Orientation volunteers in branded t-shirts

Held before the start of fall classes, orientation offers new students fun and helpful opportunities to meet each other and learn about the city and campus. Upperclass student volunteers help welcome you as you begin life at RISD.

Plan ahead for orientation

RISD classes generally begin right after Labor Day, with orientation for incoming students starting the week before. International students are asked to arrive several days before other students. Please check welcome.risd.edu for details.