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 at the Moody Center
A special university check-in is set up to greet the ETP students when you arrive. Once you have completed the process, you will be given your keys for your residence hall room. The peer mentors will be there to greet you and will assist students that need help locating their residence hall.
Moody Center Lobby

1 – 1:30 pm: Informal discussion with Parents/Guardians
For parents/guardians who 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.
Jackson Screening Room, Wyndham Robertson Library, lower level

3 pm: Meet and Greet
Icebreakers, team building exercises, and informal introductions with peer mentors and associate dean.
Hollins Room, Wyndham Robertson Library, 3rd floor

5 pm: Dinner with Peer Mentors
Moody Dining Hall

6:15 pm: Game Night – A night of games with peer mentors, new international students, and Jeri Suarez
Tayloe Gym, Athletic Complex


Friday, August 30, 2019

8 am: Wake-up call! Peer mentors wake up students!

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

8:45 am: Campus Tour with Mentors (two groups) – end tour at the Free Store

10 – 11 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, Chapel Annex

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.
Hollins Room, Wyndham Robertson Library, 3rd floor

11:30 – 11:55 am: Free time – regroup

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

1:15 pm – Welcome by Rev. Jenny Call, Chaplain
Hollins Room, Wyndham Robertson Library, 3rd floor

1:30 – 2:30 pm: Peer Mentor Activity
Hollins Room, Wyndham Robertson Library, 3rd floor

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 31, 2019

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

9 – 10:30 am: University Check-in
ETP members completed the majority of the check-in upon arrival. Proceed directly upstairs to the Ballator Gallery to complete the check-in process.
Moody Center

University Orientation begins


Monday, september 2, 2019

5:15 pm: First ETP/ISOP gathering!
Our team will meet on a weekly basis at dinner time 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.
Moody Center


Friday, september 13, 2019

5:30 – 6:30 pm: Cultural and Community Engagement Opening Celebration
Opening reception to kick off the year.
Beale Garden, Chapel Annex

September 27-28, 2019

4 pm: ETP Leadership Retreat
Catawba, VA