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
    A
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    B
  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

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
69%
SAT Range
980-1210
ACT Range
20-26
Application Fee
$30
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
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Test Scores and GPA for Roanoke College

Cost

Net Price
$29,077/ year
National
$15,431
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $22,465/ year
  • $30-48k
    $22,633/ year
  • $49-75k
    $24,969/ year
  • $76-110k
    $26,818/ year
  • $110k+
    $30,469/ year

Academics

Professors
A
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.34 responses
44%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.34 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,978Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
20%
Varsity Athletes
18%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 26 responses
Report
  • Preppy
    42%
  • Independent
    23%
  • Preppy but friendly
    15%
  • Intelligent and friendly
    8%
  • Thinkers
    8%
  • Busy
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
92%
Poll
43%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.53 responses
Poll
66%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.59 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 25 responses
Report
  • Amazing and beautiful
    48%
  • Expensive and challenging
    36%
  • Sometimes a disaster.
    8%
  • A horrible mistake
    4%
  • Heaven on Earth
    4%

After Roanoke College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$42,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
64%
National
47%
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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Roanoke College Reviews

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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!
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Roanoke College is a stunning campus located in the heart of Salem, Virginia. With downtown Roanoke nearby, Roanoke College is positioned near rolling hills and country back roads, along with city streets and night life, without excluding the beautiful nature that the location has to offer-including mountains and lakes. The college itself is bustling with genuinely nice people and caring professors. There is a great sense of comradery among students and staff. The food is fantastic, however I do wish there were more options- especially late-night food options. Overall, Roanoke College provides a great education by using knowledgeable staff, as well as provides students with a diverse college life by offering various activities for any interests.
Attended Roanoke in the 2000's. Overall, the academic experience was a mixture of extremely challenging and sometimes easy. But what was taught - critical thinking, reason, open discussion - was something that has stood apart for me after leaving college and meeting colleagues and people who attended other small colleges and large universities.

For all the reviews mentioning the buildings, parties (which I attended every weekend), and other superficial aspects of their college experience, the academic experience has proven to be the one thing that stuck with me. It wasn't ideological (liberal or conservative), the education was a classic education in the sense that they teach their students to be individuals who can clearly express their thoughts, reason with other people, and work towards projects and other challenging tasks. After leaving Roanoke, I felt like I was at an advantage over all the other recent college graduates in my work.