RISE 2021 is a free multicultural pre-orientation program for underrepresented first-year students. For 2021, RISE will occur in two parts:



In-person RISE

Monday, August 23 to Wednesday, August 25, 2021

The in-person, three-day overnight program prior to University Orientation will begin on Monday, August 23rd with check-in at 1 PM. RISE participants will be staying in O'Donnell Hall until the afternon of Wednesday, August 25. 

Students who participate in RISE are eligible for early drop off of their belongings to their assigned residence hall on Monday, August 24th between 9 AM and 3 PM. The students' residence hall must be specified on the RISE registration form. Please note: This is only a time to drop off belongings. Students will be able to return for move-in on Wednesday, August 25th after checking out of RISE at 12 PM.

Opportunities and programs during the three days of RISE include:

Day 1: Welcome

1 PM to 4 PM: Move-in and check-in with campus tours (campus map)

4 PM (concurrent session): How can I support my college student? Panel for Parents

Alumni Memorial Union, Ballroom A/B( (3rd floor)

4 PM (concurrent session): Get-to-know you session for students with RISE Mentors

Center for Engagement and Inclusion, AMU 111

5 PM to 6:30 6:30 PM: Welcome Dinner

Alumni Memorial Union Ballrooms ( (3rd floor)

(Families of RISE participants are invited and encouraged to attend. Families depart after dinner.)

6:30 to 7:30: Meet your Mentors (icebreakers in small and large groups)

7:30: Evening social time/Return to O'Donnell Hall


Day 2: Get to know your campus resources!

8 AM: Breakfast with University President, Dr. Michael Lovell at The Commons Dining Hall

9 AM: Campus Seek and Find

11:30 AM: Lunch and Professor panel to ask questions about the first semester

1 PM: Managing your First Semester conversation with the Office of Student Educational Services

2 PM: Managing your Mental Health and Wellness with the Counseling Center

4:30 PM: How is high school different from college? Behind Closed Doors with Mentors, Part 1

5:30 PM: Dinner and Bowling at the Union Annex

7:30 PM: Evening social time/Return to O'Donnell Hall


Day 3: Transition to University Orientation

8 AM: Breakfast with University Staff - Learn about more ways to get involved!

9 AM: Get MUID and Orientation registration packet

9:30 AM: Review Orientation packets with Mentors

10:00 AM: Closing

11:00 AM: Check out of O'Donnell Hall


*Breaks will be provided in between sessions.

**Programs and times are subject to change.

 Please visit the Undergraduate Admissions RISE webpage for Frequently Asked Questions.