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First-Year Experience


Student Orientation is designed to aid new students in their transition, integrate them into the life of the Rensselaer community, and introduce these students to the broad opportunities available at Rensselaer. Essential components of the Navigating Rensselaer orientation program include an introduction to academic and student life at the Institute; opportunities for new students to interact with faculty, staff, and continuing students; and the opportunity to meet with an academic adviser and register for classes. The orientation process also includes a component that is designed to provide information to the immediate support group (e.g. parents/guardians, spouse, etc.) who play an important role in the life of each new student.

Navigating Rensselaer & Beyond (NRB)

When students arrive on campus in the fall, it is our hope that they are relatively comfortable with the campus and ready to get involved, connect with classmates, and explore the surrounding community. Navigating Rensselaer & Beyond is a five-day program full of skill-building opportunities, interest-specific activities, and interactive ways to connect with others both on campus and throughout the community.

Navigating Rensselaer & Beyond Videos