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Academics

RIT offers more than 200 outstanding programs in business, engineering, art and design, science and mathematics, liberal arts, photography, hotel management, computer science, information technology and other areas. Few universities provide RIT's variety of career-oriented studies.

RIT is dedicated to providing superior career preparation for students with hearing loss. This has attracted excellent faculty to RIT and has led to the development of academic programs that combine outstanding teaching, a strong foundation in the liberal arts and sciences, modern classroom and research facilities, and work experience gained through the university's cooperative education program. RIT is consistently ranked among top universities in U.S. News & World Report: America's Best Colleges.

 

Yes, if you are planning to pursue a bachelor’s degree you can combine any number of programs to create a double major that best meets your academic and professional goals. Learn about the guidelines that apply to the creation of a double major.

Tutoring is available through The NTID Learning Consortium and includes the NTID Learning Center and the Sprint Relay Experimental Distance Learning/Access Demonstration Lab. Consortium goals center on supporting the academic success of RIT/NTID students, and experimenting with instructional access technologies to support the learning of deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Tutoring also is available for deaf or hard-of-hearing students enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs in RIT’s other colleges.

RIT's Wallace Library is a multimedia center offering a vast array of resource materials. The library provides access to 250 electronic databases, more than 36,000 electronic journals and 75,000 e-books. Resource materials include more than 12,000 audio, film and video titles and more than 500,000 books and print journals.

Yes, at the graduate/master's degree level we offer the Master of Science program in Secondary Education (MSSE). It is a dual certification program, which means upon completing the program you can be certified to teach deaf and hard-of-hearing students in grades K-12, as well as hearing students in grades 7-12. You also will be qualified to teach one of four content areas: English, Social Studies, Science or Math.

You are considered an NTID supported student, which means your access services are provided through NTID and you qualify for the NTID reduced tuition rate.

The RIT academic year includes two semesters (fall and spring) and generally runs from August through May. Each semester is approximately 15 weeks in length. There also is an optional three-week intersession in January and a 10-week summer term. You can confirm specific dates for each semester by checking the institute calendar.

RIT/NTID offers a range of programs to match your interests and abilities. If you want to collect additional information about careers and majors before deciding on a program of study, you may choose one of our career exploration/decision options.

A cooperative work experience, sometimes called co-op, allows students to apply what they learn in the classroom to a real job. Most programs at RIT/NTID require at least one co-op as part of students' training and preparation.

Deaf and hard-of-hearing students and graduates benefit from our employment specialists who travel coast to coast connecting with employers to create a climate for successful job placement for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. RIT professionals network with employers to build relationships and educate them about the value of hiring deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals.

Some other ways our employment specialists contribute to student success include:

Students received more than 3,000 hours of employment advising from NTID Center on Employment staff last year.

A Job Search Process course provides preparation in resume writing, correspondence, and dressing for success; networking and contacting employers; and interviewing and evaluating job offers.

Students seeking co-ops or nearing graduation can take advantage of valuable interviewing experience during practice job interviews conducted by faculty, staff and community volunteers.

Our on-campus RIT/NTID job fairs give employers interested in enhancing the diversity of their workforce an opportunity to meet and interview deaf and hard-of-hearing RIT/NTID students. Some of the employers who have hired RIT/NTID co-op students and graduates include:  Microsoft, NASA, IBM, Sprint, HSBC, the U.S. Department of Defense, JP Morgan Chase, Merck, Walt Disney World, and many more.

If you take NTID courses and programs, instructors will communicate directly with you using a variety of communication strategies, including sign language, spoken language, fingerspelling, printed/visual aides, Web-based instructional materials and individual tutoring. The faculty member is responsible for facilitating communication in the classroom.

If you take courses and programs in the other colleges of RIT, you can request sign language interpreting services, assistive listening systems, real-time captioning services or notetaking. Alternative services also will be provided as required.

RIT/NTID provides one of the most accessible education communities in the world for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

 

Admissions Process

To enter the program you need to demonstrate beginning-level competency in ASL. For most students this will mean the completion of a course titled ASL I or Beginning ASL. We will assess your ASL ability to verify you satisfy the entry requirement. If you have no prior knowledge of sign language, you can still apply for entry into the program. This will mean that you will take general education courses, along with ASL I in the fall semester, ASL II in spring semester and ASL III in summer semester. You will have to pass ASL I with a grade of C or better to continue in the program. Get additional information on RIT's ASL-English Interpretation program.

You can apply for transfer admission at any time. We do not require that transfer students have an associate degree. Some programs have restrictions on entry term, so please contact the NTID Office of Admissions Office at 585-475-6700 (voice/TTY) or toll-free in the U.S. and Canada at 1-866-644-6843 (voice/TTY) for more information.

Transfer requirements vary depending on the program to which you apply. For specific requirements, send your transcripts from all previous colleges to the NTID Office of Admissions along with your application so that our admissions counselors can advise you on what is needed.

The NTID Office of Admissions provides admissions information and materials as well as an online application. Get answers to frequently asked questions about the admissions process. For additional questions email us.

You must submit official college transcripts from all previous colleges along with your application. Transfer credits are awarded based on grade and appropriateness to your program. Upon admission, you will be sent a complete listing of transfer credits awarded.

Yes, students should request that a copy of their A.P. scores be sent to the NTID Office of Admissions. Depending on the grade of the AP exam, a student may be awarded college credit. If the AP exam is for a liberal arts course, a grade of 3, or higher will waive you out of one of your core courses. For technical AP's or courses related to the major, a 4 or 5 may be necessary to waive out of a course. During orientation, your academic advisor can answer questions about AP credit for specific courses in your program of study.

