An introduction to the RISD community before the start of classes, orientation programs are an opportunity to meet fellow students, explore campus, learn about various resources and settle into housing. With additional programming tailored to BRDD and international student groups, orientations are designed to be fun, informative and help make your transition to life at RISD relatively seamless.

Summer Program Orientation

For those transfer students participating in the Summer Experimental and Foundation Studies program, information regarding summer orientation can be found here.

Brown | RISD Dual Degree Pre-Orientation

Brown|RISD Dual Degree students attend Pre-Orientation, a program organized jointly by RISD and Brown, in addition to the general new student orientations at both RISD and Brown. If you're enrolled in the Dual Degree program and have questions about Pre-Orientation, please email Cassie Bower, BRDD advisor and program coordinator.

View the BRDD Pre-Orientation schedule.

International Orientation

This orientation is required for international students who require a visa to study in the US. If you do not require a US visa but consider yourself part of the international student community and want to attend International Orientation, please email

View the International Orientation schedule.

New Student Orientation

All incoming first-year, transfer and BRDD students attend New Student Orientation. Designed to give you the information you need to begin your college career with confidence, New Student Orientation acquaints you with your peers and with campus, preparing you to best take advantage of all that RISD has to offer.

View the New Student Orientation schedule.