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FAQ

Where is Rochester, and what's it like?

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.

If I graduate from the ASL-English Interpretation program, will I be a certified interpreter?

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.

Do graduates get jobs?

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.

MapsRIT's campus is five miles from both the Greater Rochester International Airport and the New York State Thruway (Interstate 90), exit 46. We are located eight miles from downtown Rochester train and bus depots.

Find the RIT campus on Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Bing Maps, or MapQuest.

For help finding specific buildings and other campus locations, download the campus maps here.

Rochester is served by Greyhound and Trailways bus lines and Amtrak. The Greater Rochester International Airport is served by most major airlines, including USAirways, United, Delta, American, and others. Taxis are available at the train and bus stations as well as the airport. RIT is a stop on Route 24 of the Regional Transit Service, the area's mass transit bus system.

From the airport

Turn right onto Brooks Avenue, then a quick right onto I-390 South. From 390, take the next exit (Scottsville Road) and turn right at the end of the ramp. Drive for approximately three miles, then turn left onto Jefferson Road (Route 252). Proceed east a short distance to campus. Turn right onto campus, just before the Radisson Inn, via Lowenthal Road (the third entrance onto campus from this direction).

From the NYS Thruway

Take Exit 46. Immediately after exiting, get on I-390 North and refer to directions below.

From I-390 (Northbound)

Take Exit 13 (Hylan Drive). Turn left onto Hylan Dr. and continue north to Jefferson Road (Route 252), and turn left at the light. Proceed west a short distance to the main campus. Turn left onto campus, just past the Radisson Inn, via Lowenthal Road (the first entrance onto campus from this direction).

After entering campus

At the first stop sign, you will be facing the Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ) Building. Turn left. At the first road, turn right. You will see a sign for visitor parking. Welcome! Enter the front door of the LBJ building. The Admissions Office is on your left through the glass doors.