Below you'll find the detailed daily schedules of RISD's orientation programs. As a reminder, all incoming students (first-year or transfer) must attend New Student Orientation. BRDD and international students attend additional, specially-tailored orientation programs in advance of the general New Student Orientation. Those transfer students who attended the SEFS program during the summer are also asked to attend New Student Orientation. All incoming students should be prepared to present valid photo identification (license, passport, military ID etc.) at orientation check-in.

August

30

BRDD Pre-Orientation Day 1—Wednesday arrow clothed

  • Move In
    30 Waterman Street
    (pizza will be provided and peer advisors will assist with move in)
  • Information Session for Students and Families
    RISD Chace Center Auditorium
  • Welcome Dinner for Class of 2022 and Families
    RISD Chace Center Lobby
  • Break-Out Sessions with Cohort and with Parents or Guardians
    RISD Chace Center Studios

August

31

BRDD Pre-Orientation Day 2—Thursday arrow clothed

  • Workshop with RISD Museum
    (meet at the RISD South Hall fountain, where peer advisors will be gathered)
  • Brown and RISD Faculty Panel
  • BRDD Scavenger Hunt
  • Visit Brown Ladd Observatory

September

1

BRDD Pre-Orientation Day 3—Friday arrow clothed

  • BRDD Community Standards Cohort Meeting
  • Workshop with Brown Swearer Center
  • Talk and Tour with The Steel Yard
  • BRDD Night on the Town

August

31

International Orientation Day 1—Thursday arrow clothed

  • Move In and Check in
    Upper Quad
    (for students, parents, guardians)
  • Brunch
    The Met
    (for students, parents, guardians)
  • Banks and Phones
    The Met A
    (for students, parents, guardians)
  • International Yard Sale
    The Met C
    (for students, parents, guardians)
  • Shopping Shuttles
    Meet across from 30 Waterman Street
    (for students, parents, guardians)
  • Lunch
    The Met
    (for students, parents, guardians)
  • International Welcome Dinner
    The Met
    (for students, parents, guardians)
  • International Parent and Guardian Reception
    Chace Center Lobby
    (for parents, guardians)
  • Creating Community Game Night
    Moore Terrace
    (for students)

September

1

International Orientation Day 2—Friday arrow clothed

  • Morning Reflection Time
    Fones Cottage, Reflection Room
    (for students, parents, guardians)
  • Breakfast
    The Met
    (for students, parents, guardians)
  • Immigration and You
    Metcalf Auditorium
    (for students)
  • Parent and Guardian Information Session with Student Affairs
    The Met A
    (for parents, guardians)
  • Exploring Culture
    Metcalf Auditorium
    (for students)
  • Lunch
    The Met
    (for students, parents, guardians)
  • RISD Amazing Race
    Meet at the RISD Beach
    (for students)
  • Parent and Guardian Museum Tour
    Chace Center Lobby
    (for parents, guardians)
  • Parent and Guardian Information Session with Academic Affairs
    RISD Museum, Danforth Room
    (for parents, guardians)
  • Culture and Community: Physical, Mental and Spiritual Resources at RISD
    Metcalf Auditorium
    (for students)
  • Parent and Guardian Welcome Reception with the Provost/Academic Deans/Faculty
    Moore Terrace
    (for parents, guardians)
  • Dinner
    The Met
    (for students, parents, guardians)
  • Campfire
    Nickerson Green
    (for students)

September

2

International Orientation Day 3—Saturday arrow clothed

  • Morning Reflection Time
    Fones Cottage, Reflection Room
    (for students, parents, guardians)
  • Breakfast
    The Met
    (for students, parents, guardians)
  • The Center for Arts & Language and Academic Support
    Metcalf Auditorium
    (for students)
  • Exploring U.S. Culture in the Classroom
    Metcalf Auditorium
    (for students)
  • Parent and Guardian Campus Tour
    RISD Campus
    (for parents, guardians)
  • Being an International Student at RISD: A Session with your International Orientation Leaders (IOLs)
    Metcalf Auditorium
    (for students)
  • What's Next: Introduction to Orientation Leaders and New Student Orientation
    Metcalf Auditorium
    (for students)
  • Lunch
    The Met
    (for students, parents, guardians)
  • Providence Tours/Scavenger Hunt
    Providence - Meet at the RISD Beach (across from Carr Haus, 210 Benefit Street)
    (for students)
  • Community Movie or free time
    Ewing House, 41 Waterman Street
    (for students)
  • Dinner
    The Met
    (for students, parents, guardians)
  • International Karaoke Night
    Tap Room
    (for students)

September

3

New Student Orientation Day 1—Sunday arrow clothed


  • Breakfast
    The Met
  • Move In
    various locations
  • Intercultural Student Engagement (ISE) Open House
    Ewing House
  • Information Center
    Carr House Conference Room
  • Health Services Check In/Immunization Clinic
    The Met C
  • Resource Fair
    Upper Met
  • Family Session: Academics
    Metcalf Auditorium
    Watch live
  • Family Session: Student Services
    Metcalf Auditorium
    Watch live
  • Welcome
    First Baptist Church
  • Families Say Goodbye
    First Baptist Church
  • Reception at RISD Museum for Families
    RISD Museum
  • Meetings with Orientation Leaders
    Nickerson Green
  • BBQ Dinner
    Nickerson Green
  • African Drumming Troupe
    Nickerson Green


September

4

New Student Orientation Day 2—Monday arrow clothed

  • Morning Reflection (optional)
    Fones Cottage
  • Breakfast
    The Met
  • Welcome
    RISD Auditorium
  • Public Safety
    RISD Auditorium
  • Health and Wellness
    RISD Auditorium
  • Travel Prep
    various locations
  • Travel to Tillinghast
  • Lunch/Activities/Beach
    Tillinghast Place
  • Travel to Campus
  • Dinner
    The Met
  • Orientation Leader Groups
    various locations
  • Late Nite Campus Hop
    Nickerson Green

September

5

New Student Orientation Day 3—Tuesday arrow clothed

  • Morning Yoga (optional)
    Catanzaro Student Fitness Center
  • Breakfast
    The Met
  • Orientation Leader Groups
    various locations
  • Convocation
    RISD Auditorium
  • Free Time and Lunch
    The Met and various locations
  • Experimental and Foundation Studies (EFS) and Liberal Arts
    RISD Auditorium
  • Library Introduction
    Fleet Library
  • Dinner
    The Met
  • Night at the Museum
    RISD Museum

September

6

New Student Orientation Day 4—Wednesday arrow clothed

  • Walking/Running Groups (optional)
    Catanzaro Student Fitness Center
  • Breakfast
    The Met
  • Campus Tours
    various locations
  • Jamie Washington Presentation
    RISD Auditorium
  • Lunch Option 1: Work Study
    The Met
  • Lunch Option 2: RISD Museum
    The Met
  • Lunch Option 3: RISD Leads / Leadership and Community Engagement (LACE)
    The Met A
  • Student Conduct
    RISD Auditorium
  • Title IX
    RISD Auditorium
  • Dinner
    The Met
  • Lantern Lighting
    RISD Auditorium

September

7

New Student Orientation Day 5—Thursday arrow clothed

  • Classes Start
  • Evening Activity: Residence Life
    The Quad

September

8

New Student Orientation Day 6—Friday arrow clothed

  • RISD Unites
    The Quad

September

9

New Student Orientation Day 7—Saturday arrow clothed

  • Welcome Back Block Party
    Benefit Street
  • After Block Party
    Nickerson Green

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