An audiogram is required. Students must demonstrate a significant hearing loss, and demonstrate the ability to benefit from the models used at RIT/NTID designated specifically to provide access to academic programs for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

The audiogram should include the date it was performed, the signature of the audiologist who performed the test, and all other information as stated on the Audiogram Form. Audiograms should have been done within the past three years. The form may be copied and sent electronically, mailed in, or faxed to us at 585-475-2696.

The RIT/NTID code for the ACT is 2870. The RIT/NTID code for the SAT is 2760.

Yes, either test is acceptable. We recommend that students who are deaf or hard of hearing take the ACT because research has shown that deaf students perform better on this test than the SAT. To learn more about the tests and the dates they are being offered, visit ACT or SAT on the Web.

No, RIT/NTID operates on a semester system. Accepted students may begin classes in the fall or spring. Some programs may only be available for entry in fall.

If you normally receive accommodations in school, such as extended test taking time or interpreting services, we recommend that you request those services for the ACT or SAT as well. For more information, visit ACT and SAT on the Web.

Based on the number of college credits you have and the types of courses you have taken, you may need to still submit ACT or SAT scores. You will want to discuss this with your Admissions Counselor, who will assist you regarding your particular situation. Generally, students with a limited number of college courses in liberal arts and math need to submit ACT or SAT test scores.

Requirements for test scores vary by major. See this document for a detailed explanation of scores and requirements, including the SAT and ACT scores for the middle 50% of accepted applicants.

We must receive all your application materials prior to June 1 to be considered for admission the following fall. However, we strongly encourage you to submit all materials by February 1 for acceptance into your first choice program. You must submit your application and academic records by February 1 to be considered for some merit scholarships. See the application timetable for further details.

Applying through NTID's Office of Admissions means you will be eligible for NTID's tuition rate. Because RIT receives special federal support, students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing pay less than one-half of RIT's regular tuition rate. NTID's admissions staff are experienced in working with deaf and hard-of-hearing students. It doesn't matter which RIT college you wish to attend, the NTID Admissions Office can help your application process go more smoothly!

ASLIE

Students who have no previous knowledge of ASL, and are in associate degree programs in the College of NTID, can take American Sign Language I (4-credit course). ASL I includes core vocabulary, the grammatical features, and Deaf cultural protocols for students to function in basic ASL conversations that include ASL grammar for asking and answering questions while introducing oneself; exchanging personal information; telling where they are from and living; talking about family, friends; class schedules and routines; discussing college related topics; giving directions; and describing surroundings.

Students in bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate programs who do not know ASL can take Beginning American Sign Language I (4-credit course) or Introduction to American Sign Language and Deaf Culture I (2-credit course). Beginning American Sign Language I includes linguistic features, cultural protocols and core vocabulary for students to function in basic ASL conversations that include ASL grammar for asking and answering questions while introducing oneself; exchanging personal information; talking about family, friends and surroundings; and discussing activities. Introduction to American Sign Language and Deaf Culture I Iincludes students being introduced to approximately 300 basic conversational signs and linguistic features needed to engage in survival-level conversations with deaf people. Fingerspelling and background information on Deaf culture and community are included. Each class period will have small group, large group and pair interactions.

Students in bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate programs who know some ASL should contact Sandra Bradley for a course placement interview.

An academic degree is different than professional certification. When you graduate, you will have a Bachelor of Science degree in ASL-English Interpretation. Certification is a credential that interpreters obtain from professional organizations. Generally, professional certification is obtained after students have completed their education and have 1-2 years of work experience. There are two organizations that certify sign language interpreters: the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and Boys Town National Research Hospital.

Sign Language interpreter certification typically includes a written test, which must be passed first, followed by a performance test. In a recent survey of graduates from the NTID ASL-English Interpretation program, more than 60% of the graduates took and passed the written test within a year after graduation. Most will go on to obtain professional certification.

To enter the program you need to demonstrate beginning-level competency in ASL. For most students this will mean the completion of a course titled ASL I or Beginning ASL. We will assess your ASL ability to verify you satisfy the entry requirement.

You will want to have a USB flash drive to save some of your work. We recommend one that has at least 2 GB of memory.

Although not recommended, you can complete all your assignments using computers that are available in the NTID and ASLIE Department computer labs, which offer daytime, evening and weekend hours.

You can purchase your computer now or wait until you arrive at RIT. You may want to check out the RIT Digital Den, which offers competitive pricing on both software and computers.

Having your own laptop computer makes it much more convenient for you to record your video assignments. If you choose to use a laptop, smartphone, or tablet computer, you will need either a built-in camera or an external web cam. You will need internet access to view and submit files. Wi-Fi is available throughout campus, but if you live off campus you will have to arrange for internet access.

Your device needs software (or apps) that allow you to:

  • View and print PDF, PowerPoint, and MS Word files
  • Record video and audio
  • Play videos in MP4, QuickTime (.mov), and Windows Media Video (.wmv) formats

Ability to invest time in ASL skill development: 

To become an ASL-English interpreter, one must develop competency in both English and ASL. The more adept students become in both languages’ grammar, linguistic features, discourse structure, and prosody, the more comfortable and skilled they will be at interpreting. As with learning any new language, ASL proficiency cannot be attained by attending classes alone; it requires practicing and using ASL with native ASL signers. Just as those who study spoken languages frequently study abroad to immerse themselves in a new language and culture, ASL students must immerse themselves in the culture and language of Deaf people if they wish to become fluent.

To succeed in this program and graduate with a greater level of confidence, students need to commit to spending significant amounts of time outside of class to record videos, meet with Deaf people for feedback, and immerse themselves in ASL and Deaf culture by attending community events. Naturally, this makes Interpreting a very time-intensive program. Students who have limited availability outside of class time often find their progress is not as robust or advanced as those who are able to expend time in those additional extra-curricular activities. The more hours that students spend outside of class interacting with Deaf people, the faster they progress in their ASL skill development and the greater their readiness for the exciting but challenging field of interpreting.

