Student Orientation (SO) marks the beginning of your new membership into the RPI community. The purpose of SO is to provide new students with the tools to transition smoothly into Rensselaer. Our hope is that you come to Orientation with a lot of questions about your new life and leave having them all answered. Get excited, your Rensselaer experience is about to begin!
SO is set up as a series of highly structured programs that cover numerous topics of concern to new students. During SO you will attend academic information sessions, meet with your academic adviser, plan your academic program for the spring semester, and register for classes. You will have the opportunity to meet new classmates, interact with faculty and student leaders, and become familiar with campus facilities. Also, your photo will be taken for your student ID.
Important Orientation Dates
- Thursday, January 12 | Move in day; You will be able to pick up your keys at the Residence Life office from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
- Friday, January 13 | Student Orientation (SO)
- January 13- Monday, January 26 | Navigating Rensselaer & Beyond (NRB) begins the evening of the 13th. Participation is mandatory.
- Tuesday, January 17 | Classes will begin.
Registration materials for January Orientation have been sent to you from the First-Year Experience Office If you have not received them, please contact the First-Year Experience Office at (518) 276-6864 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parents & Families
Parents and family members are welcome to join their students throughout the orientation program. Parents check-in with their student and may opt to purchase a meal pass for a fee. Parents must register to attend the program by completing the guest information on their student’s reservation form. Although all family members are welcome, we ask that you please consider carefully your choice to bring very young siblings as a separate sibling program is not offered.