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We are delighted that you are joining the Rensselaer community and look forward to meeting you during Student Transitions Week 2022! We have been working hard to put together programming that you will find useful and enjoyable. Transfer Student Orientation marks the beginning of your membership into the Rensselaer community and is an opportunity for you to gain the tools necessary to ensure a smooth transition into Rensselaer. As you begin to finalize your plans, you will receive a welcome email to get started. Please do not hesitate to contact us at (518) 276-6655 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you have. Get excited, your Rensselaer experience is about to begin!
Student Transitions Week will cover the following:
- Transitioning Successfully to Rensselaer
- Academic Advising and Schedule Finalizations
- Credit Evaluations
- Health Services
- Financial Aid Services
- Rensselaer IDs
- Campus Resources and Engagement
- On Campus Housing Requirement
- Covid-19 Compliance and Protocols
- The Arch Requirement for Rensselaer Students
- Student Accounts and Billing
Please see selections below for communications beginning Fall 2022.
Incoming Transfer Students Communication Timeline: Fall 2022 Admission
Communications will begin July 1, 2022, for all incoming Transfer students for Fall 2022. Please see the full schedule of Communications and Student Transitions Week schedule for your planning purposes:
Friday – July 1, 2022: Welcome Newsletter from Student Transitions
August 1, 2022: Preparation for Student Transitions Week 2022
August 15, 2022: Finalize Transitional Materials for On-campus Access
August 22, 2022: Welcome to Student Transitions Week, Fall 2022
Student Transitions Week Schedule: 2022
Monday, August 22, 2022 | Student Transitions Week Overview and Welcome - Online with Director Felder
Tuesday, August 23, 2022 | Travel and Arrival, Residential Move-In with Student Living and Learning Team, **Tentative Date**
Wednesday, August 24, 2022 | Transfer Student Orientation Day at Heffner Alumni House 9am-4pm Lunch will be served. (Full Day Required by All Transfer Students)
Thursday, August 25, 2022 | Transfer Exploration Day
- Guided Tours of the Rensselaer Community with Office of Admission. 10 AM (Optional)
- Student Orientation Resource Fair for Incoming Students sponsored by First Year Experience. 12pm-4pm (Optional)
- Transfer Student Club Interest Meeting at Rensselaer Union (Optional)
*Boxed Lunch Pickup at The Office of Student Transitions 12pm – 2pm
Friday, August 26, 2022 | The Arch at Rensselaer (Degree Requirement) Presentation for Transfer Students, CBIS Auditorium, 10am – 1pm Brunch will be served.
**A student survey will follow the week after**
- 8/16/2022- Transfer Student Memorandum- August
- 7/1/2022- Transfer Student Memorandum- July
- 4/12/2022- Transfer Student Memorandum- April
- 3/15/2022- Transfer Student Memorandum-March
- 02/15/2022 - Transfer Student Memorandum-February
- 01/28/2022 - RPI Sports - Transfer Student Engagement Opportunities
- 12/13/2021 - Registration Begins Wednesday - Welcome New Transfers!
- 09/22/2021 - Transfer Services and Support | Fall 2021
- 08/31/2021 - Transition Week Feedback & Presentation Replays
- 08/26/2021 - REQUIRED: Class Dean Meet and Greet Today
- 08/24/2021 - Transitions Week: The Arch and Transfer Student Presentation
- 08/20/2021 - Transfer Student Orientation Attendance Required!
- 08/20/2021 - Transfer Student Orientation Attendance Required!
- 08/01/2021 - Final Transfer Correspondence
- 07/14/2021 - In Preparation for August
- 06/28/2021 - Transfer Student To - Do List
- 06/25/2021 - Farewell from Assistant Director Diamond Jackson
- 06/07/2021 - First Transfer Student Correspondence
- 06/01/2021 - Transfer Student Network Facebook
- 05/10/2021 - Student Transitions Office Information Advisory
- 04/26/2021 - May Transfer Student Newsletter
- 04/05/2021 - April Transfer Student Newsletter
- 03/03/2021 - Trigger 1 Protocol Update for Transfers and FAQ
- 03/01/2021 - March Transfer Student Newsletter
- 02/08/2021 - January Transfer Student Newsletter
If you have not already done so, please notify Disability Services for Students at (518) 276-8197 and the Office for Student Transitions at (518) 276-6655 of any special needs you may have to help ensure that we are prepared to assist you prior to the start of the term.
Prior to Student Transitions Week
- Review the Rensselaer Course Catalog and class hour schedule online at http://sis.rpi.edu to see which classes are offered ahead of time
- Register for your first semester courses online
- You will have the opportunity to connect with an academic adviser from your department or school to help you determine which courses to take your first semester
- While you may not get your first choice of classes, you will be able to get a full schedule that will apply towards your graduation requirements
Time has been set aside for you to ask evaluation-specific questions regarding your credits.
Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
Information Technology and Web Science
- Your welcome packet will contain the Rensselaer courses you have received credit for
- You will have the opportunity to speak with your adviser prior to orientation to determine if you should take the next course level
To get ready for Calculus I, review the book “Ready… Set… Calculus.” The Math Department has also prepared an online version and a sample quiz that you may want to take and review. It is strongly encouraged that you review this information!
- Send in the paper immunization form that your physician’s office completes and signs.
- Visit the Student Health Center website to complete the four forms via the Online Health Portal (click on the “new student” tab).
- All full-time students must have health insurance that will provide on-going, routine care in Troy, NY. To meet this requirement you must either enroll in or waive out of (with comparable insurance) the RPI health insurance plan. You can enroll or waive via the Online Health Portal (deadline is September 15).
- AlcoholEdu and Haven are mandatory online education courses that will open on July 31. Part 1 needs to be completed as soon as possible. Part 2 must be completed 45 days after classes begin.
The Arch Program is an integral part of each student's academic career at RPI. Transfers come to campus with diverse backgrounds that will support their away semester. For more information on the Arch Program and how it will effect your transfer student, please view this information video here. For any questions, comments or concerns regarding the Arch Program as it pertains to transfers, please contact the Student Transitions Office.
(Video upload as of Spring 2021)
Transfer Student FAQs to Consider:
Q. Do I need to be vaccinated to attend RPI?
A. Yes, all students, faculty, and staff are required to be vaccinated against Covid-19. If you have a medical or religious accommodation request, please email the email@example.com. All Rensselaer students are also required to complete weekly testing, DIAL app check-ins, and wear masks in classroom spaces on campus. For more information related to Covid-19 protocols review them on the Covid-19 Website
Q. When will I register for courses? Who should I contact for advisement and planning?
A. Incoming transfer students will begin registration on December 15, 2022. If you do not receive a registration time ticket in SIS (Student Information System), please email firstname.lastname@example.org. All transfers should receive proper advisement from their department prior to registration. Contacts are noted above.
Q. As a transfer student, do I have to live on-campus in the Residential Commons?
A. Yes, all transfer students are required to live on-campus during the transition, in addition to first-year students, sophomores, and The Arch summer term. If you are a transfer student who needs a housing waiver request reviewed, please complete the form and connect with Student Living and Learning email@example.com.
Q. Do I need to complete The Arch summer and semester away requirement?
A. The amount of credits accepted by Rensselaer will determine the students classification upon their transition. Those who enter with sophomore classification or below are required to complete both The Arch summer term and semester away. Those who enter with Junior classification will only be required to complete the away term portion. A presentation will detail the requirement and how to properly register for Arch summer and/or semester away in SIS. Any questions pertaining to the requirement please email firstname.lastname@example.org