NTID at a Glance

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The National Technical Institute for the Deaf is one of the nine colleges of Rochester Institute of Technology, a leading career-oriented, technological university recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of America's "Best College Values," and by The Princeton Review as one of the top 20 colleges nationwide for "Best Career Services." More than 15,000 undergraduate students from around the world, including more than 1,100 who are deaf or hard of hearing, come to campus every year to take advantage of the benefits of an RIT/NTID education, and because it's the right fit for them.

The opportunities for deaf and hard-of-hearing students at RIT/NTID are unmatched by any university in the world. Career-focused programs that reflect the needs of today's employers, work experience gained through the university's cooperative education program, faculty who specialize in educating deaf and hard-of-hearing students, outstanding graduation and job placement rates, and unparalleled access and support services all set RIT/NTID apart. Check out NTID by the Numbers for a a glimpse of what NTID looks like today.

Students looking for a superior education and a truly unique college experience will find it here at RIT/NTID. But don't just take our word for it. Take a close look and come visit, so you can see firsthand why RIT/NTID is the perfect place for you!

Mission Statement

The primary mission of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf is to provide deaf and hard-of-hearing students with outstanding state-of-the-art technical and professional education programs, complemented by a strong arts and sciences curriculum, that prepare them to live and work in the mainstream of a rapidly changing global community and enhance their lifelong learning.

Secondarily, NTID prepares professionals to work in fields related to deafness; undertakes a program of applied research designed to enhance the social, economic and educational accommodation of deaf people; and shares its knowledge and expertise through outreach and other information dissemination programs.


World’s first and largest technological college for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. One of nine colleges of Rochester Institute of Technology, a privately endowed, coeducational university that is student-centered and career-focused.


Formally established in 1965 through an Act of Congress (PL89-36). Began operation in 1967 at RIT, with first students in 1968. RIT was founded in 1829.


Occupies 1,300 acres in suburban Rochester, N.Y., the third largest city in New York State. RIT also has international campuses in Eastern Europe and Dubai.

Total of 1,182 students enrolled as of fall 2018. Undergraduate: 955 deaf and hard-of-hearing undergraduate students, 148 students (enrolled in ASL-English Interpretation program). Graduate: 79 students (17 hearing, deaf and hard-of-hearing in the Master of Science program in Secondary Education of Students Who Are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing, 12 hearing in the Master of Science in Health Care Interpretation, and 50 deaf and hard-of-hearing in the other colleges of RIT). These students study and reside on a campus that includes more than 16,000 students studying at the baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral levels.

The RIT academic year includes two semesters (fall and spring) and generally runs from August through May. Each semester is approximately 15 weeks. There also is an optional three-week intersession in January and a 10-week summer term.


52 percent male, 48 percent female


Of the 1,262 students enrolled, 37 percent are minority students and 4 percent are international students, representing 16 different countries.


Most undergraduates live in campus residence halls, apartments and townhouses. On-campus fraternities, sororities and special-interest houses also are available. Freshmen are guaranteed housing.


Major social events and activities are sponsored by the College Activities Board, Residence Halls Association, sororities, fraternities and special interest clubs of many kinds. There are more than 300 student clubs and organizations on campus. NTID's Student Life Team also sponsors a variety of co-curricular educational programs.


Extensive wireless computer access, dozens of smart classrooms with state-of-the-art computers and multimedia-based technologies, microcomputer labs, computer graphics and computer-aided drafting labs, microelectronics and computer engineering facilities, digital printing presses, a laser optics lab, robotics program, a distance learning/access demonstration lab and fully networked residence halls equipped with strobe lights.


Integrated research program of international prominence, focusing on teaching and learning; employment and career success; access technology; education research partnerships; cognitive, language and psychosocial aspects of the deaf experience; economic, demographic and policy studies related to the deaf and hard-of-hearing population; and technological education for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.


In keeping with a career education focus, most RIT/NTID degree programs require students to complete at least one cooperative work assignment for experience in their chosen profession before graduation.


Last year, 96 percent of deaf and hard-of-hearing students who have sought jobs after graduation have found one within a year.


NTID instructors use a variety of communication strategies while teaching, which may include sign language with voice, sign language without voice, spoken language (FM systems are available), fingerspelling, printed/visual aids and web-based instructional materials. In cases where a faculty member's communication strategies do not appropriately meet a student's needs, the student can request access services from the Department of Access Services for courses at NTID. Support and access services for classes throughout the other colleges of RIT may include sign language interpreting services, FM systems, notetaking or real-time captioning services. Alternative services also may be requested.


For Undergraduate/U.S. Citizens (2019-2020):

  •   Tuition: $17,162
  •   Room: $7,902
  •   Board: $5,638
  •   Fees: $646
  •   Total*: $31,348

*Freshman undergraduate RIT/NTID students, add $250 for orientation fees; transfer undergraduate RIT/NTID students add $120 for orientation fees. Domestic RIT/NTID students enrolled in more than 18 credit hours are charged $4500 for each additional credit hour.


A combination of institutional grants and scholarships, federal and state grants, private scholarships and Vocational Rehabilitation are available to students in need. The average financial aid per domestic student in FY 2018 is $15,688, not including loans.


Currently operates within a semester system including two 15-week fall and spring semesters, a winter intersession and a 10-week summer term.


Students enrolled at NTID can earn associate degrees in 20 accredited programs. Qualified deaf and hard-of-hearing students also can earn bachelor’s or master’s degrees in more than 200 programs offered by RIT’s other colleges: Engineering Technology, Business, Computing and Information Sciences, Engineering, Health Sciences and Technology, Art and Design, Liberal Arts and Science.