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.
*Health Center will be available June 29th and the July 6th sessions.
*The August 10th and August 17th sessions will focus on preparing for arrival and NRB
Students and families will receive a comprehensive overview of the summer's activities and timeline. Led by FYE and other key partners, new students will be formally introduced to their primary resources and how to navigate the onboarding activities and systems. Recording available here.
Students will get an overview of our advising system at Rensselaer and what to expect for all students, regardless of major. Learn how our advising hubs, ALAC, and your faculty are all here to support you in your academic plans. Recording available here.
It is normal to not have a clear idea of what you'd like to major in. Whether you are considering two similar paths in the same school, or you're not sure where to begin your academic journey, this session will help you get started. Recording available here.
In this panel style session, students and our academic hubs will recount lessons learned and help you navigate things you may not be thinking about just yet, but advice they wish they knew sooner. Recording available here.
Learn how The Office of Disability Services for Students (DSS) assists Rensselaer students with disabilities in gaining equal access to academic programs, extracurricular activities, and physical facilities on campus, and serves as Rensselaer's designated office that obtains and files disability-related documentation and determines reasonable accommodations in consultation with students. Recording available here.
In this session, our orientation advisors will answer some of the most commonly asked questions that you may be thinking about. You'll get their direct advice based on their experience, and be able to ask questions directly as well.
In this panel style session, parents will hear from our current parents. What successes and setbacks did their student's experience and what support did they receive while away from home for the first time. How did their relationship with their children evolve? Recording available here.
In this session, we will discuss opportunities for new students to join and participate in the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps unit at RPI. The ROTC College Program develops Midshipmen mentally, morally, and physically to prepare them for careers as officers in the Navy and Marine Corps. Recording available here.
In this session, we are joined by the Department of Public Safety to discuss safety on campus and in the Troy community. In addition, we will discuss the backdrop of our residential student experience including Living Learning Communities, RAs, and our Student Living and Learning Team. Recording available here.
Our Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD) is a resource students should use every year at Rensselaer. Start early and get to know your resources for getting yourself in a position to secure the opportunities you are looking for. Recording available here.
Supporting a successful experience starts with being physically and mentally healthy. Learn how our health and counseling centers support students every day, and our recommendations for parents as your students navigate being away from home. Recording now available.
How do I get along with a roommate/roommates? What do I bring with me vs. what should I leave at home? How do I set up my space for success? Students who have been there will help break this down. Recording available here.
Hear from our Student Union staff and student government who oversee 200+ student organizations, multiple facilities, programming and events. The Union is the hub on campus for getting involved, staying active, and meeting new people. Recording available here.
Our Auxiliary services are intregal to the student experience at Rensselaer. Students will learn how to navigate our dining halls, especially with allergies and dietary restrictions from our Registered Dietician, as well as our vending, laundry, and transportation systems. Recording available here.
Get to know the department of Campus Recreation and Wellness. The Mueller Center is a great place to stay physically fit but did you know it also houses wellness programs, outdoor activities, and intramural sports? Recording available here.
Hear from individual fraternity and sorority leaders and community stakeholders about their experience, how to navigate membership within their organizations as well as key dates and events to take part in. While you won't need to decide right away, exploring what the Rensselaer Fraternity and Sorority experience has to offer can provide a valuable head start on finding your place within the RPI community. Recording available here.