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, 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

Family Orientation

Spring Orientation for new students will take place on Friday, Jan. 13, 2023. The Spring Orientation program is designed to give students opportunities to acclimate to RIT, meet with their college or academic program, learn about RIT offices and resources, and meet other incoming students. Students must register for Spring Orientation by Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023. 

There is no family-specific programming during Spring Orientation, but you are welcome to join your student on campus. The only session that parents are unable to attend is the Academic Programming, which is scheduled from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 13, 2023.

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.

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

If your student is starting their RIT journey this January (2023), please be on the lookout for Family Orientation Newsletters sent to your email in December and January. 

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.



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 and 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 and Family Programs website