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Orientation at RISD is an important and exciting time for all new and transfer students. It marks a student’s introduction to the RISD community, offering a period of several days before the start of classes in which to meet other students, learn the lay of the land around campus and the surrounding neighborhoods, and get settled in RISD housing.

New students find Orientation programs to be very helpful and a lot of fun, making the transition to life at RISD life a welcoming and enjoyable time. Students should plan to be at RISD for the entire four days of Orientation (or all eight days for International Students).

phone: 401 454-6600
At RISD there's nothing unusual about suddenly finding a doorknob on a tree trunk, shown here across from Carr House,
the charming home of Student Life offices and the student-run Carr Haus Café.