Welcome to Rhode Island College!
Congratulations on your acceptance to Rhode Island College! Orientation is a comprehensive program that assists students in making their transition to RIC comfortable and enjoyable. During our program, students will participate in an interactive virtual programs that consists of learning about campus resources, engaging in conversations with faculty, learning about student organizations and clubs, virtually meeting new classmates through online activities, and creating a class schedule.
Orientation is a mandatory for all first-year and transfer students. Orientation will be held online in a self-paced format for Spring 2021. More information regarding how to access will be sent out before orientation goes live on December 1.
For other orientation related questions, please contact New Student Programs at 401-456-8083 or
Frequently Asked Questions
I have credits so am I a first-year student?
Students are considered first-year if they have 0-24 credits coming into Rhode Island College.
Do I have to attend Orientation?
Yes, all first-year students are required to attend orientation.
I do not see a “drop down” of majors to choose a session to register.
When you are on the orientation registration page click on the magnifying glass icon to view all available orientation sessions. Please refer to the Step-by-step guide found at the top of this page for which session you should register for.
What if I didn’t get an email confirmation?
Once you register for an orientation session, an email confirmation will be sent to your personal email address you put on your application to Rhode Island College. If you did not receive an email confirmation, please contact the Office of New Student Programs at 401-456-8083 or email:
firstname.lastname@example.org. To change the personal email address on file please contact email@example.com prior to registration.
Can I bring guests to Orientation?
During Orientation Registration you will be asked to include information for up to 2 guests. This information will be used to share online Family Orientation information during the month of December and January. There is no additional cost associated with Online Family Orientation.
Does orientation cost anything?
No payment is required at this time. The one time New Student Fee that covers all your costs for orientation and programs in your first year, will be included in your first bill.
When and how do I access orientation?
Online Orientation Registration opened December 1st. Information regarding how to access Online Orientation will be sent to your RIC e-mail address.
I'm having problems with my password!
Before you can log into your MyRIC or Office 365 email accounts you need to set up your password at the RIC Password Station.
- Enter your username as described above when asked for User ID
- Choose "Forgot Password"
- Follow the onscreen prompts
Please note that it will take up to 20 minutes for this change to take effect. To further enhance security for students, the system will require strong passwords (i.e., passwords containing 10-14 characters, no names or repeating characters and at least one of each of the following: upper case, lower case, number, and a special character).
If you require assistance, please contact the Help Desk (401-456-8803 or
Will I schedule my classes at orientation?
Yes, during Orientation new students will get to meet virtually with faculty or professional advisors who will assist them in building a schedule. Students will then be able to finalize and enroll in these courses.
What if I don’t have access to internet or a computer to participate in Online Orientation?
Please contact New Student Programs at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 401-456-8083. There are resources available for students, and we are happy assist you in this process.
My question isn't here! Help!
No worries! That’s what our team is here for. If you have any questions please contact the Office of New Student Programs at 401-456-8083 or email:
email@example.com at your earliest convenience and we are happy to answer any questions you may have that are not on this list.