What to Expect

Summer Orientation 2024

Aside from making friends and having fun, here are some of the important topics we’ll cover to help you hit the ground running in the fall.

What to Bring

  • Linens and a pillow for a twin XL bed or a sleeping bag
  • Casual clothes and comfortable shoes (athletic shoes recommended)
  • Rain gear
  • Phone charger
  • Water bottle
  • Towels, soap, and other toiletries
  • A small amount of money for snacks, Rhody Gear, and other purchases 

Arrivals and Departures

Student check-in is from 8–9 a.m. at Barlow Hall and Weldin Hall. The program ends at 3 p.m. on the second day of your Orientation session. Students must stay with the program until Orientation ends on the second day. You will be walking to various locations on campus. Please dress comfortably and come prepared for inclement weather. 

If you need to submit an early departure request, you can do so by filling out this form. All requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and must be submitted 48 hours prior to your scheduled session. We can provide an excused absence form for you to give to their High School if needed.

Learn more about parking and transportation.

Early Arrivals
If you arranged to arrive early to orientation, check-in is between 7-9 p.m. the evening before your orientation session. Enter campus from Upper College Road and follow the “Early Arrival” signs to Barlow and Weldin Halls.

Academic Advising

New Student Orientation will be your first opportunity to meet with a professional academic advisor to go over the curriculum, learn about your major, and receive one-on-one academic counseling. You will also meet with current students in your major. Please remember to fill our your Advising Form before coming to campus.

Disability, Access, and Inclusion (DAI)

URI’s Disability Access and Inclusion office (DAI) works with undergraduate and graduate students who identify as having a disability and/or chronic health condition, to secure reasonable accommodations.

Honors Program

At Orientation, you’ll learn about the URI Honors Program. The program is a community of engaged learners who are passionate about contributing to positive change and sustainable solutions within our communities and the broader world. The program will enrich your academic experience with smaller, seminar-style classes; interdisciplinary subjects; and an annual colloquium with distinguished speakers exploring current and emerging issues.


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

Day One
8-9 a.m.Check-in and set up your roomBarlow & Weldin Halls
9:15 a.m.Meet your Orientation leaderOrientation Leader’s Room
9:30 a.m.Orientation overview & group introductionsQuad Home Spot
10:15 a.m.Welcome to URI & academic overviewEdwards Auditorium
11:30 a.m.LunchMainfare Dining Hall
12:30 p.m.Academic college breakout sessionsLocations vary by college
1:30–4:30 p.m.Afternoon rotations (will vary by group)
4:30 p.m.Refresh & rechargeBarlow & Weldin Halls
5:30–7 p.m.Dinner & Orientation group activitiesMainfare Dining Hall & Quad Home Spot
7:15 p.m.Life as a Ram: Involvement and interest sessionsSwan Hall
8:15 p.m.We are URI and talent showEdwards Auditorium
10:15 p.m.Evening activitiesMemorial Union
11:30 p.m.Students return to residence hallsBarlow & Weldin Halls
Day Two
7:30 a.m.Breakfast (optional)Mainfare Dining Hall
8:30 a.m.Meet with your Orientation groupQuad Home Spot
9 a.m.–2 p.m.Rotations (will vary by group)Various
2 p.m.Meet with your Orientation groupQuad Home Spot
2:15 p.mClosing session and receive student ID cardEdwards Auditorium
3 p.mStudent departureBarlow & Weldin Halls