Orientation Events Include Residential & Commuter Students

Roanoke's Orientation program seeks to assist you in your transition to Roanoke College. Whether you are a traditional first-year student, transfer student, or commuter student, orientation is designed to give you the resources you need to match the challenge of the transition with the support needed to be a successful member of the Roanoke community of learning.

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 year.

Planning for 2019

Orientation Brochure

Fall Start, first Year, freshmen are expected to attend Spring Into Maroon "S.I.M." in June and a four-day orientation program starting with Opening Day in August.

  • Spring Into Maroon "S.I.M." Orientation Options:  June 17, 21, 24, 26, 28
    *NEW*  a 5th SIM option has been added!  If traveling in the middle of the week is convenient, consider registering and attending our Wednesday SIM date, June 26.

  • Four-day Orientation program starting with Opening Day:  August 24, 2019

Fall Start Transfer Students are expected to attend a one day orientation in August prior to classes beginning:  August TBA, 2019

Visiting Information

View of the back quad

Map & Directions                Lodging                  The Roanoke Valley


Students building an house ("R"House) as part of orientation

Each year Roanoke College builds a house with Habitat for Humanity for a family in need in the Roanoke Valley. During orientation, the incoming students get to participate in building the "R-House." Students receive hands on experience, anything from raising the walls to hammering down the roof sheathing.


Screenshot of the Class of 2021 Facebook page

Join your fellow accepted students and get to know one another before this upcoming fall, at the Roanoke College 2022 Facebook group, or #maroons2022 on Twitter and Instagram. It's a great opportunity to talk about college and ask questions concerning your upcoming year while getting acquainted with your new class mates.