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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    B-
221 College Lane
Salem, VA 24153
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
Old Dominion Athletic Conference
From Roanoke College

Roanoke College is liberal arts in action. Whether you're laser-focused on a career or still searching, you'll find Roanoke a place to explore many interests, and be certain you've found a passion to guide your life. Engaging classes will challenge you to improve your ability to think, create, communicate and lead-skills that will serve you and the world well. A strong mentoring culture, plus opportunities for research, internships, service work and study away, will help you deepen your passion, and with help from faculty, staff and alumni, prepare you to live what you truly love.

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

Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
Acceptance Rate
72%
SAT Range
1040-1230
ACT Range
22-27
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$28,155/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$30,244/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

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
72%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.39 responses
44%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.39 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    0%
  • On Campus
    100%
  • Online
    0%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,956Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
58
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
24%
Varsity Athletes
21%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 31 responses
Report
  • Preppy
    42%
  • Independent
    19%
  • Intelligent and friendly
    16%
  • Preppy but friendly
    13%
  • Thinkers
    6%
  • Busy
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
93%
Poll
43%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.58 responses
Poll
66%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.64 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 30 responses
Report
  • Amazing and beautiful
    47%
  • Expensive and challenging
    33%
  • Home away from home
    7%
  • Sometimes a disaster.
    7%
  • A horrible mistake
    3%
  • Heaven on Earth
    3%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $44,700/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    67%
    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

    Roanoke College Reviews

    723 reviews
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    ATTN SCIENCE MAJORS: I graduated from Roanoke College in 2016 with a BS in Psychology. I started at Roanoke as a Bio major but switched majors after a painfully stressful semester of Genetics that, despite my hardest efforts and longest hours ever spent on a class, ended in an F. As a transfer student, I took Chem and Bio classes for a total of 2 years at Georgia Southern University and Virginia Commonwealth University - earning solid As and Bs in Chem I&II, Organic Chem I, and Bio I&II. Once I got to Roanoke, they made me re-take ALL of the classes and it was a STRUGGLE to earn even a C! I found the professors in the science building to be judgmental and unfriendly. It's my personal opinion that they favor students that aren't outwardly neo-hippies. My goal after graduation was work in the pharm. industry (specifically clinical trials) I took 2 graduate level courses as a non-degree seeking student at VCU(Biostatistics for Clinical Research and GCP Regulatory) and got A's.
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    I love Roanoke College! I didn't ever expect to go here and it sort of just happened. It was originally my backup school, but I loved it so much and everything fell into place. The size of the college is wonderful-- you'll never have a professor who doesn't know who you are. It's big enough that you see new people every day, and small enough that you'll wave hi to at least one person you know walking across campus. The environment is welcoming, and campus safety does a great job in their dealings with students and with the more serious issues that occur on all college campuses. Academics at Roanoke are no joke! Don't expect to come here and not do any work... the low retention rate is because of freshman who either drop out mid-year or they don't come back for sophomore year. But don't let that scare you-- if you find something that you love to do, that studying and work all ties together and the payoff is amazing!
    Roanoke has an excellent setting, as it is nestled into downtown Salem and only a few minutes drive from downtown Roanoke. Additionally, it has several excellent humanities and social sciences programs, along with a number of praiseworthy faculty in the natural sciences. Faculty typically cover a broad swath of subject interests, allowing students to find very specific study opportunities. This imbues core curriculum courses with a specificity and intrigue that is rarely offered by larger universities. Additionally, its student to faculty ratio is commendable, as students are able to have meaningful interactions with instructors and receive helpful counseling.