Orientation & New Student Programs


CSI organizes Summer Orientation and the fall New Student Orientation (including International Student Orientation).

Be a part of the team that welcomes the newest members of our community to RISD!
Applications for 2017 Orientation Leaders are now CLOSED. 


Save the Date for All Things Orientation!

International Student Orientation: Thursday, August 31-Saturday, September 2, 2017 (for new international first year, transfer, and graduate students and their families) 

Pre-Orientation Service Experience (P.O.S.E.): Thursday, August 31-Saturday, September 2, 2017 (by application only)

New Student Orientation: Sunday, September 3-Wednesday, September 6, 2017 (for all new first year and transfer students and their families) 

Graduate Welcome Week: September 4-9, 2017 (Tentative dates) 

First Day of Classes: Thursday, September 7, 2017

Welcome Week events through Sunday, September 10, 2017 (tentative) 


CSI organizes the Pre-Orientation Service Experience (P.O.S.E.)   More information will be available soon regarding first year and transfer participant applications. 

P.O.S.E. Leader applications are available here. Deadline to apply is Sunday March 5 at 11:59 pm. 


The RISD NAVIGATE program is an extension of New Student Orientation. Through weekly events, special programs, and intentional interactions between trained upperclassmen peer mentors and first-year students, RISD NAVIGATE supports successful transition for new RISD students.