Family Orientation

Welcome, Tiger Families!

We at RIT know the important role parents and family members play in their student's life. You will be a major support to your student -- not just during their transition to RIT this summer, but throughout their entire college experience!

While college is a time for students to gain independence, this transition can be overwhelming and they will need your support. Reminders and assistance from you will be helpful as your student begins to navigate campus on their own.

The Parent and Family Programs office is here to support you during this transition and beyond. Please connect with our resources and reach out with any questions along the way.  

Make sure that you receive the most up-to-date information delivered directly to your inbox, by asking your student to verify your email address at

Parent and Family Programs

Tiger Resource Series

Our Tiger Resource Series runs all summer and will help you and your student prepare for life at RIT. Check out the Orientation Calendar to view virtual engagement opportunities and register for events, including:

  • Webinars
    Join RIT staff to learn about campus resources on a wide variety of topics, including living on campus, safety, wellness, academics, and preparing for Welcome Days. Webinars are for both parents and students.

  • RIT Parent Bootcamp
    With so much to think about this summer, it will be easy to forget to talk to your student about the everyday skills they will need at college. Join current students for tips on how to prepare your student for real life tasks such as  laundry, basic cooking skills, getting a campus job, and more.

  • College Ready Book Club
    Join other parents to discuss the book College Ready: Expert Advice for Parents to Simplify the College Transition. This book provides practical guidance on what should be done during the summer and the first year. Chapters are accompanied by conversation starters to empower parents to guide their student. A comprehensive checklist helps families and students stay on top of summer to-dos. Each chapter is written by a university official who works with parents to enhance student success at the collegiate level.

    You can get a FREE digital copy of College Ready or purchase a print version on Amazon. Links will be available in April.

Family Orientation

Activities to welcome parents and families to the RIT community will take place during RIT’s Welcome Days - August 14 and 15, 2022. 

Family Orientation Schedule - Coming soon!

Parent and Family Checklist

To prepare yourself and your student to start their academic journey at RIT, here are a few key things you can get started on this summer.

​​​​​​We will be sending you a copy of the digital RIT Welcome Guide in the Family Orientation Newsletter at the end of May. Please read through it in detail, as it contains important information for both you and your student. 

Ask your student to go to to confirm that your email address is accurate in our system.

Read all Family Orientation Newsletters, delivered weekly to your email inbox starting May 25.

View past communications 

Support your student in working through their New Student Checklist

The New Student Checklist will helps your student navigate all of the required action items they must complete before they arrive at RIT. It is important to note that some action items contain important deadlines, so we encourage you and your student to review the full checklist as soon as possible.


August 14-15: RIT Welcome Days

August 14-15: Family Orientation 2022

August 16-21: New Student Orientation


Find information about being an RIT parent with the following Parent and Family Programs resources:

Subscribe to the RIT Parent Newsletter
Our monthly newsletter delivers the most current information to parents, including upcoming deadlines, campus events, and information about campus resources. Subscribe to our mailing list to get the RIT Parent Newsletter delivered directly to your email inbox.

Subscribe to the Newsletter

Follow us on Facebook
Our Facebook page is designed to connect families to RIT through photos of campus and students, information about what's happening at RIT, and provide you opportunities to connect with other parents.

Visit the RIT Parents Facebook page

Parent & Family Programs Website
A good first stop for your questions about RIT, visit the parent website to find campus resources and information about how to support your student.

Visit the Parent & Family Programs website

RIT Ready

RIT is proud of the way our community has rallied together in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We firmly believe that our success thus far is a result of an individual commitment made by each and every member of our RIT family – a promise to take safety as a personal responsibility.

Important COVID-19 updates and pre-arrival requirements will be sent to you and your student via email throughout the summer. You should also familiarize yourself with the RIT Ready website – your central resource for all information related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the RIT Safety Plan, student requirements, information, and past COVID-19 communications.

Visit the RIT Ready website