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New Student Orientation​

Welcome #NewAnchors!​​

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January 2020 Orientation Dates

First-Year Students:

Tuesday, January 7th @ 8:00 am

Transfer Students ​Half Day Sessions:

Wednesday, January 8th @ 4:00 pm
Thursday, January 9th @ 8:30 am

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Information​

Seeking information for orientation? Choose the appropriate category below for orientation ​dates and frequently asked questions.

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 active schedule that consists of meeting other classmates, engaging in conversations with faculty, learning abo​ut student organizations and clubs, learning about campus resources, and creating a class schedule.  

Orientation Dates​

If you didn't get a chance to come to campus this summer, don't worry, we can still get you registered for the fall semester. To make an appointment to meet with an academic advisor, please contact the OASIS Office at 401-456-8083. Mini registration sessions and one-on-one appointments will be available through August.

Please note: Advising appointments are limited, so please contact OASIS as soon as you can.

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.  

When and where do I report for an overnight, summer orientation session?  

Check-in for Orientation is in Browne Hall Located on the west side of campus near the Fruit Hill entrance. Check-in begins at 8:00 am. Please see the campus map for directions.  

When and where do I report for a one-day January orientation session?  

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. More details about orientation can be found in the email confirmation you received when you registered for a session.  

What if I didn’t get an email confirmation?   

Once you register for an orientation session, an email confirmation will be sent to the email address you put on your application to Rhode Island College. If you did not receive an email confirmation or if you no longer have access to the email address you used, please contact the Office of New Student Programs at 401-456-8439 or email: orientation@ric.edu.  

Can I bring guests to 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.  

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.  

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.  

Are my meals provided at orientation?  

Yes, meals are provided to students during orientation. You will receive lunch and dinner on the first day and breakfast and lunch on the second day (please note, we do not provide breakfast on the first day). If you have any dietary restriction please let us know when you register for a session.   

What should I bring to orientation?  

Students should bring linens (or a sleeping bag) for a twin bed, a pillow, bath towel, and toiletries, as well as a change of clothes for day two. We will be using the Recreation Center, so bring athletic clothes, i.e. sneakers, shorts, t-shirt, and a bathing suit.  

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 helpdesk@ric.edu) or visit the walk-in lab at Horace Mann Tech Center.  

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 Office of New Student Programs at 401-456-8439 or email: orientation@ric.edu  

Can I access the residence hall whenever I want?  

For safety reason, students will not have access to residence hall during an orientation session. 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 Orientation sessions are packed, and due to the full schedule, students will have limited free time during any of our programs. 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 faculty or professional advisors 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 student. If there is a non-negotiable conflict with all of these dates, please contact the Office of New Student Programs at 401-456-8439 or email: orientation@ric.edu  

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 401-456-8439 or email: orientation@ric.edu at your earliest convenience and we are happy to answer any questions you may have that are not on this list.   


Welcome to Rhode Island College!

Our goal is to prepare each student for a successful transition into the RIC community. The program is designed for new transfer, readmitted, and second bachelor degree students. During your session you will have the opportunity to meet with an academic advisor who will work with you in reviewing the evaluation of your credits and creating a class schedule. In addition to meeting faculty members and staff, our program helps you to connect with other #NewAnchors within the community.

Orientation Dates

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Frequently Asked Questions

Am I a transfer student?

You are considered a transfer student if you have obtained 24 or more credits coming into Rhode Island College.​

Do I have to attend? 

All transfer students are asked to attend orientation to gain valuable information about our campus and register for classes.

When and where do I report?

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. More details about orientation can be found in the email confirmation you received when you registered for a session.

What if I didn’t get an email confirmation? 

Once you register for an orientation session, an email confirmation will be sent to the email address you put on your application to Rhode Island College. If you did not receive an email confirmation or if you no longer have access to the email address you used, please contact the Office of New Student Programs at 401-456-8439 or email: orientation@ric.edu.  

Can I bring guests to transfer 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. 

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.  

Are there meals provided at orientation?

There will be refreshments provided at orientation. Due to the amount of time at orientation there will be no formal meals provided. 

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 helpdesk@ric.edu) or visit the walk-in lab at Horace Mann Tech Center

What should I bring to orientation? 

If you have official copies of test scores or transcripts that need to be assed you can bring them at that time. It is always good to also bring an unofficial copy of your transcript. 

Is transfer orientation overnight?

No transfer orientation is a half-day session, usually lasting a few hours.

Will I schedule my classes at orientation? 

Yes, during Orientation new students will get to meet with faculty or professional advisors 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 student. If there is a non-negotiable conflict with all of these dates, please contact the Office of New Student Programs at 401-456-8439 or email: orientation@ric.edu.

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. ​

Welcome!

Students are not the only ones going through this life transition. Parents and family members are invited to participate in our Family Program, which consists of separate sessions geared specifically towards them. Through conversations with our faculty members, staff, and current students, family members will learn more about the resources and services available for both students and themselves. Although not mandatory, family members are highly encouraged to participate in this program which helps them to connect with other incoming families and the Rhode Island College community. Register using this form.​​​​  

Family Orientation Dates

June 4th – 5:00pm – Donovan Dining Center
June 8th – 10:00am – Donovan Dining Center
June 12th – 5:00pm – Donovan Dining Center​

Frequently Asked Questions

Students are not the only ones going through thi​s life transition. Parents and family members are invited to participate in. Register using this form.  

Do I have to attend?  

Although not mandatory, family members are highly encouraged to participate in this program which helps them to connect with other incoming families and the Rhode Island College community.  

Who will I meet at Family Orientation?  

Staff members and current students, will be available to answer questions you have about the student experience or Rhode Island College community.  

What do I do at family orientation?  

Through conversations with our dynamic staff, and current students, family members will learn more about the resources and services available for both students and themselves.  

Does family orientation cost anything?  

No payment is required.  

​Are there meals provided at orientation?  

Each Family Orientation session will have a meal. ​  

Do you have questions?​

Ask an Orientation Leader​

​Checklist

​​Check out the next steps you should take before Orientation​.

Quotes From Our Leaders

Brooklyn Toli

Name: Brooklyn Toli

Major: Musical Theatre and Dance Performance

Hometown: Taunton, MA
Campus Involvement: Resident Assistant, Tour Guide, and Dance Company Treasurer
People Wouldn’t Guess This About Me, But: I like naps.

Rachel Dambrosio

Name: Rachel Dambrosio

Major: Social Work

"Welcome to RIC! Transferring is a big move, but we are here to help you every step of the way. Ask questions, get involved, and just enjoy!"


See more quotes from our Orientation Leaders on this page.


See more quotes from our Transfer Navigators on this page.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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    Page last updated: November 12, 2019