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    Is RIT a good school?

    I ask b/c my stepdaughter wants to go into deaf education and apparently, RIT has one of the programs there is. Thing is, up until last year, I never heard of RIT before. (And I live in OK, which means that if a school doesn't have a good athletic program, I probably have not heard of it).

    I know that I could/should use Google, but the last few times I've used it, it seems the that the search results are up for the highest bidder, not necessarily the most informative one.
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    Rochester Institute?

    The engineering graduates that I have interviewed for entry-level positions were excellent prospects.

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    I think it's one of the best for deaf ed, at least that's what I've heard. Tude would know more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by no1mad View Post
    I know that I could/should use Google, but the last few times I've used it, it seems the that the search results are up for the highest bidder, not necessarily the most informative one.
    No they're not....it's about the number of hits on a page, which might transfer to information...

    Anyway, I have not a clue about it. But....some tips. Google it using some common phrasings like 'How good is RIT' etc. Don't believe what you read, but they might offer some interesting insights.

    Get the 'students guide', don't know how you call it in English but it's the booklet with all the info on the courses, arrangements in school, dealing with complaints, etc. Read that, it'll give you a clue how organized they are.

    Finally, go to a place where deaf people get educated and talk with those people about it. They *will* know. Also, try and find some alumni from that school (should be relatively easy to find) and try and talk with them.

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    It is one of the premier schools around here, and seems to be getting some big dollar grants on a frequent basis. Large population of deaf students there - and a big campus (I ride thru there a lot).

    here's a webcam there

    http://www.rit.edu/webcam/

    (of course the main camera is covered in water - have a nice windy rain storm going on at the moment)

    http://www.rit.edu/

    http://www.rit.edu/news/?c=deaf

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    Quote Originally Posted by StupidlyBrave View Post
    Rochester Institute?

    The engineering graduates that I have interviewed for entry-level positions were excellent prospects.
    That's the one.

    My wife and I, along with my stepdaughter's counselor and a couple of her teachers are trying to convince she needs to not limit herself to just that one program. A dual-major type of approach. So she's taking engineering in her first hour. She's also a member of the robotics club that has a state competition later this month.

    Her engineering instructor (who is also the robotics instructor/team advisor) is of the opinion that the sky is the limit for Sam if she were to choose that field. So we are encouraging her to consider the dual-major idea b/c teachers don't make that much money.

    I just hope between all of her extracurricular activities (robotics, Spanish, choir, drama, and entering literature writing contests), GPA of +4.0 (honors and A.P.) and her ACT score (31 on the first try ) "without using a calculator" and she wants to improve that score, that she will qualify for a full-ride.

    If it were not for transportation issues (lack thereof), she would be concurrently enrolled in her high school and the local community college for her senior year in the fall.
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    I just graduated from the University of Rochester (2006) and every time I said I went to "Rochester" people assumed I meant RIT (probably due to engineering being my major). Anyway I had not heard of either school before hand, but they both are excellent. If your stepdaughter is considering engineering and deaf ed RIT should be at the top of her list (though of course it shouldn't be the only school on her list).

    And while she sure seems very intelligent I would certainly not be banking on a full ride. I don't mean to be rude, but I had very similar credentials and never anticipated a full ride (ACT 31, 4.0+, and I also did the senior year local college thing). I always looked at it as, if the school let me go for free it wouldn't be good enough for me (maybe a delusional statement ). With that said female engineering students have a fair amount of opportunity for 3rd party scholarships.

    Also, if she was into robotics in high school she will certainly fit right in with the student body. The local community also has a large deaf population as far as opportunities for teaching. IMO UR has the nicer campus , but RIT is in a nicer area just outside of the actual city (I believe in Heneritta right near the mall)

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    I would recommend it 100%.
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    Try this site for starters....http://www.ntid.rit.edu/

    My daughter just graduated from the Kate Gleason College of Engineering of RIT(hearing student) and landed the job of her dreams for a well renowned Aerospace Co. RIT is a "No nonesense, hard working student body" type of school and her education was top notch. Seven months on the job and she's already got a Lead Design Engineer assignment on a new project. RIT is a strong promoter of Internships.

    The wife of the gentleman I work with is an employee at NTID at RIT and thoroughly enjoys her job, employer, and fellow employees.

    The school is within easy reach of both urban and suburban Rochester via bus, bike or car. The school is in a very safe and secure area.

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    My wife, a former sign language interpreter, said that RIT has one of best deaf ed programs in the country.
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    Did my master's work at RIT, in the mid 70s.
    Was a great education experience for me at the time.
    Have utilized and built upon those experiences ever since.
    I know some time has passed since then, RIT continues to be a great choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tude View Post
    It is one of the premier schools around here, and seems to be getting some big dollar grants on a frequent basis. Large population of deaf students there - and a big campus (I ride thru there a lot).

    here's a webcam there

    http://www.rit.edu/webcam/

    (of course the main camera is covered in water - have a nice windy rain storm going on at the moment)

    http://www.rit.edu/

    http://www.rit.edu/news/?c=deaf
    Haha!! Google Queen comes through again!! You are so cool, Tude.
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    Here are a couple of important links for considering RIT.

    Link 1
    Link 2

    Just sayin'.

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    In case you didn't know for the engineering programs they have a 5 year program with summer internships. This is fairly common and very successful approach taken by most "_____ Institute of Technology / ______ Polytechnic Institute"s

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    For working with the hearing impaired, it is NTID that you should be searching on. This is the part of RIT focused on the hearing impaired. National Technological Institute for the Deaf. Yes, it is very good. Back when I was involved with the hearing impaired (I worked with the hearing impaired for seven years), it was on a par with Gallaudet, which focused more on education and liberal arts. NTID is focused more on the technical side.

    This information (and myself!) is a bit dated, but I do believe it should still be current. I grew up in Rochester NY and actually worked on the RIT campus for about 7 years (but not for RIT)

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