Early Transition Program (ETP)

Why ETP?

  • You’ll arrive early to campus
  • You’ll enjoy a fun-filled and informative first experience as a college student
  • You’ll meet other new students from underrepresented groups, along with current student leaders, faculty, and staff
  • You’ll become familiar with campus locations, programs, services, and opportunities
  • You’ll get to know the Roanoke Valley
  • You’ll meet with the group weekly throughout the term
  • You’ll participate in ETP-sponsored service projects
  • You’ll attend a leadership retreat at a rustic mountain center mid term
  • You’ll be part of a strong support system that lasts throughout the year
  • You’ll establish lifelong relationships
Ashley Gao

Meet the Best People

Last year when I was in your shoes and trying to decide whether or not to participate in this program, I was extremely hesitant about partaking. But I am so glad I joined the program. I got to meet the best people!

Ashley Gao

Tentative Schedule

You will receive an updated schedule when you get to campus.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

10 am – 1 pm: Check-in
Moody Center Lobby

1-1:30 pm: Informal discussion with parents/guardians
Moody Center

3 pm: “Meet and greet” icebreakers, team building exercises, and introductions
Botetourt Reading Room

5 pm: Dinner
Moody Dining Hall

6:15 pm: Bowling

Friday, August 25, 2017

8 am: Wake-up call

8:15 am: Breakfast
Moody Dining Hall

8:45 am: Campus tour

9:50 am: Greetings from dean of students
Botetourt Reading Room

10 am – 11:30 am: “Leading by Example and Reaching Success”
Botetourt Reading Room

10 am – 11 am: Informal discussion with parents/guardians
Gordh Room, Chapel Annex

11:30 – 11:45 am: Welcome by chaplain
Botetourt Reading Room

12 – 1 pm: Information lunch discussion with President Gray
Botetourt Reading Room

1 – 2:15 pm: Peer mentor activity
Botetourt Reading Room

5 pm: Dinner
Moody Dining Hall

6:15 pm: Mall or karaoke/Wii games

Saturday, August 26, 2017

8:15 am: Breakfast
Moody Dining Hall

9 – 10:30 am: Check-in
Moody Center

Monday, August 28, 2017

5:15 pm: First ETP dinner meeting
Glass Dining Room, Moody Center

Friday, September 1, 2017

5:30 – 6:30 pm: Cultural and community engagement opening celebration
Beale Garden

 Friday, September 29-October 1, 2017

4 pm: ETP leadership retreat