Introduction to RISD

Orientation programs offer an introduction to the RISD community before the start of classes, allowing students to meet each other, learn about campus and get settled in RISD housing.

All new and transfer undergraduate students are required to participate in New Student Orientation, which runs from September 3–September 6, 2017. All incoming graduate students attend Graduate Welcome Week events (dates TBD). Graduate students in certain degree programs also participate in orientation prior to specific summer programs (as do some transfer students).

New undergraduate and graduate international students also attend International Orientation from August 31–September 2, 2017.

First-year and transfer students are encouraged to apply for a spot in the Pre-Orientation Service Experience (P.O.S.E.) which runs from August 29–September 2, 2017.

More information for incoming new and transfer undergraduates can be found at congratulations.risd.edu. Information for incoming graduate students can be found at welcomegrad.risd.edu.

Biking is big at RISD – despite the killer hill.