From where to stay in Providence to family-specific orientation programming, below you'll find useful information that will enable you to support your student as they make the transition to life at RISD.

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Parent/Family Orientation 1 (August 28–30) arrow clothed

For parents/families of students attending International Student Orientation, POSE and Project Thrive.

August 28

  • 4:30 – 5 pm: Welcome and President's Address
    RISD Auditorium
    Join President Rosanne Somerson and other members of the RISD community, as you receive your first official welcome to the college.
  • 5 – 6 pm: Wine and Cheese Reception
    Grand Gallery (RISD Museum)
    Parents and families, please join us for a special reception with President Somerson. Beverages and light refreshments will be served.

August 29

  • 10:30 am – 12 pm: Introduction to Student Affairs
    20 Washington Place Auditorium
    This is an opportunity for parents/families to learn about resources that are available to support your student outside of the studio/classroom at RISD.
  • 1 – 2 pm: RISD Museum Tour
    Chace Center lobby (RISD Museum)
    Meet in the Chace Center Lobby for a tour of the RISD Museum.
  • 2:30 – 4 pm: Introduction to Academic Affairs
    20 Washington Place Auditorium
    This is an opportunity for parents/families to learn about our academic resources available to your student at RISD.

August 30

  • 7:30 – 9 am: Breakfast with the President
    President's House
    President Somerson cordially invites you to a special breakfast.
  • 10 am – 12 pm: Campus tour
    Woods-Gerry
    Explore RISD's urban campus with one of our student tour guides.


Parent/Family Orientation 2 (September 1–September 2) arrow clothed

For the parents/families of students attending New Student Orientation.

September 1

  • 2:30 – 3 pm: Welcome and President‘s Address
    First Baptist Church
    Join President Rosanne Somerson and other members of the RISD community as you and your student receive your first official welcome to the college.
  • 3:30 – 4:30 pm: Wine and Cheese Reception
    Grand Gallery (RISD Museum)
    A special reception to mingle with other families. Beverages and light refreshments will be served.

September 2

  • 9 – 10 am: Intro to Academic Life
    Metcalf Auditorium (Chace Center)
    This important session gives parents and family members an overview of the first-year academics and provides them with an opportunity to ask questions.
  • 10 – 11 am: Intro to Student Life
    Metcalf Auditorium (Chace Center)
    This is an opportunity to hear about the support services in place to help your student succeed.

Accommodations in Providence arrow clothed

If you're planning to stay in Providence during the summer orientation period, be sure to consider booking your accommodations through RISD's travel portal. Additionally, be sure to check out our guide for traveling to and around Providence.

Info for international families arrow clothed

If your student is coming to RISD from overseas and you have questions about visa and travel, please be sure to review our information for international students by following the link below.

Shipping and moving in arrow clothed

Your student can begin shipping their belongings for the fall semester as early as June 15. You can find move-in dates for first year and transfer students in the incoming student timeline. Times for moving into the dorms will be specified as part of the detailed orientation schedules (and will be shared later in the summer).