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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 a variety of different short courses from which to choose, each with a maximum of twelve students per course. Students in The Richmond Endeavor program also participate in Roadmap, so over 25% of the first-year class participates in Roadmap!

The short-course faculty mentor will be the student's academic advisor until they declare 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 2021: August 15–18, 2021

Due to COVID-19, the schedule for Roadmap 2021 is still tentative and subject to change.  The final schedule will be published August 1, 2021.

Sunday, August 15

9 a.m.– 3 p.m.
Move-In  - specific timeline coming soon

4:30-6 p.m.

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

Social Activities 

Monday, August 16

7:30–9 a.m.

9–10:30 a.m.
Short Course Session #1 

10:45–11:45 a.m.
Plenary Session

11:45 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Lunch and Break

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

2:30–4:30 p.m.
Plenary Session

5:30-7 p.m.
Picnic (all transition programs)

7:30-9 p.m.
Scavenger Hunt

Tuesday, August 17

7:30–8:45 a.m.

9–10:30 a.m.
Short Course Session #3

10:45–11:45 a.m.
Plenary Session

11:45–1:30 p.m.
Lunch and Break

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

2:30–6 p.m.
Roadmap City Excursions

6-8 p.m.
Dinner and Break

8-10 p.m.
Movie and Field Games (all transition programs)

Wednesday, August 18

7:30-8:45 a.m.

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

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Roadmap Program Wrap-Up Session