Students interested in pursuing ASL-English interpreting as a career should take into consideration this additional aspect of time commitment before applying to the program.

Other skills needed to be successful in this program:

  • A solid foundation in spoken and written English
  • Basic computer skills
  • Ability to clearly hear the speech of another person (even if the person is behind you or the speech is recorded, and you are listening through headphones)
  • Ability to speak clearly, so others can understand
  • Ability to concentrate and not be distracted while performing a task over a period of time
  • An interest in different cultures
  • An interest in working with people

Some accepted students ask us what they can do to begin learning about Deaf people and Deaf culture before they begin the program. Here are a few resources you may be able to find in your local library, online, or at a movie rental store:

Websites:

Books:

  • Bragg, Bernard. Lessons in Laughter:  The Autobiography of a Deaf Actor. Washington, DC:  Gallaudet University Press, 1989.
  • Fletcher, Lorraine. Ben’s Story:  A Deaf Child’s Right to Sign. Washington, DC:  Gallaudet University Press, 1988.
  • Greenberg, Joanne. In This Sign. New York:  Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1970.
  • LaCross, Blair, and Michelle LaCrosse. Silent Ears, Silent Heart:  A Deaf Man’s Journey Through Two Worlds. Roseville, MI:  Deaf Understanding, 2003.
  • Lang, Harry. Moments of Truth:  Robert R. Davila, The Story of a Deaf Leader. Rochester, NY:  RIT Press, 2007.
  • Lang, Harry. Teaching From the Heart and Soul:  The Robert F. Panara Story. Washington, DC:  Gallaudet University Press, 2007.
  • Madan, Vasishta. Deaf in Delhi:  a Memoir. Washington, DC:  Gallaudet University Press, 2006.
  • Matlin, Marlee. I’ll Scream Later. New York:  Simon Spotlight Entertainment, 2009.
  • Padden, C., and T. Humphries. Deaf in America: Voices from a Culture. Cambridge, MA:  Harvard University Press, 1988.
  • Spradley, Thomas and James Spradley. Deaf Like Me. Washington, DC: Gallaudet College Press, 1985.

Videos:

  • Movie synopses on the Terp Topcis website designed for interpreters
  • Sound and Fury
  • Sound and Fury Six Years Later
  • Through Deaf Eyes
  • Mr. Holland's Opus: 1996, Rated PG. Stephen Hereck, director. Hollywood Pictures

    The story line involves an aspiring composer whose dreams are thwarted by life getting in the way. For financial reasons he must take a job teaching music appreciation and band at a high school, putting his career as a musician on hold. When his son is found to be profoundly deaf, he retreats into his work, isolates himself from his wife and child, and refuses to engage with the silent world to which he feels his son has been consigned. The oral method of communication is attempted, and then the frustrated mother turns to a school for the deaf and sign language to unlock her son's mind. Mr. Holland must learn to reconcile what he wishes were so with what reality has presented him.

  • Hear No Evil: 1993, Rated R. Robert Greenwald, 20th Century Fox

    The main character is Jillian, a personal trainer and athlete, who inadvertently becomes involved in a heist that has her under investigation. She becomes a woman hunted by the police and by the actual thief, who believes she is in possession of what he wants. She is befriended by an investigator who is introduced to sign, TTYs, and what the world of a deaf person might be like in terms of awareness–or lack of awareness–of sounds.

  • Four Weddings and a Funeral: 1994, Rated R. Mike Newell, director. Polygram Filmed Ent.

    The deaf character in this movie is the brother of the hearing protagonist. He functions as a normal member within his brother's circle of friends, and along the way he meets and falls in love with a young woman who learns sign because she admired him from afar. The climax of the story occurs when he intervenes in his brother's life in a most surprising way, and there is a fun twist on the idea of a hearing person having to “voice” for a deaf person who is really signing what the hearing person wants to say and can't.

  • The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter: 1968, Rated R. Robert Ellis Miller, director. Warner Brothers

    The main character of the whole novel, and film, is a deaf man who is ironically named “Singer.” Everyone he meets feels that because he can read lips they can come to him with all of their problems and anguish and share their innermost feelings with him. He has one signing friend in a hospital far away, and his inner life is never explored or connected with in any way. He is a metaphor for the loneliness within us all, and even though many in the deaf world objected to a hearing actor playing this role, the film does show a slice of 40's and 50's American South and what an intelligent, sensitive deaf man's life might have been like.

  • The Family Stone: 2005, Rated PG-13. Mike Bezucha, director. 20th Century Fox

    The deaf man in this film is also gay, with a partner who is of a different race, and plans to adopt a baby in the near future. His family is full of strong characters, and he has always been treated equally and with as much access as they could muster (bad signing by all, but at least it is attempted). He is presented as a contrast to the upscale, uptight fiancée of his brother, who points out how hard it must be for him to be hit with the double whammy of deafness plus being gay. It becomes apparent very early in the story that she is the one who is the misfit in this situation, and his “afflictions” have not kept him from being “normal.”

  • Johnny Belinda: 1948, not rated. Jean Nagalesco, director. Warner Brothers

    This is an old movie that is interesting to watch. It shows what life might have been like for a deaf girl who was isolated in a small island community in Nova Scotia, and how her family and others communicated with her in a rudimentary way. When a new doctor takes up residence, bringing his "modern" attitudes and philosophies, he takes notice of Belinda. Suspecting she is intelligent, he teaches her sign language, thus unlocking her mind and ability to communicate. Tension escalates as a local bad boy lusts after her, and a crime occurs which drives the rest of the plot and allows the audience access into Belinda's heart and mind. So many people have this film as their only reference to deafness that it's important to be aware of it as a cultural touchstone.

