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 and the Class of 2028/9!

Important Dates

Important Dates 2024


You can expect a detailed email from FYE on next steps including setting up your RPI email. If you deposit in mid-April or later, you can expect your email 5-7 days after you deposit. Information about NRB overnight trips will also be available mid-month. 


You can expect a physical mailer from FYE with more information about the summer, overnight trips, and moving in. Email communication will go to the student's RPI email and students will have the opportunity to add parent contacts as well when NRB registration opens. 


Start completing your summer to-do list items. An electronic and a printable version is available here.

June 4 registration opens for Navigating Rensselaer & Beyond (NRB) Overnight Trips  and Adventure Blocks. Register at go.rpi.edu/NRB2024. 

Your Road to Rensselaer Webinars kickoff on June 18. Full schedule is available here.

More details will go to your RPI email from your home school the week of June 17th to help you prepare for Advising and Registration.  Copies of the email are now available here


Advising consultation webinars and class registration will occur. See your RPI email or our Advising and Registration Page for more information. 

August 20 

Move-in for those attending NRB Overnight Trips

August 23

Move-in for all remaining first-year students. Please note: Fall athletics or ROTC participation can also impact your move-in date. Your coach or officer will be in touch about this. 

August 24

Orientation for all new students and families. Featuring more than 20 breakout sessions, campus tours, lunch, and a resource fair, this event is designed to ensure all of your questions are answered and you feel your student is fully prepared for the fall semester.

August 25-August 27

Navigating Rensselaer & Beyond Program. 

August 28

Classes Begin, "Beyond" Programs Continue, a full schedule will be provided of all upcoming event opportunities. 

October 18-20

Family Weekend. You can expect registration information in mid-September. 

Parents and Families

We understand this is a transition for the whole family. No matter who will be supporting your student on their Rensselaer journey, we want you to feel supported and connected to Rensselaer. Emails regarding any next steps, housing, class registration, etc. will go directly to the student. 

For information regarding receiving copies of your student's electronic bill (e-bill) see here.

Contact Us

Reach out to us

General and Orientation
fye@rpi.edu | (518) 276-6864

parents@rpi.edu | (518) 276-6864

Student Living and Learning (Housing)
reslife@rpi.edu | (518) 276-6284

Financial Aid
finaid@rpi.edu | (518) 276-6813

dining@rpi.edu | (518) 276-6277

healthcenter@rpi.edu | (518) 276-6287

counseling@rpi.edu | (518) 276-6479

Disability Student Services
dss@rpi.edu | (518) 276-8197

Public Safety Non-Emergency Line
(518) 276-6656

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