Fall Welcome Week

2021 Opening Day: Saturday, August 28 Residential, commuters, and transfer students are included in programming!

The health and safety of our students is our number one priority.  As such, Welcome Week has been adjusted this year to include both virtual as well as socially-distanced in-person programming.  Much of what we’ve done has historically has been in smaller groups, and now new spaces have been secured to accommodate distancing. What has in the past been two large ceremonies will change their formats, but not their content. One will be repeated to accommodate smaller groups and the other streamed. Some of it may seem a bit restrictive, such as assigned dining times or locations, however the hope is for us all to practice the new flow of campus and enjoy getting familiar with Roanoke College.

Move-In Information

All residential students will receive an email to their RC account regarding the move-in time slots, process, and a diagram to help guide your drive around campus.

Student Welcome Week Schedule

Student Welcome Week schedules are individualized to the student.  The Wednesday before Opening Day, schedules will be available in Roanoke College's EllucianGo app.

FAQ Do you have a question and don't see the answer here? Email orientation@roanoke.edu!

I’m a freshmen COMMUTER, am I included in Orientation?
Absolutely!  Check your schedule in EllucianGo the Wednesday before Opening Day.  There’s also info below on Maroon ID cards, parking passes, and student leaders.

I’m a TRANSFER student, am I included in Orientation?
Transfer students are broken into two groups.  Transfer commuters have a reduced orientation on the Friday before Opening Day.  Transfer residential students have an orientation group with a First Year Mentor and a faculty OMentor.  Either way, both groups are invited to attend Welcome Week events and that schedule can be found in EllucianGo on the Wednesday before Opening Day.

My family and I still need to CONDUCT BUSINESS?
We encourage you to contact with those offices during the weeks ahead of moving in.  While some offices will be open on Opening Day.  You might find calling or making an appointment to chat will save lots of time on that already busy Saturday.  See information in next box down.

I still have questions about HOUSING details, how do I find answers?
Moving away from home is a big deal.  Residence Life and Housing has a very helpful website just for incoming students.

When I come to campus to move-in, which way do I ENTER CAMPUS?

Everyone is expected to drive up Perry Drive.

What are the move in PROCEDURES?
An email will be sent to all residential students RC email account regarding Move-In time slots, procedures and a map to help guide you to the check-in tents.

Once I move in, WHAT’S NEXT?
First Year Experience has a series of programs and events to introduce you to other new students and the campus.  If you haven’t, download the EllucianGo App.  Choose Roanoke College and sign in.  Your orientation schedule will be listed here.  Your schedule is individualized to you, so don’t be surprised if you compare it with a friend and find that theirs is different! 

Where can families get LUNCH and/or DINNER locally?
Roanoke College, in collaboration with the Downtown Salem Merchants Association, is excited for you to experience the restaurants in our immediate area.  You’ll receive a flier on the way into campus.

If my family headed back home, where can I get LUNCH and/or DINNER?
Dining Services is open for students.  Take your Maroon ID and head over to Commons!  If you don't have anyone to go with, orientation staff (maroon t-shirts) will be looking out for you.  They'd love to find you a group or go with you.  It's a busy day and they need to eat too.

I submitted my picture, where do I get my MAROON ID CARD?
In May all new students will recieve an email instructing them on how to log in and upload their own photo!  Photo will be reviewed, cards will be printed and available for pick up on Opening Day.
Residential students:  cards will be with your room key
Commuter students:  cards will be at the tent at the top of Perry Drive from 8am - 5pm.  Please park down in Olin lot.  If you are unable to come on Opening Day, your card will be moved to your campus box.

I never submitted a picture online, how do I get a MAROON ID CARD?
Access your Maroon Card  here, sign in.  In the grey strip, choose "profile", click to "submit a new photo", finalize by choosing "update".

I need to buy a PARKING PASS?
In August all new students will recieve an email instructing them on how to log in and purchase a parking pass.

I ordered things and had them mailed to my CAMPUS BOX.  Where is that?
Mail Services is in the basement of the Colket Center.  In your EllucianGo app choose the three lined “hamburger” to open all the features on the left.  Under Services, choose Mail Services, it will show your campus box number and combination.

I will need help setting up my PRINTER?  And connecting to the networks?
First, review the RC IT Knowledgebase for the most common answers.
Opening Day Hours:  8am – 5pm via phone/Zoom, if necessary, appointments with technicians can be scheduled for the days following Opening Day.
(540) 375 2225

Who is my ACADEMIC ADVISOR and how do I meet them?
On Monday after Opening Day, ALL new students (commuter, transfer, etc) have a designated time to meet with their assigned academic advisor.  In the meanwhile, if you have general Academic Advising questions, contact the Center for Learning & Teaching.
Location:  Fintel Library
Opening Day Hours:  closed; Open M-F 8am – 4:30pm
(540) 375 2247

Your OGroup is actually your INQ 110 class!  Unless you are a transfer student, you all have your own group!

During Online Summer Orientation, your student leaders was called an Orientation Leader (OL).  Starting in August, student leaders are called First Year Mentors.  You might see some similar names and faces as many work in both positions!  Each OGroup (INQ 110) has a First Year Mentor.  They will stay connected with you and your class for the entirety of the fall term.

Each OGroup has a professional faculty or staff, called an OMentor.  It might be the professor for your class or it might be a staff member on campus.  Their role is to assist in your initial adjustment to campus and build get you started on building connections.

When should my family head HOME?
Every family is different and we respect those decisions.  Some families leave within an hour or so of dropping off because they have a long drive.  Some families stay in town to get familiar with the area.  We ask that students start heading to their Orientation Group locations at 6:30pm on Opening Day.  Locations will be in the EllucianGo App.

What does the rest of the semester and year look like?  Where can I find a SCHOOL CALENDAR?
College schedules are made well in advance and if changes are ever made they can be found on Roanoke College's Academic Calendars website.  It's hard to make plans during a pandemic, so this is a page to bookmark!

Still Need to Conduct Business? We encourage you to contact those offices during the days ahead of moving in. 

While some offices will be open on Saturday, August 15.  You might find calling or making an appointment to chat will save lots of time on that already busy Saturday.

I need to finalize FINANCIAL AID paperwork?
Office of Financial Aid
Location:  Roselawn
Opening Day Hours:  8am – 5pm
(540) 375 2235

I need to pay a BILL?
If you would like to pay a bill, it is encouraged to do so via Self Service > Student Finance > Account Activity.
It would be helpful to review this Video Tutorial
Business Office
Location:  College Hall
Opening Day Hours:  8am – 5pm
(540) 375 2255

I have questions about my HEALTH FORMS?
On Opening Day, many of our health services staff will be working screenings at various tents on campus.  Reaching out to them beforehand will allow adequate time and attention to discuss questions you may have.
Student Health & Counseling
Location:  211 High Street
Opening Day Hours:  8am – 5pm
(540) 375 2286

I need to know more about the ACCESSIBLE EDUCATION process?
It would be helpful to review this Video Tutorial.
Accessible Education Services
Location:  Fintel Library
Opening Day Hours:  closed; Open M-F 8am – 4:30pm
(540) 375 2247