Roanoke College offers several Pre-Orientation Programs that encourage new students to get involved early. Programs ranging from peer mentors to outdoor adventure activities can help make the transition smooth and successful for any incoming students.


Journey is a wilderness pre-orientation program that was developed in 1999. The program is designed to introduce incoming freshmen to the wealth of outdoor recreational opportunities in the Roanoke Valley and surrounding areas. Additionally, students meet other freshmen, make new friends, and become familiar with the Outdoor Adventures program and the OA staff members.

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Building on Diversity is a pre-orientation program that assists incoming students with their transition to college. The program is open to newly enrolled students who want to learn and explore diversity and multiculturalism. With the BonD Program, the incoming students are paired with a mentor that will guide their mentee through the transition process and navigate them to a successful college life experience

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The Fall orientation program for international students lasts for three days prior to the opening of school for all new students. International students arrive one day prior to the beginning of orientation. Orientation is usually during the second to last week of August, from Wednesday until Saturday morning.

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PLUNGE is a weeklong pre-orientation experience that opens the doors of community service to incoming first-year Roanoke College students. PLUNGE participants serve the needs of the poor in urban Washington DC and in rural Southwest Virginia by helping out in homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and with home repair. Roanoke College staff and student leaders will accompany students as they learn about a new community, meet new friends and start a new life at Roanoke College.

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