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New Student Orientation is a series of events, activities, and opportunities developed to assist students, both first-year and transfer, and their families in transitioning to life at RIT. We offer New Student Orientation twice per academic year; a five-day program in August prior to the start of fall courses and a two-day program in January prior to the start of spring courses for new incoming and transfer students. After participating in New Student Orientation, students will be able to:

  • Complete necessary tasks in preparation for being an RIT student
  • Locate and utilize campus resources
  • Establish personal and professional connections with RIT students, faculty & staff
  • Identify opportunities to get involved in the campus community

Program Highlights

TUESDAY, AUGUST 22nd 

Campus Move In & New Student Orientation Check-In | 8:30 AM-4:30 PM |Designated Lots 

Commuter Check-In | 9:00 AM-4:30 PM | G Lot 

Resource Fair | 9:00 AM-6:00 PM | Gene Polisseni Center 

Campus Tours | 10:00 AM-4:00 PM | Departs from Polisseni Center 

Disability Services Open Hours | 8:00 AM-6:00 PM | Disability Services Office

EMPOWER Information and Enrollment | 10:00 AM-3:00 PM | Lounge by Student Alumni Union, SAU 1150 

Goodbye, Goodbuy! Thrift Sale | 10:00 AM-5:00 PM | Clark Gym

Tiger Welcome Picnic | 3:00 PM-6:00 PM | Outside Gene Polisseni Center 

Meet your Orientation Leader (OL) | 6:00 PM-8:00 PM | Gene Polisseni Center

Transfer Student Welcome | 7:00 PM-9:00 PM | Global Village 

Outdoor Movie (Guardians of the Galaxy 2) | 9:00 PM-11:00 PM | Greek Lawn 

Music and Games | 9:00 PM-11:00PM | Javas 

Red Barn Climb | 9:00 PM-11:00 PM | Red Barn 

RITz Gaming | 9:30 PM-11:00 PM | RITz Sports Zone 

 

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23rd

Recreation Facility Hours | 6:00 AM-11:00 PM | Student Life Center

Late Check In | 9:00 AM-12:00 PM | Campus Center Lobby

Orientation Leader Time | 8:45 AM-9:15 AM | Location determined by your OL 

Class Picture - Class of 2021 and Class of 2022 | 9:30 AM-10:15 AM | Tiger Stadium 

Tiger Walk | 10:30 AM-11:00 AM | Outside the Gordon Field House 

New Student Convocation | 11:00 AM-12:15 PM | Gordon Field House 

Lunch with your Orientation Group | 12:30 PM-3:00 PM | Various Locations 

Student Services Open Houses | 3:00 PM-4:30 PM | Campus Center and Student Alumni Union 

Family Ice Cream Send Off | 4:00 PM-5:00 PM | Outside Gene Polisseni Center 

Floor Meetings and Dinner |5:15PM-6:15PM, 6:00PM-7:15PM | Various Locations

Commuter Student Dinner | 5:00 PM-7:00 PM | Campus Center 2610/2650 

Title IX Programming | 730 PM-9:00 PM | Gordon Field House 

Do Something About It | 9:00 PM-11:00 PM | Gene Polisseni Center 

Red Barn Rock Climbing | 9:00 PM-11:00 PM | Red Barn 

Ritz Sports Zone | 9:00 PM-11:00 PM | Ritz Sports Zone 

Comedian/Magician | 10:00 PM-11:00 PM | Gordon Field House 

90's Themed Karaoke | 9:00 PM-11:00 PM | Fireside Lounge 

Open Skate and a Movie: The Mighty Ducks | 9:00 PM-11:00 PM | Gene Polisseni Center 