  • Children Of A Lesser God: 1985, Rated R. Randa Haines, director. Paramount Pictures

    THE deaf movie - and usually the only one folks of a certain age know about. It shows the oral/manual controversy in all of its glory. A rebellious deaf girl goes head to head with the speech teacher at a school for the deaf, and as they fall in love they exchange banter and arguments about the merits of speech only or sign only as communications choices for the deaf. Shows schools for the deaf in the 80's and the political polarization that is exemplified by other characters who represent the signing or oral point of view.

  • Ridicule: 1996, Rated R. Patrice Leconte, director. Miramax Films

    A minor deaf character in the film is discovered and entered into Abbé de L'Epée's school for the deaf in France. A wonderful scene occurs when the Abbé conducts one of his exhibitions to show French nobles how well deaf people can function with sign and how intelligent they are once they are given the gift of sign language. Historically accurate, as he did travel all over France to garner funds for his school by means of these show-and-tell events to impress the well-heeled. This occurred just prior to the French Revolution.

You will submit an ASL sample as part of the application process,You will then be placed in the appropriate course for your ASL ability. Any previous ASL coursework will then be transferred to NTID. Most previously taken ASL courses will be transferred to the major or as general education electives.

It is important to note that the ASL courses and the interpreting courses are sequential. Regardless of how many transfer credits you bring in,if you start the program at ASL I,II or III, it will be a 4-year program; if you start the program at ASLE IV or V,it will be a 3-year program.

The American Sign Language-English Interpretation program follows a sequential course plan, including ASL I-VII and core interpreting courses. Because this course sequence begins in the fall semester, you are not permitted to begin the program during the spring or summer semesters.

Typically, students with 30 or more college credits with grades of “C” or higher do not need to submit ACT or SAT scores or a high school transcript. Keep in mind, this may be a case-by-case decision, depending on courses taken, grade point average and other academic factors.

As a student in the ASLIE program, you will receive a substantially reduced tuition rate. Because RIT/NTID receives support from the federal government, students in the ASLIE program pay less than one-half of RIT’s regular tuition. At RIT/NTID, you receive a world-class private university education at a public university price. For more information about tuition rates, visit www.rit.edu/ntid/tuition.

If you’re interested in applying to the American Sign Language-English Interpretation (ASLIE) program, there are two application deadlines for you to consider:

  • Early Decision: If you submit all application materials by December 1, you will receive notification of an admission decision by January 15. (Early decision is available to freshman applicants only)
  • Regular Decision: If you submit all application materials by January 15, you will receive notification of an admission decision by March 15. (Regular decision is available for freshman and transfer students)

Note: The Regular Decision deadline is January 15. Incomplete applications after January 15 may not be reviewed for admission.

ASLIE Current Students

The parking web site provides information on how to register your vehicle and get a parking pass or permit to park in reserved spaces.

You can apply for federal student aid at the FAFSA website.

The RIT Post Office is located in Nathaniel Rochester Hall (Building 43) across from the Corner Store.

You can replace your ID card at the Registrar’s Office in GEM 1202.

There is a microwave located in SDC 1400 (behind The Grind coffee shop on the first floor of the Student Development Center). There is also a microwave in The Commons next to the beverage dispenser.

You can reserve a study room at the Wallace Library or the NTID Learning Center (LBJ 2450). The NLC Group Study Room 3 includes computers for video production.

There are lockers on the second floor of the Student Development Center outside The Commons dining facility. See the NTID Student Life Team staff assistant in SDC 1200 to request a locker.

You can borrow a laptop computer from the Resource Desk in the NTID Learning Center (LBJ 2450) or from the Wallace Memorial Library. Both locations allow you to reserve in advance.

To be able to make copies, you must deposit money to your account using the vending machine located in the hallway outside the NTID Learning Center.

You can make black-and-white copies using the copy machine in the NTID Learning Center (LBJ 2450). The copy machine is located just inside the NLC main entrance.

You can make black-and-white or color copies in the NTID Service Center in Room 2341.

You can scan a document using the photocopy machine in the NTID Service Center on the second floor of the LBJ building, Room 2341.

You can send a fax at the NTID Help Desk window on the second floor of the LBJ building, Room 2525.

You can record videos in three places:  the ASL Learning Center's private video production rooms, the NTID Learning Center's Video Production room, and the NTID Learning Center's ASL Tutoring Area.

Campus Life

With more than 1,200 deaf and hard-of-hearing students and 16,000 hearing students on campus, RIT/NTID offers you a unique opportunity to enjoy the best of both worlds! Our students come to RIT/NTID from all over the United States and the world, bringing with them a variety of backgrounds and life experiences. Find out why RIT is the right fit for them.

Rochester is the third largest urban area in New York State, and was rated sixth overall in the "best places to live" category by Places Rated Almanac. Rochester is also home to one of the nation's largest concentrations of deaf or hard-of-hearing residents.

Whether you're in the mood for museum hopping or antique shopping, nouveau cuisine or a burger, cultural adventures or sporting pleasures, scenic cruising or bargain choosing, history, mystery, artistry... when you visit Rochester you'll discover an exceptional place to indulge all your senses. High-tech industry, history and culture, entertainment, and recreations that you will find all this in Rochester.

There are seven colleges and universities located in the city and surrounding county, and more than 50,000 college students call Rochester. Rochester has a strong technology-based economy and consistently ranks in the top 10 exporting cities in the United States. Eastman Kodak Company, Bausch & Lomb Corporation, Xerox Corporation, and a host of smaller companies have a strong presence in the area. Rochester's reputation as an active and inventive community is supported by extensive cultural and intellectual opportunities. There is always something to do and something to learn in Rochester.

The Center for Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation offers some of the finest athletic collegiate and recreational facilities in the country. Indoor and outdoor campus venues host intercollegiate practices, contests, intramural competitions, wellness courses and provide opportunities for recreational play. The Gordon Field House and Activities Center is available to students, faculty and staff and is home to a 60,000-square-foot field and event venue, an aquatics center and a fully equipped 16,000-square-foot fitness center. Read more about RIT's athletic facilities.

