ourselves as well as with the community and the private sector. Throughout the year, they sponsor workshops on career preparation, teaching and grant writing for both students and faculty.

We encourage you to visit the Office of Graduate Studies sign-in table at the Resource Fair in the Gordon Field House from 9 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on August 19th and then attend Graduate Orientation in Ingle Auditorium from 2- 5 p.m., followed by a Graduate Student meet and greet behind Grace Watson Hall from 5 – 7 p.m... This program is separate from the New Student Orientation program for undergraduates. For more information on Office of Graduate Education, visit their website