Transfer Student Orientation

RIC students in ALEX & ANI Hall
Congratulations on your acceptance to Rhode Island College!

Welcome 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 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 

New Student Checklist

Mandatory One-Day Program Dates:

A one-day comprehensive program 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

Math Placement

Learn more about Math Placement at RIC

If you are not sure whether you need to take the math placement exam, please email

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.

Frequently Asked Questions for Transfer Students

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

You are considered a transfer student if you have obtained 24 or more credits coming into Rhode Island College.​

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.

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

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 that they will get to go home with.  

Transfer student will also receive advisor information prior to their orientation session. This provides you the ability to receive one-on-one advising to assist with individual transfer credit questions 

If you are a transfer student with 24 or more transfer credits, you do not have to take RIC100.

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!


RIC 100 Course

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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Academic Support & Resources

Find out what academic support is available to you as a Rhode Island College student - including academic advising, access to the learning centers and tutoring services and more! 

Forms and Resources

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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


New Student Programs