Students at RIT take their academic pursuits seriously—striving to get good grades and working hard to develop their talents—but they’ll be the first to tell you that there’s more to college than books and professors. At RIT, there’s no shortage of ways to get involved outside the classroom. Take advantage of your free time. Try something new. Our campus is alive with energy and activity, providing round-the-clock opportunities for leadership, entertainment, relaxation and personal growth. Your active participation in the many aspects of campus life helps ensure that you’ll graduate well educated and well rounded. You can join any of more than 175 clubs and organizations on campus related to hobbies, politics, sports, and cultural diversity as well as student government and Greek organizations.

Go Tigers! RIT is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) university where young and talented deaf and hard-of-hearing athletes participate alongside their hearing peers in a tradition of athletic excellence. Nearly 500 student athletes participate in 23 different Division III men's and women's sports and RIT's Division I men's and women's hockey program.

An extensive program of intramural activities also is offered. Men's, women's and coed team activities include basketball, indoor soccer, volleyball, softball, flag football and ice hockey and badminton. You can also compete individually in tennis, golf, racquetball and table tennis.

All students including freshmen are allowed to bring a car to campus. Public Safety requires all cars to be registered and have a permit affixed to them. There is enough space for all students to park on campus. You will need to register your car with Public Safety or you can go to the Public Safety office and fill out the form.

You don't need a car here at college because it's easy to get around campus and the Rochester area. Free shuttles travel campus daily to help students get from one end of the campus to another. There are also free shuttles that go from campus to area malls and stores on the weekends. There are two public transit buses that come to campus that students can use for a fee.

On the Student Employment Office website, you can find job listings and other information on finding a job on or off campus.

An extensive program of intramural activities is offered each semester. Men's, women's and coed team activities include basketball, indoor soccer, volleyball, softball, flag football and ice hockey and badminton. You can also compete individually in tennis, golf, racquetball and table tennis.

Yes, the Center for Religious Life provides worship and observances within diverse religious and cultural traditions at RIT. Several religious clubs also gather each week throughout the campus. Nondenominational Christian, Southern Baptist, Catholic, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Lutheran and Orthodox Christian are among the many communities serving campus needs and interests. In a time of intellectual and spiritual growth, the center establishes an affirming environment for students, faculty and staff to explore and discuss values informed by religious beliefs.

RIT’s Interfaith Center, a gift of Kilian and Caroline Schmitt and other generous donors, is a focal point for the diverse religious traditions within the university, housing two chapels, meetings rooms and offices for the campus ministry staff.

For more information, contact the coordinator of the Interfaith Center at (585) 475-2135 (voice/TTY) or by e-mail.

Our residence hall assignments are made on a first-come, first-served basis, depending upon the postmark date of your admission deposit and residence hall contract.

If you know someone who also will be attending RIT as an incoming student, and you would like to live with that friend, indicate this information on the residence hall contract. Any request for a specific roommate must be mutual. Requests should be received by May 1. We will make every effort to honor all requests. Please note that your preference cannot be guaranteed.

RIT offers a variety of room types, and room assignments are made by staff members in RIT's Housing Operations office. Entering students are assigned to double rooms. A limited number of single rooms are available for upper-class students.

RIT's Greek community is dedicated to building future societal leaders by providing a wealth of leadership opportunities for Greek members. From social issues to academic, business to philanthropy, the leaders of today are gaining their leadership edge from their fraternity and sorority experiences.

Membership in a fraternal or sororal organization is one of the most outstanding means of discovering and refining your leadership potential. Within each chapter, members have the chance to assume a wide spectrum of leadership roles. These roles may range from serving as rush chair to treasurer, social chair to president. Within each fraternity exists anywhere from five to twenty different leadership positions, all requiring different degrees of skills and investments. Opportunities to learn and practice leadership stretch beyond chapters.

RIT/NTID students have many housing options available to them. You can choose from residence halls, on-campus apartment buildings and a variety of specialty housing including Greek housing.All first-year students (including transfers) are required to live in campus residence halls and are guaranteed housing.

What will your dorm room look like?

Within the residence halls, all rooms and corridors are carpeted, and each room includes beds, desks, chairs and dressers based on the number of students assigned to that room. Window coverings and closet space also are provided. Each corridor has its own bathroom equipped with showers, and floors have two community lounges, one with a television and kitchenette and the other with tables, chairs, and couches used for studying. All residence hall rooms are equipped with cable television access and free, direct, high-speed Ethernet connections to the campus network and the Internet. All deaf and hard-of-hearing students are assigned to rooms with strobe fire alarms and doorbells.

Double rooms in the residence halls come in two basic shapes:
Rectangular, measuring approximately 18' long by 10' wide. These rooms are generally located in the high-rise sections of the residence halls.
Square, approximately 12' long by 14' wide. These rooms are generally located in the low-rise sections.

Several laundry facilities are available in the residence halls and are free to students.

RIT operates its own food service and offers a wide variety of cuisine. Our meal plans are flexible and convenient. Many dining options are located all across campus. Check them out.

RIT is located in Rochester on a safe, suburban residential campus, and is committed to a safe and secure learning and working environment.

RIT's Department of Public Safety is staffed by 30 full-time, uniformed, registered New York State State Campus Safety Officers. All Officers are trained in emergency medical procedures, CPR, automated external defibrillators, first aid, sign language and crisis intervention.

Public Safety services include:

  • Escort service (mobile and walking)
  • Blue-light courtesy call boxes
  • Crime prevention awareness programs and informational displays
  • Bicycle registration and engraving
  • Lost and found
  • Assistance with class projects
  • Motorist assists
  • Apartment lock-outs
  • Emergency notifications
  • Operation ID
  • Fire evacuations
  • Emergency first aid
  • Security surveys
  • Crisis intervention

RIT uses a comprehensive approach to emergency management that includes pre-incident planning, emergency response capabilities, a crisis management program, and operational recovery strategies. The approach is tied together with a robust communication system.

