Campus gears up for new and returning Roanoke College students

Salem, Va. - College-bound students are busy packing clothes and dorm necessities, and Roanoke College is preparing to welcome them to campus.

New students arrive in Salem this weekend, two days prior to the upperclassmen, for orientation activities on campus and in downtown Roanoke and Salem.

The Class of 2016 includes about 600 freshmen and transfer students who hail from 31 states and 11 foreign countries.

Here are important facts about happenings at Roanoke in the next five days:

  • New student move-in day is Saturday, Aug. 25 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Roanoke's Muscle Corps students will help lend extra hands and arms for moving.
  • This year's freshmen and upperclassmen will be the first to live in the College's new, environmentally-friendly residence hall, located near Kerr Stadium. It houses 243 students and offers three different living style options.
  • Orientation meetings and activities for new students begin at 6:45 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25.
  • Orientation includes several unique activities, including R Valley, R Town and R House.
  • R Valley is a chance for new students to explore downtown Roanoke. On Sunday, Aug. 26 at 7:30 p.m., new students will head downtown, by bus, to dine at participating restaurants, listen to music and find other entertainment.
  • R Town offers an opportunity for students to get to know Salem's neighborhood. On Monday, Aug. 27 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., students can stroll up and down Main Street in downtown Salem, listening to music, trying out restaurants and exploring.
  • R House turns students into home builders for several days. Starting Sunday, Aug. 26, new students will help to build a house for Habitat for Humanity in a college parking lot, behind Olin Hall. The R House project benefits a needy area family, and it has been a key part of Roanoke's orientation since 2009.
  •  All residence halls open to upperclassmen at 8 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 27.
  • Roanoke's annual opening convocation, which signals the start of the new academic year, is Tuesday, Aug. 28 at 11:30 a.m. in Bast Gym. The speaker is Dr. David Taylor, an assistant professor in Roanoke's math, computer science and physics department. Faculty members will wear robes during convocation.
  • Evening classes start Tuesday, Aug. 28, and day classes begin Wednesday, Aug. 29.


Roanoke College, a classic liberal arts college in Salem, Virginia, combines firsthand learning with valuable personal connections in a beautiful, undergraduate setting. Roanoke is one of just seven percent of colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review lists Roanoke as the 18th most beautiful campus in its "Best 376 Colleges" 2012 guidebook.

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Released: August 24, 2012
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