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.

Contact Information
Office Hours

Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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Spring 2022 Orientation 

The Office of New Student Programs is excited to provide a new Student Orientation Experience for Spring 2022. To participate in the orientation program, students must first register for an orientation session. 


New Student Orientation combines live orientation sessions with online orientation modules to welcome student to our campus, introduce you to campus resources, assist you with registering for classes and more. During your New Student Orientation experience you will also meet with an advisor in your major, register for classes, and be assigned to an Orientation Leader who will assist you during your transition to RIC. 

Orientation for Spring 2022 will combine In-Person and Online elements of new student onboarding. When registering you will see the Spring 2022 Orientation Dates available. Once you register an email with information about how to access the online orientation information before that date will be sent to your RIC email. 

Please make sure you are available for the entirety of the session you choose, as you must attend the entire orientation program to ensure you are prepared to start your first semester at RIC. More information about Orientation will be sent to your RIC email address prior to your in-person session.  

New Student Orientation Registration will open on November 10th | The deadline to register is January 3, 2022. 

New Student Checklist Registration Directions


Today’s New Student Support Session

Video Chat with a member of New Student Programs to have your questions regarding Orientation and New Student Onboarding answered. Once you have opened the Zoom Link a member of the New Student Orientation team will admit you into the chat once a team member is available.

This feature is currently only offered Monday & Wednesday 8:30am-4:00pm Beginning 11/17/21. Contact New Student Programs at 401-456-8439 or email us at outside of those times.

Zoom Link to Chat

New Students at Orientation

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. 

RIC students in ALEX & ANI Hall

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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Orientation for Families

The parents and families of our students are our greatest partner in achieving success at RIC. It's important for our parents and families to just as informed as our students about the many resources we have available. 

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RIC 100 Course

The RIC 100 course is a one- credit class that you must pass to graduate from Rhode Island College. Learn more about the course and how to enroll.