RIT’s campus encompasses 238 buildings on 1,300 acres and is located in the suburbs, about six miles from downtown Rochester—far enough to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, but just minutes away if you want to explore and enjoy the city’s entertainment, cultural and employment opportunities.

In the academic heart of campus, you’ll find premier facilities—classroom, laboratory and research. There’s no question that we have one of the most sophisticated, high-tech campuses in the nation, and we stay ahead of the curve by continually investing in and upgrading our campus infrastructure.

We invite you to take a virtual tour of RIT.

Want to see the campus in person? Come for a visit!

General Questions About RIT/NTID

Our graduates are in demand. Last year, 94% of deaf and hard-of-hearing graduates who have sought jobs after graduation have found one within a year. RIT/NTID's employment specialists travel coast to coast connecting with employers to create a climate for successful job placement. They network with employers to build relationships and educate them about the value of hiring deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals.

RIT students don't have to leave campus for audiological, speech/language, or cochlear implant support. On-site audiologists provide services related to hearing and hearing aids, cochlear implants and assistive devices, and speech-language pathologists offer a broad range of speech and language services. RIT's comprehensive array of services and support for deaf and hard-of-hearing students is unmatched by any other university or college in the world.

Please refer to our online campus map to find the location of a particular building or office at RIT. Or, take a virtual tour!
From textbooks, school-spirit clothing, gifts and supplies, the new Barnes & Noble RIT Campus Connections has it all! If you have any questions please contact us at 585-475-2501.

Visiting campus gives you important information to use when making your college decision. When you visit, you’ll get a tour of campus, meet with an admissions counselor and with professors in subject areas that interest you, and chat with our financial aid coordinator. Just like your education at RIT, your visit will be customized to meet your interests.

Register online for Open House or call 585-475-6700 (voice/TTY) or toll-free in the U.S. and Canada at 1-866-644-6843 (voice/TTY). If you have any questions please email us.

If you can’t make it to one of our group open house events, we encourage you to schedule a personalized visit tailored especially to you. In addition to the above activities, you can elect to meet with a coach, sit in on a class, meet club and organization officials and much more. Find out why RIT means a superior education and a unique college experience for you.

RIT's reputation as one of the nation's top universities has been acknowledged by leading college guides and industry publications. As you search for the right university, consider what these experts have to say about RIT.

U.S. News & World Report has consistently rated RIT among America’s “best buys” in college education:

  • For more than 20 years, RIT has ranked first or second in Academic Reputation among regional universities in the North.
  • Our College of Engineering has been ranked in the top five master's degree level engineering colleges in the nation.
  • Our College of Business has been ranked among the top 50 business schools in the United States.
  • Our School of Photographic Arts & Sciences has been ranked first among all MFA-photography programs in the country.

Money magazine has rated RIT one of its top 15 “Best Values” for universities that specialize in science and technology programs.

The National Science Foundation has designated our College of Science as a national site for undergraduate research.

In a recent list of “101 Cool Campus Activities,” College Bound magazine chose seven popular activities at RIT, including our Swing Dance Club, Mini Baja Team, and ESPN Sports Center desk.

“RIT is an extremely challenging school that offers career-minded students a great background in a wide variety of technical fields. Students feel their practical degrees and on-the-job experiences will serve them well in today’s tough job market.” — The Insider’s Guide to Colleges

“This is a fast-paced, high-tech school for go-getters who already know where they want to be. After a rigorous education, more than 90 percent of RIT graduates go into the job market, with a significant boost from the school’s cooperative education program.” — Fiske Guide to Colleges

“For science and technology, RIT is a superior choice. RIT also has an excellent liberal arts program since students must understand both technological developments and philosophical and ethical issues presented by technology.” — Guide to 101 Best Values in America’s Colleges and Universities

“The excellent cooperative education program, required in most majors, has placed printing management students aboard the QE2 cruise liner, turning out menus and the daily newspaper, and photography students at NASA, developing photos of Neptune. In sum, RIT is Rich In Treasures, at a price that, with the help of cooperative earnings, doesn't send most students or their families to the poor house.” — Barron's Best Buys in College Education

With more than 1,200 deaf and hard-of-hearing students and more than 16,000 hearing undergraduate students on campus, RIT/NTID offers you diverse academic, social and personal development opportunities unmatched by any university in the world. Enrolled students represent all 50 states and more than 100 foreign countries.

Dr. William W. Destler became president of Rochester Institute of Technology on July 1, 2007. He is the ninth president in the university's 182-year history. He was formerly senior vice president for academic affairs and provost of the University of Maryland at College Park. At RIT, Dr. Destler is responsible for one of the nation's leading career-oriented universities with 17,200 students from all 50 states and more than 100 foreign countries, 3,400 faculty and staff, an annual operating budget of more than $629 million, and an endowment of nearly $600 million. The university has one of the oldest and largest cooperative education programs in the country.

 

Dr. Gerard Buckley is the NTID President and RIT Vice President and Dean. He has more than 30 years of experience in higher education, including more than 20 years serving in a variety of capacities at NTID. Learn more about President Buckley here.

Tuition/Financial Aid

RIT is truly an affordable choice. Because RIT receives special federal support for deaf and hard-of-hearing students, you can get a top-quality education at a substantially reduced rate. Because RIT receives special federal support, students who are deaf or hard of hearing pay less than one-half of RIT’s regular tuition rate. Hearing students studying ASL-English Interpretation or the MSSE program also receive this reduced tuition rate.

The first step in applying for financial aid is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Additional information on financial aid and scholarships can be found at the RIT Office of Financial Aid.

