Roanoke College

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221 College Lane

Salem, VA 24153-3794

Phone: (540) 375-2500
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
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Mar. 15
application deadline

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#126 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Roanoke College is a private institution that was founded in 1842. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,060, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 80 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Roanoke College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 126. Its tuition and fees are $36,222 (2013-14).

Roanoke College is a private liberal arts school in Salem, Virginia. At Roanoke College, students can choose from more than 35 majors to pursue a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Business Administration degree. Roanoke offers unique core curriculum classes that are designed to address the specific interests of underclassmen. For example, instead of taking a broad general requirement course such as Intro to Statistics, students may take a class called Does Gun Control Save Lives?, which uses statistics to examine a real-world question.

Before they graduate, students at Roanoke College must also complete one term of Intensive Learning, during which they spend three weeks in May immersing themselves in just one class while studying on campus, on field trips or abroad. Besides academics, Roanoke students can get involved in more than 100 clubs, including nearly 10 fraternities and sororities. Student athletes can participate at the recreational level or play for the Roanoke Maroons varsity sports teams, which compete in the NCAA Division III Old Dominion Athletic Conference.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Roanoke College prepares students for their futures by providing a classic undergraduate liberal arts experience that is applied to modern issues. Roanoke is nationally recognized for its core curriculum. Unlike most colleges that require a series of introductory courses in various disciplines, all of Roanoke's core courses are topic based, and students see firsthand how fundamental concepts are applied to important issues. For example, instead of taking a generic "Introduction to Chemistry" course, students might choose "Chemistry and Crime," where they use forensic chemistry to solve crimes. Or, instead of "Statistics 101," students might choose "Statistics and the Weather" and discover how statistical analysis is used in weather forecasting. Real-world learning is a cornerstone of academics at Roanoke. While every student experiences real-world learning, more than 70 percent of Roanoke students study abroad, conduct internships or participate in research outside of the classroom. In fact, some student research is graduate-school-level in nature, and many undergraduates present their work at national academic conferences. Ask students to describe what makes Roanoke special and they'll invariably talk about the close relationships with their professors. The college prides itself on its ability to empower students to perform beyond their expectations. Nearly all professors practice what they teach and contribute to scholarly works in their academic areas. Because of this close-knit academic environment, students learn directly through the experiences of these experts. The type of mentoring relationship that many students have with their Roanoke professors leads them to excellent graduate school placements or directly into fulfilling careers. In fact, almost all seniors receive job offers or go on to graduate school within six months of graduation, and approximately 40 to 50 percent of Roanoke alumni attend or complete graduate school within six years. Alumni have attended graduate schools such as the University of Virginia, Johns Hopkins, Duke, Columbia, University of Pennsylvania and Yale. Alumni have gone on to fascinating careers in science, medicine, television production, humanitarianism and government. Many have started their own businesses. Between the innovative core curriculum and strong majors, what's common among Roanoke graduates is that they know how to think creatively about solving the world's most pressing challenges.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1842
Religious affiliation Lutheran
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $120,763,886


When applying to Roanoke College, it's important to note the application deadline is March 15, and the early decision deadline is November 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due March 15. The application fee at Roanoke College is $30. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 69.4 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 69.4%
Application deadline March 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by March 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Roanoke College is 11:1, and the school has 52.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Roanoke College include: Business Administration and Management, General; English Language and Literature, General; Psychology, General; History, General; and Biology/Biological Sciences, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 79 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 11:1
4-year graduation rate 57%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 22%
English Language and Literature, General 9%
Psychology, General 9%
History, General 8%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 7%

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Student Life

Roanoke College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,060, with a gender distribution of 41.8 percent male students and 58.2 percent female students. At this school, 74 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 26 percent of students live off campus. Roanoke College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 2,060
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Roanoke College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Roanoke College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Roanoke College, 60 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Roanoke College.

Students who have cars on campus 60%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Roanoke College, 75.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $21,527.

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Tuition and fees $36,222 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,524 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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