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Academics

Located in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains, Roanoke College, a small Lutheran affiliated liberal arts institution, “values community and academic integrity over all.” With its small class sizes, a key draw for students, Roanoke “aims to equip you for the real world, but also make you feel at home, like you belong.” The school’s “academic rigor, research opportunities, and a robust Honors Program” encourage students to push themselves. As one student puts it, “Roanoke College does not hand out A’s. You really have to apply yourself, and grades really reflect your effort.” Students say that “undergraduate research opportunities abound if you want it,” and professors “truly do want the best for [students] and go out of their way to make sure [they] are given everything needed to succeed, but make sure [they] are challenged at the exact same time.” In general, professors earn universal praise for being “approachable, knowledgeable,” and “willing and able to work with every student.” The required core classes earn mixed reviews, with some students saying the school’s core curriculum is “very strong” while others counter that the required classes are “often treated as boring busy work instead of learning the topics.” But most agree that Roanoke “[excels] in academics and learning how to relate what is learned in the classroom to real world jobs.”

Student Body

Roanoke students say that “it feels like one big family here,” and “the small tight-knit community allows [students] to have a home away from home.” Diversity is a sticking point; one student says that, “I would not say that we have a very unique student body.” But others are quick to point out that Roanoke students are “people from all over the world”: “Students from every corner of the globe, from Asia to Europe, from every religion, from Catholic to Islam, all congregate together in Roanoke peacefully and work together to find the common string that binds us all together as a community.” Students say that overall, the atmosphere at Roanoke “is kind and inclusive, with many opportunities to meet new people in and out of your major or subject of interest.”

Campus Life

Students are split over whether Greek life dominates campus life or simply provides ample social opportunities for those who want it. As one student puts it, “Go Greek or go home,” but others say that “Greek life has a presence, but it is far from overwhelming.” There are numerous other clubs on campus, as well as “many on-campus events provided by the school on the weekends.” Students looking to get away from school for a bit can take the 20-minute drive to Roanoke. With its location in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains, outdoor opportunities abound and students say “hiking and kayaking are very popular,” as well as “camping trips that are organized by the Outdoor Adventure Club.” A little over 75 percent of undergrads currently live on campus, but students say that it’s not too hard to find off-campus accommodations.

Overview

Applicants
5,122
Acceptance Rate
72%
Average HS GPA
3.54

GPA Breakdown

36%
Over 3.75
19%
3.50 - 3.74
17%
3.25 - 3.49
13%
3.00 - 3.24
12%
2.50 - 2.99
2%
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
530 - 630
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
510 - 600
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
22 - 27

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 15

Regular — March 15


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Non-Academic

Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
220
with Terminal Degree
164

119
Women
101
Men
21
Minority
4
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
61%
Graduate in 5 years
66%
Graduate in 6 years
67%

Majors

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Actuarial Science.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Communication, General.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.
  • Computer Science.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • Creative Writing.
  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • French Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Public Health, General.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • HOMELAND SECURITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTING AND RELATED PROTECTIVE SERVICES.

  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Studies.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science.
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Christian Studies.
  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Economics, General.
  • International Relations and Affairs.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Art/Art Studies, General.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Music, General.


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

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Jay Piccola
Past president, Puma North America

Sean Burch
Explorer, author, extreme adventure athlete

Lt. General John D. Bansemer
Asst. Dir. of National Intelligence

Dr. Tom Rutherford
Eminent gynecologic oncologist

Shelley Olds
Olympic cyclist

David C. Robinson
Producer, Morgan Creek Productions

Sean McConnon
CEO of BitSight Technologies

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
61%
Graduate in 5 years
66%
Graduate in 6 years
67%

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

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Nov 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$33,126

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$30,413

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,506

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
76%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$39,623

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$29,029

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$43,818
Required Fees
$1,616
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,500
Transportation for Commuters
$1,250

On-Campus Room and Board
$14,134
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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

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

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,017
Foreign Countries Represented
32

Demographics

1.11%
Asian
5.30%
African-American
5.30%
Hispanic
81.22%
Caucasian
2.37%
International

58% female
42% male
44% are out of state
97% are full time
3% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
77%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
91%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

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

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Accessible Education Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Ms. Laura K. Leonard

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

Separate requirements are not specified for each disorder. The college policy can be found at: https://www.roanoke.edu/inside/a-z_index/center_for_learning_and_teaching/accessible_education_services/registering_a_disability_and_requesting_accommodations

Documentation Required for ADHD

All students disclosing ADD/ADHD will be required to show documentation of a psychological or medical evaluation with results that satisfy the diagnosis requirements set forth in the Diagnostic Statistical Manual (American Psychiatric Association). In other words, a declaration from a physician or counselor that a student has ADD/ADHD will need to be supported with documentation of the evaluations conducted resulting in diagnosis. The college policy can be found at: https://www.roanoke.edu/inside/a-z_index/center_for_learning_and_teaching/accessible_education_services/registering_a_disability_and_requesting_accommodations

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
No

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
100
Number of Honor Societies
27

Number of Social Sororities
4
Number of Religious Organizations
7

18% join a fraternity
19% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

16% participate in intramural sports
20% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Maroons)
10 Sports

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

Basketball
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
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 and supportive student groups: https://www.roanoke.edu/multiculturallife The health and counseling services are described here: https://www.roanoke.edu/inside/a-z_index/student_health_and_counseling_services

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.

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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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

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

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
Cregger Center & Belk Fitness Center
Kerr Stadium
Fintel Library (& coffee shop)
Colket Center
New Hall (new residence hall)
Cregger Center includes a competition gymnasium, a fieldhouse with indoor track, a modern fitness center, and academic space.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Blue Ridge Parkway & Appalachian Trail
Carvins Cove Natural Reserve, with 60 miles of mountain biking and hiking trails.
Mac 'n' Bob's Restaurant (near campus)
City market area & Center in the Square
Taubman Museum of Art
Salem Farmer's Market Valley View Mall and nearby shopping

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 8:30-2:30 Monday-Friday, Saturday morning at 10:00 AM
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. Amtrak trains serve Roanoke to Washington, DC and points further north.

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
Baymont Inn & Suites, Salem Comfort Inn Suites, Salem (Wildwood Rd) Comfort Inn Suites, Salem (Ridgewood Farms) Hampton Inn, Roanoke/Salem-East Hampton Inn, Salem Inn at Burwell Place Quality Inn, Salem


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