Financial aid may include student loans, student employment, combinations of grant-in-aid, Vocational Rehabilitation and federal and state grants that are available for students in need. RIT's Financial Aid Office has more information.

You do not have to apply. Scholarships are automatically awarded based on your cumulative GPA and department nominations. Students who receive scholarships will be notified by mail during the summer. The scholarship also will appear on your financial aid award letter.

There are links to scholarship searches here. Be sure to apply early!

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) provides services to individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing who need help to qualify for or to find a job. VR may assist with paying for college. States have various names for VR, and services vary depending on need and the state in which a student lives. The RIT Financial Aid Office will include an estimate of VR contributions to your education on your financial aid award letter. You need to apply to your state VR agency in order to qualify for those funds. It is important that you contact VR as soon as possible to learn your state's VR process and requirements so that you can benefit from their services and funding resources.

After you get your book authorization from VR, go to Barnes & Noble with your original receipt. Barnes & Noble will give you a refund.

Caution: If you lose your receipt, you will not get paid back!

You need to send a copy of your financial aid award letter, class schedule, student bill, book list and grades.

Be sure to contact your VR before you drop a class, withdraw from a class or change your major.

Go to the Barnes & Noble college bookstore at RIT. Go to any register. Ask if they have your VR book authorization. If yes, go buy your books.

If the bookstore does not have your VR authorization, send your new class schedule and booklist with costs to your VR counselor (you can find your booklist at rit.bncollege.com-click textbooks). Email your VR counselor to ask why you don't have book authorization. Purchase your books and pay for them yourself. Keep the original reciept so you can get a refund later (if your VR covers books).

Contact your local Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) in your home state.

Every year. Available after January 1.

Schedule an appointment with the NTID Financial Services Coordinator.

Schedule an appointment with the NTID Financial Services Coordinator.

SVP

Summer Vestibule Program.

If you are accepted to the College of NTID, SVP is a mandatory orientation.

If you are accepted to the College of NTID, you will need to attend SVP. Those students accepted to the other colleges within RIT (College of Science, College of Engineering, etc.) are expected to participate in their own orientation at a later date/time.

Because all workshops/meetings are optional for parents, it is up to you if you'd like to stay for a few days or leave after your student moves into his/her dorm room. However, please know that your student will be taking placement tests (check their schedule on Move-In Day). So, please do say your well-wishes so that the student can settle in and prepare for the placement tests, classes, etc.

This depends partially on where you will be living. Here are some printable checklists for the residence halls and the RIT Inn & Conference Center.

You can ship your belongings to: 

Student Name
5000 Nathaniel Rochester Hall
Rochester, NY  14623
ATTN:  SVP

Do NOT ship your boxes/packages or other mail to this address until ONE WEEK prior to your move-in date for SVP.  If your packages arrive any earlier, the post office may NOT accept the packages and ship them back to your return address!  Please contact the NRH Post Office if you have any questions.

***Remember, FedEX or UPS or DHL do not deliver to post offices, so you should not put a P.O. box # on the label.

During SVP, you will take placement tests in math, reading, and writing. Placement means determining what level of classes you should take – not too easy but not too hard. Be sure to bring a calculator for the math test.

Students are required to sample two majors. They will select these majors on the following website: www.ntid.rit.edu/fye/careers. Please be sure to fill out the Career Interest Survey (Career Survey) because the results from that will determine which majors to sample during SVP. Sampling will either determine or confirm your interest and abilities for different majors. You’ve dreamed of being an engineer, but after you sampled it, you found it really wasn’t for you, for a variety of reasons. By sampling, you’ll already have a bit more knowledge of other majors, allowing you to make an informed decision.

You will take the placement tests and go through sampling first. If you have not already been accepted to a major, you will apply to one OR come into the Career Exploration Studies program. When you attend your new department meeting, you will get your new fall schedule. Please pass this information onto your VR counselor. You will have full-time status.

You need to provide proof of 2 doses of MMR vaccine, 3 doses of Hepatitis B vaccine, 1 dose of tetanus booster within the past 10 years, 1 dose of Meningococcal vaccine. Failure to do this will result in a hold being put on your account, which will prevent you from registering for fall semester. Don’t wait! If you don’t have the documents, contact your doctor today. Please go to the Student Health Center website for more details and to download a form, if needed. You will need to show this form to your physician.

To get information about health insurance, go to www.universityhealthplans.com. If you do not see the information you are looking for, contact the Risk Management office at 585-475-6135.

No. Parents may stay in one of the local hotels.

It is important that you arrange your travel plans to arrive to the SVP program on move-in day. If you need to arrive the night before, you are welcome to stay at a local hotel on your own. Early move-in to your RIT housing assignment will not be permitted.  

You will have a busy schedule and late arrivals to campus will complicate your schedule. However, if you are arriving late due to circumstances beyond your control, please contact the SVP office (585-475-6800 or bjgnhd@rit.edu) to let us know what time you will be here so we can prepare for your arrival. If you arrive between 2pm and 6pm, please go directly to the SVP Office inside the Lyndon Baines Johnson building, office #2593 to pick up your keys and housing contract as well as your orientation materials. If you arrive after 6pm on Move In Day, you must make your own arrangements at a local hotel (at your expense) and come to the SVP office the next morning at 7am only. We will give you your housing key but you must be prepared to start your orientation program at 8am (you can move your personal belongings to your room later that evening, not at 7am). The SVP schedule will not permit any make-up sessions if orientation activities are missed due to late arrivals.  

Send your new class schedule and booklist with costs to your VR counselor. E-mail your VR counselor to ask why you don’t have book authorization. Purchase your books. Pay for the books yourself. Keep the original receipt so you can get the refund later (if your VR covers books).

Go to the Barnes & Noble College Bookstore at Park Point. Go to any cash register and ask if they have your VR book authorization. More information can be found here.

