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 about student organizations and clubs, learning about campus resources, and creating a class schedule.
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:
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
firstname.lastname@example.org) 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:
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:
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:
email@example.com at your earliest convenience and we are happy to answer any questions you may have that are not on this list.