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Family Orientation

Family members are encouraged to participate in our Family Orientation program.  The purpose of Family Orientation is to introduce you to life as an RIT parent, including resources available and how to best support your student throughout their time on campus. Many orientation activities are separate for families and students, but you will have plenty of time to spend with your student as you prepare them for life at RIT.

Family Orientation is on August 21-22; a condensed Family Orientation is held on August 18 for students moving in early for pre-orientation programming. If your student is in NTID or cross-registered RIT/NTID, please visit the NTID website for information on your orientation programs. Family Orientation highlights include:

Pre-Family Orientation

Saturday, August 18 (for students in DiscoveRIT, Honors, and WE're in Motion; international students)
Campus Move In, 8am - 1pm
New Student Orientation Check-In, 8am - 1pm
Resource Fair, 10am - 3pm
Family Welcome Center, 11am -3pm
Becoming an RIT Parent, 3 - 4:30pm
Welcome Picnic, 5-7pm
Game Night, 7-9pm


Regular Family Orientation

Tuesday - Wednesday, August 21-22 (for all other incoming students)

Tuesday events

Campus Move In, 8:30am - 4:30pm
New Student Orientation Check-In, 8:30am - 4:30pm
Family Welcome Center, 9am - 6pm
Resource Fair, 9am - 6pm
Goodbye, Goodbuy, 10am - 5pm
Becoming an RIT Parent, 6:15-7:45pm
Parent Happy Hour, 7:45-9pm


Wednesday events

College Highlights for Families, 8:30-10:30am
Tiger Walk and Convocation, 10:30am-12:15pm
Mini-Resource Fair, 1-4pm
A-la-Carte Information Sessions, 1:30-4:30pm
Family Ice Cream Send Off, 4-5pm

More information will be available on the Parent & Family Programs website in May.


Connecting to RIT Wifi

When arriving at RIT, you'll have access to Wifi with your student's username/password login. However, if your student hasn't set up their account yet, guest Wifi is available for your use!

2018 Family Orientation Newsletters

Learn what to expect this summer and how to prepare your student for life at RIT with these newsletters, sent throughout the summer leading up to New Student and Family Orientation programming. In order to receive these newsletters, make sure your student updates their Family Relationship information at: