Family and Supporter Orientation

Family and Supporter Orientation is an optional two-day program designed to welcome families to the URI community. During orientation, guests will attend an academic session, hear from university leadership, and participate in programming to learn more about campus resources and support services. The program is designed to provide helpful and relevant information to our new Rhody families while supporting a successful student transition to URI.



The family orientation fee of $55 (for each guest over the age of 12) covers meals and materials. Financial assistance is available. Questions? Email:


Please note that this schedule is a sample schedule only, and is subject to change.

Day One
8–9:15 a.m.Check-in and Family & Supporter Program Overview (Light breakfast provided)Robert J. Higgins Welcome Center, Hope Room
9:45–10:15 a.m.Family & Supporter WelcomeEdwards Hall Auditorium
10:15–11:30 a.m.Orientation Welcome & Academic OverviewEdwards Hall Auditorium
11 a.m.–11:30 p.m.Introduction to academics at URIEdwards Hall Auditorium
11:30 a.m.Family & Supporter LunchEnjoy Family & Supporter Lunch at the Ram’s Den. Connect with Academic Support and Success Professionals
12:30 p.m.Academics College Breakout SessionsLocations vary by college.
2 p.m.Student Support PresentationMemorial Union Ballroom
3 p.m.Navigating your Home Housing, Dining, Transportation, and ParkingRobert J. Higgins Welcome Center, Hope Room
Day Two
9–10 a.m.Drop- in Light RefreshmentsRobert J. Higgins, Welcome Center
10–11 a.m.Families & Supporters visit the Campus Engagement FairMemorial Union
11–11:45 a.m.Explore URI Memorial Union Visit the Campus Store (lower level) or join a Campus Tour (Atriums)
12–2 p.m.LunchOn-Campus Dining: Mainfare Dining Hall (lunch vouchers provided) Off-Campus Dining: Explore Southern RI. Refer to the Food Itinerary Guide in your folder for off-campus dining options.
2 p.m.Round table discussions with current students and Campus PartnersMemorial Union Atriums Connect with URI Students and Professionals to discuss: Honors, Student Involvement, Greek Life, Enrollment Services, Academic Support and more.
Available M-F: 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.Enrollment Services Drop-in Quick Questions: Financial Aid & Billing. Come with financial aid questions.Green Hall 2nd floor Visit at your convenience
1–3 p.m.Disability, Access & Inclusion Drop-in quick questions. Memorial Union 3rd floor #302
2:45 p.m.Pick up your student: Farewell for now!Barlow Circle (the same location as drop off)