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Start Smart 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. 

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 rit.edu/its/help or 475-4357. For help navigating the Student Information System (SIS) for course searches, please review the SIS Wiki.

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.

Return your Health History and Immunization Forms

Make 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.

Pay your bills and purchase Tiger Bucks

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 and Tiger Bucks. Visit rit.edu/sfs for more information.

Complete the financial aid process

Visit the Financial Aid & Scholarships office to review your options. Get information on loans and scholarships and find out who your Financial Aid Counselor is. You are assigned a Financial Aid Counselor based on your academic program. Online help is available from the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Request disability services

The Disability Services Office provides students with disabilities equal access to programs, services, and physical facilities. A Request for Accommodations form is available 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.

Get your RIT University ID Card

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.

Pack Required Forms of Identification

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

Register yourself on The Link

RIT's new and innovative resource that will secure the LINK between students, clubs, and organizations! Visit thelink.rit.edu for more information.

Purchase Textbooks

Textbooks can be purchased through Barnes & Nobles, RIT's Official Bookstore. Visit the store or view your textbooks online at rit.bncollege.com.

Library Resources

Countless library resources are available to graduate students. Information and services for can be found online, including resources for study spaces and contact information for Saunders College dedicated librarian. A brief library orientation video for Saunders College is available online.

International Student Services

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.

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. Visit Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution 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

Explore the graduate assistantship positions available, and carefully read the job descriptions and application information.

Campus Maps

Get around campus with the help of our campus maps.