Why Choose RIT/NTID?

What makes RIT/NTID the best choice for deaf and hard-of-hearing students?

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The Best of Both Worlds

With more than 1,100 deaf and hard-of-hearing students and more than 14,000 hearing undergraduate students on campus, RIT/NTID offers you a unique opportunity to enjoy the best of all worlds!

Academic Quality

You can choose from more than 200 programs of study in RIT's nine colleges, including NTID. RIT is consistently ranked among top regional universities in U.S. News & World Report: America's Best Colleges.

Access and Support Services

RIT offers the most accessible higher education community in the world for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Faculty tutors, advisors, captionists, FM systems and the largest staff of sign language interpreters of any college program in the world are available to help you succeed at RIT.

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RIT receives special federal support, allowing deaf and hard-of-hearing students to pay less than one-half of RIT's regular tuition rate. Deaf and hard-of-hearing students who come to RIT benefit from a private university education at a public university price.


RIT is one of the most sophisticated, high-tech campuses in the nation, with extensive wireless computer access, dozens of smart classrooms with state-of-the-art computers and multimedia-based technologies, engineering labs and digital printing presses on campus.

Campus Life

You can join any of more than 300 clubs and organizations on campus related to hobbies, politics, sports, and cultural diversity as well as student government and Greek organizations. There also are many work and volunteer opportunities for you on campus.

Celebrating Diversity

You'll find that RIT/NTID is a culturally diverse school, with students from all 50 states and more than 100 foreign countries. Our campus community includes a broad mix of students with various skills in American Sign Language, English and spoken communication. You won't find another college like us in the world!

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Unique Atmosphere

Imagine a college campus where students and professors discuss theories after class, deaf and hearing students play on the same sports teams, and international students share information about their cultures over lunch. This is the atmosphere you'll find at RIT/NTID.


There are dozens of men's and women's varsity, intramural, and club sports for you to join. And, you'll enjoy our state-of-the-art sports facilities, including weight rooms, indoor and outdoor tracks, pools, ice rink and tennis courts.

Rochester, N.Y.

RIT/NTID is located in a beautiful and safe suburban setting in Rochester, New York State's third-largest city. The area offers a variety of parks, shopping areas, beaches, restaurants and museums. Rochester has one of the largest populations of deaf and hard-of-hearing people in the United States.

Successful Grads

RIT/NTID alumni have jobs in every region of the country and all around the world. Last year, 94 percent of deaf and hard-of-hearing students who sought jobs after graduation found one within a year.