Graduate Student Orientation

Congratulations on your acceptance into an RIT graduate program! The RIT Graduate School is here to help you transition to life as a graduate student at RIT.

The RIT Graduate School will share information and updates throughout the summer via the New Graduate Student NewslettersIn the meantime, save the date for Graduate School Orientation on Thursday, August 18. More information will be shared to your RIT email account and you can review the current schedule of events below.

Orientation Highlights

Welcome Days

August 14-15, 2022

Welcome Days are designated days that take place before orientation to usher in new incoming students. These days consist of Residential Move-in, Orientation Check-in, Resource Fair, Informational Programs from Campus Partners and Student and Family Social Programming.  

Resource Fair

August 14-15, 2022

The Resource Fair is an exciting opportunity to connect with offices from across campus in one space. Incoming students are provide this time to mingle and ask any questions they may have for resources ranging from RIT Dining to club sports and Intramurals.

Department Orientations

August 15-29, 2022

More information to come from programs about department orientations.

Graduate School Orientation

August 18, 2022

Join us for the RIT Graduate School’s Welcome and Semester Kick-Off Social event in the University Gallery from 5 -6:30 p.m.


August 18, 2022

Convocation serves as a formal academic ceremony for New Students while marking the beginning of your educational journey. The president, provost, deans, faculty and staff will greet and congratulate you on becoming an RIT Tiger as they look forward to supporting your years of learning. Families will have the opportunity to view the live streaming. 

Wellness Fair & Carnival 

August 19, 2022

At RIT, we look to ensure each student is developed holistically. A key aspect of this is wellness. As a part of Orientation, you will have the opportunity to participate in a Wellness Fair and Carnival which helps you focus on your health and well-being as you begin your RIT journey. The Wellness Fair and Carnival is a fun, engaging, and safe space where you can learn about RIT's wellness programs and services.

First Day of Classes 

August 22, 2022

We can't wait to welcome you! 


August 25-28, 2022

Hosted the first weekend after classes begin, FallFest is RIT's kick-off festival for the new academic year. If you're a new or returning student, FallFest welcomes you to a new year at RIT. FallFest includes signature events such as the Get Involved Fair, FallFest Carnival, and more!

Tiger Activities Fair 

August 27, 2022

The annual Tiger Activities Fair will be held in-person during FallFest. This event is open to all new and returning students, and is a great opportunity to learn about and engage with RIT recognized student clubs and organizations. 

A group of RIT students talking to each other on a Fall day.

Graduate Student

Next Steps Checklist

If you haven't done so already, be sure to check out the detailed next steps you need as a new RIT Tiger by selecting your applicable Checklist as a graduate student (US Student, International Student, Online Student, or PhD Student). The Checklists are meant to help you navigate important information such as enrollment steps, arrival information, financial aid, campus services, and more. 


RIT Graduate School
University Services Center
Building 87, Office 3100
155 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623