Roanoke College offers several pre-orientation programs that encourage new students to get involved prior to Move In Day. Programs ranging from peer mentors to outdoor adventure activities can help make the transition smooth and successful for any incoming students.

group photo of the BonD coordinators

Building on Diversity is a pre-orientation program that assists incoming students with their transition to college. The program is open to any 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.

International students orientation

The pre-orientation program for international students is held three days prior to the opening of school for all new students. International students arrive one day prior to the beginning of orientation.

Journey pre-orientation trip

Established in 1999, Journey is a pre-orientation program designed to assimilate incoming freshmen resident students to college while introducing the students to the abundant outdoor recreational opportunities in the Roanoke Valley and surrounding areas.  Participants will meet other freshmen to begin making new friends right away while also meeting upperclass mentors who work in Outdoor Adventures.

Students from Plunge working on a community service project

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, D.C. and in rural Southwest Virginia by helping out in homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and with home repair. The PLUNGE week begins on Thursday with a trip orientation on campus. Friday morning the group will depart for Washington DC and will serve with a number of non-profit agencies in the city for three days.  For more information on PLUNGE, including dates, registration and trip cost, please contact:  Jesse Griffin, Director of the Center for Community Service, (540) 375-2300,