Information for Families

Welcome, Tiger Families!

We are so excited for you to join the Tiger family in January! Whether your student is just starting their college experience or is transferring to RIT, we know this is a big transition for your family. 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.

The transition to college—or a new college after transferring—can be overwhelming and your student 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

Chelsea Petree

Parent and Family Programs

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.

We look forward to welcoming you to campus for one of our two scheduled Welcome Days (Sunday, Aug. 18 or Monday, Aug. 19). The schedule of events for both Welcome Days is the same. Event highlights include first-year residential move-in, Orientation check-in, a campus resource fair, social programming for students and families, and a formal Welcome to RIT presentation. Residential students will choose their move-in date/Welcome Day in late-June. Commuter students and families may choose to attend one or both Welcome Days. 

Family members will receive the weekly Family Orientation Newsletter starting at the end of May. In order to receive this newsletter, please make sure your student confirms your email address. All newsletters will be archived on the Orientation website for you to reference at a later date.

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. Check out the Parent and Family Programs website

Support your student in working through their New Student Checklist

The New Student Checklist will help 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.


Parents and families are welcomed and encouraged to join their student on campus during Welcome Days on Sunday, Aug. 20 and Monday, Aug. 21. Students living in RIT Housing will select their Move-In Day/Welcome Day in July. Welcome Day highlights include first-year residential move-in, Orientation check-in, campus resource fair, informational presentations by campus leaders, Welcome to RIT presentation, and social programming for students and families. All events on Welcome Days are for students and family members. 

View the Family Schedule for Welcome Days

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 staff, students, and other new parents at our Parent Bootcamps on Thursday, June 27, and Tuesday, July 9 from 7-8 p.m. for tips on how to prepare your student for real-life tasks such as laundry, basic cooking skills, getting a campus job, and more. Parents will receive an email when registration is available. 


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