First-Year Class Arrives at RIT Aug. 26

A week of orientation activities awaits incoming freshman and transfer students

A. Sue Weisler

RIT first-year students march to Convocation last year.

More than 3,200 first-year students will arrive at Rochester Institute of Technology Sunday, Aug. 26, kicking off a week’s worth of welcome activities that will launch another academic year.

Students will arrive between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. After checking in, they will spend Sunday moving into their residence halls and checking out the RIT Family/Student Resource Fair in the Gordon Field House and Activities Center.

Parents won’t have to say goodbye right away. They are encouraged to participate in some of Monday’s orientation activities—which are highlighted by a convocation ceremony for new students and their families. The students will process into the ceremony during the annual ‘Tiger Walk,’ where they will be welcomed by boisterous faculty and staff, who will be dressed in RIT garb and equipped with noisemakers.

The first-year students are comprised of 2,530 freshmen—51 percent of which hail from outside New York state—and approximately 740 transfer students. It is the largest freshman class in RIT history, a 3.3 percent increase from last year’s record-setting class.

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Aug. 26: First-year student move-in, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., RIT residence halls.

Aug. 27: ‘Tiger Walk,’ 9 a.m., east entrance to the Gordon Field House and Activities Center; Convocation for New Students and Families, 9:30-11 a.m., Gordon Field House and Activities Center.

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