Planning for Your Arrival

Move-in will occur from August 22-24. All students should have received a scheduled time for their arrival and initial testing on August 6. If a student is expecting to live on campus but did not receive a time, they should contact reslife@rpi.edu as soon as possible.

Due to the complexities associated with the move-in process, we ask that students examine all options before requesting a different testing/move-in date and/or time. Our move-in dates and times were specifically designed to ensure that only a fraction of each residence hall’s occupants would be moving in at one time. If you absolutely need an alternative date and/or time, complete the request form by 5 p.m. on August 14, 2020. You will receive a decision regarding your request by 5 p.m. on August 17, 2020. We cannot guarantee that your request will be granted, but all requests will be considered.

No. We cannot grant a special testing and move-in date and/or time outside of the set testing and move-in dates and/or times. If you have a medical condition or are considered a member of a vulnerable population, please consult your physician about the risks associated with living on campus and attending in-person classes, as these risks will continue after moving in. Students are strongly encouraged to travel with only one family member or guest. We encourage family members or guests traveling with you to consult their physician before coming to Rensselaer.

No. Arrivals prior to Saturday, August 22 will not be permitted. Our move-in dates and times were specifically designed to ensure that only a fraction of each residence hall’s occupants would be moving in at one time. If you absolutely need an alternative date and/or time, complete the request form by 5 p.m. on August 14, 2020. You will receive a decision regarding your request by 5 p.m. on August 17, 2020. We cannot guarantee that your request will be granted, but all requests will be considered.

Yes. Rensselaer will provide a socially distant shuttle or van for students, families, and guests who were dropped off by a taxi, Uber, or Lyft to their designated residence hall. Families and guests should request that the ride-hailing service pick them up from the student’s residence hall (not the Houston Field House) when they have completed dropping off your belongings. As a reminder, only one person is permitted to help unload your personal belongings.

You are expected to arrive on the date and time that you were assigned. If you do arrive in Troy, New York early, please do not arrive at the COVID-19 testing site prior to your appointment.

If you arrive after your designated testing/move-in time, proceed to the testing area if it is before 5 p.m. You may need to wait, but we will attempt to test you that day. If you arrive after 5 p.m., we will not be able to provide a COVID-19 test. You will need to return the following day at 10 a.m. to take your test. If you experience a travel delay or emergency that prevents you from traveling to Rensselaer for your testing/move-in time, email reslife@rpi.edu immediately to reschedule. Students will receive test results within 24 hours.

If you feel sick or have COVID-19 symptoms, you should immediately consult your primary care physician and ask if you should receive a COVID-19 test from a local medical provider. If you experience any of the situations listed, you should immediately call the Institute’s Health Center at (518) 276-6287. Do not travel to campus until you receive further instructions from the Rensselaer Student Health Center.

No. You will not receive your room key until after you complete your COVID-19 test. As a reminder, only one person is permitted to help unload your personal belongings.

You are only allowed one family member or guest to assist with moving personal items into your designated residence hall. Additional family members and guests must remain in the vehicle during unloading, which is why we encourage students to travel with no more than one person. You, and the other person assisting with moving items into the residence hall, must wear a mask at all times and must strive to remain at least six feet away from others. The one family member or guest rule applies to all students regardless of where the student, family members, or guests are traveling from, and regardless of whether or not a state is on New York’s quarantine list.

No. The purpose of only allowing one individual, beyond the student, into the hall is to lessen the chances of COVID-19 spreading from infected individuals to other students and guests. Allowing more family members and guests into the halls will increase this risk.

No. In order to ensure that a limited number of people are in the residence halls as possible, we ask that your family member or guest unload quickly and safely and return home or to their hotel. Remaining in the hall to set up the room, converse, etc., increases the overall number of individuals in the hall and makes social distancing more difficult.

Information regarding testing for off-campus students will be delivered to them by the August 21.

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