RIT Welcomes Incoming Students Aug. 31

New orientation activities await incoming freshmen and transfer students

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A. Sue Weisler

RIT is preparing to welcome an estimated 2,500 freshmen on Aug. 31.

Rochester Institute of Technology is preparing to welcome an estimated 2,500 freshmen on Aug. 31. The university also welcomes nearly 900 transfer students attending in the fall.

Students and their families will move into the residence halls, on the east side of campus, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Parents are invited to stay and participate in some of Wednesday’s orientation activities, including the RIT Resource Fair in the Gordon Field House and Activities Center.

Students and their families will officially open the academic year during convocation at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 1. The students will process during the annual Tiger Walk ceremony at 3 p.m., where faculty and staff line the walkway leading into the Gordon Field House to cheer and welcome them.

For the first time, students will be able to enter the new student Foursquare contest for a chance to win a dinner with RIT President Bill Destler. Using the social media website, Foursquare.com, students will earn the Foursquare “Campus Explorer Badge” by checking into at least 10 RIT locations between Aug. 31 and Sept. 4.

Other new events for this year’s orientation include the New Student Picnic and Carnival at 5 p.m. Sept. 2 on the Greek Lawn, and CultureCon, an event that incorporates the idea of connecting with different cultures and celebrating diversity on campus.

For more information on this year’s RIT New Student Orientation, go to www.rit.edu/~w-orient.