First-Year Student Orientation

RIC Students at Orientation
Congratulations on your acceptance to Rhode Island College!

Helping you Transition to College Life

Welcome to RIC! 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 program that consists of learning about campus resources, engaging in conversations with faculty, learning about student organizations and clubs, meeting new classmates, and creating a class schedule. Orientation is mandatory for all first-year and transfer students. 

Spring 2024 Orientation Dates

Registration will open on November 1, 2023.

How to Register for Orientation

New Student Checklist

Mandatory One-Day Program

The one-day comprehensive program is designed to welcome and acclimate new students and families to college practices, resources and programs.  Here students will meet with an advisor, register for classes, get their student ID and parking pass. 

  • December 15, 2023
  • January 3, 2024
  • January 11, 2024

All sessions will run 9 am–5 pm.

How to Register for Orientation

Send Test Scores & Final Transcripts

If you are taking college coursework, send an official transcript and/or official test scores to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Email Admissions

Math Placement 

Be sure to sign up for a math placement exam in advance. Before you take the exam, we recommend that you try our practice exam.

Testing accommodations can be made for a disability or medical condition, but please contact the Disability Services Center before you take the exam. 

Learn more about Math Placement at RIC

Request for Reasonable Orientation Accommodations

To request accommodations or services related to a disability, medical condition, or food allergy/intolerance, please complete the Accommodation Request Form.  Staff of the Disability Services Center will follow-up with you individually to discuss your needs and develop a plan together.

FAQs for First-Year Students

For other orientation related questions, please contact New Student Programs at 401-456-8439 or

Students are considered first-year if they have 0-24 credits coming into Rhode Island College.

Yes, all first-year students are required to attend orientation.

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 instructions on how to register. 

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:

To change the personal email address on file please login to MyRIC > Personal Contact Info > Email Addresses > You will be able to change your "Home" email address here. 

During Orientation Registration you will be asked to include information for up to 2 guests. The family orientation program will take place during Day 1 of your selected orientation program from 9:30-4:00pm. 

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.  

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.

As part of New Student Orientation, you will receive access to online orientation modules This information is designed to help you learn about some of the resources and offices we have on campus as you prepare for your in-person Orientation Session.

Information regarding how to access Online Orientation will be sent to your RIC email address. The online orientation is in addition to your In-person session and does not replace an in-person session. 

To begin using your RIC account (or to regain access to RIC email, Blackboard, and MyRIC), you will need to set an initial password. Set a new password by visiting Setting your Password.

NOTE: 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 ITS Help Center (401-456-8803 or or visit the walk-in lab at Whipple Hall Room 102.


Ask an Orientation Leader!

Seeking information about orientation? Need help registering for orientation? Curious on what to prepare before attending orientation? Ask an Orientation Leader today!

Explore First-Year Student Orientation

Orientation Checklist

Send Your Deposit

Welcome to Rhode Island College!

Submit your $200 enrollment deposit to reserve your place for the upcoming new-student orientation session! 

Your acceptance letter will have more details. 

Log into MyRIC

MyRIC is Rhode Island College's student information/registration system. 

Create and set up your password at Setting your Password.

During orientation, you will utilize MyRIC for registering for classes.

Register for Your Orientation Session

Registration is on a first come first serve basis. You can register for your orientation session by logging onto MyRIC. 

Step-by-Step Guide

Send Test Scores & Final Transcripts

If you are taking college coursework, send an official transcript and/or official test scores to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.


Math Placement

It is very important that students begin their college mathematics coursework at the appropriate level.  All incoming first year students will take the mathematics placement exam at orientation to match them with the mathematics course that will give them the greatest opportunity for success.

There are two requirements at RIC involving math: the math competency requirement and the general education math category.

Math Competency Requirement:  a milestone that must be completed within your first 15 attempted credits at the college.  It can be satisfied with an appropriate placement on the exam or by successfully completing Math 10.

General Education – Math: All students must also complete a course listed under the math category for general education.  The Math Competency Requirement is a prerequisite for all general education math courses as well as courses in biology, chemistry, management, etc.  

Transfer students who have not satisfied their math competency requirement must register to take the math placement exam. Transfer students who would like to place directly into a math course they do not have a prerequisite for are eligible to register for the math placement exam. 

Transfer students may transfer in a course that fulfills the general education math category but does not satisfy math competency.  If you have questions about your math transfer credits, please contact Megan at

Prepare for Your Visit

Make sure to follow us on social media to get the most up-to-date information from the orientation team. 



If you are interested in living on campus, check out our Residence Halls and contact the Office of Residential Life and Housing. 


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RIC 100 is a one-credit class that you must pass in order to graduate from Rhode Island College. This course is designed to help you navigate Rhode Island College specifically and your general college experience. 

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Office of New Student Programs

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

Alie Hallam

Mrs. Alie Hallam Drew


New Student Programs