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

  • New Student Orientation; a six-day program in August prior to the start of Fall semester courses. 
  • Spring Orientation; a one day event in January to get to know RIT and other new students prior to starting Spring semester courses. 


Every new undergraduate student is assessed an all-inclusive Orientation fee. This mandatory fee will appear on your fall term tuition bill and is charged to you even if you do not attend Orientation. The fee covers all of the materials, mailings, administration, and activities associated with New Student Orientation for students and families.



First-Year Students | Tuesday, August 20, 2019  

International Students | Sunday, August 18, 2019


Orientation Program Schedules

First-Year Students | Tuesday, August 20, 2019 through Sunday, August 25, 2019 

International Students | Monday, August 19, 2019 through Sunday, August 25, 2019 

Fall semester classes will begin on Monday, August 26, 2019.

To assist you with getting ready for your first year at RIT, we have created:

  1.  A New Student Checklist that will help you prepare everything you need to be ready to begin your time as an RIT student.

  2.  Academic Checklists that will help prepare you to enter into your selected program.