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Fall Arrival Guides
The 2018 Fall Arrival Guides are now available and contain the information your student needs about arriving on campus over the next week. The Arrival Guides include: important dates, what to bring checklists, and specific information for new and returning students. Reminder: returning students can move back to campus on August 20 or August 22-26.
Goodbye, Goodbuy is a student-run initiative that provides both new and returning students the opportunity to furnish dorms and apartments at affordable prices. Last spring during move-out week, Goodbye, Goodbuy collected over 35 tons of goods left behind from students, which will be on sale during move-in week. Inventory includes items such as: furniture, clothing, fans, lamps, fridges, televisions, and speakers, as well as items that students might have forgotten to bring to campus (hangers, school supplies, and kitchenware). The sale will be on August 21-24 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in Clark Gym. Students interested in volunteering at Goodbye, Goodbuy (and receiving a $5 coupon) can sign up online.
Tuition Refund Insurance
RIT offers an elective tuition refund insurance plan that provides coverage for tuition, room and board charges, fees, and other non-refundable college expenses in the event of an unexpected withdrawal from classes due to an illness, injury, or psychological condition. More information is available on the RIT/GradGuard website.
Tips for Commuter Students
If your student will be living at home or in non-RIT housing and is commuting, please share with them the following tips as they prepare for the beginning of the semester:
- Make sure your driving commuter has purchased a parking permit on the Parking and Transportation website.
- A familiar route might have more traffic when they’re heading to class-give it a few extra minutes the first week.
- Similarly, buses tend to be most crowded the first couple weeks until students and other commuters get a better grasp on their schedules. Students should grab a bus earlier than needed for the first week or two to ensure they arrive to class on time.
- There are Commuter Meal Plans available to students.
- If your student is new to campus and attending orientation, make the most of all of the events provided. Off-Campus and Commuter Services has a number of programs designed specifically to connect your student to other commuters and the RIT campus.
- Students who are on their own for the first time may have questions about utilities, landlords, neighbors, and more. If you aren’t sure about these things, encourage your student to visit Off-Campus and Commuter Services in Campus Center A650.
Brick City Weekend
The Brick City Homecoming and Family Weekend schedule is ready to view. Brick City Weekend (BCW) is on October 19-21 and features events for the whole family. While browsing the schedule, here are some suggestions for family-favorite events:
- Taste of Rochester-Sample local wine, craft beer, and favorite Rochester foods with other families.
- Family Fun Zone-Play arcade games, check out the bounce house, and build your party hat.
- Women’s Hockey-You have two chances to catch the Women’s Hockey Team at the Gene Polisseni Center-Friday evening and Saturday afternoon.
- No Voice Zone-Experience an RIT tradition and Deaf culture, and learn a few basic signs.
- Men’s Hockey at Blue Cross Arena-RIT’s Men’s Hockey Team takes on Colgate in downtown Rochester. Be sure to also check out the free shuttle to downtown from campus.
- Family Breakfast Bites-Stop by for coffee and a bagel before heading home.
Registration for Brick City Weekend events will be available soon.