DiscoveRIT gives first-year students new opportunity to connect

Series of pre-orientation programs kicks off in August

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DiscoveRIT is a set of optional four-day pre-orientation programs that allows students to embark on a mini adventure. The program was piloted last year when a team of six students trekked to the Adirondack Mountains.

A new series of pre-orientation activities is giving first-year students an exciting jumpstart to their collegiate careers. DiscoveRIT is an optional four-day program that allows students to embark on a mini adventure right before their RIT adventure begins.

First-year students can select to go backpacking, outdoor rock climbing, or bicycling or to join sessions designed to familiarize them with Rochester and RIT. DiscoveRIT’s mission goes beyond simply having a great time, however.

“This series of programs was designed to give new students an opportunity to connect to one another and the university outside of the classroom and the traditional orientation program in unique ways,” says Shawna Lusk, director of RIT’s new student orientation program. “Offering unforgettable experiences not only enriches the students’ experience while enrolled at RIT but also encourages them to become involved in a variety of ways when the academic year begins.”

New Student Orientation teamed with Interactive Adventures last year to pilot the program with an outdoor adventure called FACEtime, in which six first-year students hiked the High Peaks region of the Adirondack Mountains. The excursion received rave reviews from students, who felt like the experience facilitated meeting new friends.

DiscoveRIT includes similar outdoor adventures, but also programs designed to incorporate the arts and teach the unique histories of the Rochester and RIT communities.

Registration for the programs, which all begin during the last week in August, ends June 27. To register or obtain more information visit