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

Photo of Maria Junco-Rivera

A welcoming community

ETP is a welcoming community where I can easily explore my identity as a young Latina woman while being a resource for other students of color who are exploring their own identities. It’s family dinners, movie nights, the retreat, and seeing all of our diverse personalities come together in amazing ways!

 – María Junco-Rivera


Thursday, August 26, 2021

9 am – 1 pm: Check-in at the Moody Center
A special university check-in is set up to greet the ETP students when you arrive in front of the Visual Arts Center. Afterwards, you will proceed to the Orientation Check-in tent.
Moody Center Plaza

1 – 1:30 pm: Informal discussion with Parents/Guardians
For parents/guardians that need to get back on the road, Jeri will hold a session to answer questions that parents may have about Hollins or the college life experience.
Lecture Room 119, Wetherill Visual Arts Center

3 pm: Meet and Greet Icebreakers, team building exercises and informal introductions with peer mentors and Associate Dean.
Botetourt Reading Room

Welcome to Hollins and Cultural & Community Engagement
Welcome and opening discussion about the ETP and how to get involved in Cultural & Community Engagement at Hollins. Jeri Suarez, associate dean
Botetourt Reading Room

5 pm: Dinner with Peer Mentors
Moody Dining Hall

6:15 pm: Evening activity with Peer Mentors
Location: TBA


Friday, August 27, 2021

8 am: ETP wake-up call! Peer mentors go and wake up students!

8:15 am: Breakfast with Peer Mentors
Moody Dining Hall

9 am: Greetings by President Hinton
Botetourt Reading Room

10 – 11:30 am: Informal discussion with Parents/Guardians
Jeri will lead a session to answer questions that parents may have about Hollins or the college life experience.
Gordh Room, duPont Center

10 – 11:30 am: Leading by Example and Reaching Success
Informal discussion led by student leaders of the importance of your voice in student government and campus organizations. Also, getting in seems easy, but staying in takes work. Learn how to make the grades to stay at Hollins.
Botetourt Reading Room

11:30 – 11:55 am: Free time – regroup

12 – 1 pm: Lunch with Peer Mentors
Moody Dining Hall

1:15 pm: Welcome by Rev. Catina Martin, Chaplain
Botetourt Reading Room

1:30 – 2:30 pm: Peer Mentor Activity
Botetourt Reading Room

2:30 pm: Wrap-up session with Jeri and Peer Mentors

5 pm: Dinner with Peer Mentors,
Moody Dining Hall

6 pm: Movie Night with ETP and ISOP students
Botetourt Reading Room


Saturday, August 28, 2021

8:15 am: Breakfast with Peer Mentors (optional)
Moody Dining Hall

University Orientation begins


Monday, August 30, 2021

5 – 6:30 pm: First ISOP/ETP Gathering! Our team will meet on a weekly basis at dinnertime to check in with each other, provide updates, and socialize. Bring your meal upstairs.
Ballator Gallery, upper-level Moody Center

 All future weekly meetings for ETP will be held at 6:15 pm in the Goodwin Private Dining Room.


In the meantime, please review the newsletter PDFs linked on the right side of the page to learn about ETP activities.