New Student Orientation Survival Guide

Stevie West on Friday, 20 April 2018. Posted in Orientation

Hi guys! The school year is winding down and it’s time to start thinking about the start of next semester! The first week before classes is New Student Orientation (often referred to as NSO) for incoming freshmen and transfer students. Orientation is a blast, and I’m going to give some tips on how to make the most of the week.


  1. Come in with an open mind

Most people end up making close connections and friendships during orientation week, so it’s important to go into your orientation group and talk to and interact with everyone! Everyone is just as nervous about making friends as you are, and it’s honestly a lot easier than expected.


2. Attend events

A lot of students might think about blowing off some activities, but I’m here to say NO! Go to the free events! I’m not saying you have to go to everything, but NSO has some really cool experiences (like magicians and comedians!) and opportunities to make friends. There are also some seminars that freshmen will have to attend, and they may sound like a drag, but they are actually super fun! The speakers aren't mind-numbingly boring and there's music and dancing and overall these mandatory events are helpful, enjoyable, and you might make a friend or two.


3. Free food!

Part of the events on campus during NSO week include free food! There are a lot of barbeques and other free food events where you can go and chat with other new students and learn about cool organizations. Everyone can bond over a love of food!



The club fair is held during NSO week in the Gordon Field House and it is a really fun time. Everyone is excited to help you find the right clubs and get you excited to be an RIT Tiger. A lot of clubs give away free things as well if you’re looking for some free loot throughout the week!


We are all super excited to have you guys here next semester! Make it a great one!