Parent & Family Orientation Information

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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

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Guide to Parent & Family Orientation

Strongly Encouraged Sessions

The 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. 

Connect Days

Please review the schedule and save the date for all webinars you wish to attend, all are scheduled for Eastern Standard Time (EST). Events are hosted on the WebEx video conferencing platform. You can always join the event live, no registration required. After each event occurs live, a link to the recording will become available below.

Weekly Connect Hour (June 29-August 17)
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

  • Join HERE at noon EST on Wednesdays starting June 29! 

*Financial Aid and the Bursar will be available on the July 13th and July 27th sessions.

*The August 10th and August 17th sessions will focus on preparing for arrival and NRB

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. 

In-Person Orientation

Thursday, August 25: 
Join us for a family orientation, lunch, resource fair, tours, and breakout sessions.
12 p.m.-4 p.m.

2022 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
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Traci Testa, Sales Director
Andy Kennedy, General Manager
Main line: (518) 240-1000
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