Fall 2017 Orientation Dates

The first round of Orientation assignments will be mailed out May 1 to all deposited students. Any student who deposits later will be sent their assignment on a rolling basis within one week of their deposit date.

Freshman Orientation Dates

  • Wed-Thurs, June 28-29
  • Sun-Mon, July 9-10
  • Wed-Thurs, July 12-13
  • Sun-Mon, July 16-17
  • Wed-Thurs, July 19-20

Transfer Student Orientation Dates

  • Thursday, June 15
  • Tuesday, July 25
  • Tuesday, August 29 (Abbreviated, morning session)

Access the Foreign Language Placement Test


Frequently Asked Questions

When and how long are orientation sessions?
All freshmen will attend a two-day program during the summer. Check in on the first day begins at 1:30 p.m. and the program begins promptly at 2:30 p.m. Parents and family members check in at the same time as their students. Day 1 programming for parents and family members ends at 8 p.m. Day 2 of orientation begins at 8 a.m. and ends by 1:30 p.m.

What if I need to change my orientation session date?
You are strongly encouraged to attend the session to which you are assigned - this will allow you to complete your course selection with an advisor from your department. If it is necessary for you to change your date, please call the Orientation Office at 609-896-5373.

Staying Overnight
Incoming freshmen are expected to stay overnight in the residence halls during Orientation. Parents and family members coming from a distance are invited to stay at local hotels. Please click "Local Hotel Accommodations" on the left of the page for information on hotels that will provide Rider families a discounted rate.

Are you a Westminster Choir College Student?
Visit the Princeton campus Orientation information section that is specific to Princeton campus students.

I am afraid to take a language in my first semester of college. I don’t know if I can handle college-level language courses.
The placement testing system has been quite accurate in placing students at the appropriate level, so you will not be challenged above your abilities. In fact, students who wait to take a language until later in their college career find that they forget information and have greater difficulty with their courses. Most importantly, Rider professors in the language courses are focused first and foremost on student success. They want you to do well and help you every step of the way. Courses are taught in such a way that students make connections between the language they are studying and the many cultures of the world who use the language in every day conversation, business environments and in literature, music and the arts. Many of our students like the experience so much that they add a minor or double major in the language and see its benefits to their overall career goals. Taking your language course right away will give you the necessary time to continue your study if you choose to, and perhaps to even add a study abroad experience to your studies.

Orientation Resources