Quest welcomes transfer students to campus

Quest Assistants and Parent Orientation Guides gather at the Information Fair during a 2016 Transfer Quest session.

Hundreds of future Highlanders traveled to Radford University's campus this week for Quest, the university's comprehensive new student orientation.

Quest 2016 began June 13 and 14 with two Transfer Quest sessions. More than 600 transfer students are expected to participate in the program this summer.

Throughout the day, students and their family members heard from various university administrators and departments, received academic advising and signed up for fall courses. Quest Assistants engaged students in ice-breaker activities, while Parent Orientation Guides were on hand to assist family members and answer questions.

Transfer student Carolyn Balkey of Buena Vista was excited to attend Quest with her mother, Jennifer, who is an RU alumna.

As a legacy student, Balkey said she felt "really comfortable" on campus.

"I am really excited to move in," Balkey said. "I'm looking forward to learning new things and making new friends along the way."

Balkey plans to apply to the nursing program this fall and to become involved in the dance club.

The vast majority of Radford University's transfer students come from community colleges where they may have earned associate degrees or completed general education courses. Many are close to graduating when they arrive.

Therefore, Transfer Quest sessions are small, so students can receive the personal and specific advising council they need to complete their degrees.

On June 16, the university welcomed more than 500 students and their family members to a two-day Quest session offered to incoming freshmen.  

To learn more about Quest, click here.


Jun 15, 2016