Transfer Student Orientation


Welcome from The Office of Student Transitions!

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We are delighted that you are joining the Rensselaer community and look forward to meeting you at Transfer Student Orientation (TSO). We have been working hard to put together a program that you will find useful and enjoyable. TSO marks the beginning of your new membership into the RPI community and is an opportunity for you to gain tools to ensure a smooth transition into Rensselaer.  As you begin to finalize your plans, please do not hesitate to contact us at (518) 276-6655 or email with any questions you have. Get excited, your Rensselaer experience is about to begin!


Incoming Transfer Students - Communication Timeline:

June 19th: First official correspondence from Student Transitions outlining timeline, advising expectations and goals

June 16th: Second webinar for admitted transfer students, 3pm. Invites will be distributed via email from Transfer Admission at Rensselaer 

June 29th: Third webinar for admitted transfer students, 10am. Invites will be distributed via email from Transfer Admission at Rensselaer 

July 6th: Second preparation correspondence from Student Transitions outlining timeline, advising expectations and goals.

July 22nd: Final webinar for admitted transfer students, 3pm. Invites will be distributed via email from Transfer Admission at Rensselaer 

July 27th: Third preparation correspondence from Student Transitions reminding students of online formatted orietnation and what to expect of the coming semester.

August 3rd – 14th: Advisors will be connecting with students and preparing for registration

August 17th – August 28th: Transfer Student Registration

August 24th August 28th: Transfer Student Online Orientation via Percipio, Parent Engagement Webinar with Undergraduate Class Deans,  Student Transitions Open Office Hours 


Topics covered during Transfer Student Orientation 

TSO is set up as a series of highly structured initiatives that cover numerous topics of concern to new students. During TSO you will have the opportunity to meet new classmates, interact with faculty and student leaders, and become familiar with campus facilities.

Your program will cover the following:

  • Transitioning Successfully to Rensselaer 
  • Academic Advising and Schedule Finalizations 
  • Credit Evaluations 
  • Health Services
  • Financial Aid Services 
  • Rensselaer IDs
  • Campus Resources and Engagement 


Disability Services for Students

Please notify Disability Services for Students at (518) 276-8197 and the Office for Student Transitions at (518) 276-6655 of any special needs you may have, if you have not already done so. This will ensure that we are prepared to assist you prior to the start of Fall term. 

Preparation for Advisement

Prior to TSO, please review the Rensselaer Catalog and Class Hour Schedule online at You will receive more specific information during your advising session but this will allow you to see which classes are offered ahead of time.

Student Health Center

Please send in the paper immunization form that your physician’s office completes and signs.  Please also visit our website to complete the four forms via the Online Health Portal.   (, click on the “new student” tab). All full-time students must have health insurance that will provide on-going, routine care in Troy, NY. To meet this requirement you must either enroll in, or waive out of (with comparable insurance) the RPI health insurance plan. Enroll or waive via the Online Health Portal (deadline is September 15). AlcoholEdu and Haven are mandatory on-line education courses, which will open on July 31, 2018. Part 1 needs to be completed as soon as possible.  Part 2 must be completed 45 days after classes begin.

Transfer Student Orientation Fee

The charge for Transfer Student Orientation is a one time fee of $175. This fee will appear on your student account bill – please do not send money now.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Questions regarding Rensselaer billing and payments may be directed to the Bursar’s Office at (518) 276-6610. Questions regarding financial aid may be directed to the Financial Aid Office at (518) 276-6813.