Parent & Family Orientation Information

move in

Welcome Rensselaer Families,

We are excited to have you as part of our Rensselaer extended family. Your role in your students journey will be important in supporting them as they find their way. We will be here for you as well during this transition, and hope you will join us on many of the orientation sessions we have planned. FYE has created a robust summer schedule for both students and parents. Below is the outline of strongly encouraged sessions for parents and families. Please check out our complete list of live summer orientation sessions to see the full schedule. 


Your First-Year Experience Team

Email us


Guide to Parent & Family Orientation

Strongly Encouraged Sessions

The Parent Orientation Schedule will provide live sessions you can attend. If you cannot attend live, the recording link will be posted to the session description shorty after the live program. 

Suggested Parent Read

In order to support parents and families as their students transition to college, we have a suggested reading. The Stressed Years of Their Lives: Helping Your Kid Survive and Thrive During Their College Years by Dr. Anthony Rostain and Dr. B. Janet Hibbs.  Read more about this below and join the discussions planned as part of the Parent Schedule. This book will serve as a backdrop for these discussions led by our Counseling Center, First Year Experience, and Advising and Learning Assistance Center (ALAC).

Connect Days

Weekly Connect - (June 15 - August 19)
In addition to the Orientation events below, please join the First Year Experience (FYE) Team for a weekly, live Q&A session. Connect days are not recorded but occur each week. This is just one of many ways to connect with us

Weekly Connect does not require registration and a link to join will be added before the first session.

*Financial Aid and the Bursar will be available on the June 24th, July 8th, July 22nd, and August 5th sessions 

Required to-do list for students

Your student is aware of the requirements they need to complete as part of their orientation. We suggest talking as needed as a family about these items as they transition to being more independent and staying on top of their deadlines. 

2021 Hotel Accomodations

Ivan Mugerwa, General Manager
Sarah Common, Assistant GM
Main line: (518) 274-8800
Call to book reservations, reference RPI rate.

Brianna Trexler-Testa, Sales Director
Dan Dolan, General Manager
Cory Hennessey, Sales Coordinator
Main line: (518) 272-1700
Call to book reservations, reference RPI rate.

Traci Testa, Sales Director
Andy Kennedy, General Manager
Main line: (518) 240-1000
Call to book reservations, reference RPI rate.

Back to top