Preparing for your Arrival
January 4, 9AM & 7PM EST

Join us for a live online presentation to learn more about your next steps, connect with current graduate students, review research opportunities, and much more. To join, enter the webinar room 10 minutes before the time of the webinar.

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Welcome and Orientation Information

RIT offers a number of orientation programs for their newly-accepted students.


The Office of Graduate Studies is hosting welcome and orientation events for all incoming graduate students.


In addition to the Graduate Student Orientation, you may be required to attend an Academic Department Orientation.

Additional information regarding Academic Department Orientation will be sent to you via RIT email.

* Please note, not all graduate departments host orientations. If you have any questions about department orientation please contact your graduate program director or academic advisor.


All international students must attend the International Student Orientation Program. This program provides information on programs and services offered by the International Student Services and other RIT Offices. Information sessions cover topics such as employment in the U.S., immigration information, health care and health insurance, U.S. tax obligations, safety concerns, and U.S. Social Security Numbers. At International Student Orientation, you will meet the PALs (Peer Advisor Leaders). PALs are current RIT International and American student volunteers who will help answer your questions and assist you in getting settled at RIT. The International Student Orientation Program registration forms can be found here:

Notifications of important dates and registration information will be sent via RIT email and posted on various social media networks. Be sure to connect with RIT using your preferred social media networks

Dates for Spring 2018 Semester
New graduate student orientation: Friday, January 12, 2018
International student move-in: Sunday, January 14, 2018
International student orientation: Monday, January 15, 2018
Fall semester classes begin: Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Dates for Summer 2018 Semester
Please contact our office for information.