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Frequently Asked Questions

Here you will find frequently asked questions about participating in The Richmond Endeavor. If you have other questions that are not answered here, please contact us.

Application
What's an ideal length for the short answers?

The application for The Richmond Endeavor isn't meant to be a burden. The faculty and staff want to get to know your interest in participating within the program. Try to be concise, yet expansive enough for you to express genuine interest as to why you want to be part of this community. Just be yourself and answer each question honestly; there is no right answer! 

I have submitted my application. Now what?

You will receive a confirmation email from the Office of Living-Learning Programs noting that we have received your application. Confirmation emails are sent out every Friday morning through the application deadline.

Then your application will be reviewed by the faculty and staff of The Richmond Endeavor program, and on June 6, you will hear from the Office of Living-Learning Programs on the status of your application via your Richmond email address.

What is the program looking for from students?

We are looking for students with a genuine interest in the topic and an open mind. We also want students who will commit to participating in the program fully. Participants should want to join a community of peers who come from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, and who want to do more with their academics outside of the classroom. 

I am a NCAA student athlete; can I apply to be in Endeavor?

Yes, NCAA student athletes can participate in Endeavor. We have had many student athletes participate in living-learning communities who successfully balance academics, the community, and their athletic commitments. 

General
How many students participate in The Richmond Endeavor?

Sixty-four students will participate in The Richmond Endeavor during the 2018–19 academic year.

There are sixteen students per Endeavor community.

Does it cost anything to participate in The Richmond Endeavor?

There is no additional cost to participate in The Richmond Endeavor. All expenses associated with any out-of-class experiences are also covered by the program.

How do I enroll in the corresponding course for my community?

As a participant in the The Richmond Endeavor, you will be automatically pre-registered for both the fall and spring semester courses.

Am I required to take the course associated with The Richmond Endeavor?

Yes. The Richmond Endeavor program is centered around students living and learning together. Therefore, students are required to enroll in and complete both the fall and spring semester courses associated with the program. Should a student decide not to take the required courses, they will be choosing not to participate in the community.

Endeavor courses count as degree requirements for either majors or general education requirements. If you have specific concerns about one of the courses and how it counts, please contact Andrew Gurka, director of living-learning programs.

What classes are required in The Richmond Endeavor?

Courses selected for The Richmond Endeavor fulfill general education degree requirements for all students at Richmond, regardless of major. Therefore, participating in The Richmond Endeavor does not add any additional courses.

Learn more about how each course counts here

Do I have to participate in the Roadmap Pre-Orientation program?

Yes. Part of The Richmond Endeavor program is participating in the Roadmap to Success pre-orientation program. You will get to meet not only the other students in your Endeavor course and the faculty member, but you will also meet 200 other first-year students participating in Roadmap. 

Do I have to complete the Roadmap registration form also?

No. Once you are accepted to The Richmond Endeavor you will automatically be placed into the Roadmap to Success program, so you do not need to complete the other registration form.

Can I participate in Multicultural Pre-O or the Appalachian Trail Adventure programs AND Endeavor?

No. Part of participating in The Richmond Endeavor also means that you will participate in the Roadmap to Success program. 

The Multicultural Pre-O and the Appalachian Trail Adventure programs run concurrently to the Roadmap program.

Housing
Do I need to complete the Housing Application if I participate in Endeavor?

Yes, all students must complete the housing application that is located within BannerWeb. 

The housing application is required for all students who wish to live on campus. The application will be available to entering first-year students on April 17. To access the application, sign on to Bannerweb, click on Student Services, HousingMenu, Connect to StarRez. Follow the instructions on each page within StarRez. You must complete each page to be able to move forward to the next page. 

If I participate in Endeavor, when would I move in?

Because participating in the Roadmap to Sucess program is part of The Richmond Endeavor, you will move-in on Sunday, August 19, 2018. Once you have been accepted to Endeavor, you can make plans to arrive to campus on August 19, 2018.

Where is Endeavor housed?

For the 2018–19 academic year, The Richmond Endeavor will be housed in Wood Hall

Wood Hall is a co-ed residence hall housing first-year students, located next to and adjacent to other first-year residence halls. New for 2018–19, Wood Hall will undergo renovations in the lower level to create a new collaborative study and lounge space within the building.

How is the building organized being co-ed?

In Wood Hall, each floor is divided between men and women. One gender will live in about 1/3 of the rooms on a floor, while the other gender will live in 2/3 of the rooms. This ratio flips genders on the next floor. The first and second floors of Wood Hall have two bathrooms – one for each gender.

I have a friend who is also applying for The Richmond Endeavor. If we both get in, can we live together?

If you and your friend both applied and were accepted to The Richmond Endeavor, you may be able to choose your friend as a roommate.  We will do our best to accommodate your request.

I have a friend who I want to live with next year, but doesn't want to participate in Endeavor? Can we still live together if I get into Endeavor?

No. You would need to choose between participating in The Richmond Endeavor or living with your friend.

When will we find out exactly where we will live after being accepted into the community?

The Office of Residence Life and Undergaduate Student Housing will send out housing assignments for Endeavor students on the same day as the rest of the first-year class housing assignments, which is July 20, 2018.

I require specific housing accommodations. Can I still apply and participate?

Yes, students requiring accommodations can still participate in The Richmond Endeavor.

Housing accommodations are available for students whose medical related conditions or disabilities substantially limit their housing needs. However, to be considered for such special housing, they must submit a completed disability accommodation application and documentation to the University Disability Coordinator, Dr. Tinina Cade, by May 15, 2018. Applications are accepted after these deadlines but may delay review. Submitting a disability medical accommodation request does not automatically guarantee a space in University housing.

Students are encouraged to consult and meet with their disability advisors each year or as indicated. Annual applications are encouraged should there be changes in accommodation needs and medical conditions.

I do not identify on the gender binary. Do I have housing options within The Richmond Endeavor?

Yes. All students, no matter their gender identity, are welcome to apply and participate in The Richmond Endeavor

First-year students wo identify beyond the binary, including but not limited to genderqueer, gender questioning, or trans students are encouraged to contact the Dean of Richmond or Westhampton College, or the Director of Common Ground, to ensure that the University is meeting their housing needs.

Are there single rooms within The Richmond Endeavor

Wood Hall, where The Richmond Endeavor will live, is a traditional floor plan of double rooms and community bathrooms. There are no single rooms available within The Richmond Endeavor with the exception for students with approved accomodations that require them to live in a single room.

Housing accommodations are available for students whose medical related conditions or disabilities substantially limit their housing needs. However, to be considered for such special housing, they must submit a completed disability accommodation application and documentation to the University Disability Coordinator, Dr. Tinina Cade, by May 15, 2018. Applications are accepted after these deadlines but may delay review. Submitting a disability medical accommodation request does not automatically guarantee a space in University housing.