Summer Orientation


Even though the format has changed – you will be able to engage with a variety of new friends and learn virtually everything you’ll need to know about campus and Roanoke College. We are planning a series of interactive sessions that will help you examine who you are and what interests you have. After this summer’s orientation you will have:

  • A better sense of what makes you, you!
  • A sense of belonging to our community of Maroons!
  • A course schedule you’ve helped create and are excited about!

This event is designed for fall start, incoming freshmen. There is also programming for families.

Register for a Summer Orientation Session!

Account Letters with official RC usernames and passwords are mailed to deposited students starting in mid-March.

Frequently Asked Questions

Other than registering for Summer Orientation, what else do I need to do before online Summer Orientation?

Visit for a complete list of what is required and what is optional.

Should I book my travel and hotel accommodations for my summer orientation date?

Summer 2021 orientation will be in a remote format.  Please do not book any travel for orientation dates, as there is no on-campus programming.

What do I need to participate in online Summer Orientation?

  • Roanoke College username & password
  • More guidelines to come regarding technology and additional set ups.

What if I do not have a way to participate in Online Orientation?  What if I don't have access to one of the following:  computer/laptop/tablet, microphone, reliable internet access, webcam?

Please contact us at if any of these apply to you.

Will my parent(s) or family participate in online Summer Orientation?

Yes!  We encourage parents, guardians, family or guests to digitally attend as there is programming especially for them.  We also understand that some cannot be away from other obligations at this time of year.  

How does the course registration process work during Orientation?

Don’t stress about choosing classes before Orientation. We are here to help. You don’t need to figure this out before coming. During your online session date you’ll have a group meeting with a faculty member who will walk you through the course options and help you think about what classes you need and want.  After the group session, you’ll have a one-on-one meeting with a faculty member, also online, who will help you choose specific courses based upon your interests and needs.  Reviewing this handout before you come might help.

Am I at a disadvantage if I can’t come to the first session?

For many courses open to first-year students, available seats are divided evenly across the different orientation sessions. 

How will I meet other students?  Will I have an Orientation Leader?

There are many student leaders eagerly wanting to connect you with other new students and you to Roanoke College.  That two that work with First Year Experience are Orientation Leaders and First Year Mentors.  Orientation Leaders will reach out prior to the June online sessions.  First Year Mentors are connected to your INQ 110 class.  You will meet them in August.

What happens after Summer Orientation?

Keep checking your Roanoke College email!  You will be notified of additional information and opportunities, regarding the housing portal, business office, and details regarding August Welcome Week.

We also encourage student and their families to take notes on all the things they learn during the online orientation sessions so many conversations continue after summer orientation.

Transitioning to college comes with a lot to see, hear and think about.  If any questions come up after your orientation, please feel free to contact any of our offices individually.

What happens in August?

Details regarding move-in process and activities will be available soon.