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Roadmap Pre-Semester Experience

The pre-semester experience is a combination of faculty-led academic short courses, developmental and skill-building seminars, and information and programs to make the college transition easier.

Students will select a short course as the academic component of their pre-semester experience. There are 17 different short courses from which to choose, each with a maximum of twelve students per course. Unless the student is a Richmond Scholar or an intended science major, the short-course faculty mentor will be the student's academic advisor until he or she declares a major. Each short course also has an upper-class Richmond student and past Roadmap participant who will be their orientation advisor.

In addition to the short course, students will:

  • Go off-campus as a group and explore one area of the city of Richmond that they choose
  • Interact with and meet participants of other transition programs and new international students
  • Have social opportunities each evening with their Roadmap peers
  • Participate in a series of short seminars and activities designed to help them transition to Richmond and to maximize their college experience

Roadmap 2019: August 18–21, 2019

Tenative schedule for Roadmap 2019; final schedule to be posted by July 1, 2019!

Sunday, August 18

9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Move-In - see Arrival Information for more details 

4:30–6 p.m.
Roadmap Introduction
Alice Haynes Room, THC

6–7 p.m.
Student Dinner with Roadmap Orientation Advisors
Heilman Dining Center 

8–11 p.m.
First Night Social: games, music, and an improv comedy show from the RVA Coalition Theatre
(with students from International Orientation, Multicultural Pre-O, and  Appalachian Trail Adventure)
Tyler Haynes Commons

Monday, August 19

8:15–9 a.m.

9–10:30 a.m.
Short Course Session #1 

10:45–11:45 a.m.
Plenary Session
Ukrop Auditorium, Robins School of Business

11:45 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Lunch and Break; an excellent opportunity to:

  • Say goodbye to parents
  • Go to the University Bookstore
  • Obtain a parking permit
  • Get help from Information Services on computer issues 

1:30–2:30 p.m.
Short Course Session #2

2:30–4:30 p.m.
"Asking the Big Questions"

  • Why are you here?
  • What's important to you?
  • Where have you been?
  • Where will you go?

5:30–7 p.m.
Roadmap, Multicultural Pre-O, and International Orientation Block Party

7:30 p.m.
Campus Scavenger Hunt

Tuesday, August 20

8:15–9 a.m.

9–10:30 a.m.
Short Course Session #3

10:45–11:45 a.m.
Plenary Session
Location TBD

11:45 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Lunch and Break

1:30–2:30 p.m.
Short Course Session #4

2:30–6 p.m.
Exploring the City (students choose one of the following excursions)

  • American Civil War Museum
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
  • James River and Belle Isle
  • Virginia State Capitol
  • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

6:30 p.m.
Heilman Dining Center 

8:00 p.m.
Movie Night and Field Games

Wednesday, August 21

8:15–9 a.m.

9:00–11:15 a.m.

Short Course Session #5

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Roadmap Wrap-Up Session with Performances
Camp Concert Hall

12:30 p.m.
End of Roadmap 


Registration for Roadmap 2019 is available from April 1, 2019 until July 1, 2019.

Exploring the City

During Roadmap, students have the opportunity to go out into the city on a guided excursion.

Students will choose one of the following five excursions, where they will go to a specific location, meet with an official in that area, and have the time to explore that area on their own and in small groups.

American Civil War Museum at Historic Tredegar

Exploration of the James River and Belle Isle

Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

Virginia State Capitol

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts