Prepare Your Student
Using Their RIT Email
Important information will be shared through students’ RIT accounts beginning at deposit—please remind your student to start checking this account on a regular basis.
We know it might be tempting for parents to log in to students accounts to make sure the necessary things are taken care of, but we encourage you to allow your student to take on this responsibility themselves, as they will have to manage their own schedules and accounts when they arrive at RIT.
Students might be overwhelmed by the amount of email they get from our campus communication system, RIT Message Center. In order to lessen the number of messages received, students can opt out of all or some emails—instructions can be found on the Message Center Resources website.
Selecting Rooms and Roommates
First-year students are required to live in RIT residence halls (with some exceptions for local students). Students get to select their own rooms and roommates at RIT. The Housing Operations Arrival Guides will help your student understand how to sign a housing contract, search for roommates, and choose a room.
Math Placement Exam
Your student will be notified if they are required to take the Math Placement Exam (MPE). This exam is available online from May 15 through June 30. It is important that students complete the MPE before arrival on campus.
Choosing a Meal Plan
All students living in residence halls are required to have a meal plan (Freshman meal plans can be found here). Look over the meal plan options with your student—three meals a day at Gracie’s is more than most students need!
Here is our dining cheat sheet to help you better understand the plans:
- Gracie’s is the main dining hall on the residential side of campus.
- Meal exchanges allow students to swap a Gracie’s meal with a meal at another location.
- Dining Dollars can be used at all dining locations, campus stores, and vending machines.
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.
DiscoveRIT, a pre-orientation program, gives incoming undergraduate students the opportunity to come to campus early and participate in fun, small-group projects and activities. These programs are optional and are a fun way to make early connections with campus, faculty and staff, and other students. The deadline to register is July 16. For more information and to see program options, please visit the DiscoveRIT website.