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PDF Student Orientation 2016 Reservation Form

Download, print, and complete your “Student Orientation 2016 Reservation” form. This form must be mailed to Rensselaer by May 16, 2016.

Mail to:

Office of the First-Year Experience
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
4600 Academy Hall
110 8th Street
Troy, NY 12180-3590

What Happens at Student Orientation?

The Office of the First-Year Experience offers three sessions of Student Orientation (SO) throughout the month of July and two sessions in August. Student Orientation is a mandatory program where new students will have the opportunity to experience life at Rensselaer, become familiar with the campus, and meet faculty, staff, and upperclass students.

Student participants will register for fall courses, spend the night in a residence hall and, most importantly, meet other new students who make up the Class of 2020. Student Orientation begins with two days in the summer and continues with Navigating Rensselaer & Beyond, a program in the fall right before classes begin.

CheckmarkSample Orientation Schedule    CheckmarkNavigating Rensselaer & Beyond (NRB)

Make Your Reservation

Please reserve your place by submitting the Student Orientation 2016 Reservation form no later than May 16, 2016. We make every attempt to accommodate your preferences; however, due to space limitations, we reserve the right to assign sessions. If you have questions, please contact the Student Orientation Office at (518) 276-8632, or email

Choose Your Student Orientation (SO) 2016 Session

Session 1: Wednesday-Thursday, July 13 & 14
Session 2: Friday-Saturday, July 15 & 16
Session 3: Tuesday-Wednesday, July 19 & 20
*Session 4: Friday-Saturday, August 19 & 20
**Session 5: Monday-Tuesday, August 22 & 23

Students in the Physician-Scientist (accelerated medical) Program should sign up to attend either Session 3 or Session 5.

* You may only sign up for Session 4 if you live more than 300 miles from campus AND plan to go on an overnight NRB trip.
** Session 5 is reserved for students who live greater than 300 miles away from Rensselaer.

Plan Your Arrival and Check-In

Look for more detailed information to be mailed by the Office of the First-Year Experience upon receipt of your Student Orientation 2016 Reservation form as early as mid-May. The materials you receive will include session information, directions to campus, a list of local hotels for your family, and details on Navigating Rensselaer and Beyond. Students should plan to participate in the formal program until noon on the second day.

How Much Does It Cost?

The charge for Student Orientation is $175. The fee covers student housing, meals, and all programs during Student Orientation, as well as welcome activities in August. This nonrefundable fee will appear on your student account. DO NOT SEND MONEY NOW.

Family Orientation

A special Family Orientation program has been designed specifically to meet the needs of Rensselaer parents. This program runs concurrently with (but separate from) the student session. This allows us to specifically address the concerns of parents. Come and see why our unique Family Orientation receives rave reviews.

There is no extra fee for Family Orientation, but families are responsible for their own lodging and meals. On-campus housing is limited, but available for a fee. A campus meal package that includes lunch and dinner is available for purchase at check-in. More information will be provided in your Student Orientation confirmation mailing.

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