You will have two different counselors – one for SVP (Career Seminar Instructor/CSI's) and one for the entire academic year (fall and spring semesters). Your CSI will have time to chat with you about any questions or concerns you may have during your class time. Your academic counselor won’t be assigned until you are accepted into a major at the end of SVP. Each counselor supports a specific major.

Please either call ahead at 585-475-2186 and press zero for an appointment (prior to SVP move-in day) when financial aid counselors will be in their offices in the Bausch and Lomb Building, or stop by on Wednesday, August 13 when counselors will be in the available on a walk-in basis from 9am to Noon and 1pm to 3pm.

RIT does not supply transportation to the airport, train station or bus station. Students/families should plan on taking a cab/taxi (cost approximately $20 - $40). If you or your student know of someone arriving (or going) to the airport, train station, or bus station around the same time, they could share the cost of the cab/taxi.

The room you move into for SVP is the room you will stay in for the rest of the academic year.

"Tiger Bucks" are a convenient debit account accessed through the RIT ID card and available to all RIT students, faculty, and staff. More than 75 on- and off-campus locations accept Tiger Bucks for a number of services and products.

Our hearing aid shop is located on the third floor of LBJ – room 3130. They provide hearing tests, hearing aid checks, hearing aid repairs, hearing aid and cochlear implant consultations, hearing aid evaluations, and cochlear implant mappings.

The dorm room beds are Twin XL. Some stores have the opportunity to buy where you are and they will be in a store here, when you arrive (Ship to Store). For example, you go on-line with WalMart to order some bedding or dorm supplies. There will be an option for you to choose to have it shipped to the Henrietta, NY store. Simply pick it up when you arrive or during your stay.

Report it lost immediately to Dining Services at (585) 475-2071 or in-person at the Dining Services Office located in the Student Alumni Union (SAU), room A410 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. RIT Public Safety may also be notified 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (585) 475-2853. Once reported, your card will be deactivated preventing unauthorized use. You can obtain a new RIT ID card at the Registrar's Office. You are responsible for any usage on the card up until the time you report it lost/stolen.

You can add or change a meal plan online at mydining.rit.edu or in person at RIT Dining Services (SAU, A410), Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Please note that changes to dining plans may only be made during the first week of each academic semester (fall and spring) until 4:30 p.m. the Friday of that week.

TIP: Track your meal plan usage online at eservices.rit.edu!

We welcome you to try out! Be aware that you can join a sports team for fun (Intramurals) or for competition (Division I or Division III). We do not have separate deaf and hearing teams. The only exception is DBA/Deaf Basketball Association. If you do want to try out for a competitive sport, please go to the RIT Athletics website, find the coach and email that person to indicate your interest in trying out. You will need to explain your previous experiences, awards, records, etc. NTID does have a liasion who assists in answering questions, offers support, etc. Feel free to also contact Astrid "AJ" Jones (aajnsl@rit.edu) to talk more. Be aware that tryouts or practices/games may conflict with Orientation activities. You will be responsible to keep the coach and the SVP Coordinator informed if there are conflicts. We will work together to ensure that you are covering your responsibilities for both things.

When you arrive, we will have signage directing you to park in "L" lot. 

You will need to go to the Student Development Center ("SDC").  Parents/families will wait in one line to obtain their Parent folder with the schedule and other information in it.  Students will wait in another line before going into the large room (we call it SDC 1300/1310).  Students will NOT be given any keys until the following items are done - also known as our "checklist":

  • Vocational Rehabilitation form to be signed by student with VR info, address, email, phone number and any information about your IPE (Individual Plan of Employment)
  • Media Release form to be signed by student for your local hometown newspaper
  • Pick up your binder with your assigned group number, initial schedule and orientation information as well as Career Seminar curriculum.  You will bring this with you to ALL your events/meetings/classes/placement tests.  You are not to leave it in your dorm room.
  • Email check - be sure you know your RIT DCE username (abc1234) and password - this is REQUIRED in order to be able to log into eServices, placement testing, etc.
  • Confirm your Career Sampling choices - once you sign off, you will NOT be able to change it.  If you haven't filled it out yet, please go to https://apps.ntid.rit.edu/fye/careers/ to fill out the Career Interest Survey - it will save you time in line!
  • Confirm your communication preference - we get our information from what you filled out online on the LCBQ form (https://apps.ntid.rit.edu/fye/lcbq/).  You can also ask about taking sign language classes Fall semester if you'd like
  • Confirm/select an event to attend on Sunday August 17 (more information will be forthcoming)
  • If you are a transfer student from another college, you will double-check to make sure NTID Admissions has your most up-to-date transcript.  Whatever we have is what we use to determine transfer credits
  • If you need special testing accommodations as approved by RIT's Disability Services Office, you will want to stop here to confirm and we can explain what you need to do to get your accommodations
  • You can pick up your mail box/post office key
  • You can pick up your housing key
  • THEN - you can go back to your car, unload it to wherever you will be living and move in your things until the next thing on your schedule!

SVP is the College of NTID Orientation program.  NSP is the New Signer's Program - designed to help students who do not know any sign language.  It is an educational/immersion experience to give our "oral" students a jump start in picking up ASL.  This program occurs BEFORE the SVP Orientation program.

Generally speaking, your current health insurance MIGHT cover you during emergencies only.  If you need to see a doctor for a check-up or to get prescription medicine, your insurance may NOT cover you.  You must review your plan to see if you're covered.  If you are not and you seek medical help, you may be charged the full price for any medical services and that can be quite expensive!
Please go to the RIT Student Health Center's website for insurance information.  Medicare and/or Medicaid may not be accepted in New York so you need to check and see if it will be accepted in New York/Monroe County.
Also, prescription medicine information can also be found at the Student Health Center's website too.