Orientation volunteers in branded t-shirts

Held prior to the start of classes in September, orientation offers first-year, transfer and new graduate students a range of fun and helpful opportunities to meet each other and get to know a bit about the city and campus. Upperclass student volunteers are excited to help welcome you and make your transition to life at RISD go smoothly.

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.