Resources for Families

RIT Public Safety

Public Safety officers are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can be contacted at 585-475-2853 (voice/TTY). If requested, a Public Safety staff member will escort students across campus, to a vehicle or even from building to building.

Additional Information about RIT Public Safety services, procedures and statistics can be obtained on the RIT Public Safety website.

Shuttle Bus Service

RIT contracts with the Regional Transit Service (RTS) for bus service to designated stops on campus. RIT also offers bus service to local malls, food markets and movie theaters on Saturdays and Sundays at no charge.  More details about the various transportation options can be found on the RIT Parking & Transportation website.

Mobility-impaired Van

RIT offers transportation for mobility-impaired students on weekdays as needed for academic purposes. To use this service, students first must register with the RIT Disabilities Services Office.

Student Health Services

The Student Health Center, centrally located on campus, is available to provide health care, support and education for students. Services are available by appointment Monday through Friday.

  • After-hours care is provided at four off-campus centers.
  • Public Safety is available 24/7 for assistance with medical emergencies.
  • For more information about RIT’s Student Health Center, visit: the Student Health Center website, or call 585-475-2255 (voice) or 585-475-5515 (TTY).

Break Times/Holidays

Residence Hall contracts entitle students to live in their rooms during the academic year only. Residence halls are open during Thanksgiving and spring breaks, with meals available on a cash basis. The residence halls are closed during the winter holiday break, and all students must vacate their rooms during this time.  RIT posts their calendars online for you to review the break times/holiday schedules.

Brick City Homecoming & Parents Weekend

If you are looking for a suitable time to visit your son or daughter, plan to attend the Brick City Homecoming weekend!  We recommend making hotel reservations as soon as possible. Please refer to the Brick City website for more details.

Cost of Books

Barnes & Noble@RIT offers new and used textbooks. The cost for books may average $300 or more per semester. Students in fine arts and photography may spend more for books and supplies. Barnes & Noble@RIT accepts cash, personal checks (with RIT ID card), MasterCard, Visa and RIT Tiger Bucks.

Student Health

RIT requires all students to have adequate medical insurance. If a student does not have coverage, this requirement may be satisfied by enrolling in Basic Accident and Sickness coverage before the enrollment deadline.

  • For Student Accident & Sickness Insurance information, contact University Health Plans at 800-437-6448 or enroll through
  • To enroll in the RIT Student Dental Plan via Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rochester, contact the Customer Service office between 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday at 800-847-1200 (voice) or 585-545-2845 (TTY).
  • For more information about student health services, contact the Student Health Center at 585-475-2255 (voice) or 585-475-5515 (TTY).
  • For health insurance questions, contact Risk Management at 585-475-6135.

Vocational Rehabilitation Support

If your student will be receiving VR support, it is important they keep their VR counselor informed of their program choice, grades and any other information he or she requires as part of their funding agreement (IPE). It is very important they communicate with their VR counselor throughout the academic year to keep him or her informed of their progress. Most VR offices expect students to maintain full-time status (minimum 12 credits/semester and to earn a GPA of 2.0 or above to continue to receive support. NTID would appreciate a copy of your students Individual Plan of Employment (IPE). Please mail, fax or bring a copy of your student’s IPE to NTID so we can assist students with maintaining compliance.

The cost of SVP

The fee for NTID’s Summer Vestibule Program is included in your student’s fall semester bill. These costs cover programming and room & board and are not covered by financial aid. If your student has VR or OSAP support, be sure to discuss the costs related to SVP with them before arriving. 

Student Financial Services Office

The Student Financial Services Office maintains all student financial records, generates semester billing, and determines each student’s financial eligibility to register for each semester. The office processes student charges, payments, and refunds. Questions regarding financial records should be directed to this office at 585-475-6186 (voice). Please contact them directly if you have any questions.


The M&T Bank branch at Park Point is the only full-service bank on the RIT campus. Bank of America, HSBC and M&T ATMs are located in various locations on campus.

Other banks located in the Rochester area include Chase Manhattan, Citizen, First Niagara, Key Bank and National Bank of Geneva.

Cashing Personal Checks

Students in good financial standing may cash personal checks at the Cashier’s Window in the Student Financial Services Office. The check limit is $50 and must be the student’s own personal check or a third-party (parent’s) check.

Educational Records Policy

A summary of the RIT educational records policy is printed in the course registration schedule each quarter and in the Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook.

Students’ educational records are confidential. Parents of dependent students, as defined by the Internal Revenue Service, have the same rights of access to their son’s or daughter’s educational records as the students. Regardless of whether your son or daughter is dependent or emancipated, we encourage him or her to sign the SVP Release of Information waiver. This enables us to share information with you during this critical adjustment period.

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Recommended Reading for Parents

Letting Go: A Parents' Guide to Understanding the College Years.
By Karen L. Coburn & Madge L. Treeger

Letting Go is about what it feels like for parents when their kids go off to college. Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger provide a compassionate approach, practical information, and advice about the physical and emotional processes of letting go. They discuss the college-age childs' search for identity, independence, and intimacy; Give a succinct and accurate description of how college life has changed over the decades; and provide a year-by-year breakdown of what to expect. Plus, you can read about typical and not-so-typical problems including date rape, crime, eating disorders, drug and alcohol use, and sexual issues. Of special note is the focus on orientation and the freshman year, including the disorientation parents feel once the drop-off has been made.

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