Parents & Families

Dear Rensselaer Families 

As we plan and prepare for your student's arrival this fall; we have had to make some adjustments this summer due to COVID 19 restrictions. For the health and safety of our students and families we have moved orientation to be delivered remotely. We have created a robust summer onboarding for both students and parents. Please see the full schedule under the timeline tab, and browse our robust parent program below. We will continue to add to the timeline throughout the summer so please visit the website frequently.

We look forward to meeting you and working with you this next year. 


Your First-Year Experience Team

For Rensselaer communications and information regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus), visit COVID19.RPI.EDU.

Summer 2020 Parent and Family Programs

Email invitation to the following events is available here.  If you did not receive an email, please sign up for our distribution list here.  
Past webinar recordings are now available here.  Check back often as new ones will be added.

May 30  

Email #2 to students and families

Expect an email from the FYE team with updates. Please note all official communication will go to your Rensselaer email account. To log into your email use the following link: 


Please Note: 

All times for events listed are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). 

Register Here = Click here to pre-register for this webinar. Registration becomes live at least 7 days before each session and instructions to join the webinar will be emailed to you. 

Join here = Click the link on the day of the event and you will be taken to a WebEx meeting. 


June 15 

Email #3 to students and families  

This email will share directions on how to access Modules 1 & 2 (Academic Overview and Life on Campus). Check your RPI email to get started. These modules are required. Module 1 Due July 10, Module 2 due July 15. Registration opens for Parents to sign up for book club. 

June 18 

Parents: Health Services Webinar, 7:00 p.m. 

Hosted by Rensselaer's Student Health Center, parents will get an overview of the services students have access to and our recommendation for mental and physical health as a college student. We will also share a few conversation starters we encourage families to use prior to your student leaving for college. Register here.

June 19 

Parents: Your Student's Safety Webinar, 7:00 p.m. 

Join Rensselaer's Department of Public Safety to learn more about safety protocols on campus and in our community. Register here .

June 23 

Parents: Book Club Meeting #1, 7:00 p.m. 

Join First-Year Experience and Rensselaer's counseling staff to discuss Part I of the book; The Stressed Years of Their Lives. Register here.

July 6 

Email #4 to students and families  

Expect an email from the FYE team highlighting updates as well fall course registration details.  

July 8 

Auxilary Services- Dining, Transportation, Laundry, and Vending Webinar, 11:00 a.m.

Learn more about the dining plans, our shuttle and transportation services, and all the day to day services you will interact with as a Rensselaer student.  Register Here

Reminder: check your RPI email for details on how to view your fall bill. 

July 9 

Disability Student Services Webinar, 4:00 p.m. 

Learn more about Disability Student Services (DSS) at Rensselaer. DSS offers information and resources based on individual needs to ensure that students are provided academic adjustments to allow for equal access to a college education at Rensselaer. Register Here

Athletics Webinar, 4:00 p.m.  

Becoming a student-athlete adds a different and exciting layer to your college experience. Hear from our Athletics experts about this transition and what to expect as a student-athlete. Register Here

July 10 

Parents: 20 in 20 sessions, 10:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m.  

This session is designed to answer 20 of the most common questions parents might be afraid to ask, all in 20 minutes. Join here.  

July 10 

Parents: Financial Session with Bursar & Financial Aid, 6:00 p.m. 

Understanding your bill and financial aid are important aspects to getting started. Join us for a short presentation followed by Q&A. Individual consultations are also available. Register here.

July 14 

Parents: Book Club Meeting #2, 7:00 p.m. 

Join First-Year Experience and Rensselaer's counseling staff to discuss Part II of the book; The Stressed Years of Their Lives. Pre-registration required. Register here

Career Connect Webinars  

This session will provide you an opportunity to connect with a Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD) career counselor for your specific academic area. We will do a brief overview of services and resources, opportunities within that academic area, where students intern, employer engagement, and career exploration. Q&A will follow the brief presentation. 

July 16 School of Science - 1:00 p.m. Register now

July 17 School of Engineering - 1:00 p.m. Register now

July 20 School of Architecture - 1:00 p.m. Register now

July 21 School of Management - 1:00 p.m. Register now

July 22 School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences - 1:00 p.m. Register now