First Year Students

Our summer Orientation program is designed to welcome our first time in college students to our campus and to give a glimpse into the everyday life of a student at RWU.

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Incoming students and families get to make connections with each other, connect with our undergraduate student leaders (called Orientation Advisors), faculty, and staff. Check in will be from 8:30am-9:30am on the first day of our sessions. We offer four two-day overnight sessions throughout two weeks in June where students will stay on campus, select courses, learn about policy, and learn a little about themselves. Our program concludes no earlier than 3:00pm on the second day- so please plan travel accordingly. Due to randomly assigned course registration times, we cannot provide an exact ending time to our programs.

We ask that if you have questions regarding travel to and from our orientation sessions you please reach out to our New Student & Family Orientation office prior to June 1 so that we can assist with accommodations.

Registration Steps

It is also very important to click and read below our "Registration Instructions" before proceeding with the registration process.   Each student will need to go online to register for their preferred Orientation date in June.  Please note that New Student Orientation is mandatory for all new Roger Williams University students.

If you have further questions, or concerns about our process please reach out to our office directly.

Dates for June New Student Orientation

  • Session 1:     Monday, June 10th through Tuesday, June 11th
  • Session 2:     Thursday, June 13th through Friday, June 14th
  • Session 3:     Monday, June 17th through Tuesday, June 18th
  • Session 4:     Thursday, June 20th through Friday, June 21st

Registration Instructions

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Our online system requires that you create a account before being able to register for Orientation. However, please keep your login information handy, as we use this same system to register for other university events such as Homecoming & Family Weekend.  Please follow the steps below:

  1. Click Register as New Customer
  2. Complete the information listed under General Public by setting up your email and password
  3. Click Register as General Public
  4. Set up your Customer Information, Billing Information and Shipping Information
  5. You will see all of our available events, click Orientation in the left column
  6. Click Get Tickets
  7. Select 1 for quantity and click Find Tickets
  8. Please complete all necessary information, including selecting your top two preferences for your session dates.
  9. Select in Delivery Method: E-Ticket
  10. Finally, select Checkout under Secure Payment

Select Your Session Today!


Our office will communicate electronically with both families and students over the course of the summer. Confirmations will be sent to the email address provided, but the university will send all official information to the student via their official RWU email address. We do our best to have confirmations of which session you've been placed emailed within 3-5 business days. 


Program Overview

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Student Schedule

Day 1

  • Check-In (Orientation & Residence Hall)
  • Welcome
  • Small Group Meeting
  • Residential Life/ Commuter Experience
  • Finances at RWU
  • Lunch
  • Small Group Meeting II
  • Campus Life Interest Sessions
  • Charting Your Course (Academic Exploration)
  • Inclusion & Diversity at RWU
  • Small Group Meeting III
  • Dinner
  • Student Life Skits
  • Guest Speaker: Relationships and Changing Dynamics

Day 2

  • Breakfast
  • Academic Welcome
  • Dean Meetings 
  • Academic Advising
  • Group Meeting IV
  • Lunch
  • Course Registration

Student Housing

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Students are required to stay overnight in university housing. They will share a room with a fellow incoming student, and these assignments are random. Linens are provided for students (sheets, pillow, towels) but it is highly recommended to bring any additional toiletries for the overnight stay.

We ask that students bring with them their bags for the evening to check-in the morning they arrive so that they can leave them in the rooms they're assigned.

Family Accommodations

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Guests and family members who attend our summer orientation programming have a variety of options in the Bristol area. Families may book rooms at our Baypoint Inn and Conference Center which is approximately 1 mile away, over the Mt. Hope Bridge for $59/ night. If you want to make a reservation, please call 401-254-7300.

Other guests plan to either stay in area hotels, or venture as far away as Newport or Providence (each approximately 30 minutes away). Click here for a more comprehensive lists of local accommodation please click here.

Student Online Logins

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Students who attend any orientation programming will be required to utilize systems that are accessed through a combination of sign ins. RWU Gmail, Bridges and our Campus Portal will be used while you're here for orientation- please make sure to access these systems prior to attending orientation. 

For more information about the various online systems we utilize and ways to login please follow: RWU Student Login Info

Commuter Students

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Staying on campus overnight is mandatory for all students, both residential and commuters. We believe that the overnight experience provides a great opportunity for our commuter students to meet many of their fellow incoming students prior to beginning classes in the Fall. 

If you have specific medical or other extenuating circumstances, please reach out to our office to discuss those with our professional staff members. 

New Student & Family Orientation

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