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Spring 2018 Orientation

As a transfer student, you already know a great deal about being a college student –join us at Orientation on Thursday, January 18th and Friday, January 19th to learn how to be a Bronc! Orientation is an opportunity for new students and their family members to connect with faculty and administrators, learn about campus resources, and meet other new students.

Orientation check in on Friday the 19th is at 8:30 a.m. The program will conclude by 2 p.m.

Register for dinner on January 18 and/or Orientation on January 19.

Apply to be a 2018 Orientation Leader!

The Office of First & Second Year Programs is seeking highly motivated students to serve as Orientation for the 2018-2019 Academic Year! Orientation Leaders are undergraduate student leaders who assist in the organization and executionof Summer Orientation, Fall Opening, and January Orientation. The position is full-time during the summer and the week prior to January Orientation. 

Information Sessions

Attendance at one Information Session is mandatory

Date Program Location Time
Mon. November 13 Info Session BLC 257 6-7
Tues. November 14 Info Session BLC 257 6-7
Tues. November 21 Info Session BLC 257 11:30-12:30
Tues. November 28 Info Session BLC 257 11:30-12:30
Wed. November 29 Info Session BLC Theater 7-8
Thurs. November 30 Info Session Fireside Lounge 6-7
Tues. Dec. 5 Info Session BLC 257 11:30-12:30

Reference Form

Application Process

  • Attend an Info Session- Dates/Times/Locations
  • Submit your application online by Friday, December 8 at 3 p.m.
  • Submit two written references by Friday, December 8 at 3 p.m.
  • Candidates who are selected for the group interview will be notified on January 24 by 5 p.m. with details regarding meeting location
  • Group Interviews will be held on Friday, February 2 from 5 - 7:30pm
  • Individual Interviews will be held the week of February 5 & 12, by appointment

Mandatory Dates

  • Friday, December 8: Applications due by 3 p.m.
  • Friday, February 2, 5 - 7:30pm: Group Interview
  • Friday - Sunday, March 16-18: NODA Regional Conference (New Brunswick, NJ)
  • Monday, May 21, 2018: First full day of work!

Fall 2018 Orientation

Transfer Orientation

  • July 24, 2018
  • August 28, 2018

First Time Freshman Orientation

  • June 27-28, 2018
  • July 8-9, 2018
  • July 11-12, 2018
  • July 15-16, 2018
  • July 18-19, 2018

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 to Parent & Family Resources