Your First Year

The first year of college is full of new experiences. We've developed programs to help you understand what will be expected of you as a student and explore your options outside the classroom.

Orientation

Acclimating to college life does not happen quickly and we acknowledge this by providing an orientation program that spans from your admissions process through the end of your first semester.

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Who Will Be Your Roommate?

A popular question - you may already have someone in mind or may choose someone based on the responses to the housing profile which includes information about your preferred living habits. For example, do you like to turn-in early or are you a night owl? In June, the online housing profile will be available to begin the roommate selection process.

Where to Live

Summer Academic Initiative

Incoming freshmen have a summer academic initiative along with faculty and Maroon Corps (orientation leaders) to explore a contemporary theme through multiple media. A summer project will be assigned and then submitted at orientation for further conversations.  Enjoy the exploration! 

How to Get Involved

Whether you're interested in finding a social, service, religious, athletic or multicultural outlet, Roanoke College makes it easy for you to get involved.

Student Organizations
Sports & Recreation

Resources

 

 

Have Fun

You're here for an education and we take that very seriously. However there's no reason not to have some fun along the way.

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Dear New Maroons: Advice from Roanoke students on getting involved in college life

Students often have assumptions about college life. Freshmen do not know what to expect, but some slowly learn that getting involved and being open minded can lead to an amazing four years at college.
Several junior and seniors at Roanoke College give advice to new students and reflect on their own college experiences.


Alex Weaver, '14 from Sharon, Mass., participates in several organizations at Roanoke. He is the director of Micah's Backpack, works for RC Serve and the campus grounds crew, and is the head of recruitment for the fraternity Pi Kappa Phi.

Question: How have the activities in which you've been involved influenced your college career so far?

Answer: It has helped me with time management, growing as a young man and becoming a better all-around citizen.

Question: How would you describe your experience so far at Roanoke College?
Answer: My experience has been beneficial, valuable and life changing overall. 
 
Question: Describe your freshmen year here at Roanoke.
Answer: My freshmen year was a period of time full of rapid changes, excitement and challenges that tested me in many different ways. 

Question: If you could give advice to the freshman version of yourself, what would you say?
Answer: I would say to slow down, don't wish any time away and get involved in everything and anything.  The opportunities that may come your way during the course of these four years are too valuable to not take advantage of. 

Question: What are you looking forward to most in the upcoming year?
Answer: I'm looking most forward to finishing strong academically as well as having some fun along the way.

 
Leslie Shallock,'14 from Webster, N.C., has started several clubs on campus, and remains very involved in many different groups. Shallock, is a resident advisor and a tutor at the Writing Center. Also, she sings with the Oriana Singers and plays the flute. She co-founded RoaNotes, an acapella group, and the Living Poets Society.

Question: How have the activities in which you have been involved influenced your college career so far?
Answer: Each experience has given me a new skill or outlook on my learning. For example, when I helped found the RoaNotes, I thought it would be for fun, but more surprisingly, it's shaped my leadership skills, time management and differentiated my learning in a way that truly typifies a liberal arts education.

Question: How would you describe your experience so far at Roanoke College?
Answer: I don't see college as a time to focus or branch out more as a time to stretch out.  That is, with the liberal arts curriculum, you're able to take on topics/interests that you may have though out of your reach.  Here, you can concentrate on your field, but you're also taught how to develop new passions. College has shown me that I can pursue my passions and not by abandoning everything else. I have more intellectual freedom and confidence to pursue unfamiliar territory.

Question: Describe your freshmen year here at Roanoke.
Answer: A wandering ground.  There's no way to explore some place if you don't dive in like you're a local. I was a volunteer on the recycling crew, worked for the Brackety-Ack and part of the International Club.  There's no way to know what you can gain unless you just go for it.

Question: If you could give advice to the freshman version of yourself, what would you say?
Answer: Just try whatever you fancy. Go to the Activities Fair [held during the first weekend of school]. Take a flyer from every booth that sounds interesting.  You can always change your mind, but it if you don't take a chance, you'll never have a clue what you missed out on. 

