Interpreting Program Application Requirements

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The following materials are required to complete your application to the ASL-English Interpretation program:

Application Form: Complete the RIT undergraduate application online or print, complete, and mail the downloadable PDF application. Make sure you select American Sign Language-English Interpretation as your first program choice, and pay the $65 fee at the time you submit your application. If you prefer, you can use the Common Application to apply to RIT.

Supplemental Information: In addition to completing the application for undergraduate admission, applicants applying to the ASL-English Interpretation program must provide the following:

  1. Essay: Complete and sign the downloadable essay form. Along with the form, submit a typed essay (no more than two pages). Share with us why you will make an outstanding ASL-English interpreter. Include any relevant information about past work or personal experiences that demonstrate your aptitude for the physical and intellectual demands of a sign language interpreter. Additionally, describe your experience with American Sign Language and Deaf Culture including course work, family and/or social interaction.
  2. Letters of Recommendation: Submit two letters of recommendation. If you have ASL experience, it is advised that at least one of your recommendations is from someone who has a strong background in ASL or deafness. You can download a PDF recommendation form here.
  3. Test Scores: Request that your official ACT or SAT standardized test scores be sent to RIT from the testing agency. Transfer students demonstrating academic success in college level courses may not need to submit ACT or SAT test scores.
  4. Transcript(s): High school applicants: Contact your high school guidance office and ask them to send an official high school transcript listing all four years of courses and grades to Rochester Institute of Technology, NTID Office of Admissions, 52 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623. Transfer applicants: Contact the college records office from all colleges that you have attended (even if you have only completed one class) and ask them to send an official college transcript to the address above. Transfer students with 30 or more college credits with grades of "C" or higher may not need to submit a high school transcript. Check with your admissions counselor.
  5. ASL Video Sample: Submit a brief YouTube video demonstrating your ASL skills. Get more information and instructions here.

NOTE: The early and regular decision application deadline is firm. A dialogue between applicant and admissions counselor is vital in ensuring completeness of application materials. The application deadlines are for admission to ASLIE beginning Fall Semester of each academic year only.