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New Student Orientation is a series of events, activities, and opportunities developed to assist students, both first-year and transfer, and their families in transitioning to life at RIT. We offer:

  • New Student Orientation twice per academic year; a five-day program in August prior to the start of fall courses.
  • Spring Orientation, two days of events, activities, and opportunities in January to get to know RIT and other new students.
  • DiscoveRIT, which is an assortment of optional pre-orientation programs for incoming first-year and transfer students.
  • Tiger Transitions, which aids and supports new students in their transition during their first 35 days at RIT.


Move-in day for First-Year Students for Fall 2018 is Tuesday, August 21, 2018.
Fall semester classes will begin on August 27.

Parents & Families

RIT also offers on-campus and online orientation for parents and family members, as they are critical partners in the development and well-being of their students. RIT’s Parent and Family Programs office provides programming, communications, and support to parents and families of RIT students.

NTID's orientation program , the Summer Vestibule Program (SVP)

If you are a Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing student accepted into the College of NTID, you will move in on Monday, August 12, 2018 in order to attend a two-week long Summer Vestibule Program (SVP) designed just for you.


If you’re a Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing student accepted into a Bachelor’s degree program within RIT (not the College of NTID), you will move in one day earlier on Monday August 20 (no luggage tags needed!).  You will be attending a required day-long workshop on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 where we will explain to you how to use Access/Support services, meet various people and learn about the resources we have available to help you succeed! 


Any questions about either program, please contact Amy Stornello ( or 585-391-9990 VideoPhone).