Question: What are you looking forward to most in the upcoming year?
Answer: I've created a bucket-list, so I'm looking forward to doing that. So there's no one thing that I'm looking forward to, although graduation sounds nice!


Chris Evans'15 from Glen Allen, Va., is the secretary of commerce for the Kappa Alpha Order fraternity, and he is a lead guide for the Outdoor Adventures club, which organizes student trips for white water rafting, hiking, caving and skiing. Evans also works in the Print Shop on campus. Learning to balance work, school and other activities has helped Evans manage his time but still enjoy everything he's involved in.

Question: How have the activities in which you have been involved influenced your college career so far?
Answer: KA has provided me with numerous social, community service and networking opportunities. The Outdoor Adventure program has allowed me to continue skiing and hiking in college, which are my most favorite outdoor activities. Working at the Print Shop has taught me the importance of working while in school and has allowed me to make my own spending money. Most importantly, all of these organizations have taught me better time management skills and commitment.
 
Question: How would you describe your experience so far here at Roanoke College?
Answer: My experience through my first two years at Roanoke have been incredible and two of the best years of my life. Coming in, I only planned on staying for two years then transferring to Virginia Tech as part of a joint engineering program. Needless to say, I quickly decided to stay at Roanoke for four years because I have built friendships that will last a lifetime. Noke is my home away from home.

Question: Describe your freshmen year at Roanoke.
Answer: My freshman year at Roanoke was amazing. I met all of my best friends freshman year in Shenandoah Hall. As a freshman, I did Journey, a pre-orientation program held by the Outdoor Adventure Club. I also decided to rush KA, which was easily my best college decision thus far.

Question: If you could give advice to the freshman version of yourself, what would you say?
Answer: You're at school to get an education, but with good time management and study skills, there is still more than enough time to have plenty of fun.

Question: What are you looking forward to most in the upcoming year?
Answer: This year I am looking forward to having a single room and living in the same dorm as many of my best friends. Living near them just helps to enhance my experience at Roanoke.


Rebecca Ellis '15 from Virginia Beach, is involved in several community service organizations on campus, including serving as a student coordinator for the Office of Community Service and as community service chair for her sorority Chi Omega. This year, Ellis will be a resident advisor and a member of the Academic Integrity Council and the Student Conduct Council. Getting involved early on in her college years has helped Ellis to realize that Roanoke is the perfect place for her.

Question: How have the activities in which you have been involved influenced your college career so far?
Answer: Volunteering has helped me greatly in my classes as well as helping me decide my future. I have met amazing people and made many connections that will later help me in my career search. Being in Chi Omega has helped me become a better leader and helped me to interact with different types of people.
My community service defines my college career, and it is something that not only helps me bring what I'm learning in class into the real world, but it gives me a different perspective.

Question: How would you describe your experience so far here at Roanoke College?
Answer: I went through homesickness and questioned whether Roanoke College was the right place for me, but after realizing all of the great opportunities the school had to offer, I understood that no other school could be a better fit. I love Roanoke and all of the things it has helped me accomplish so far. I'm only sad that college is going by way too fast.

Question: Describe your freshmen year at Roanoke.
Answer: Although I was very homesick, I stayed very busy and jumped right into clubs. I knew right away that I was going to be Sociology major and truly enjoyed all of my classes. My INQ 120 "Do unto Others" was the best class I have ever taken and really helped cement my passion for community service. I left my freshman year with a great deal of excitement for my future.

Question: If you could give advice to the freshman version of yourself, what would you say?
Answer: Enjoy college a little more. It goes by way too fast.

Question: What are you looking forward to most in the upcoming year?
Answer: I can't wait to see all my friends and sorority sisters and begin my work again at Samaritan Inn. I also am looking forward to my internship in the spring.

-By Kaci Frick '15