Located in the mountains in the heart of historic Salem, Virginia, Roanoke College is a small Lutheran-affiliated liberal arts college that is dedicated to making sure all students have the opportunities and resources necessary to succeed after graduation. This school of about 2,000 “guides students in exploring relevant studies and teaches them how to carefully evaluate important issues in society”; excellent scholarships, good work-study opportunities, and “a high commitment to achieving academically” among students round out the package.
The “always available” professors are “very engaging and invite a warm personal relationship” and desire “to not only act as a teacher, but as a mentor to their students.” They are “excited about what they are teaching” and “really convey a sense of wonder about their respective subjects.” Roanoke “does not just hand A’s out like candy”; the course load is “challenging, with an abundant amount of work inside and outside of the classroom” but “getting an A is… worth all the more for the effort.” The required core classes are set up “in a unique and exciting way” and incredibly small classes mean “there is a lot of opportunity to make relationships with professors, counselors, and even dining service [staff.]”
This “community-based school with southern values” is most definitely “studentcentered,” and “the ability to conduct meaningful research as an undergraduate is a major benefit.” The curriculum places an emphasis on “broad exposure to the liberal arts,” and the tutoring and writing centers are “fabulous and free” for those who need help. “Both my professors and my peers have given me opportunities to succeed in ways I never dreamed I would want, let alone have,” says a junior.
“Hanging out in the cafeteria is really popular” for the social aspect (you are required to buy a meal plan if you live on campus), but the food options are limited. Older individuals can go to downtown Roanoke or the Main street of Salem “to have drinks with friends,” while underage students “go there for a great dinner.” Many say that “it is very difficult to live off-campus, which results in chaos during housing selection,” and that “dorm maintenance” should be made a priority.
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