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Orientation and Year One

Transitioning into college is an exciting time for the entire family, but you and your student are likely to have many questions about what the next few years will be like. RIT offers orientation programming for new students and families that help make your transition successful.

Along with orientation, which takes places before classes begin, all first-year students are required to take YearOne, a course that teaches students about balance, goals and expectations, time management, and other skills that will help your son or daughter be a successful RIT student.


Family Orientation

Family Orientation introduces parents and family members to their student's academic program, resources and services, and life on campus. Along with the two-day Family Orientation during regular move in, there is an abbreviated Family Orientaiton for those who move their students in early for pre-orientation programming. 

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation assists students in the transition to RIT through a series of events and connects students with RIT faculty, staff, new and returning students, and the greater RIT community, preparing students for life on campus. Orientation takes place the four days following move-in each August. Additionally, a mid-year program is offered for students who will begin at RIT in the spring semester.

Transfer Student Orientation

Transfer students have two options for orientation. Track one follows the same schedule as New Student Orientation with some additional transfer-only activities and events. Track two only includes an introduction to RIT academics and a day spent with the academic colleges/programs.. 

NTID's Summer Vestibule Program (SVP)

This two-week program introduces incoming students to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf and RIT, and includes introductions to academic programs, career seminars, and course placement tests. There is a family orientation to NTID as well.


YearOne is a required, non-credit class offered through the Academic Support Center that introduces students to campus resources, opportunities, and expectations that will help students be successful at RIT. Topics include balancing academic and social demands, adjusting to life away from home, and developing new interests.