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


Tentative Schedule

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

Thursday, August 29, 2019

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: Game night


Friday, August 30, 2019

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:  Lunch with mentors
Botetourt Reading Room

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

5 pm: Dinner
Moody Dining Hall

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


Saturday, August 31, 2019

8:15 am: Breakfast
Moody Dining Hall

9 – 10:30 am: Check-in
Moody Center


Monday, september 2, 2019

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


Friday, september 6, 2019

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


September 2019 (TBD)

4 pm: ETP leadership retreat