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.

Brown | RISD Dual Degree Orientation — August 25-27

Prior to the beginning of the fall semester, first-year BRDD students will move into their first-year residence hall at RISD. They will attend a special Dual Degree pre-orientation organized jointly by RISD and Brown and then choose a pre-orientation program to attend (Brown International Student Orientation, Brown Third World Transition Program, RISD POSE or RISD Project Thrive) before the start of the RISD and Brown Orientations.

First-Year BRDD students largely prioritize RISD Orientation, as they will be residents at RISD. Students are invited to participate in first-year group activities at Brown during Orientation and throughout the year. Additionally, students will participate in Brown’s First Reading Seminar Program and in Brown's first-year advising meeting. If you're enrolled in the Dual Degree program and have questions about Pre-Orientation, please email Michele Zager, Assistant Director and Academic Advisor, Brown|RISD Dual Degree Program.

View the BRDD Orientation schedule.

International Student Orientation — August 28-August 31

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 Student Orientation schedule.

New Student Orientation — September 1-4

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.