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 list of what to bring (and what NOT to bring) when you move 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 two opportunities during Orientation to pick up needed items:
- Goodbye, Goodbuy! is a student-run thrift sale that begins on Move-In Day and runs throughout Orientation.
- Target Takeover is a New Student Orientation event with continuous shuttles to the Henrietta Target. 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.”
Rochester experiences the whole range of seasons; make sure your student has light summer clothing, warm winter clothing, and everything in between! Good winter clothing includes: a heavy coat, winter boots, hat, mittens, and scarves. Remember, however, that your student won’t need winter clothes right away, so don’t stress out if it doesn’t get packed in August.
If your student will have a car on campus, it’s good to keep a small shovel and an ice scraper in the trunk. If you are from a warm climate, don’t fear-there are many ways to have fun in the cold months! For example, sledding, skating, hot chocolate, and Freeze Fest.
Dining on Campus
Meal plans are chosen, and now it’s time to get excited about dining at RIT! To get an idea of where your student will be dining at RIT, check out all of RIT’s dining locations and watch this guided tour of Dining Services. Here are two articles about healthy options on campus:
Even though they will have a meal plan, it can be helpful for students know some basic food preparation skills for the times they opt to cook in the residence hall kitchenettes or need to grab something quickly before a class.
Deaf Culture at RIT
One of the most unique aspects of RIT is that it is home to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID); more that 1,200 deaf and hard-of-hearing students study at RIT. Hearing students will interact with the Deaf community in courses, residence halls, and campus events. There are many ways hearing students can be involved in Deaf culture, including taking ASL courses and learning through No Voice Zone.