Class of 2027 & Transfer Students – Welcome to Friartown!

All members of the Class of 2027 and Transfer Students are scheduled to move onto campus and begin Orientation on Thursday, August 24, 2023 unless they have been approved to participate in a pre-orientation program. Students participating in the programs below will receive information from their program director about their move-in schedule. (Click here for returning student move-in details)

  • International Student Welcome Program
  • Urban Action
  • Faithworks
  • Multicultural Student Summer Transitions Program

As a reminder, all students are required to complete a series of online education & prevention programs before moving into their residence halls. The deadline for completion of these courses is August 11th. For more information about the Preparing for Friartown Online Courses, please click here. Additionally, the Rhode Island Department of Health requires medical information to be on file for all new students living in residence halls. If you have not submitted your medical records yet, please visit the Student Health Center website to ensure you are compliant with this Health Department mandate.  

Students should plan to arrive according to the following schedule on Thursday, August 24th:

  • 7:00 am – 9:00 am:         even number rooms on even number floors (i.e. McVinney 202) 
  • 8:30 am – 10:30 am:      even number rooms on odd number floors* (i.e. McDermott 302)  
  • 10:15 am – 12:15 pm: odd number rooms on even number floors (i.e. Aquinas 215) 
  • 12:00pm – 2:00pm:        odd number rooms on odd number floors* (i.e Meagher 303) 
  • 10:00am – 12:00pm: new transfer students

*Ground level rooms are considered to be on odd number floors (i.e. rooms in McDermott or Meagher with just one or two digits as the room number) 

We ask that families make every effort to follow their assigned move-in window to minimize vehicle congestion on campus and reduce wait times at the buildings and move in queuing line.  Students will receive a move-in day parking pass in mid-August.

All students moving onto campus on Thursday, August 24th should enter campus through the Eaton Street Gate (61 Eaton Street, opposite Radcliffe Avenue). The officer assigned to the gate will direct you to a staging area by residence halls. Be sure to have your parking pass displayed on your vehicle dashboard. Student who have participated in early drop off days should enter through the Huxley Gate (240 Huxley Avenue).

*Students who have a permanent address that is considered an extreme distance (defined as greater than 250 miles away) can request to move in one day early on Wednesday, August 23, 2023.  Students can request early arrival by completing the Early Arrival Request for Fall form available on their eRezLife account after they receive their housing assignments.  Please note students are responsible for their own meals until orientation begins and there is no programming scheduled for new students until the start of orientation. 

New This Year – Early Drop-Off Days! (Now Full)

We are pleased to be offering students and families the option to drop off their belongings in their room, suite, or apartment during Early Drop-Off Days.*  Early Drop-Off Days are scheduled for Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, August 20 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.  The Early Drop Off sign up form is now closed.

Students and families participating in early drop off days should enter campus through the Huxley Gate (GPS address 240 Huxley Avenue).

Students participating in Early Drop-Off Days are expected to move the majority of their belongings into their room on that day. They will be directed to not wait in the move-in queuing lines on move-in days and will be instructed to go directly to a parking area and walk from the parking area to their building. Students should bring with them on move-in day only what they can reasonably carry to their buildings from a parking area.  More information and directions will be provided to students who sign up in early August.   

*The Early Drop-Off option is not available to students living in college-owned houses (formerly known as hybrid houses). 

Early Arrival Requests 

Students who believe they are eligible for early arrival, must apply for early arrival and receive approval from the Office of Residence Life & Housing.  Students may apply through eRezLife by completing the Early Arrival Request for Fall form.  Please do not complete this form if you are part of an approved student group for early arrival (e.g. pre-orientation programs, resident assistants, orientation leaders, pre-season athletes, etc.) as the faculty or staff member working with the group will apply for early arrival on behalf of the group.  Students may be eligible for Early Arrival if… 

  • They live an extreme distance from the College. Extreme distance students are permitted to request to arrive one day prior to their scheduled move-in date. (See Extreme Distance FAQ for more information).  Extreme distance returning students are eligible to arrive on Saturday August 26, 2023 and should complete the Saturday 8/26 Early Arrival Intention
  • They are an international student. 
  • They have an on-campus job and have received authorization to begin work prior to the start of the semester.  Your supervisor must verify your dates of employment via an email to
  • For more information, please review our Early Arrival Policy

Early arrival approvals are not guaranteed, and students should not assume that by submitting their request, their request will be approved. 

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