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Undergraduate New Student and Family Orientation

Congratulations and Welcome to Roger Williams University!

As you begin the next chapter in your life, we are excited to have you join the Roger Williams University Community! New Student and Family Orientation is an amazing two-day program that provides an educational experience while building a strong bond with the Roger Williams University community. While Orientation is a required part of every new student’s transition (optional for family members, but highly encouraged), many years of experience have shown us that Orientation is an essential piece of every student and families experience becoming a part of the RWU community. 

As part of the Orientation program, students will meet with faculty members, learn about academic placement, and register for Fall semester courses. In addition, it is our goal for you to get acquainted with campus: learning traditions, policies, and academic requirements as well as being introduced to campus life and all of the resources available at Roger Williams University. 

August Orientation Program Highlights

Day 1

 Over the course of the day, students and families will experience presentations/discussion about first year programs, residential living or commuting to campus, campus life programs, student conduct and campus diversity. T

Day 2

The second day of our program is focused on academics. Students and families will learn about academic resources, learn more about majors and academic offerings from the Deans and faculty members. Students  specifically will learn about our general education program, discuss their Fall schedules and register for courses with the assistance of Deans and faculty members. Our two-day program will conclude at 3:00pm.

* Please note that Orientation has two concurrent schedules, one tailored specifically for students and one for family members. 

Meals During Orientation

Over the course of our two day program, meals and snacks are provided as a part of the Orientation Fee. We provide a continental breakfast during check-in for both families and students when you arrive to campus in our Recreation Center. Lunch and dinner are then provided in our nationally ranked dining facility. On Day 2 of our program, a continental breakfast is provided for our families, while our students will enjoy a full service breakfast in our dining facility. Lunch is provided again for both families and students in our dining facility as we conclude our program in the early afternoon on day 2.

Accommodations for Students

Resident Students will be staying in their housing assignments and Commuter Students will return home at the end of Day 1.  Resident Students will move into their housing assignments the morning of Orientation. 

Accommodations for Families

Families traveling far distances should make hotel reservations for themselves in advance of their stay. Please visit our Accommodations page!

Registration for August 2016 Orientation

New and Transfer students must first deposit before registering for Orientation.  We can only send Orientation confirmations to students who have deposited.  When you complete the registration below you will receive an automated email confirming your payment of the Orientation fee. New Student & Family Orientation will send a separate email confirming your specific Orientation session assignment. .