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Counseling & Psychological Services

At times, college can be stressful! Determining how and when to seek professional assistance can be crucial to staying healthy and being successful in college. University life can be one of excitement and self-discovery. At the same time, it can generate academic, emotional, personal, social, and even financial concerns. Although not uncommon, sometimes these concerns can make it difficult to succeed or function while at school. Counseling is an excellent way to address such issues.

Counseling Services:
Our professional counselors are committed to helping you. We work with students whose concerns range from the everyday challenges of university life to more disruptive psychological concerns. Many students also find it helpful to consult with our staff about how best to help a friend.

All services provided by the Counseling Center are confidential and free to eligible RIT/NTID students.

Making an Initial Appointment:
Scheduling an intake appointment is quite easy. Simply call 585-475-2261 or stop by the Counseling Center located in the August Center (AUG) on RIT’s Quarter Mile. Always let the staff know immediately if this is an emergency situation.

Common concerns shared by students include:

  • Academic performance
  • Anxiety or stress
  • Depression
  • Feeling of being overwhelmed
  • Self-esteem
  • Relationships
  • Sexual orientation
  • Suicidal feelings
  • Race, ethnicity, or cultural identity
  • Gender identity
  • Out of control feelings
  • Sexual assault and violence
  • Eating and body image concerns
  • Illness or death of a loved one

Deaf/hard-of-hearing students:
NTID counselors provide personal, social, career, and academic counseling services to all Deaf/hard-of-hearing students at RIT. Every student has a counselor assigned to work with them. Learn more on the NTID's Counseling & Academic Advising Services department website at

Student Health Center

The Student Health Center provides comprehensive clinical care and health education to assist students in maintaining good health. The staff includes physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, an interpreter for the Deaf/hard-of-hearing, and support staff. Referrals are made to community based health care providers as necessary.


  • Full-time undergraduate students pay a Student Health Fee as part of their tuition and may use the SHC for unlimited visits during the semester.
  • Graduate, part-time and co-op students are not automatically billed the Student Health Fee in their tuition. They may choose to pay per visit or pay the semester fee for unlimited visits.
  • Fees for SHC visits cover the SHC visit only and do not include costs for lab tests that are sent out of the SHC, medications, radiology studies (such as x-rays) or visits to specialists.

All health care interactions are confidential for students who are 18 years of age or older.  For students under the age of 18, please contact the SHC to find out what information is confidential and what may be shared with parents. 

Immunization Requirements:
New York State Law requires all students taking six credit hours or more and born after January 1, 1957 to provide:

  1. Proof of immunity against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)
    -Acceptable proof includes two (2) immunizations of MMR vaccine (given after first birthday) OR
    -Positive titer report indicating immunity for each disease.
  2. Signed NYS meningococcal information form
  3. RIT requires all students under 22 years of age to provide proof of immunization against meningococcal disease
    - Meningococcal tetravalent (A,C,Y, W-135) conjugate vaccine (Menactra, Menveo). A booster shot is required if first vaccine was given prior to age 16.
  4. Immunization information must be submitted to the Student Health Center before arrival at RIT. You will receive RIT email notification regarding online submission of immunization and health history forms.

Health Insurance:

  • All students are expected to have health insurance that works in the Rochester, NY area. This is separate from the Student Health Fee described above. Please check with your health insurance company to see if you are covered in Rochester.
  • Personal health insurance is used for services not offered at the Student Health Center, such as specialty care, lab, or x-ray costs.
  • For coverage offered through RIT, visit: or call 800-437-6448.


Student Wellness Services

The Student Wellness Services staff offers health education counseling and programming in alcohol and other drugs, contraception, eating disorders, nutrition, sexual assault, sexually transmitted infection, smoking cessation, stress reduction, supplements, and counseling.  Customized health education presentations are available upon request.

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