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Don’t be the only family member not wearing an orange RIT t-shirt at Convocation for New Students and Families! T-shirts are only $5 and will be on sale Tuesday, August 19 at the Resource Fair. Proceeds will go to RIT's Tiger Spirit Fund. Don’t miss out! Quantities are limited and we cannot guarantee that all sizes will be available at any given time.

Family members are critical partners in the development and well-being of their students. Whether entering college for the first time or transferring from one school to another; starting at a new place can be an experience that induces both excitement and anxiety for students and families. Our goal is to make sure that you have everything you need to refer your student to the right resource if he/she should need anything while he/she is here. You can pre-register for family orientation any time before August 15, 2015, this information will be live starting in June 2015.

Family members are invited to participate in our Family Orientation program, which is separate from our Freshman Orientation and Transfer Orientation programs (you will not go through Orientation with your student). Family Orientation is designed to introduce you to your student's academic program, the resources and services at RIT, and other new RIT families. We invite you to preview the schedule for the 2014 program; the schedule for the 2015 program will be available starting in June. You will receive a hard copy when you check in for Family Orientation. In addition, we will provide you with a Family Survival Guide that contains helpful information, useful tips, and contact numbers. 

Please join our Facebook Group for parents of incoming first-year and transfer students to connect with RIT staff and other parents. A great resource for you to stay informed and up-to-date!

  • Please note: If you or a family member require access services, please contact our office at orientation@rit.edu and we will work with you to make arrangements. Access services will be automatically requested for students who require them.