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.
New and Transfer students must submit their Admissions Deposit before registering for Orientation, we will only send confirmations to those students who have paid their deposit. After completing our registration form (links 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 along with our Pre-Orientation Newsletter.
Check-In for our program occurs from 8:00am-9:30am with our Welcome beginning promptly at 9:40am. 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. The Family portion of our program will conclude at 7:45pm, while student will remain on campus for late night programming.
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.
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.
Students will be staying in one of our Residence Halls during the program. Rooms will be set with sheets, one pillow, towels, and a bar of soap for them to use overnight. We recommend you bring additional toiletries for your overnight stay, and some may prefer to bring an additional pillow and/or blanket with them for the evening.
Families traveling far distances should make hotel reservations for themselves in advance of their stay. While there are many hotels within a twenty-minute drive from our campus, we recommend RWU’s own Baypoint Inn and Conference Center – just two miles from campus.
Baypoint Inn and Conference Center
$59.00 a night – includes Continental Breakfast
For reservations, call (401) 254-7300
If you would like to explore other local hotels, please visit our Accommodations page!