Fall Orientation

Fall orientation is how we welcome first-year students to the RWU community. It's designed to ease your transition and help you get connected to other students. All steps are key to setting you up for a successful year!

From the excitement of move-in day to the rewarding feeling of our Community Connections civic service day, you will be off to a great start as part of our community.


Friday, August 24
  • 1:00pm – 3:30 pm, Move-infor designated residential students, Recreation Field House
  • 4:30pm – 7:00 pm, Residential Community Dinners (for students living on campus who have arrived Friday), Upper Commons
  • 7:00pm – 8:00 pm, Brief Residential Community Meeting (for students living on campus who have arrived Friday), location TBA
  • 8:00pm – 10:00 pm, Welcome to RWU Social, sponsored by the RWU Student Senate and Hawks’ Herald, location South Campus

Students moving in

Saturday, August, 25
  • 8:00am  – 11:30 am, Move – in for remaining residential students, Recreation Center Field House
  • 10:00am – 11:00 am, Check-in for commuters, Campus Recreation Center Field House. Following check-in, you will be directed to Senate Chambers for refreshments and a meet up with Commuters In Action (student club that provides social interaction for our commuter students). 
  • 11:00 am – 1:30 pm, Lunch, D’Angelo Commons Tent. New students eat for free. Families can purchase tickets in advance here: https://rwutickets.universitytickets.com/w/event.aspx?id=1381
  • 2:00 pm, New Student Convocation (students meet at 1:00 pm to process, resident students outside individual residence halls, commuters D’Angelo Common) Members of the RWU community welcome new students and families.
  • 4:30pm – 6:30 pm, Dinner, Upper Commons, residential students follow hall schedule, commuters meet in the Stonewall Commuter lounge; dinner is free for commuters.
  • 7:00pm – 8:30 pm, Community Meetings for South Campus Residential Students; Locations to be announced.
  • 8:30 pm, Playfair, Turf Field, sponsored by New Student and Family Orientation and Student Programs and Leadership. Fun, interactive event that helps students meet one another in creative ways.
  • 10:00 pm, Music and Pizza, sponsored by Campus Entertainment Network (CEN) and WQRI 88.3, Cedar Hall Basketball Court
New student convocation
Sunday, August 26
  • 8:00am – 10:00 am, Breakfast, Upper Commons
  • 9:30am– 3:00pm, Group Sessions, Locations in Guidebook

Session Breakdowns:
The Academic Experience –
These two sessions are designed to assist students in making a successful transition to the academic experience to include working with a syllabus, organizing time, strategies for working successfully with faculty and campus resources, and a simulation exercise that of a classroom situation. Students will be assigned a small group meeting location with some groups meeting at Time 1 and some beginning at Time 2; Check Guidebook for locations. The two sessions are:
Reacting to the Past- Students will get a taste of academic life in a session that recounts the past, promotes engagement with big ideas, and improves intellectual and academic skills. 
Academics 101 – Strategies for Success– tips, strategies and resources to begin the academic year ready for success.

Time 1 (Small group meetings; Guidebook for locations)

  • 9:30am – 11:00 am, Reacting to the Past
  • 11:15am – 12:15pm, Lunch
  • 12:30pm – 1:45 pm, Academics 101: Strategies for Success

Time 2 (Small group meetings; Guidebook for locations)

  • 10:30am - 11:45 am,Academics 101: Strategies for Success
  • 12:00pm – 1:00 pm, Lunch
  • 1:15pm – 3:00 pm, Reacting to the Past
  • 4:15 – 6:15 pm,Dinner, Upper Commons, residential students follow hall schedule, commuters meet in the Stonewall Commuter lounge; dinner is free for commuters
  • 6:30pm – 8:00 pm, This Matters @ ROGER: Understanding Sexual Misconduct & Alcohol Use, Recreation Center Field House: Reducing sexual misconduct and negative consequences from alcohol use matter at RWU! Students and staff will discuss the components of sexual consent, strategies to help reduce sexual misconduct and information to make healthy choices around alcohol use. 
  • 8:00pm – 11:30 pm, Shopping Trip to Target in Seekonk sponsored by Student Programs and Leadership. Buses leave from in front of the Recreation Center or meet us there!
Monday, August 27
  • 7:00 OR 8:00 am, Community Connections Service – Start times will be assigned at Check-In. Report to the area behind the Recreation Center at the assigned time. (Showering facilities available in the rec center if needed so commuters can stay on campus for the evening). 
  • 4:30pm – 7:00 pm,Dinner, Upper Commons, residential students follow hall schedule, commuters meet in the Stonewall Commuter lounge; dinner is free for commuters.
  • 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Health and Safety Begins with YOU!, Recreation Center Field House. Students’ health and well-being is a top priority at RWU. This presentation will highlight important health and personal safety tips. Students will hear from representatives from Health Services, Counseling, Public Safety, Health Education, Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution and Environmental Health and Safety. 
  • 9:00 pm, Duck Duck Moose meet IRHA Social, sponsored by the Inter Residence Hall Association (IRHA),  Maple Residence Hall
Community Connections RWU
Tuesday, August 28
  • 9:00am – 11:00 am, Peer Mentor Campus Tours
  • 11:00am – 12:00 pm, New Tutor Orientation
  • 11:00 am – 1:30 pm, Lunch, Upper Commons
  • 1:00 pm, Math Retesting, rooms 222 and 223, Gabelli School of Business
  • 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, 1-2pm Student Accessibility Services: An overview meeting for students to learn about academic accommodations GHH G01
  • 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Building an Inclusive RWU Community, Recreation Center Field House. By popular demand Speaker and Trainer Rev. Dr. Sam Offer returns to campus to assist us in building an inclusive RWU community. He is a noted consultant, facilitator, and trainer on social justice education, religion, leadership, and community development.  
  • 4:30 pm – 5:30 pmSmall Group Debrief of Building Inclusive Communities. Final Fall Orientation Meeting! Opportunity to reflect with your community connections group on your service experience, becoming an RWU member and what it means to build inclusive communities.
  • 4:30pm – 7:30 pm, Dinner, Upper Commons
  • 8:00 pm, Welcome Social sponsored by Interclass Council (ICC), Cedar Hall Basketball Court