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What is Quest?

Quest is Radford's traditional orientation program, which was first offered in 1979. Quest is highly recommended if you are the first child in your family to attend college in general or RU specifically; if you would like a brief taste of what it is like to live on campus; if you would like to meet other new students; and/or if you are traveling to RU from some distance. On the parents' side, we cover transition issues and answer questions in more depth during Quest.

Which offices will I be able to visit while I'm on campus?

Since all orientation programs are held during the work week all campus offices will be open 7:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. (RU's summer schedule). To make it convenient for you and your family, each Quest program concludes with an "Information Fair" in which all key offices will be available in a central location to address your questions and concerns.

Is it possible to attend just one day of a two-day Quest?

Two-day sessions are arranged such that academic advising takes place during the afternoon of day one, and registration for classes is held on the morning of day two. Therefore, you must be present both days. If you cannot be present for both days, you should reserve a space in Quest Express.

Where is check-in? What time is check-in?

Check-in is in the lower level of Peters Hall, which is in the center of campus. Quest Assistants and campus signage will direct you there from the parking lots, which are about a 10 minute walk away. Check-in will begin no later than 8:30 a.m. and continue until approximately 10:15 a.m. However, we recommend that you be present at check-in no later than 10:00 a.m. so that you have time to get your ID picture taken and proceed to the opening welcome, which begins promptly at 10:30 a.m.

What time of the day will the program conclude?

Quest concludes with an Information Fair that beings at 11:00 a.m. on day two, and it occurs concurrently with the distribution of printed fall semester class schedules and ID cards to students. As soon as students have their schedules and IDs and all questions and concerns are addressed at the Information Fair, you may start home. In past years, most attendees have been on their way by noon.

Do parents and students attend sessions together?

With rare exceptions (like the opening welcome), students and parents will attend seperate sessions. during the program, students will be led by Quest Assistants and parents by Parent Orientation Guides, who are former Quest Assistants who are specially trained to lead parents.

What should I bring?

Bring toiletry items and a change of casual clothing. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes, since you will be moving around campus. Students may not be staying in air conditioned residence halls, so we encourage you to bring a small fan. (Parents are housed in air conditioned buldings.) Finally, summers in Radford are notorious for producing afternoon showers and thundershowers, so we strongly recommend you bring an umbrella, raincoat, or poncho.

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