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Incoming First Year Students



Carl Lutzer

Dr. Carl Lutzer

Interim Director, Honors Program
Global Village 2034


Honors Incoming Students,


As Honors Program Director, I am writing to give you a preview of “The Honors Experience: A Pre-Orientation Program” scheduled for Saturday, August 18 through Tuesday, August 21, 2018.  The Honors Experience is followed by New Student Orientation that begins on Tuesday, August 21.


When you arrive, the Honors Mentors will welcome you. These Honors students will help you move in and answer questions. Later that day, the mentors will help you find your welcome session and help your parents find their informational session.


Over the summer, this site will provide you with all of the information and resources you need to prepare for The Honors Experience and entering the RIT Honors Program. Feel free to explore.


I look forward to meeting you in August. Enjoy your summer!



Carl Lutzer

Honors Program



Things to do

  1. Look for an email from the office this summer with instructions to return here and complete a survey. Link for the survey here.
  2. Check this website for updates. We will be posting additional information about the RIT Honors Program to answer some of the most frequently asked questions first-year students have. 
  3. Download the RIT Mobile App for useful information such as campus maps, dining, shuttles, and the academic calendar!
  4. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter! Here, you can see photos of past Honors events and pre-orientation programs, featured student projects, and trips taken with the Honors program! 
    • Join the Honors Class of 2022/2023 Facebook group! This is a group for Honors students to meet each other prior to orientation, and will allow you to make new friends and discover potential roommates.
  5. Spread the word about your acceptance into the Honors Program at RIT by going to and completing the form for a press release.
  6. Print off this logo and put it on your dashboard to assist us during move-in: H logo.



A detailed schedule for the event is available through this link: 2018 Orientation Schedule
There is also a link for the schedule for parents and families: 2018 Orientation Parent Schedule


For a quick reference, here is a more generalized version of the schedule


Saturday, August 18, 2018


  • Housing Check-In 
  • Move-in
  • Honors Check-In 

Later that day:

  • Meet your Honors Mentors and student group
  • Family information sessions—let your families know!!
  • Honors Freshman Welcome


Sunday, August 19, 2018

  • All-day retreat at Camp Arrowhead including low ropes courses and a campfire and the options of swimming, archery, board games, high ropes, and a giant swing!


Monday, August 20, 2018

  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Barbeque
  • College-Specific Activities
  • Honors Program Information Session
  • Honors Freshman at the RITz (includes arcade games, pool, and karaoke)


Tuesday, August 21, 2018

  • Service Event
  • Breakout Sessions with Honors Mentors
  • New Student Orientation begins

Honors Mentors


The Honors Mentors are an integral part of The Honors Experience. First-year students spend most of their time throughout the program interacting with their Honors Mentor.


See here for a list of last year's Honors Mentors.



Stay tuned for updates as we get closer to orientation and finalize plans!
  1. Comp Learning_Academic Requirements
  2. Survival Tips_2018 & Honors Handout
  3. RIT Orientation Picnic Menu 
  4. RIT Orientation Waiver

Incoming Students FAQ 

Pre-Orientation Programs and New Student Orientation
  1. When will I hear from the Honors Program about summer plans and dates?

    We will be sending an email in early to mid-June with information about our pre-orientation program. A letter will be mailed to your family in late June with similar information. If you do not receive any communication, please email the office at

  2. What if I am part of another pre-orientation Program such as WE@RIT, NTID Summer Vestibule Program, Athletics, ROTC, etc.?

    If you are a part of another mandatory program taking place at the same time, we will do our best to help you choose which events to attend from each program. We would still encourage you to participate in as much of the Honors Experience as possible. Send an email to and we will let you know what your schedule will look like.

  3. Am I able to participate in a DiscoveRIT program?

    The Honors Experience and DiscoveRIT pre-orientation programs occur at the same time, so a student cannot participate in both programs.

  4. Am I required to also attend RIT New Student Orientation?

    Yes. All incoming first-year students are required to attend New Student Orientation. The Honors Experience provides Honors Program information. Your Honors Mentors will have answers to a lot of your questions and plenty of advice, but there is much more information about RIT that we couldn’t possibly cover. Plus, there are plenty of other students who aren’t in Honors waiting to become your friends.

The Honors Experience
  1. Am I required to attend "The Honors Experience"?

    We expect entering first-year students to attend this program. You will receive important information and an introduction to the Honors Program that will help you to succeed as an Honors student. We need you to be informed about the requirements of the program and become a part of the community of Honors students. If you have a conflict with dates, please let us know at

  2. What is the cost for the Honors Experience pre-orientation program?

    There is no charge to participate in our program. We will provide housing starting Saturday night and meals starting Sunday morning through Tuesday lunch. Your meal plan starts on Tuesday at dinner.

  3. Does my family need to come to the Honors Experience? How long should they stay?

    It is not mandatory that families attend the Honors Experience. Most families do come and we will have two separate information sessions available for them to attend on Saturday, August 18. One of these sessions is Honors-specific, while the other is hosted by New Student Orientation staff and is a condensed version of the “RIT & You: Partners in Your Student’s Success” event that is also offered on Wednesday, August 22. If your family can remain through New Student Orientation, they are welcome to do so, but we have a very busy schedule for you through Tuesday afternoon, so you will probably not get to see much of them during the Honors Experience. The presentations on Saturday, August 18 cover the important information, so they won’t miss this information by leaving before Wednesday.

