The Pathway to Excellence Program, made possible by a grant from the Virginia Foundation
of Independent Colleges, is a peer coaching program in which trained upper-class
students and staff provide a supportive network of social connections, campus resources,
and programs for incoming first year minority and international students. The Pathway
to Excellence Program is designed to create a nurturing environment that encourages
and prepares participating students to attain their academic goals. The program
provides the opportunity for guidance, friendship, a sense of community, and a comforting
environment away from home. The goal of the program is to assist minority and international
students during their transition from high school to college. In addition, the Pathway
to Excellence Program will assist students with the common challenges associated
with the first year college experience. Coaches will build bridges between their
peers and the various departments across campus. They will also serve as a ready
resource for questions ranging from how to get involved in student life to how to
add a class or declare a major.
There are many engaging campus events that coaches and peers attend together throughout
the first semester as well as events specific to Pathway to Excellence Program
The program will include workshops, conferences, trips, service opportunities, and
many other campus activities on campus designed build community and camaraderie
amongst participants in the Pathway to Excellence program. All of these events are
free of charge to Pathway to Excellence program participants.
Registration for the Pathway to Excellence Program is free.
Coaches are returning Randolph-Macon College students who have completed an application,
interview process, and demonstrate a commitment to making Randolph-Macon College
an inclusive environment for all students.
The Pathway to Excellence Program aims to create a smooth transition from high school
to college for minority and international students by providing support, resources
and learning experiences that will foster a smooth transition. The Pathway to Excellence
For more information, contact Monique Sample, Coordinator of Student Life, at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.