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SUPER STARs: Randolph prepares to welcome first round of new students to campus

Students in the 2018 SUPER program raise their hands during a classroom activity

Students in the 2018 SUPER program raise their hands during a classroom activity

Tomorrow, first-year students enrolled in the College’s Step-Up to Physical Science and Engineering at Randolph (SUPER) and the new Summer Transition at Randolph (STAR) programs will arrive on campus to get a head start on college life. 

In both of the two-week programs, students will participate in classroom activities as well as social events designed to help them thrive in their classes, familiarize themselves with the campus, and form friendships with their classmates. While SUPER is a scholarship program for students specializing in the sciences, STAR is a new, free program open to incoming students of all academic interests. 

As part of the STAR curriculum, students will begin their first-year writing course, Writing in College, which will continue on a weekly basis during the first quarter of the first semester. Students will also complete the Academic Strategies course, which addresses skills such as goal setting, self-regulation, time management, and note- and test-taking. The program is residential, and students will live together in one of Randolph’s residence halls for the duration of the two-week session, regardless of residential status for the academic year. 

In addition to the classroom activities, students in the STAR program will also participate in fun activities like a gaming competition, DIY stations in Alice’s E-Cade, and a dinner and game night at a professor’s house, as well as off-campus excursions to a climbing wall and ropes course, escape rooms, minor league baseball games, and other destinations. 

For more information about STAR, please visit or contact Kim Sheldon, director of student success, at 434-485-8066 or

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