Students Say

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.

Overview

Applicants
4,824
Acceptance Rate
69%
Average HS GPA
3.50

GPA Breakdown

35%
Over 3.75
17%
3.50 - 3.74
16%
3.25 - 3.49
12%
3.00 - 3.24
16%
2.50 - 2.99
4%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
490 - 610
SAT Math
490 - 600
ACT Composite
20 - 26

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 1

Regular
March 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Non-Academic

Character / Personal Qualities

Overall

Students Say

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.


Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
224
with Terminal Degree
161

115
Men
109
Women
22
Minority
6
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
90%
Graduate in 5 years
99%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Henry Fowler
Former Sec. U.S. Treasury

Rick Boucher
Former Congressman

Dr. Vernon Mountcastle
Eminent neurophysiologist

Dr. Carl Gottschalk
Eminent physiologist

John McAfee
Computer anti-virus pioneer

Richard H.W. Dillard
Prize-winning poet and writer

Dr. Carol M. Swain
Award-winning political scientist at Vanderbilt

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
82
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Oct 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$26,367

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$24,298

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,854

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$34,320

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
75%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$21,401

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$38,302
Required Fees
$1,364
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,500
Transportation for Commuters
$1,250

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based SEOG

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

Almost everyone here is “studious” but “knows how to have fun.” Typically, you’ll find a Roanoke student to be “an overachiever who has at least one minor or concentration, is involved in at least one organization, and [has] a social life.” People come from all over the country, and “it’s impossible to not notice the ‘Ivy League’ feel of Roanoke (incorporating both ‘southern-Preppy’ and ‘northern-preppy’).” Greek life is quite popular on campus, and the stereotype of “Lacoste, Lily Pulitzer,” and lacrosse is pervasive. There “is not a lot of diversity, but it is celebrated when it is present.” “It would be surprising to me for someone to struggle to fit in,” says a freshman.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,054
Out of State
47%

International
3%
Foreign Countries Represented
33

Demographics

1.50%
Asian
5.51%
African-American
3.81%
Hispanic
84.46%
Caucasian
2.96%
International

60% female
40% male
47% are out of state
96% are full time
4% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Life at Roanoke is filled with “the perfect balance of comfort and challenge.” The Roanoke campus “thrives on students that want to get involved” and therefore provides plenty of chances to do so. Clubs and organizations “are always being advertised all across campus” and the Campus Activities Board is always creating “wonderful events for the students, such as Bingo and concerts.” “Social interaction is a must”: Greek life “takes over the social scene,” and “Greek-like” off-campus organizations and athletics help fill in the void. “On the weekends, there are always lots of parties, but it isn’t a big deal to not participate,” says a student. The mountains near the “gorgeous campus” also provide plenty of relaxation options (the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Appalachian Trail are close), and “kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, and geocaching are all easy things to do nearby.” However, students know that working hard “is a good thing” at Roanoke and “the library is always full of students on Sundays.”

“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.


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
75%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
84
First-Year Students living on campus
93%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
82

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Frat Sorority
International Student
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies
27

Number of Social Sororities
4
Number of Religious Organizations
5

22% join a fraternity
20% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

27% participate in intramural sports
23% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Maroons)
9 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Maroons)
10 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups: The Office of Multicultural Affairs offers significant services: http://roanoke.edu/Student_Life/Multicultural_Life.htm There are also supportive student groups: http://roanoke.edu/Student_Life/Clubs_and_Organizations/Multicultural_Organizations.htm

Sustainability

Roanoke College conserved 1.4 million gallons of water, nearly 100,000 gallons of gasoline, almost 5,000 gallons of oil, more than 80,000 kilowatt hours of electricity, 700 cubic yards of landfill space, and well over 3,000 mature trees through just one project! This amount of environmental savings through Roanoke’s Lucas Hall project translates to enough gasoline for Americans to drive 700,000 miles, enough energy and space to heat and cool more than 2,300 homes while meeting the municipal waste disposal needs for a community of 5,000 Americans for one year, and even 2.19 million sheets of newspaper! To top it off, the project established Lucas Hall as the first LEED-certified building on campus. The college is also working with an on-campus energy conservation specialist. Aside from green building and energy conservation, Roanoke’s recycling efforts are headlined by its campus initiative RCycles, which provides free use of shared bicycles to the campus community to complement a campus-wide movement to recycle plastics, aluminum, cardboard, and newspaper. Students have a chance to “Party for a purpose” —an event designed to raise environmental awareness, boasting free organic food, art tables with recyclables, and biodegradable products. Roanoke has consistently taken delegations of students to Power Shift, a national youth summit to solve our generation’s energy and climate crises. Roanoke College offers a BS in environmental studies with two possible tracks: environmental science or environment and society. With such huge contributions, you might be surprised to hear that the private Virginian college is made up of only a few thousand students. Yet, what’s expected at Roanoke is to “out-do, out-smart, out-solve,” and its efforts towards sustainability are no exception.

Green Rating
86
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
18

Average Number of PC's per Lab
14

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
99%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Special discounted and/or preconfigured computer systems are offered through HP and Apple.

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Chris Reynolds
Campus Visit Coordinator

Address
Admissions Office
221 College Lane
Salem, VA 24153

Phone
800-388-2276

Email
admissions@roanoke.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Colket Student Center
Belk Fitness Center
Fintel Library (& CUPS coffee shop)
Bast Gymnasium & Kerr Stadium
New Hall (LEED eligible residence hall)
Construction of new Cregger Center (competition gymnasium, fieldhouse with indoor track, fitness center, and academic space) is underway, with completion expected in 2016.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Blue Ridge Parkway & Appalachian Trail
Valley View Mall and nearby shopping
Mac 'n' Bob's Restaurant
City market area & Center in the Square
Taubman Museum of Art
Salem Farmer's Market

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 9:00-2:30 Monday-Saturday
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Call for current schedule

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
allison@roanoke.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Must be applicants; only done Sunday-Thursday; must attend a class; for one night only

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Taxis and buses. Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport (ROA) is about 10 minutes away.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-81, take Exit 140 at Route 311 South (Thompson Memorial Drive). From Route 311 South, turn right onto Peery Drive to enter campus. To reach Admissions, bear to the left at the top of the hill. The Admissions building, Roselawn, is on the left, between the library and the chapel. Visitor parking is available on High Street, in front of Roselawn.

Local Accommodations
Quality Inn, Salem Comfort Inn Suites, Salem (Wildwood Rd) Comfort Inn Suites, Salem (Ridgewood) Hampton Inn, Salem Holiday Inn, Salem
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Key Stats

4,824
Applicants
2,054
Size
69%
Acceptance Rate
1100
SAT Scores

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