Move-in and Orientation Issue
RIT staff and volunteers do everything we can to ensure a smooth move-in for our students and families. To help make the process as quick and easy as possible, please know and stick to your student’s assigned move-in time slot, which can be found in the 2018 Arrival Guides. This reduces the amount of time you will have to wait to check in and move in.
Advice from a current RIT parent:
“Be patient during move in. Your student's room isn't going anywhere!”
Family Orientation Schedule Reminder
Whether you are coming to campus for Pre-Orientation on August 18 or full Family Orientation on August 21-22, we are excited to welcome you to RIT! You can view the full Family Orientation schedule on the Family Orientation website.
While you are on campus for orientation, the schedule will be available on the CampusGroups app. To find the schedule, follow these instructions:
- Download the CampusGroups app
- Search for and select "RIT” or “Rochester Institute of Technology”
- Select “Family Orientation 2018”
- Enter the passphrase “RIT”
- Follow the instructions to enter the app
When Will I See My Student at Orientation?
The majority of Family Orientation is for both parents and students, yet there are a few times that you will separate from your student for family- and student-specific activities. Here is information about when you will be able to spend time with your student:
- Saturday, August 18 (pre-orientation): Programming is combined until the afternoon when students have pre-orientation meetings (times vary by student program) and parents have Becoming an RIT Parent (3 p.m.) You can meet back up with your student for dinner.
- Tuesday, August 21 (move-in day): Programming is combined until 6 p.m. when students have floor meetings and parents have Becoming an RIT Parent.
- Wednesday, August 22: Programming is separate in the morning through Convocation. You will have the afternoon with your student before their New Student Orientation programming begins at 5 p.m.
Family Orientation Participation Survey
While Family Orientation events are open to all, filling out the Family Orientation Participation Survey will help us plan for this and future orientations. Thank you for taking a moment to fill out this form!
2018 New Student Orientation Picnic
The 2018 New Student Orientation Picnics will feature portioned dishes from RIT Visiting Chefs. There are picnic options for both Pre-Orientation and regular Orientation:
- Saturday, August 18, 4:30-7 p.m.
- Tuesday, August 21 (move-in day), 3-6 p.m.
Tickets cost $15 in advance and $18 day-of; all family members over the age of 12, including your RIT student, need a ticket for the picnic. For more information and to order, please visit the 2018 NSO Picnic website. Day-of purchases can be made at the Polisseni Center Box Office.
If you do not wish to participate in the picnic, other dining options will be available. Visit RIT’s Dining Services website for a list of locations, hours, and menus.
Goodbye, Goodbuy is a student-run initiative that provides both new and returning students the opportunity to furnish dorms and apartments at affordable prices. Last spring during move-out week, Goodbye, Goodbuy collected over 35 tons of goods left behind from students, which will be on sale during move-in week. Inventory includes items such as: furniture, clothing, fans, lamps, fridges, televisions, and speakers, as well as items that students might have forgotten to bring to campus (hangers, school supplies, and kitchenware). The sale will be on August 21-24 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in Clark Gym.
Tips for Supporting Your Student During Move-In
- Be patient: The move-in process may not always run as smoothly as you’d like (lines, rain, waits for the elevator, etc.) Stay calm and patient for your and your student’s sake.
- Let them make it their space: Allow your student and their roommate to unpack, arrange, decorate, and make this their new home. (If you want to help, make their bed!)
- Know when to take a break: If you want to give your student some space, take a quick walk around campus and grab coffee or a snack.
- Adjustment takes time: If your student seems unsure or upset, stay positive and remind them that the adjustment to college can take time.
- Expect nerves and emotions: It’s ok to feel nervous, but don’t let these feelings get in the way of this exciting experience.
Tips for Saying Goodbye
- Don’t drag it out: Remember that your student will be busy with New Student Orientation activities all week beginning Tuesday evening; we suggest that parents leave campus following the Ice Cream Send-Off on Wednesday afternoon.
- Try to save your tears for the car: If you don’t know how to say goodbye, stick to “I love you” or “I am proud of you.”
- Congratulations! Your student successfully made it to RIT! Celebrate YOUR success when you leave campus.
Advice from a current RIT parent:
“After we moved everything into my daughter's dorm, she was ready for us to leave. It was difficult, but I knew she was ready to start her new life at RIT, and she wanted to get started unpacking and setting up her room the way she wanted."