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FAQs for International Students

  1. When should I apply for admission?
  2. How do I apply for admission?
  3. What exams do I need to take?
  4. How can I qualify for scholarships for financial assistance?
  5. How do I request financial help from my country?
  6. What do I need to do to receive an I-20 to apply for a student visa?
  7. Where can I find my accepted student checklist and orientation schedule?

1. When should I apply for admission?

The RIT academic year runs from mid-August to May and follows the semester calendar. The priority application deadline is November 15 for fall semester admission. We still review applications after the priority deadline until space fills up or until it becomes too late to admit new students for the upcoming term.

It is recommended that you follow the application timeline to ensure the timely review of application materials and corresponding actions to take to prepare for arrival in time for orientation activities:

  • Academic application by November 15 for fall semester (begins early to mid-August)
  • Financial documentation by February 1 for fall semester (begins early to mid-August)

All application materials must be translated into English by an official translation agency (UCREDO or WES or similar agency).

Paper application materials should be sent via postage mail to:
RIT/NTID Office of Admissions
52 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, New York USA 14623

Please contact Alisha Joslyn-Swob with further questions about the application process for international students. She also will work with you to answer specific questions such as degree types and choice of academic programs.

2. How do I apply for admission?

An application form may be printed from this website, but we prefer that you complete an online application form. First, create your myRIT Portal account (see image below) and wait for your assigned RIT Username and Password to be sent to your e-mail account. Next, login to begin completing your application form online.

You may submit application materials on an intermittent basis. When all documents are received (aside from the Declaration of Financial Support form and supplementing financial documents), we will begin the review of your application, and if you are accepted, we will start working with you on gaining your student VISA to study in the United States. Applicants who do not provide financial documents initially may be conditionally admitted and full admittance will follow receipt and review of financial documents. The amount of scholarship support will be known we receive your full application materials, not beforehand.

RIT/NTID recommends that you send the Declaration of Financial Support Form and supplementing financial documents last as we need your most current financial-related records.

Application Fee
There is an application fee of $65USD. Contact Alisha Joslyn-Swob with any ability to pay issues due to financial hardship.

Essay
The personal essay helps us to become acquainted with you as a person and student, apart from courses, grades, test scores and other quantitative information. An essay is usually up to 650 words, or half a page long, and should be written without assistance from others so we can see your true English language skills. Your essay topic should answer one of the following questions:

  1. If you have an exceptional talent or skill you are particularly proud of, this is the time to share it with us. Examples may include talents in athletics, dance, entrepreneurship, music, theatre or visual arts. How have you developed or demonstrated this talent or skill over time? Most importantly, what makes this talent or skill meaningful to you?
  2. RIT is a kaleidoscope of curious minds, each embraced for their uniqueness, yet united in our chase to achieve something, perfect something, or realize something. We look for the passionate, the creative and the focused. What is it you hope to achieve, perfect, or realize as a student at RIT?
  3. Across the globe, we are connected as one community—sharing the same problems and opportunities. Some of these include education, the environment, health care and inclusiveness. When you think about the future, how do you plan to contribute to guiding our society? What impact do you want to have on the world?
  4. Why have you chosen to apply to RIT? This essay should include why RIT appeals to you, the reasons why you’ve chosen the program/major you wish to pursue, and how you expect this program/major to prepare you for life after college. If you are applying to more than one college or program, please mention each college or program to which you are applying.

Official High School and/or College Transcript
Applicants with less than 30 college credit hours must submit a final high school transcript. We need a transcript from ALL high schools and colleges attended, if you are a transfer student, even if you did not complete your studies at a school of attendance. The transcript(s) should be sent directly to RIT/NTID by authorized school representatives, whenever possible.

Letter of Recommendation
One recommendation letter is required are more letters are welcomed as well. The individual writing the letter may submit the recommendation by email to Alisha Joslyn-Swob. The recommendation letter must be sent to us directly by the person writing the letter, not the applicant. Most recommendation letters are written by teachers, school counselors or an individual who knows the applicant’s academic background well. No family members may write the letter of recommendation.

Audiological Record
An audiogram is required for deaf and hard-of-hearing applicants to confirm substantial hearing loss for study at RIT/NTID. You may submit an audiogram from your audiologist or have your audiologist complete the audiological record form. The audiogram must show hearing loss in both ears and be “unaided” (tested without amplification).

We accept, in lieu of an audiogram, the Disability Government Identity Card.

