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New Student Orientation

Welcome #NewAnchors!​​

Orientation Team 2015

Quotes From Our Orientation Leaders

"Fulfilling the role of an Orientation Leader is a great experience because you have an integral role in building the RIC community. Not only are you getting a lot of work done to improve our campus and help incoming first year students, but you're also having a lot of fun and making lasting friendships while doing it!"  – Kailee


"Taking part in the orientation experience is the best way to learn about yourself. It is a good way to gain life skills, build connections with faculty and staff, and talk to students about getting involved on campus to make RIC the best school possible!" – Destin


Before Orientation​

Before Classes

2018 Orientation Dates

Orientation Registration will begin on Monday, March 19th

​First-Year Student Overnight Sessions:

May 30th – May ​31st
June 4th – June 5th
June 7th – June 8th
June 11th – June 12th
June 14th – June 15th
June 18th – June 19th
June 21st – June 22nd
August 7th – August 8th

Transfer Student Sessions:

May 16th – 4:30 pm
May 17th – 8:30 am
June 26th – 4:30 pm
June 27th – 8:30 am
August 1st – 4:30 pm
August 8​th – 4:30 pm
August 14th – 8:30 am
August 16th – 4:30 pm
August 20th – 4:30 pm​

First Year Students

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 active schedule that consists of meeting other classmates, engaging in conversations with faculty, learning about student organizations and clubs, learning about campus resources, creating a class schedule, and getting a school ID card.


Do I have to attend?

Yes all first year students and transfer students are required to attend orientation.

When and where do I report?

For first-year students coming to a June overnight Orientation:
Check-in for Orientation is in Sweet Hall. Please see the campus map for directions.

For first-year students coming to a January one-day Orientation:
Check-in for Orientation is in Alger Hall Room 110. Please see the campus map for directions.

For Transfer Students coming to a January, May, June or August ½ Day session:
Check-in for Orientation is in Alger Hall Room 110. Please see the campus map for directions.

Can I bring guests to summer orientation?

While we recognize that the support of family and friends is critical to your success as a student, we regret that we do not have space to accommodate guests during any of our orientation sessions. We do hold Family Orientation sessions throughout the summer where family members of new students will have the opportunity to learn about campus life at Rhode Island College.

Does orientation cost anything?

No payment is required at this time. The one time New Student Fee that covers all your costs for orientation will be included in your first bill.

I'm having problems with my password!

Visit the RIC Password Station to change your password if you are having any issues. Still having issues? Contact student support services​.

What should I bring to orientation?

Please take a look at our pre-arrival checklist here for what you should bring to Orientation.

Where will I stay during Summer Orientation?

Students will stay in one of the residence halls located on campus. If for any reason you need to arrive a day early due to travel arrangements, please contact the OASIS office at 401-456-8083.

Can I access the residence hall whenever I want?

Students will not have access to residence hall. In order to enter the residence hall, students will have to be escorted by an Orientation Leader. 

What do I do on my down time? 

All of our oreinatation sessions are packed, and due to the full schedule of Orientation, students will have limited free time during any of our programs. If you are here for an overnight session, in the event where downtime is available, you may have the opportunity to go back to your room if escorted by an Orientation Leader. Students are not permitted to leave campus during orientation sessions.

Will I schedule my classes at orientation?

Yes, during Orientation new students will get to meet with advisors or faculty members who will assist them in building a schedule that they will get to go home with.

What if I can’t attend any of the dates?

You should make every effort to attend one of the May, June or August Orientation dates if you are a first year or a transfer student. If there is a non-negotiable conflict with all of these dates, please call the OASIS office as soon as possible at 401-456-8083​​.

My question isn't here! Help!

No worries! That’s what our team is here for. If you have any questions please contact the OASIS office​ at your earliest convenience and we are happy to answer any questions you may have that are not on this list. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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