New Student Orientation Program

Welcome to the 550th Air Force ROTC Detachment, located at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. We would like to invite you to attend the New Student Orientation Program (NSOP) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Campus.  NSOP is a program for all incoming cadets prior to the start of the Fall 2016 semester on Wednesday 24 August.

NSOP is a cadet and cadre run event designed to welcome new students to the ROTC Program.  This two day program will familiarize new cadets with the basics of Air Force ROTC; both student and cadet life at RPI.  Most importantly, it provides an opportunity for students and parents to see what our program is all about while simultaneously facilitating a smooth transition into college and ROTC. This web site provides all the essential information needed to attend NSOP.  The tabs listed at the top of the page are intended to be read in detail by prospective cadets.  Please carefully read and complete all the required steps. Pay specific attention to the “Required Paperwork” tab, as these items are required for participation in NSOP. Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions that you might have.

Once again, welcome to the program and we look forward to meeting you all!

NOTE: NSOP is a voluntary event if it occurs prior to your academic term beginning. NSOP is supervised by active duty detachment officers and is conducted in an at ease environment of training.

Important Information


Please email prior to August 12th and attach the following:

Map & Parking

Driving directions and map of campus is included in this package.  We will be holding NSOP in the Armory Suite 321.


All NSOP participants should report to the Armory, Suite 321 no late than 10:00 am on Wednesday 24 August 2016.

What to Wear 

We prefer you wear “Business Casual” attire (khakis, polo or button-down).

What to Bring

You need to bring the following items with you to NSOP:

  • Blue or Black pen, pencil, highlighter
  • Notebook
  • All documents under the Required Paperwork Tab
  • NSOP Packet


If there is an emergency, and you can’t be reached though your normal contact numbers, you can be reached though our office at 518-276-6236.

Directions to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Maps and Directions to our campus can be found at: