First-Year Student Orientation

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Congratulations on your acceptance to Rhode Island College! We're excited to see you at Orientation!

Quickly Understand Orientation

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Orientation helps make transitioning to RIC both comfortable and enjoyable. This two-day comprehensive program, designed to welcome and acclimate new students and families to the college, is an interactive program where you'll:

  • learn about campus resources
  • engage in conversations with faculty
  • hear about student organizations and clubs
  • meet new classmates
  • work with an advisor to create a class schedule
  • receive a student ID and parking pass

Please Note: Because of all that is accomplished at orientation, attending both days is mandatory for all first-year students. If you will be living on-campus, staying overnight in the dorms is required. If you will be commuting to campus you have the option of staying overnight in the dorms, but all students need to attend the second day of orientation.

Summer 2024 Orientation Dates

Registration opens on April 1, 2024 for your choice of one of these 2-day sessions:

  • June 17–18, 2024
  • July 11–12, 2024
  • August 1–2, 2024

Keep this Orientation information handy to remind you to register: Orientation Save-the-Date.

Get Started Now

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Here we guide you through orientation registration and all steps leading up to, during, and after orientation. As you work through what we've outlined here, our FAQs and our visual diagram of these steps may help you. Our office is also ready to assist you: orientation@ric.edu, 401-456-8439.

Steps to Complete Before, During, and After Orientation

Set Up Your Access and Enroll at RIC

Set Your Password

To begin using your RIC account and access all online services, you need to set an initial password. Please follow our Setting your Password instructions.

Log in to MyRIC and Email

Use the username and password you just set up to log in to the MyRIC portal and your RIC Microsoft 365 Account (where you will access your Outlook email)

Make Your Deposit to Officially Enroll

Secure your place in the undergraduate class by making your $200 enrollment deposit on MyRIC:

  1. log in to MyRIC
  2. you'll then be on the RIC Student Homepage where you need to click on the New to RIC tile 
  3. then click on Make a Payment in the left menu

Register for Your Orientation Session

Registration is on a first-come first-serve basis. You can register for your orientation session by logging into MyRIC and following this Orientation Registration 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 by emailing admissions@ric.edu.

Take Math and Writing Placements

Math Placement

Prior to your Orientation session, please register for the Math Placement Exam. You will need at least a Level 1 placement to register for many classes. Orientation - Math Placement provides more information and directions on how to register. For any questions regarding the Math Placement exam, please email please contact Megan at mdibonaventura@ric.edu.

First-Year Writing Directed Self-Placement

First-Year Writing Directed Self-Placement is a brief survey to help find the appropriate First-Year Writing (FYW) course for you. Prior to your Orientation session, please complete this self-placement survey .

Attend Orientation

During orientation you'll learn about many aspects of RIC from people who are ready to assist you and with fellow classmates who are eager to meet you. You'll also register for your classes. Orientation is required for all first-year students, so be sure not to miss it.

Stay in the Dorms

If you plan to live on campus, you'll be staying overnight in the dorms after your first day of Orientation. If you're planning to commute to RIC, we still encourage you to stay overnight in the dorms to experience the life of a student resident. Learn more about living on campus.

Submit Your Health Forms + View More Resources

Once you have registered for classes you will gain access to the Medicate Patient Portal to upload important health and immunization forms. Please submit your health forms as soon as possible after attending orientation.

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Contact Us

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

Director

New Student Programs