Prepare Your Student
New York State law mandates that all college students provide proof of vaccinations. If you haven’t already, make sure your student is up to date on immunizations and submit completed forms to the Student Health Center prior to arrival in August. Forms and information can be found on the Student Health Center website.
On the Housing Operations website you’ll find a what to bring checklist for when your student moves in to the residence halls. Be sure they pack required forms of identification—students are required to provide a photo ID to obtain a bank account, University ID Card, and Employment Eligibility Card.
While it’s good to prepare early, don’t panic if you don’t have everything your student needs right away! Not only is there a lot of retail just down the road from RIT for last-minute shopping, but students have a few opportunities during Orientation to pick up needed items:
- Goodbye, Goodbuy! (see below) is a student-run thrift sale that begins on Move-In Day and runs throughout Orientation.
- There is a Target shuttle on Wednesday of Orientation week to help you easily get what you missed.
- Target Takeover is another Orientation event with continuous shuttles to the Henrietta Target on Friday evening. Students can enjoy music, food, and giveaways while buying last-minute items for classes and their residence halls.
Advice from a current RIT parent:
“Don't stress if everything isn't "perfect" in the packing phase. They need much less "stuff" than we think that they need. They are in a great place at RIT, and they will thrive there.”
Parking & Transportation
If your student will be bringing a car to campus, they will need to register their car with Parking & Transportation and purchase a parking permit for $100. There are transportation options for students without cars, including the RIT shuttle, the weekend shopping bus, the Public Market Bus, and Zipcar.
Staying Involved on Campus
Students arrive on campus their first year with a wide variety of hobbies and interests. Your student might choose to find a club that they were interested in in high school or join many in search of a new interest or activity. Campus involvement has many benefits including building friendships, better academic outcomes, and the development of “soft” skills, and with over 200 clubs and organizations on campus, there is something for all interests. During Orientation, your student will have the opportunity to attend the Tiger Activities Fair and can start searching for clubs now using Campus Groups.