Welcome to Rensselaer!

Welcome to Orientation


New Student Orientation Guide


Congratulations on your upcoming high school graduation and your decision to attend Rensselaer! We are excited to welcome you to the Rensselaer community.

Next Steps

What's next? Be sure to complete the enrollment guide. If you are a confirmed student, information regarding how to pick up your RPI email will be sent to the email address you applied to Rensselaer with. Once you've picked up your RPI email, you will be able to register for housing.

Important Dates

Important Dates

Late May:
Self-paced remote orientation schedule will be released online.

June 6:
Registration for NRB goes live, including the overnight trips in applicant portal. go.rpi.edu/NRB22

July 11-20:
Academic consultation for class selection.

July 21–August 3:
Registration for fall classes.

Continue to check this website for a full list of virtual summer 2022 onboarding dates and events and your RPI email, once activated.

We look forward to connecting with you this summer and welcoming you to campus in August during our in-person orientation and NRB events.

Parents and Families

We know this is a transition for the whole family. Parent and Family programs are here to help you with your onboarding experience as well. Q&A webinars will be available in July, as well as an in-person orientation on August 25. We will send emails to keep you informed of campus announcements and what is expected of your student. Feel free to contact us at parents@rpi.edu or call us at 518-276-6864 with any questions you may have.

Move In & In-Person Orientation (August)

Move-in Dates and In-Person Orientation (NRB)
Your move-in date will depend on your distance from campus and other factors such as varsity athletics or overnight trip participation. For details, visit sll.rpi.edu . You can prepare to pack your bags by browsing our what to bring and prohibited items lists.

Monday, August 22:
Move-in date for all students registered to attend an NRB overnight trip.
NRB overnight trips leave Tuesday, August 23 and return Thursday, August 25 in time for you to join the rest of your class for the official NRB kick-off BBQ. Registration for NRB overnight trips will open June 6 in your applicant portal.

Wednesday, August 24: 
Move-in date for students living more than 450 miles from campus, not participating in an overnight trip
2 p.m.-6 p.m.

Thursday, August 25: 
Move-in date for students living less than 450 miles from campus, not participating in an overnight trip
8 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Thursday, August 25: 
Family orientation, lunch, resource fair, tours, and breakout sessions.
12 p.m.-4 p.m.

Thursday, August 25:
Official NRB kick-off begins with BBQ on ’86 field (students only).
6 p.m.

Friday, August 26 - Sunday, August 28:
NRB activities continue through the start of classes.

Monday, August 29:
Classes begin

Contact us

The Office of First-Year Experience can assist you via phone at 518-276-6864 or email fye@rpi.edu. We also encourage you to follow our Instagram page @rpifye for more about life at RPI and relevant updates. 

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