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New Student Orientation​

Welcome #NewAnchors!​​

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Summer 2020 Orientation Dates

First-Year Students:

Orientation sessions for First Year students are a mandatory 2-day program. Students planning to live on campus are required to attend an overnight session.

Students who may need to take MATH-010, during Summer Session 2, to complete competency, are encouraged to attend an earlier session.

  • Monday, June 15th & Tuesday, June 16th (Overnight Session)
  • Thursday, June 18th & Friday, June 19th (Overnight Session)
  • Monday, June 22nd & Tuesday, June 23rd (Overnight Session)
  • Thursday, June 25th & Friday, June 26th
  • Tuesday, July 7th & Wednesday, July 8th
  • Thursday, July 9th & Friday, July 10th

Transfer Students ​One Day Sessions:

  • Wednesday, August, 19th
  • Thursday, August 20th
  • Friday, August 21st
  • Tuesday, August 25th
  • Thursday, August 27th

Registration will be available soon.


Information​

Seeking information for orientation? Choose the appropriate category below for orientation ​dates and frequently asked questions.

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 active schedule that consists of meeting other classmates, engaging in conversations with faculty, learning abo​ut student organizations and clubs, learning about campus resources, and creating a class schedule.  

Orientation Dates​

Orientation is a mandatory 2 day program for all first year students. Students planning to live on campus are required to attend an overnight session. Students who may need to take MATH-010 to complete competency are encouraged to attend an earlier session. If you are unable to attend Summer Orientation date please contact the office of New Student Programs at 401-456-8083.

Frequently Asked Questions

I have credits so am I a first-year student?  

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

Do I have to attend Orientation?  

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

When and where do I report for an overnight, summer orientation session?  

Check-in for Orientation is in Browne Hall Located on the west side of campus near the Fruit Hill entrance. Information regarding check-in times will be sent to your RIC email prior to your orientation session.

What if I didn’t get an email confirmation?   

Once you register for an orientation session, an email confirmation will be sent to your RIC 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: orientation@ric.edu.  

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.  

Does orientation cost anything?  

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.  

Are my meals provided at orientation?  

Yes, meals are provided to students during orientation. You will receive lunch and dinner on the first day and breakfast on the second day. If you or any of your guests have any dietary restriction please let us know when you register for a session.   

What should I bring to orientation?  

Students should bring linens (or a sleeping bag) for a twin bed, a pillow, bath towel, and toiletries, as well as a change of clothes for day two. We will be using the Recreation Center, so bring athletic clothes, i.e. sneakers, shorts, t-shirt, and a bathing suit.  

I'm having problems with my password!  

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

  • Enter your username as described above when asked for User ID
  • Choose "Forgot Password"
  • 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: upper case, lower case, number, and a special character).  

If you require assistance, please contact the Help Desk (401-456-8803 or helpdesk@ric.edu) or visit the walk-in lab at Horace Mann Tech Center.  

Where will I stay during Summer Orientation?  

Students will stay in one of the residence halls located on campus. If for any reason you need to arrive a day early due to travel arrangements, please contact the Office of New Student Programs at 401-456-8083 or email: orientation@ric.edu  

Can I access the residence hall whenever I want?  

For safety reason, students will not have access to residence hall during an orientation session. In order to enter the residence hall, students will have to be escorted by an Orientation Leader.   

What do I do on my down time?   

All of our Orientation sessions are packed, and due to the full schedule, students will have limited free time during any of our programs. Students are not permitted to leave campus during orientation sessions.  

Will I schedule my classes at orientation?  

Yes, during Orientation new students will get to meet with faculty or professional advisors who will assist them in building a schedule that they will get to go home with.  

What if I can’t attend any of the dates?  

You should make every effort to attend one of the June or July Orientation dates if you are a first year student. If there is a non-negotiable conflict with all of these dates, please contact the Office of New Student Programs at 401-456-8083 or email: orientation@ric.edu  

My question isn't here! Help!  

No worries! That’s what our team is here for. If you have any questions please contact the Office of New Student Programs at 401-456-8083 or email: orientation@ric.edu at your earliest convenience and we are happy to answer any questions you may have that are not on this list.   


Welcome to Rhode Island College!

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. During your session you will have the opportunity to meet with an academic advisor who will work with you in reviewing the evaluation of your credits and creating a class schedule. In addition to meeting faculty members and staff, our program helps you to connect with other #NewAnchors within the community.

Orientation Dates

Wednesday, August, 19th
Thursday, August 20th
Friday, August 21st
Tuesday, August 25th
Thursday, August 27th

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I a transfer student?

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

Do I have to attend? 

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.

When and where do I report?

For Transfer Students coming to an August one-day session, an email with check-in information will be sent to your RIC email prior to your session date.

What if I didn’t get an email confirmation? 

Once you register for an orientation session, an email confirmation will be sent to your RIC emal address. If you did not receive an email confirmation or 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: orientation@ric.edu.

Does orientation cost anything?  

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.  

Are there meals provided at orientation?

Lunch and light refreshments will be provided during the 1 day program. If you or any of your guests have any dietary restriction please let us know when you register for a session.

I'm having problems with my password!  

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

  • Enter your username as described above when asked for User ID
  • Choose "Forgot Password"
  • 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: upper case, lower case, number, and a special character).  

If you require assistance, please contact the Help Desk (401-456-8803 or helpdesk@ric.edu) or visit the USS Help Desk in Gaige Hall.

What should I bring to orientation? 

If you have official copies of test scores or transcripts that need to be assed you can bring them at that time. It is always good to also bring an unofficial copy of your transcript. 

Is transfer orientation overnight?

No transfer orientation is a half-day session, usually lasting a few hours.

Will I schedule my classes at orientation? 

Yes, during Orientation new students will get to meet with faculty or professional advisors who will assist them in building a schedule that they will get to go home with.  

What if I can’t attend any of the dates? 

You should make every effort to attend one of the May, June or August Orientation dates if you are a first-year student. If there is a non-negotiable conflict with all of these dates, please contact the Office of New Student Programs at 401-456-8439 or email: orientation@ric.edu.

My question isn't here! Help! 

No worries! That’s what our team is here for. If you have any questions please contact the OASIS office at your earliest convenience and we are happy to answer any questions you may have that are not on this list. ​

Welcome!

Students are not the only ones going through this life transition. Parents and family members are Families are invited to participate in our Family Program, which consists of separate sessions geared specifically towards them. Through conversations with our faculty members, staff, and current students, family members will learn more about the resources and services available for both students and themselves. Although not mandatory, family members are highly encouraged to participate in this program which helps them to connect with other incoming families and the Rhode Island College community. To register please have your student include up to two guests’ names when they register for a session. Families are only permitted to register for the same session that their student will attend.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to attend?  

Although not mandatory, family members are highly encouraged to participate in this program which helps them to connect with other incoming families and the Rhode Island College community.  

Who will I meet at Family Orientation?  

Staff members and current students, will be available to answer questions you have about the student experience or Rhode Island College community.  

What do I do at family orientation?  

Through conversations with our dynamic staff, and current students, family members will learn more about the resources and services available for both students and themselves.  

​Are there meals provided at orientation?  

Family sessions will include lunch and light refreshments.

Do you have questions?​

Ask an Orientation Leader​

​Checklist

​​Check out the next steps you should take before Orientation​.

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    Page last updated: February 12, 2020