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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 peer mentor.

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 2018: August 19–22, 2018

Tenative schedule for Roadmap 2018

Sunday, August 19

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

4:30–6 p.m.
Roadmap Introduction
Ukrop Auditorium, Queally Hall

6–7 p.m.
Student Dinner with Program Assistants
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 20

8:15–9 a.m.

9–10:30 a.m.
Short Course Session #1 

10:45–11:45 a.m.
Making Decisions your First-Year
Dr. Richard Coughlan, senior associate dean, Robins School of Business
Ukrop Auditorium, Queally Hall 

11:45 a.m.–1:15 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 

1:15–2:15 p.m.
Short Course Session #2

2:30–6 p.m.
"Asking the Big Questions"
Jepson Hall

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

Exploring Richmond & UR Downtown

  • What does the city of Richmond have to offer?
  • How can you get involved with the city?

6–7 p.m.
Roadmap, Multicultural Pre-O, and International Orientation Picnic Dinner
Weinstein Center for Recreation and Wellness

8 p.m.–11:00 p.m.
Field Night on the University's Intramural Fields

Tuesday, August 21

8:45–10:00 a.m.
Making Community at Richmond
Dr. Glyn Hughes, Common Ground
Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall

10–10:45 a.m.

10:45 a.m.–12 noon
Short Course Session #3

12 noon–1 p.m.

1–2 p.m.
Short Course Session #4

2:15–3:15 p.m.
The Power of a Liberal Arts Education
Ukrop Auditorium, Queally Hall

3:15–6 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.
Campus Scavenger Hunt

Wednesday, August 22

9:30–11:15 a.m.
Short Course Session #5

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

12:30 p.m.
End of Roadmap 


Registration for Roadmap 2018 is available from March 1, 2018 until July 1, 2018.

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