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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    C-
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    C+
  12. Safety
    B-
Roanoke College is ...
Private not-for-profit, Lutheran
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
Old Dominion Athletic Conference
Address
221 College Lane
Salem, VA 24153
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Roanoke College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
73%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
970-1200
ACT Range
21-27
Application Fee
$30
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$29,999/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $21,655/ year
  • $30-48k
    $21,722/ year
  • $49-75k
    $27,678/ year
  • $76-110k
    $28,297/ year
  • $110k+
    $31,648/ year
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Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
11:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
91%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.33 responses
71%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.35 responses
43%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.35 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,933Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
22%
Varsity Athletes
18%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 27 responses
Report
  • Preppy
    41%
  • Independent
    22%
  • Preppy but friendly
    15%
  • Intelligent and friendly
    11%
  • Thinkers
    7%
  • Busy
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
92%
Poll
43%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.54 responses
Poll
67%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.60 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 26 responses
Report
  • Amazing and beautiful
    50%
  • Expensive and challenging
    35%
  • Sometimes a disaster.
    8%
  • A horrible mistake
    4%
  • Heaven on Earth
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$43,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
63%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
95%
National
83%
81%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.26 responses
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Great campus... great professors...great curriculum...overall, a great school! I came into this school having no direction or plan and it wasn't long before Roanoke helped me discover my passion. Small class sizes make it so easy to develop connections with both your classmates and professors. You aren't just a number here, and, personally, these connections have helped me grow and recognize my strengths and talents. In return, I have been given so many wonderful opportunities at this school that have truly prepared me for life after graduation. I would recommend Roanoke College in a heartbeat.
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Roanoke College is one of those rare places that have the ability to make any person feel at home. It’s a small campus school with an even closer knit student body, which allows an individual to make connections with their peers and professors. The President and his First Lady come and eat dinner with the students roughly once a week. Instead of meeting during office hours, the professors have lunches with their students on occasion. The staff at RC are always available for their students and make the startling experiences of the abrupt adulthood most college students deal with much less frightening. They allow for these changes in the individuals social norm to be more of a learning, trial-and-error experience instead of new and terrifying. Roanoke is great for a student who doesn’t want to blend into their surrounding, but make a lasting impression and a beneficial impact on the world as a whole.
I am a 2014 graduate of Roanoke College and I can honestly say attending Roanoke was one of the best choices I have made. The classes are challenging and your professors expect a lot of you but you learn so much and your professors are there for you every step of the way. There is so much to do on campus. The opportunities are abundant all you have to do is take advantage of everything that's at your finger tips! If you're looking at colleges definitely tour Roanoke. It's a beautiful campus and will not disappoint, there is a little something for everyone there!