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 24th 

Recreation Facility Hours | 6:00 AM-11:00 AM | Student Life Center 

Academic Advising Overview | 8:30 AM-9:00 AM | Gordon Field House 

Academic Day | 9:15 AM-4:00 PM | Various Locations 

Living and Learning Together | 4:15 PM-5:30 PM | Gordon Field House 

Team Time and Dinner (OL Groups) | 5:30 PM-7:00 PM | Various Locations

Transfer Student Dinner | 5:30 PM-7:00 PM | Gene Polisseni Center Lounge 

Rec the Night | 7:00 PM-10:00 PM | Student Life Center

Red Barn Rock Climbing | 9:00 PM-11:00 PM | Red Barn 

Ritz Gaming | 9:00 PM-11:00 PM | Ritz Sports Zone 

Open Skate: Ritter | 9:00 PM-11:00 PM | Ritter Ice Arena 

Mind Reader: Eric Dittelman | 9:00 PM-11:00 PM | Gordon Field House 

No Voice Zone | 10:00 PM-11:00 PM | Student Development Center 

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 25th

Recreation Facility Hours | 6:00 AM-11:00 AM | Student Life Center 

Run the Campus Trails with Running Club | 7:00 AM-10:00 AM | Meeting Location TBD

Math Placement Exam Testing | 8:30 AM11:00 AM | Gosnell Hall, 2345 

Language Placement Exam (Chinese, German, Japanese, French, Russian, Arabic) | 9:00 AM-11:00 AM | Modern Language Office, Eastman Hall 

Commuter Breakfast and Open House | 9:00 AM-11:00 AM | Commuter Lounge, Campus Center, A650 

Group Time and Lunch | 11:00 AM-1:00 PM | Various Locations 

Diversity Programming | 1:00 PM-2:30 PM | Gordon Field House

Off Campus Trips | 5:00 PM-9:30 PM | Various Locations 

Target Takeover! | 9:30 PM-12:00 AM | Target - Henrietta

Anime Showing | 9:00 PM-11:00 PM | Ingle Auditorium 

Late Night Karaoke, and Games | 9:00 PM-11:00 PM | Beanz 

Late Night Campus Center | 9:00 PM-11:00 PM | Campus Center 

Red Barn Rock Climbing | 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM | Red Barn

Ritz Gaming | 9:00 PM-11:00 PM | Ritz Sports Zone 

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 26th

Recreation Facility Hours | 10:00 AM-11:00 PM | Student Life Center 

Group Time | 10:00 AM-12:00 PM | Various Locations 

Transfer Student Panel | 10:00 AM-12:00 PM | Campus Center 2610/2650

Lunch - On Your Own! | 12:00 PM-1:00 PM | Various Locations 

Tiger Activities Gala | 1:00 PM-4:00 PM | Gordon Field House 

PBJammin' | 1:00 PM-4:00 PM | Gordon Field House

Commuter Student BBQ | 12:00PM-1:30PM | Greek Lawn 

Transfer Luau | 4:00 PM-6:00 PM | RIT Inn 

Meet the Greeks | 5:30 PM-8:00 PM | Greek Lawn 

ZeroFest & Tigers Play Games | 6:00 PM-1:00 AM | Gordon Field House 

Brick Bash (New Kids on the Brick) Dance Party | 8:00 PM-12:00 AM | Outside the Student Alumni Union 

Scavenger Hunt (feat. Residence Life) | 9:00 PM-11:00 PM | Setinel Sculpture 

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 27th

Recreation Facility Hours | 10:00 AM-11:00 PM | Student Life Center

Mass, Service (Interpreted) | 10:00 AM-11:30 AM | Center for Religious Life, Allen Chapel

Rainbow Welcome Picnic | 12:00 PM-1:30 PM | Field behind SAU 

Class Quest | 1:00 PM-3:00 PM | Starting Point: Setinel 

Special Interest Houses Introduction, Snacks and Lawn Games | 4:00 PM-6:00 PM | NRH Field

Mass, Service | 5:00 PM-6:30 PM | Center for Religious Life, Allen Chapel

Outdoor Movie | 7:00 PM-9:30 PM | Greek Lawn

Fireworks | 930pm | Location TBD 

To assist you with getting ready for your first year at RIT, we have created a New Student Checklist that will help you prepare everything you need to be ready to being your time as an RIT student.  Are you looking for information about NTID's orientation program, the Summer Vestibule Program (SVP)? Find it here! If you are a BS seeking Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing student you will move in on August 21 in order to attend a special day-long program on August 22 designed just for you.  

*  Each new undergraduate student is assessed an all-inclusive Orientation fee. This mandatory fee will appear on your fall term tuition bill and is charged to you even if you do not attend Orientation. The fee covers all of the materials, mailings, administration, and activities associated with New Student Orientation for students and families.