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Orientation programs

Orientation programs are an opportunity to meet fellow students, explore campus, learn about various resources and settle into housing. With additional programming for BRDD and international student groups, orientations are designed to be fun and informative and to help make your transition to life at RISD relatively seamless. Please get in touch if you have any questions about orientation.

Transfer Orientation (for Summer EFS) — July TBD

This orientation is specifically for transfer students participating in the Summer Experimental and Foundation Studies program.

Brown | RISD Dual Degree Orientation — September 3-5

First-year students in the Brown | RISD Dual Degree program will move into their residence hall at RISD on 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 — September 3-5

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 — September 6-8

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.