Rochester Institute of Technology Provides Complete University Degrees for the Deaf

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.

The National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) is the world’s first and largest technological college for students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. It’s one of eight colleges of Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), a privately endowed, coeducational university that is student-centered and career-focused.

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.

RIT was founded in 1829, and NTID was formally established by an act of Congress in 1965 to provide technical secondary education to deaf and hard-of-hearing students, a need that was not readily met elsewhere. This education enables deaf and hard-of-hearing students to get jobs in technical fields – something previously unavailable for most students.

In 1966, RIT was chosen from among four competing universities as the host university for NTID. NTID is celebrating its 40th year this year of its first class in 1968. Since then, more than 6,100 students have graduated.

Currently, more than 1,100 deaf and hard-of-hearing students study, share residence halls, and enjoy social life together with 14,000 hearing students.

RIT/NTID offers students access to more than 200 programs in the colleges of Applied Science and Technology, Business, Computing and Information Sciences, Engineering, Imaging Arts and Sciences, Liberal Arts, and Science. The university regularly creates new programs and evaluates and modifies existing ones to meet the needs of the changing global marketplace. Each student’s goals and abilities are matched to a course of instruction that will prepare him or her for a rewarding career.

The U.S. News and World Reports list of Best Colleges of 2003 ranks RIT #7 on the list of colleges in the northern U.S. offering master’s degrees.

You’ll find that RIT/NTID is a culturally diverse school, with students from all 50 states and more than 80 foreign countries. The 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 this in the world!

Upon completion of their associate’s degree, hundreds of NTID students enroll in RIT classes with hearing peers. Accessibility for deaf and hard of hearing students is excellent, including interpreters, notetakers, FM loop systems, TTY pay phones, tutors, American Sign Language classes, and many faculty and staff members who use sign language. More than 120 interpreters work at NTID. Last year, RIT provided more than 44,000 hours of notetaking services and 90,000 hours of interpreting services for students.

RIT/NTID offers you state-of-the-art technology, such as “smart” classrooms with high-tech workstations and Internet access. Each college is equipped with PC and Mac computer labs, and there are several electrical, chemical, printing, and engineering laboratories on campus.

Students can join any of more than 100 clubs 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.

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

RIT/NTID alumni have jobs in every region of the country and all around the world. Over the past five years, 94 percent of deaf graduates who chose to enter the labor market obtained jobs in business, industry, government, education, and other fields.

RIT’s Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships assists students and their families in identifying sources of financial aid to help meet the cost of a quality education.

NTID offers several summer camp experiences for middle and high school children with hearing loss. Among those are TechGirlz (for young girls interested in exploring technical careers). TechGirlz is a weeklong camp for girls with hearing loss entering 7th, 8th, or 9th grade who are interested in science, technology, engineering and math. Steps To Success(designed to encourage children from underserved populations interest in technical careers). Hundreds of high school students annually attend our “Explore Your Future” camps where they can experience college life, stay in the dorms and get a taste of possible majors and career options available. Some students will build computers from scratch to take home.

Dr. Gerald Buckley
Assistant Vice President for College Advancement

Dr. Gerald Buckley – A biography

Gerry Buckley image from NTIDDr. Gerald Buckley currently serves as Assistant Vice President for College Advancement at NTID. He is responsible for providing leadership to the Admissions, Placement, Marketing Communications, Outreach, and Development functions for the institute. He has completed educational degrees at Rochester Institute of Technology, The University of Missouri -Columbia, and the University of Kansas. He has served as the President of the Board of ADARA and currently serves as President of the Lexington School for the Deaf Board of Trustees in New York City. He has received the Distinguished Alumnus Award for the College for NTID (1985) and the College of Liberal Arts (1996). He has served on the National Advisory Board of the National Institute of Health’s Institute on Deafness at the recommendation of Senator Robert Dole (Retired – R). Gerry is married to Judy and has three children.


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