Smart Start Checklist

There is a lot of information and steps to manage before the start of classes. This checklist is here to help set you up for success and manage the logistics of starting your graduate program. 

- Immediate Action Needed -

Pay your Admissions Deposit

To reserve your place at RIT, a non-refundable Acceptance of Admission Deposit is due from accepted applicants. Click here to pay your deposit.

Activate your RIT Computer Account

Click here to activate your computer account. If you have created an account as part of the RIT admissions process, this same account becomes your student account upon payment of your tuition deposit. If you did not create an account as part of the admissions process, you will receive an email with instructions to activate your computer account once you have paid your tuition deposit. If you need assistance, contact the ITS Service Desk at or 475-4357. For help navigating the Student Information System (SIS) for course searches, please review the SIS Wiki.

Complete the Financial Aid Process

Visit the Financial Aid & Scholarships office to review your options. Get information on loans and scholarships, plus meet your Financial Aid Counselor, which you are assigned based on your academic program. Online help is available from the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Pay Your Bills

Student Financial Services has information on fee rates, billing, payment options, loan repayment, and educational tax credit. Their online billing site provides real-time account inquiry and electronic payment for tuition/fees. Visit the Student Financial Services page for more information.

Tiger Bucks

Tiger Spend is where you can manage your Tiger Bucks and Dining Dollars.

International Students

Dedicated resources and information for new international students, including obtaining your visa, housing, and health insurance are available at the International Student Services office. Remember to register for the International Student Services orientation, held before the Saunders orientation.

- Before You Arrive -

Return Your Health History and Immunization Forms

Be sure to return your health history and immunization forms. New York State Law mandates that all college students provide proof of vaccinations. Make sure you are up-to-date on your immunizations and send in your completed forms to the Student Health Center.

Pack Required Forms of Identification

You will be required to provide a photo ID (license, passport) to obtain a bank account and a University ID Card. In addition, you will need a social security card to obtain an Employment Eligibility Card.

Campus Logistics
  • Secure Housing
    There are several housing options for graduate students at RIT. Visit RIT Housing Operations to learn more about on-campus housing options, or check out the off campus housing options online.
  • Register Your Vehicle
    Although there are ample alternative options, if you are bringing a vehicle with you to campus, you are required to register it upon arrival. Click here to register your vehicle.
  • Campus Maps
    Get around campus with the help of our campus maps and dining locations. Plus, check out our Quick Reference Guide for a comprehensive list of RIT's commonly used acronyms.
  • Campus Safety
    At RIT, our office of Public Safety delivers "services and initiatives contributing to a safe community, sensitive to the uniqueness of individuals and groups engaged in living, learning, and working on campus." RIT also offers the free TigerSafe Mobile App, providing you with important safety alerts and instant access to campus safety resources.
  • Student Health Center
    The RIT Student Health Center is available to students and provides high quality primary health care and education in a caring and supportive environment.
  • Counseling and Psychological Services
    Graduate School can be stressful. Reach out to your academic advisor or contact the Counseling Center for free, confidential, and personalized services that meet the mental health needs of currently enrolled, undergraduate and graduate students on the Henrietta campus.
Academic Life
  • Purchase Textbooks
    Textbooks can be purchased through Barnes & Noble, RIT's Official Bookstore. Visit the store or view your textbooks online at
  • Get Your RIT University ID Card
    All students are required to have an RIT University ID Card. Your UID Card provides you access to your residence hall, labs, libraries, meals, campus events and more.
  • Library Resources
    Countless library resources are available to graduate students. Information and services can be found online, including resources for study spaces and contact information for the Saunders College dedicated librarian. A brief library orientation video for Saunders College is available online.
  • Request Academic Accomodations/Disability Services
    The Disability Services Office provides students with disabilities equal access to programs, services and physical facilities.
  • Request Tutoring and Academic Support
    The Academic Support Center provides students with tutoring (including math and statistics), study skills and support for academic success.
Get Involved
  • Register Yourself on The Link
    RIT's new and innovative resource that will secure the LINK between students, clubs and organizations! Visit for more information.
  • Student Employment Office
    The Student Employment Office is responsible for administrating all aspects of on-campus employment, and for developing and implementing the Institute's policies and procedures for student employment. In addition, the SEO provides a brokerage service for students seeking off-campus part-time employment and full-time summer employment.
  • Graduate Assistantships
    RIT’s Division of Student Affairs offers a wide variety of Graduate Assistant opportunities each year. Explore the graduate assistantship positions available.
  • Student Rights & Responsibilities
    The Center for Student Conduct designs and delivers a fair and educationally based behavioral conduct process as well as policy education and training to the RIT community by emphasizing accountability, emotional growth, conflict resolution, restorative values and campus safety.
  • Office of Career Services & Cooperative Education
    The Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education can advise and counsel you as you finish your program and explore post graduate employment opportunities.