Office of New Student Programs

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What We Do

Our mission it to assist students and families during their transition to RIC, through Orientation and educational programming, during their first year.

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The Office of New Student Programs is excited to provide a new orientation experience for Summer 2024.

Get Ready for Summer 2024 Orientation

RIC Students at Orientation

If you will be attending RIC in the Fall 2024 semester, as a new first-year student or a new transfer student, you will need to participate in an orientation program during June, July, or August. 

What to Expect

Orientation makes transitioning to RIC both comfortable and enjoyable. It combines live sessions with online modules to welcome you to our campus, introduce you to campus resources, assist you with registering for classes, and more. During your orientation experience you will meet with an advisor and be assigned to an Orientation Leader, who will assist you during your transition to RIC. 

Registration Opens April 3

To participate in an orientation program you must register to attend. Plan to register on April 3 or shortly after. Please view the appropriate orientation program for all orientation details and registration:

First-Year Student Orientation

Transfer Student Orientation

Family Orientation


We're Looking for Orientation Leaders and Peer Mentors!

Are you a current student who's interested in helping new students get acclimated and navigate their college experience?

Do you know a current student who would make a great orientation leader or peer mentor?


Understand Our Orientation Programs

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First-Year Students

Orientation is a comprehensive program that assists students in making their transition to RIC comfortable and enjoyable. New first-year students are required to attend orientation. 

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Transfer Students

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. Learn more about your specialized transfer orientation program. 

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The parents and families of our students are our greatest partner in achieving success at RIC. In addition to our new students, it's important for parents and families to be informed about RIC's many resources and services.

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