  4. Who are Honors Mentors?

    Honors Mentors are returning Honors students who had so much fun at their Honors pre-orientation program that they’re back to do it again, some even for the fifth time! These upper class students will facilitate group activities, answer your questions or direct you to the appropriate resources, and keep the Honors Experience running smoothly.

  5. How do I get my student ID card?

    RIT has changed the way you get your ID.  To upload a photo for your ID so that you can pick it up on move-in day, go to the Registrars Office website.

  6. Do I need to bring money for this time?

    The Honors Program will provide housing starting on Saturday and your meals beginning with breakfast on Sunday morning and lasting through lunch on Tuesday afternoon. (If you arrived by yourself or your family has left before dinner on Saturday, we will also provide dinner that day!) If you want to buy snacks for your room or think you might want to visit one of the convenience stores on campus, you will need money for this. We don’t anticipate that you will need any money, but it’s a good idea to have some in case you find out too late that you forgot something. Regular meal plans will begin working on Tuesday evening for dinner and will be accessible throughout New Student Orientation.

Move-in and Housing FAQ

  1. Is there a way I can search for Honors Students during my roommate search?

    Unfortunately, no. There are 3 ways you can search for a roommate - by profile, by University ID number, and by detail. In those three options, there's nothing that designates someone as Honors. If you meet another student (through Facebook, email, or at one of the accepted student open houses), you would need to get one of those details, search for them using that, and then send a roommate request. Once accepted, this will link you as roommates in RIT's housing portal system.

  2. How do I select my room?

    All students must complete a housing contract before May. In mid-May you will be assigned a room selection appointment for late May or early June. Prior to this self-room selection, the RIT Housing Office will pre-assign all students to a room in Gibson Hall once they have completed their housing contract. If you are linked with a roommate, you will be assigned to a room with them. If both roommates are Honors students, you will likely be assigned to the third, fourth, or fifth floor of Carleton Gibson Hall. If one of the roommates is non-honors, you will likely be assigned to the second floor. During your room selection appointment in June, you will be able to select a different room in Gibson or change your assignment to a different building. If you are linked with a roommate, the student with the earlier appointment time will have the ability to change the room assignment for both themselves & their roommate.

  3. Can I have a non-honors roommate in Honors housing?

    Yes! You can have a non-honors roommate and live in Honors housing. If one of the roommates is non-honors, you will likely be assigned to the second floor.

  4. What do I do if I don't want to live in Honors housing (Gibson Hall)?

    As long as you have completed your housing contract, in mid-May you will be assigned a room selection appointment for late May or early June. During your room selection appointment, you will be able to change your housing assignment to a different building. If you are linked with a roommate, the student with the earlier appointment time will have the ability to change the room assignment for both themselves & their roommate.

  5. When do I move in?

    You will move in on Saturday, August 18 between 8:00 am and 2:00 pm. We encourage you to arrive in the morning, but any time within this range is acceptable. If you cannot arrive by 2:00 pm, you will need to call the Housing Office at (585) 475-2572 before 5:00 pm to arrange your move-in and let us know by sending an email to Commuter students are also expected to check in by 2:00 pm.

  6. What should I do if I’m a commuter student?

    Commuter students are encouraged to participate in the activities planned during the Honors Experience. We will develop a schedule that tells you when and where you need to be throughout the program.

  7. How do I get a key to my room?

    Before going to your room, you will check in at one of the parking lots near the dorms where you will receive a packet from the Housing Office that contains your room key.  You will also receive your ID.

  8. Do I need to color code anything for move-in?

    No. Early move-in has the advantage of avoiding regular move-in day where around 2000 students move in. Since there are fewer students moving in, you don’t have to worry about color coding your bags or getting parking passes. When you pull up to the building after checking in to Grace Watson Hall, your Honors Mentors will be waiting to help you start unpacking, so nothing will get lost on the trip from the car to your room.

  9. Where should I park on move-in day?

    When you check in at Parking Lot K, you will be directed to the appropriate drop-off location. There are several lots available for parking after you’ve unloaded your car. It is important that you move your car after unloading to allow other students space to unload. Your Housing packet may contain information about where to park for Orientation and during the regular academic year.

  10. Am I moving into my permanent room for the Honors Experience?

    Yes! You will get to move in and start unpacking as soon as you're checked in. There's no need to worry about having to move again.

  11. What if I’m not in Honors housing (Gibson Hall)?

    Don’t worry! There are always Honors students who have chosen to live in Special Interest Housing or just in another building. No part of the Honors Experience takes place in Gibson Hall. If you want to visit Gibson after our programming is done for the day, you just need to have a friend open the door.

  12. What if I have questions or concerns about my housing assignment?

    The Honors Office doesn’t manage housing assignments. If you have questions about your room assignment or roommate, please contact the Housing Office at (585) 475-2572 or If you have questions about living in Gibson or the residence halls in general, you could also contact our office where student workers would be happy to answer your questions.

  13. My question isn't answered here, what should I do?

    No problem! Contact the Honors office at




Don’t forget to explore our page to learn more about Honors. Look at Student Projects to see some of the unique work that Honors students are doing and learn about your Honors Council members and what they are working on this year.