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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, many years of experience have shown us that Orientation is an essential piece of your success as an RWU student. We encourage you to engage with us in this fun and exciting adventure!

As part of the Orientation program, students will have an opportunity to meet with an academic advisor and register for your 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 that Roger Williams University has to offer. New Student and Family Orientation at RWU ensures that you will get connected and are excited to get started in your first semester as an RWU student!

The Orientation Programs are designed to help students:

  • Create educational goals by engaging with faculty to understand major academic requirements and the core curriculum.
  • Utilize key campus resources that are available to support overall wellness of mind, body, and spirit.
  • Communicate personal and academic needs effectively to faculty and support staff that assist with the transition to college life.
  • Identify opportunities for leadership development, and in-class and out-of-class involvement in various campus activities.
  • Develop meaningful relationships with other new students, faculty, and staff.
  • Know the values, culture, social norms, and responsibilities as a member of the Roger Williams University community.

Registration for January 2017 Orientation

New and Transfer Students who will be joining Roger Williams University for the Spring 2017 must register for our January Orientation. This Orientation will take place on January 23rd and 24th. The Orientation program will send you information on confirmation through email. Register for Orientation.

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.

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. 

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 June 2017 Orientation

New and Transfer students must first deposit before registering for New Student and Family Orientation.  Orientation Spots can only be confirmed for students who have deposited.  You will receive an email confirming your Orientation fee and a separate email confirming your space in a specific Orientation session.  The registration form will open in Spring 2017