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DiscoveRIT, a pre-orientation initiative coordinated by The Center for Campus Life, gives incoming undergraduate students the opportunity to come to campus early and participate in fun, small-group projects and activities. These optional programs are a great way to get connected to campus, faculty, staff, and resources. Research shows that students who participate in fun, specialty programs prior to their university orientation are better acclimated to campus, more engaged overall, and more likely to have a successful academic career at the institution. We recommend that you review all of the information and program descriptions thoroughly before deciding to participate. Contact us with any questions at


DiscoveRIT participants will arrive on Saturday, August 18, 2018 and move into the residence hall room that they have been assigned to for the year (commuter students are not provided on-campus housing during DiscoveRIT). Each DiscoveRIT program runs through the afternoon of Tuesday, August 21. New Student Orientation begins Tuesday, August 21 with Orientation check-in. Participating in DiscoveRIT does not exempt you from attending New Student Orientation, as these programs are independent of each other.

Family Orientation is August 21-22 and while we encourage families to attend, it is not mandatory. Families may wish to stay overnight in Rochester before returning home. You can find area hotels listed here: Please note that DiscoveRIT participants will move in the morning of Saturday, August 18 and the full program begin Saturday afternoon, so do not plan to spend much time with them after they have moved in. More information about Family Orientation can be found here.


Online registration opens on this website June 1. Registration works on a first come, first served basis and spots fill quickly, so we encourage you to read all of the program descriptions and registration information thoroughly to make sure you are fully informed before deciding to participate. Registration will close on July 16, or sooner if all program seats are filled. We reserve the right to cancel programs due to low enrollment.

The following programs occur at the same time as DiscoveRIT. If you are required to attend any of these, you will not be able to participate in DiscoveRIT because of the timing conflict.

Pre-Orientation Program Dates  
NTID Summer Vestibule Program (SVP) Begins August 12 Learn More
WE're in Motion for women students in Kate Gleason College of Engineering

August 18-21 Learn More
The Honors Experience August 18-21 Learn More


DiscoveRIT programs are fee-based and the fees vary by individual program. Upon registering, you will be prompted to make payment via a credit card. By submitting your electronic registration form you are confirming that you have read and understand all information provided regarding DiscoveRIT and that you are able to participate in the activities described.

*Please note: included in each program fee, a $100 charge will be incurred for early housing arrival.


Until July 20, 2018 you can withdraw from the DiscoveRIT program that you registered for, with no financial penalty, by contacting The Center for Campus Life at and your credit card will be credited. After July 20, you will be charged the program fee even if you decide not to participate or realize that you cannot participate for any reason. For this reason, it is highly recommended that you thoroughly review all of the information provided on this website and contact us with any questions you might have before submitting your registration.


Some program participants will be required to submit a Release Agreement. This form is included in the registration documents. If this form is not completed, you may be unable to participate in the program but will still be financially responsible unless withdrawn by July 20, 2018.


Center for Campus Life

Mailing Address

Center for Campus Life
127 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623