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Michael Fox
Director, New Student Programs​

(401) 456-8083


Adams Library
Lower Level
Mall Area
(Find us on campus)

New Student Orientation

Welcome #NewAnchors!​​

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2019 Orientation Dates

Didn’t make it to an orientation session?

We have several opportunities to meet with academic advisors in small groups on the first days of classes. To make an appointment to meet with an advisor to create your spring schedule please call the OASIS Office – 401-456-8439.

  • Tuesday, January 22nd – 9 a.m.​ – OASIS Office (Lower Level of the Adams Library)
  • Tuesday, January 22nd – 1 p.m. – OASIS Office (Lower Level of the Adams Library)
  • Wednesday, January 23rd – 9 a.m. – OASIS Office (Lower Level of the Adams Library)

Do you have questions?​

Ask an Orientation Leader​

Quotes From Our Leaders

Kailee Garibaldi

Name: Kailee Garibaldi

Major: Psychology and Gender & Women's Studies

Hometown: Coventry, CT
Campus Involvement: Psych Society, Henry Barnard School Mentoring, Sojourn
Three words that describe me: Excited, Goofy, Weird

"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!"

Destin Bibemi

Name: Destin Bibemi

Major: Marketing

Hometown: Providence, RI
Campus Involvement: Track, TC, Oasis staff
Three words that describe me: Determined, Tall, Weird

"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 Bibemi

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.

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, and creating a class schedule.


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?

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.

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 Orientation 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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