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Orientation programs

PLEASE NOTE: Plans for all orientations in September are being reevaluated in light of RISD’s adjusted Academic Calendar for 2020–21. Updated information will be published here as soon as possible.

Transfer Orientation (for Summer EFS) — July TBD

This online orientation is specifically for transfer students participating in the Summer Experimental and Foundation Studies program. Online orientation will give you a better understanding of RISD and the services and resources available to support you as a student. It will take about one hour to complete the online orientation, but you do not have to complete it in one sitting. Online orientation will be available on June 8.

Brown | RISD Dual Degree Orientation

First-year students in the Brown | RISD Dual Degree program will move into their residence hall at RISD by Thursday, September 3. Between Thursday and Saturday they will move between special BRDD Orientation events and parts of Brown New Student Orientation. Then on Sunday, September 6, first-year BRDD students will fully participate in RISD Orientation as residents at RISD.

International Student Orientation

Students requiring a visa to study in the US are expected to attend International Student Orientation. For US citizens and permanent residents who identify as part of the international community and also wish to attend, please fill out the “International Orientation” form in your incoming student portal. We will then reach out with more information.


New Student Orientation

All incoming first-year, transfer and BRDD students attend New Student Orientation. Designed to give you the information you need to begin your college career with confidence, New Student Orientation acquaints you with your peers and with campus, preparing you to best take advantage of all that RISD has to offer.