First-Year Student Orientation

RIC Students at Orientation

Welcome to Rhode Island College!

Congratulations on your acceptance 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 virtual programs that consists of learning about campus resources, engaging in conversations with faculty, learning about student organizations and clubs, virtually meeting new classmates through online activities, and creating a class schedule.  Orientation is mandatory for all first-year and transfer students. 

Summer 2021 Orientation Dates

Orientation sessions for First-Year students are listed below. Information regarding how to access the Online Orientation will be sent out the week prior to your selected session. 

  • August 5, 4:00pm-7:00pm- Online Virtual (Zoom) – CLOSED
  • August 11, 9:00am-1:00pm- In Person (On campus)
  • August 27, 10:00am-1:00pm- Online Virtual (Zoom)
  • Session 1: June 7 (10a.m. - 12p.m.) & June 14 (2p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
  • Session 2: June 9 (10a.m. - 12p.m.) & June 16 (2p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
  • Session 3: June 11 (10a.m. - 12p.m.) & June 18 (2p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
  • Session 4: June 14 (10a.m. - 12p.m.) & June 21 (2p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
  • Session 5: June 16 (10a.m. - 12p.m.) & June 23 (2p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
  • Session 6: June 18 (10a.m. - 12p.m.) & June 25 (2p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
  • Session 7: June 21 (10a.m. - 12p.m.) & June 28 (10a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)
  • Session 8: June 23 (10a.m. - 12p.m.) & June 30 (10a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)
  • Session 9: June 25 (10a.m. - 12p.m.) & July 2 (10a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)
Math Placement 

All incoming first-year students are required to take a mathematics placement test to be able to determine the appropriate course level to register for. You must take the placement test regardless of the courses you have taken in high school or your standardized testing scores. 

RIC students working together

The exam ranges from pre-algebra to calculus and it is highly recommended you take the online practice exam prior to taking the proctored test. Please Note: calculators are not permitted. 

Practice Exam

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

Learn more about Math Placement at RIC.

FAQs for First-Year Students

For other orientation related questions, please contact New Student Programs at 401-456-8083 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. This information will be used to share online Family Orientation information during the month of June. There is no additional cost associated with Online Family Orientation.

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.

Online Orientation Registration opens May 1st. 

Information regarding how to access Online Orientation will be sent to your RIC email address. 

Before you can log into your MyRIC or Office 365 email accounts, you need to set up your password at the RIC password station

  1. Enter your username as described above when asked for User ID
  2. Choose "Forgot Password"
  3. Follow the onscreen prompts

Please note that it will take up to 20 minutes for this change to take effect. 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: uppercase, lowercase, number and a special character). 

If you require assistance, please contact the Help Desk.


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!


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 password station.

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.


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. 


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! 

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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.