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Frequently Asked Questions

We know that first-year students (and their parents) have many questions about the University of Richmond and the Roadmap program. These are the most frequently asked questions that we receive each year. If you have a question that is not answered here, please contact us.

Will my roommate also be in Roadmap?

Roadmap is a non-residential program, meaning that it is not tied to your housing assignment. It is possible that your roommate may participate in Roadmap (or another transition program taking place at the same time), but it is not guaranteed.

Even if your roommate isn't participating, you'll get to see them soon as they move-in three days later.

Do I move into my room assigned to me for the academic year?

Yes, students move into their normal academic year room assignments.

Do I participate in New Student Orientation if I do Roadmap?

Yes, Roadmap finishes at 12:30 p.m. on regular move-in day, just in time for students to have a little time to relax before New Student Orientation begins that evening. The information in New Student Orientation isn't duplicated in Roadmap.

Does it cost anything to participate in Roadmap?

No, there is no fee to participate in the Roadmap program. There is no additional charges to move-in early, for any meals, or for any of the off-campus excursions.

If a student does register for Roadmap, moves into their residence hall room and does not attend the pre-semester program, they will be charged $150 to their student account. 

Is everything on the schedule required?

Yes, we expect students to attend all sessions listed on the schedule. If a student has a conflict, they should contact us.

Can I participate in both Roadmap and Multicultural Pre-O or the Appalachian Trail Adventure?

No, since these programs all run concurrently, students can only participate in one of them. All of them have registration deadlines of July 1.

I am an international student; can I participate in Roadmap?

Generally, no. Degree-seeking and exchange international students are required to attend International Orientation, which runs concurrently to the Roadmap program. There are some exceptions that can be made to exempt a student from participating in International Orientation; for instance, Americans living abroad, international students who complete high school in the United States, dual-citizens of the United States and another country, or international students who attend international high schools. Please contact Kay MacDonald to request an exemption.

However, international students are eligible to participate in The Richmond Endeavor program. It is a first-year living-learning program that includes both fall and spring semester courses, and a pre-orientation experience within the Roadmap Program. International students will participate in Roadmap pre-orientation activities but may also be required to attend to issues specific to international students, such as immigration, health insurance, and cultural and academic adjustment.

Learn more about Endeavor and apply online at: The application deadline is June 7, 2020.

I am a commuter student. Can I participate in Roadmap?

Yes, incoming first-year students who are not planning to living on campus during their first-year are welcome to register and participate in Roadmap.

I am a transfer student. Can I participate in Roadmap?

Yes, transfer students may participate in the Roadmap program. It should be noted that the program is geared toward and designed for incoming first-year students who are nervous or anxious about the transition to college. Transfer students may find some of the sessions less helpful, as they are usually adjusted to college life.

May I arrive to campus prior to the Sunday move-in day?

Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate students in university housing prior to the scheduled move-in date, Sunday, August 16, 2020. There are a variety of local hotels and accommodations near campus and within the city of Richmond to choose from. Please contact Kay MacDonald if you are having difficulties booking travel to Richmond, Virginia for the assigned move-in day and times.

When will I find out which short course I will participate in?

We confirm student's registration for the program each Friday, and registration is done on a rolling basis.

We do not inform students of the short course they will participate in until the program has reached capacity; students will find out which short course they will participate in on Thursday, July 2, 2020. We wait to assign students to short courses until we have a full cohort registered, so that we can ensure a diverse group within each short course.