Declaration of Financial Support Form
The total cost for study at RIT/NTID at the reduced tuition rate for eligible deaf and hard of hearing students is approximately $46,000USD as of 2018-2019 and is adjusted on an annual basis. See Tuition and Fees for deaf and and hard-of-hearing international students. There also are additional costs beyond what is charged by RIT for tuition, room, board and student fees such as transportation, winter clothing, books and supplies and the SEVIS fee. Specifics may be discussed between you and your admissions counselor.

Please complete all sections on the Declaration of Financial Support form and provide supplementing documents (i.e. bank statement) to report available funds, regardless of amount, and mail original copies to RIT/NTID. Tell us “zero” if you do not have any money (cash or savings) instead of leaving the form blank.

All forms and documents must be dated no greater than six (6) months preceding the date of your completed application. We recommend that you send the Declaration of Financial Support Form and supplementing financial documents last as we need your most current financial-related records. Conditional admittance may be offered, upon receipt of all academic-related application materials to use the admittance letter as leverage as you pursue additional scholarships.

Passport
RIT/NTID requires a copy of the passport photo page translated into English.

3. What exams do I need to take?

Applicants must take the ACT or SAT and have official scores submitted to RIT/NTID. “Official” means that the scores must be sent to us directly from the ACT or College Board (SAT) or the applicant’s high school guidance office. While we prefer the ACT or SAT, some international regions do not offer the ACT or SAT. In this case, we will accept either the TOEFL or IELTS exam. Official scores must also be sent directly to us by the TOEFL or IELTS if either of these exams is taken.

Look at the chart below to find out the ACT, SAT, TOEFL and IELTS midpoint score range for admission to RIT/NTID:

Type of Assessment Bachelor-level degree options Associate-level degree options
ACT Refer to (profile worksheet) Refer to (profile worksheet)
SAT (College Board) Refer to (profile worksheet) Refer to (profile worksheet)
Internet-based TOEFL* Combined reading/writing score of 40 with neither subscore below 16 Combined reading/writing score of 32
Paper-based TOEFL* 550 total score 493 total score
IELTS

 6.5 (minimum score for admission consideration)

6.0 (conditional addmission consideration)

 4.5 (minimum score for admission consideration)

*There is no need to take the listening and speaking sections for the TOEFL and IELTS. Scores from these sections will not be considered in the review of application materials because the listening/speaking components of the TOEFL and IELTS sections are non-relevant for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals.

The RIT/NTID code for sending the official scores from the ACT is 2870. The RIT/NTID code for sending the official scores from the College Board for SAT is 2760. For the TOEFL and IELTS, you will have to contact the test centers directly to order a score report to be sent to us.

The applicant is responsible for all costs associated with taking the test(s).

4. How can I qualify for scholarships for financial assistance?

Applicants are considered for tuition-reduction scholarships based on financial need. There also are a limited number of scholarships for applicants from developing countries (i.e., Sasakawa-DeCaro Endowed Scholarship Fund, Desai India Scholarship). RIT/NTID Admissions will share with you eligibility requirements and application requirements for the scholarships as some scholarship require additional application steps. Applicants are considered for tuition-reduction scholarships based on financial need. Contact Alisha Joslyn-Swob to find out more about scholarship opportunities.

RIT/NTID scholarships decisions and offers occurs AFTER receipt of all financial documents and supplementing financial documents.

5. How do I request financial help from my country?

Financial support for your education can be requested from organizations in your country such as the Ministry of Education, scholarship foundations, corporate sponsors or your Embassy. Please use this sample letter to request financial help from within your country. You must send the NTID Admissions Office copies of any letters you send, and any responses you receive, in order to be considered for reduced tuition rates to RIT/NTID.

6. What do I need to do to receive an I-20 to apply for a student visa?

VISA (I-20 or DS-2019) and SEVIS
RIT/NTID will issue the I-20 or DS-2019 Forms necessary to apply for a student VISA when the accepted student applicant demonstrate sufficient funds to cover costs of attendance, of which may or may not include scholarships offered by RIT/NTID.

7. Where can I find my accepted student checklist and orientation schedule?

RIT/NTID will share orientation and accepted student checklist to prepare for campus arrival in August (i.e., e-mail activation, dormitory housing, meal plan, etc.) and the school calendar in the acceptance packet. Check out these websites for additional information and resources:

Contact Us

If you have specific questions regarding your application, please contact Alisha.Joslyn-Swob@rit.edu.