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Saunders College Graduate Orientation

Fall Orientation for full-time students - August 22-23, 2017

Mandatory for all full-time students beginning in Fall 2017.
Tuesday, August 22, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday, August 23, 1:00 - 5:00 PM

Fall Orientation for part-time and non-degree students

August 24, 2017

For students beginning in Fall 2017.
Thursday, August 24, 5:30 - 8:00 PM

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Find a toolkit of materials and resources below to help guide you during your first days on campus and throughout your graduate studies

  • Pay your Admissions Deposit
    To reserve your place at RIT, a non-refundable Acceptance of Admission Deposit is due from accepted applicants.
  • Activate your RIT 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:
  • 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.
  • Complete your financial aid process
    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.

  • 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 a 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 for more information.
  • Purchase Textbooks
  • Textbooks can be purchased through Barnes & Nobles, RIT's Official Bookstore.
  • Library Resources
  • Information and services for graduate students 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.
  • 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
  • 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 through the job descriptions and application information.

If you have any questions please call us at (585) 475-2795 or send us an email.