Accepted Student Checklist

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If you've received a letter of acceptance from RIT/NTID, congratulations! Here's all the information you need to get started as the newest member of the RIT family. To confirm your plans to enroll and prepare to become an RIT Tiger, please complete the following steps:

Confirm intention to enroll

To accept our offer of admission and reserve your place in RIT’s entering class, please confirm your intent to enroll by completing the online Offer of Admission reply form which can be found on your Admissions Application Status page. Once this is complete, you should finalize your enrollment intention by submitting your $300 deposit by the deadline stated in your acceptance letter.

Pay admissions deposit

To pay via credit card, please log into your Admissions Application Status page and submit your payment using the secure link found under “Payment Due.” You also can pay your admissions deposit by echeck, mail or wire transfer. Once your deposit is received, please allow 1-2 business days for processing. Your other required enrollment steps (i.e. housing contract) will not be available until your payment has been processed.

Information on your RIT computer account

You will receive an account activation email from RIT when your Acceptance of Admissions deposit has been received and posted to our system. Please allow 1-2 business days for deposit payment processing. The account activation email will go to the email address supplied on your admissions application. If after two business days you have not received the account activation email but have paid your deposit, please contact the ITS Service Desk for assistance. (Please note that this is different than the RIT Admissions account that you used during the application process. You will use your new RIT computer account login to complete other enrollment processes including housing contracts and student health forms.)

Access your RIT students email

Once you have created your RIT computer account and your deposit has been processed, your RIT student Gmail account becomes active. At this time, your student Gmail account will become your preferred email address in our system. It is your responsibility to check your Gmail account on a regular basis. Communication sent to your Gmail accounts will include information from New Student Orientation, Student Financial Services, Housing Operations, Financial Aid & Scholarships and academic departments. RIT has partnered with Google to provide RIT Gmail accounts for all students. To access your RIT Gmail account, visit google.rit.edu. Additionally, you can set e-mail preferences by visiting start.rit.edu. Your RIT Gmail can also be forwarded to your preferred email account.

Complete housing contract

Read through the enclosed housing brochure or visit the housing website to explore the living options available to you. Freshman Housing Contract - All entering freshmen who do not live with their parent(s) within a 30-mile commuting distance are required to live in a RIT residence hall for their first full academic year; if you have received an RIT/NTID scholarship you are required to live in an RIT residence hall for up to three years. All freshmen will have the opportunity to select their own roommate and residence hall room assignment on a first-come, first-served basis, depending upon 1) the receive date of their Acceptance of Admission Deposit and 2) the receive date of their freshman housing contract. Entering freshmen are guaranteed housing. Transfer Housing Contract - Transfer students may live in RIT housing or non-RIT housing. Transfer students are assigned RIT housing on a space-available basis, prioritized by 1) the receive date of the Admission Deposit and 2) the receive date of the housing contract. Housing is not guaranteed for transfer students. Some transfer students may be placed in temporary housing initially, but relocated to permanent RIT housing early in the academic year. If you are seeking RIT housing, complete the appropriate online housing contract. No additional housing deposit is required. Use your RIT computer account to complete the online Housing Contract.

Financial aid award

For students seeking need-based financial aid, please complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Complete the FAFSA online. You may apply for financial aid after October 1.

A financial aid award will be mailed to your home address.It also will be available to view on eservices (once you have paid your Admissions deposit and set up your RIT computer account). Visit eservices to determine any other financial aid requirements. Questions about your award may be addressed by calling (585) 475-2186 or by email.

Apply for vocational rehabilitation (U.S. deaf and hard-of-hearing students only) or Ontario student assistance program (OSAP for Canadian deaf and hard-of-hearing students only)

Schedule an intake visit with a VR Counselor in your state of residence. VR can be a major source of educational funding for students. Contact information can be found here. Apply early! Make sure to schedule an intake interview with a VR counselor early on in the process to secure valuable funding. Questions should be directed to: Barbara Polle, student financial services coordinator, at (585)-475-6863, or by email.

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) assists students from the Canadian province of Ontario. If you have not yet applied for OSAP, please do so now. The process can take several weeks. Contact Heather Tiboni for assistance. You will need to submit a copy of the Notice of Assessment before your 1-20 form will be sent. If you are from another Canadian province, please contact your province's Student Financial Assistance Program. For example: LMAPD for Newfoundland and Student Aid BC for British Columbia. For further assistance, please visit the Canadian Hearing Society.

Student health forms

All students are required to submit the Health History Form and Immunization Record at least 30 days before classes begin. Instructions regarding completion of the online Immunization Form and online Health History Form will be sent to you separately. Questions regarding these forms should be directed to the Student Health Center at 585-475-2255.

If you have a disability other than hearing loss

If, in addition to your hearing loss, you have a disability requiring accommodation (learning disability, visual or mobility impairment), please complete the Disability Services Request Form. ASL-English Interpretation students with disabilities also complete this form. Do not complete these forms unless the circumstances above apply to you.

Communication and access services (deaf and hard-of-hearing students only)

Complete the Language Communication Background Questionnaire (LCBQ) as soon as possible, or no later than June 1. Your responses are needed to plan access services and housing assignment

Final transcript requirements

All students should request a final high school transcript (indicating date of graduation) and/or final college transcript/s as soon as it becomes available. Transcrip/ts should be sent to: NTID Office of Admissions, Rochester Institute of Technology, 52 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623-5604. Registration may be delayed until transcript/s are received. For transfer students, if you receive a degree prior to enrollment at RIT, your final transcript must indicate receipt of the degree.

If you have taken AP, IB, and/or college courses in high school, please request your official test scores and/or transcripts be sent to the NTID Office of Admissions so your coursework may be evaluated for transfer credit.

Pay your bills and authorize access to eServices

Email notifications are sent to students and authorized payers (e.g. parents, guardians, etc.) when bills become available. Student Financial Services has information on fee rates, billing, payment options, loan repayment and educational tax credit. The online eServices site provides real-time account inquiry and electronic payment for tuition/fees and Tiger Bucks. You can authorize up to three persons to receive eBill reminder notifications and have access to food or Tiger Bucks balances, course schedules, and grades by logging into eServices.

New student orientation and registration

First year and transfer students who have been accepted into a bachelor’s degree program, including American Sign Language- English Interpretation, should visit the New Student Orientation website. In addition, in June, you will receive a Welcome Guide which will highlight and overview the New Student Orientation program. First-year and transfer students who have been accepted into an associate degree program or associate + bachelor’s degree program, or pre-baccalaureate program in the College of NTID, should visit the Summer Vestibule Program (SVP) website. New students accepted into a bachelor’s or associate degree program for the spring semester must register for an Orientation program. During this program, students will have the opportunity to meet with their academic department for advising and course registration. See the links above for more information.