Orientation information

Before the start of classes, incoming RISD graduate students enjoy many opportunities to connect with peers and learn more about resources on campus. Organized by Graduate Studies, our summer slate of virtual events includes student Q&A sessions, alumni panels, thesis talks and presentations about various opportunities open to RISD grad students.

Though not required, these events give you a great way to learn how to make the most of your graduate experience. You will also meet fellow grad students—both new and returning. If you cannot attend an event, you may also watch recordings posted on this website.

When you arrive in Providence—most students get here by the weekend before classes start—you can learn your way around campus by joining a grad-specific campus tour. We also host social events during the first few weeks of the semester for you to meet grads from across departments and programs.

Keep an eye on your RISD email for more details to come in late May and over the summer.