Freshman Orientation

Welcome new Highlanders!

Our Freshman Quest 2022 dates will be available soon.

Please use the links below to learn more about freshman orientation at Radford University.

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What is Quest?

For new freshmen who will be beginning classes in the fall, we strongly recommend participation in the two-day Quest.  This program is designed to help students in their transition to Radford University. Students will:

  • Register for classes.
  • Obtain ID cards.
  • Learn about campus services.
  • Familiarize themselves with the Radford University campus.
  • Interact with their fellow new freshmen and student leaders in a relaxed atmosphere.

New freshmen who do not attend one of these summer programs must register online for and attend an abbreviated one-day August Quest orientation program, also known as Fall Quest. Online registration for this session is opened on August 1, and all new freshmen who did not attend Quest will need to register online for and attend this program.

Since students who attend the August session are typically very tired after simultaneously moving belongings into residence halls after having traveled (sometimes) great distances to Radford, the August orientation takes a “just the basics” approach that focuses primarily upon class scheduling. We do our best to offer experiences in August equivalent to those during our traditional summer Quest sessions, but time and other limitations make that a difficult goal to attain. Again, we recommend that you participate in a Quest 2-Day program earlier in the summer if at all possible.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email us at anytime or call the Office of New Student and Family Programs at (540) 831-5923 during normal business hours!

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Quest 2-Day 2022

Quest 2-Day is a two-day program designed to allow participants to accomplish everything they’ll need to take care of leading up to move-in day in August. This orientation program provides an excellent opportunity to meet other new students in a relaxed setting. It features:

  • In-depth advising with a faculty advisor.
  • Comprehensive guest/parent program.
  • A 45-minute play, performed by our Quest Assistants, that provides an overview of some common new student scenarios.
  • A student social with a DJ, bowling and billiards, a climbing wall and snacks.
  • The option for students and parents to stay overnight in our residence halls (which we strongly encourage) and get a feel for what it will be like living on campus.  We even offer overnight accommodations the night before our Quest 2-Day sessions.  If interested in staying with us, you'll see those options when registering for Quest through OneCampus.  After logging in, just search for "quest" and you're on your way!


A day and a half program starting with a check in window from 8-10 a.m. on day one and ends at noon on day two.  Two meals are provided along with in-depth advising with a faculty advisor, social interaction with current students and other incoming students, course registration and a comprehensive family program.