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New Student Orientation​

Welcome #NewAnchors!​​

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Spring 2021 Orientation

The Office of New Student Programs is excited to provide an Online New Student Orientation experience for Spring 2021. To participate in the orientation program, students must first register for an orientation session. Information about how to register can be found below.

Online orientation begins on November 1, 2020. Orientation is self-paced, meaning students can complete it at their own pace. As part of the online orientation experience students will choose a LIVE Virtual Advising Session. Information about this can be found in the Blackboard Online Orientation Modules.

If you have already registered for orientation and are looking for information on how to access Online New Student Orientation, please use the How to Access Online New Student Orientation guide.

LIVE Virtual Orientation

In addition to the Blackboard Online Orientation for students, and the information videos for families, we are excited to offer Live Virtual Orientation. Join New Student Programs and all of our campus partners for our LIVE webinar series during the months of December and January. LIVE Virtual Orientation sessions are designed to welcome new students and their families to RIC, have all of your questions answered by staff, faculty, and students, and provide fun ways to engage with other students new to RIC!

How to Register for New Student Orientation

Register Now for Orientation

First-Year Students:

Online Orientation sessions for First-Year students will begin on December 1 and be open through February 1. Information regarding how to access the Online Orientation will be sent out the week prior to the December 1st start.

Online Orientation will be done self-paced, and will take students a total time of 4 hours (students are able to start and stop, and save where they left off). Information about advising including how to register will be included in Online New Student Orientation.

Transfer Students

Online Orientation Registration will open on November 1st for Transfer Students.

Online Orientation sessions for Transfer students will begin on December 1st. Information regarding how to access the Online Orientation will be sent out the week prior to the December 1st start.

Online Orientation will be done self-paced, and will take students a total time of 4 hours (students are able to start and stop, and save where they left off). Information about advising including how to register will be included in Online New Student Orientation.


Orientation 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 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  orientation@ric.edu.

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: orientation@ric.edu. To change the personal email address on file please contact records@ric.edu 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 helpdesk@ric.edu).

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 orientation@ric.edu 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: 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 virtually 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.

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 required to attend orientation to gain valuable information about our campus and register for classes. If you are being re-admitted to the college, or obtaining a Second Bachelors Degree please reach out to the office of New Student Programs to see if attendance is required.

When and how do I access orientation?

Online Orientation Registration will open on November 1st. Information regarding how to access Online Orientation will be sent to your RIC e-mail address. Transfer Orientation will begin on December 1st.

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 confirmed during registration. If you did not receive an email confirmation, please first check your “Spam” or “Junk” folder as well as your RIC email. If you no longer have access to the email address you used, please contact the Office of New Student Programs at 401-456-8083 or email: orientation@ric.edu.

Can I bring guests to transfer 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.  

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 USS Help Desk in Gaige Hall.

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 that they will get to go home with.  

What if I don’t have access to internet or a computer to participate in Online Orientation?

Please contact New Student Programs at orientation@ric.edu 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 OASIS office at your earliest convenience and we are happy to answer any questions you may have that are not on this list. ​

Welcome to the RIC family!

The parents and families of our students are our greatest partner in achieving success at RIC. It's important for our parents and families to just as informed as our students about the many resources we have available. Families please visit the Family Orientation Page for more information on virtual sessions ranging from financial aid, career development, dining services, too much more. We look forward to your important participation in our program. Follow @NewAnchors on Instagram to be up to date on all things New Student Orientation."

LIVE Virtual Orientation

In addition to the Blackboard Online Orientation for students, and the information videos for families, we are excited to offer Live Virtual Orientation. Join New Student Programs and all of our campus partners for our LIVE webinar series during the months of July and August. LIVE Virtual Orientation sessions are designed to welcome new students and their families to RIC, have all of your questions answered by staff, faculty, and students, and provide fun ways to engage such as TRIVIA night with other students new to RIC!

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to attend?  

Orientation Registration your student will provide guest information including an email address for up to 2 family members. We will use this email address to contact you with information regarding Online Family Orientation, include how to access virtual events and programs. More information will be sent out in early December.

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.  

Do you have questions?​

Ask an Orientation Leader​

​Checklist

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

Meet the Orientation Leaders

Paige Fluckiger, Lead Orientation Leader

Sarah Hunt, Lead Orientation Leader

Noah Desplaines, Senior Orientation Leader

Emma Ferreira, Senior Orientation Leader

Alec Ellsworth, Orientation Leader

Arlette Deja Calixto, Orientation Leader

Lillian Brietzke, Orientation Leader

Luca Del Savio, Orientation Leader

Hailey Deltano, Orientation Leader

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Page last updated: October 23, 2020