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New Student Orientation 2021

New Student Orientation is a multi-faceted program that helps prepare students for their transition into the Ringling College Community. This program is a cross-campus collaborative event, organized and sponsored by Student Life, but involves almost every office and department on campus.

The main goal of New Student Orientation is to help new students transition to the Ringling College culture and understand the academic requirements, in order to provide them the tools needed to be successful during their academic journey. Throughout the phases of New Student Orientation, you will receive information on different offices and resources available on campus. You will also have opportunities to meet and connect with your peers.

Components of New Student Orientation

Starting in June and continuing at the beginning of each month thereafter for later applicants, a New Student Welcome packet is mailed out to confirmed students. This contains information about steps before arrival, information on what to expect, and contact numbers for key offices. If you have confirmed and have not received this mailing, please email

Students will receive an email to their Ringling College account ( on July 20th with a web link to complete the Online Orientation, before arrival. This is a pre-requisite to attend fall classes and mandatory. If you do not receive an email to your Ringling College account, please contact for assistance.

In order to help students and families before arrival, we are offering a What You Need to Know series. Specific details about the webinar series can be found on the New Student Orientation Schedule.

Due to travel time and additional paperwork requirements, new international students will arrive early and attend a pre-orientation. Details about this and quarantine requirements for non-vaccinated students coming from abroad can be found on the New Student Orientation Schedule.

An in-depth, in-person, New Student Orientation program is provided on campus for both new students and their families. Orientation at Ringling College is mandatory for all new students. For information and details about this program, please review the New Student Orientation Schedules.

New Student Orientation Schedule and Directions

The 2021 New Student Orientation Schedule will be published soon. Please check back for updates.

Stay in the know on the go! You can also find the entire schedule, broken down day by day, on our events website and app: Ringlink (via the Corq app). Ringlink and the Corq app also provides information on all of our campus events, clubs, and news, starting with Orientation. Don't miss a thing!

To access Ringlink, go to Then log in with your Ringling credentials.

Or, you can download the Corq app (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android, Windows 7, and Blackberry). If you log in with your Ringling College credentials, you'll see you're already a member of Ringlink!

To download Corq, please follow the following link on your phone, then search for Ringling College: 

Paperwork Before You Arrive

In order to request housing, you must have completed enrollment by setting up your student account and submitting the confirmation fee. 

To request housing:

  1. Check out our residence halls! Most first-year students are housed in Greensboro and Goldstein Halls.
  2. Complete the online housing contract.

Housing and roommate assignments will be available on August 1st on Self-Service at

Submit your Health Form by Friday, July 16th.

All degree-seeking students are required to submit a copy of the Immunization Packet, which includes documentation of vaccination records signed by a licensed provider by July 16, 2021. Students living on campus have additional requirements. Failure to submit this form in a timely manner could result in your being unable to register for classes. Download the Immunization Packet here

Questions or concerns? Email

Confirm Your Health Insurance Status by Friday, September 3rd.

All students are required to have health insurance coverage. You must either confirm enrollment in the Student Health Insurance Plan offered or provide proof of sufficient coverage by September 3, 2021 at After this date, you will be auto-enrolled into Student Health Insurance Plan and billed accordingly. Questions or concerns? Email



Yes, definitely. This is the time for you to ask questions pertaining to your unique arrangement and meet your fellow students and faculty. Come and find out what services are available to you!


Parking at Ringling College is free. Fill out a Parking Pass Request Form with Public Safety or on the website and apply the parking sticker to your vehicle.

Note: First-year residential students may not bring a vehicle to campus unless an exception for extenuating circumstances has been approved. To request, contact

First-year commuter students may certainly bring a vehicle to campus.

You will attend information sessions, activities, and events designed to familiarize you with campus life and introduce you to your new surroundings. You will meet other new students, as well as current students, faculty, and staff. We will answer your questions and connect you to the right people and places to make your transition as seamless as possible.

Check Self-Service (your student login portal) on August 1st for your housing assignment.

After move-in on either August 24 or 25, we have sessions scheduled for family members on August 26 and 27, culminating with the President’s Reception. Most family members typically depart on the evening of August 27 or on August 28, but Sarasota is a great community and some do stay for an extended period of time.

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We’re happy to answer any questions you may have, just send us an email at the addresses below.

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Ringling College of Art + Design

2700 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34234-5895

Office Hours:
M-F 8:30 am – 4:30 pm EST

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Interlibrary Loan

Attention: Due to ongoing closures from our partner libraries as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be unable to fill most book or book chapter interlibrary loan requests. We will continue to do our best to process article requests in a timely manner depending on availability.

  • Loan Request
  • Magazine/Article Request


Director of Library Services


Kristina Keogh

Digital Curation and Special Collections Librarian


Janelle Rebel

Technical Services Librarian   


Janet Thomas

Instructional Design Librarian


Claire Powell

Instructional Design Librarian


Kayla Morrell



Alexandra Vargas-Fournier

Library Technician III (Cataloging and Metadata Assistant)   


Lisa Martinez

Library Technician II (Periodicals and Interlibrary Loan)



Library Technician III (Circulation Manager)  


Tim DeForest

Library Technician III (Acquisitions Manager/Office Support)  


Yolanda Coleman

Library Technician II (Circulation Assistant)  


Sean Farrell

Circulation Assistant



Circulation Assistant


Christina Song

Circulation Assistant Arianna Westerfield


Patron Type # of Items Type of Material Borrowing Time
Student 40 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* 7 days
Faculty and Staff 40 Books 6 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 7 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* 7 days
Trustee, Alumni, Cross College Alliance, and  15 Books 3 weeks
Ringling College LibraryAssociation Members CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
PreCollege 5 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
Local Teacher 15 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
Chartwell’s and Follett employees located at Ringling 15 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
*The video game collection supports the research and teaching of the Game Art & Design program. Video games may not be checked out by Alumni, Ringling College Library Association members or Family members.


The Alfred R. Goldstein Library features a wide variety of quiet, group study, and work process spaces. Looking for a quiet study area? Make your way up to the 3rd floor to look for a book in the Research Collection or peruse the new art magazines while relaxing in comfortable seating. When the weather is nice, you can take your coffee from Roberta’s Café on the first floor to one of the four terraces to work outside and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Looking for meeting space to get together with a group? Check out the group study rooms, which are available on all three floors of the Goldstein Library. The 10 group study rooms are available to students on a first-come first served basis, or available for booking by Ringling College faculty and staff for group and class meetings.

Library Hours

The library remains closed to all non-Ringling College visitors, including the general public and alumni, until further notice.

Library Services Hours (when classes are in session):

Monday -Thursday: 8 AM – 11 PM
Friday: 8 AM – 7 PM
Saturday: 12 PM – 6 PM
Sunday: 10 AM – 11 PM

Holidays and Breaks:
The Library is closed on holidays, as designated by the institution, and typically operates on a Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM schedule during breaks.

Ringling College ID Access Only

Please note a Ringling College ID is required for access.

Hours for the Brizdle-Schoenberg Special Collections Center:

By appointment only from Monday – Friday 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM, no drop-ins. Closed Saturday and Sunday. Contact to schedule an appointment.

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Ringling College of Art + Design
Alfred R. Goldstein Library
2700 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34234-5895

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We welcome recommendations for new library materials from the Ringling College community. Librarians will consider all requests bearing in mind their appropriateness for the collections and the current budget.
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