About Roanoke College

Founded in 1842, Roanoke College. is a Private college. Located in Virginia, which is a city setting in Virginia, the campus itself is Suburban. The campus is home to 1,984 full time undergraduate students, and 0 full time graduate students.

The Roanoke College Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 11:1. There are 167 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Roanoke College include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate73%
Application Deadline1-Nov
Application Fee30
SAT Range970-1200
ACT Range21-27

Admissions at are considered Selective, with ,46% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 11 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

87% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 51% were in the top quarter, and 25% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE Reviews

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Roanoke College.

0%
“We”re apathetic”
19%
“We know about current events and vote”
78%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
3%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
12%
“We save it for the classroom”
9%
“Sometimes, but not often”
61%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
18%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
6%
“I only go out in groups”
25%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
69%
“I feel extremely safe”
5%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
67%
“We bought the gear”
29%
“We live for the big game”
3%
“It”s not really our thing”
30%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
45%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
21%
“We”re a very artistic group”
0%
“Haven”t met them”
0%
“Available in class”
33%
“They keep regular office hours”
67%
“They”re always available”
0%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
18%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
76%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
6%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
3%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
15%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
55%
“We only party on weekends”
27%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
15%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
58%
“There might be people who do”
24%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
3%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
0%
“We”re apathetic”
19%
“We know about current events and vote”
78%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
3%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
12%
“We save it for the classroom”
9%
“Sometimes, but not often”
61%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
18%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
6%
“I only go out in groups”
25%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
69%
“I feel extremely safe”
5%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
67%
“We bought the gear”
29%
“We live for the big game”
3%
“It”s not really our thing”
30%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
45%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
21%
“We”re a very artistic group”
0%
“Haven”t met them”
0%
“Available in class”
33%
“They keep regular office hours”
67%
“They”re always available”
0%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
18%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
76%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
6%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
3%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
15%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
55%
“We only party on weekends”
27%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
15%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
58%
“There might be people who do”
24%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
3%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    98 Students rated on-campus housing 3.8 stars. 19 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    70 Students rated off-campus housing 3.4 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    102 Students rated campus food 3.6 stars. 28 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    103 Students rated campus facilities 3.9 stars. 26 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    103 Students rated class size 4.5 stars. 62 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    103 Students rated school activities 4.1 stars. 45 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    103 Students rated local services 4.1 stars. 44 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    103 Students rated academics 3.8 stars. 35 % gave the school a 5.0.

Roanoke College REVIEWS

What's your overall opinion of Roanoke College?

32 Students rated Roanoke College

Kiana - 04/27/2021

I love the location of the college and the nice warm welcome they gave upon my arrive to the visit. They continued to keep us focused and aware of what the campus offers and all the possibilities that could be explored. There dorms are very pretty and very clean and the student body as a whole are very attentive and kind to new people.

Kristina - 06/15/2020

I moved right before my senior year of high school, I was stressed and worried about college until I met the assistant dean of students, Courtney Penn. I went to a meeting at my high school's auditorium to learn about "The Roanoke Experience", and it was the best decision I have ever made. He answered every question with clear answers. After the meeting, I decided to look more into Roanoke College, I ever toured the campus, which is beautiful. I applied to Roanoke and a community college as a backup. When I found out I had been accepted into Roanoke I burst into tears. The staff has already been so helpful. They are easy to reach and have a conversation with. Any time I have a concern or question, Dr. Penn is right there to help. The campus feels like a little community within another community. I feel one-hundred percent right in my decision to spend the next four years here.

Taylor - 04/16/2020

Roanoke College is an amazing school with faculty that truly care about you and your interests. The campus is phenomenal and so are the people. Everyone is so kind and willing to help you with anything.

Katherine - 01/06/2020

It is a fantastic school with fantastic professors and student body. I am glad that I have the opportunity to go to Roanoke College, as it has helped me blossom into the person I am today and continues to push me further along in the direction I want to sail.

Roanoke College FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Roanoke College?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Roanoke College is 73%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    I would tell myself "don't worry about it"! "When you arrive it will be hectic and you might be a little scared but you have to remember that everyone there for move in day and orientation care that this HUGE transition in your life will be a bit easier." I would say "stay confident". There will be many new faces and you will have to get to know the campus but don't make it stressful, give yourself room to explore and get to know people because they might be the ones who stay your friends through college. If you payed attention in high school then classes won't be that hard. If you don't get it right in the first few weeks don't beat yourself up about it but talk to your professors and work it out, this is college. Since this is college leave the drama for high school, you are now an adult, a huge responsibility so don't take it lightly. While you’re in high school hone the ability to balance classes, work and social life that skill makes a difference. Your life might be changing but don’t forget your roots.

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  3. Describe the students at your school.

    The classmates I know well really like to party.

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  4. What's unique about your campus?

    I consider the student body size to be the best thing about my school. I like the fact that Roanoke College is not as large as other schools in the area, such as the University of Virginia or Virginia Tech. I truly value the student body size because it makes the environment of Roanoke College much more personal. The small class sizes enable the professors to build relationships with each student and teach each student in a unique way in order to help them understand the material. The student body size is the best thing about Roanoke College.

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  5. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    The location of the college is very central, nothing is far away from your reach. Whether its dorm buildings, classrooms, or even resturants and downtown.

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  6. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    It's a great opportunity to find yourself, travel, get a close relationship with your professors and the people around you, and it just plain out rocks!

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  7. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I wish I would have known how much of a party school Roanoke was and how much the school revolved around the fraternity and sorority scene on the weekends, and the lack of activities available for strongly religious students.

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  8. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    It's preppy nature, support from alumni, how easy it is to get into and the drug use students, particularly lunderground organizations and Phi Mu.

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  9. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    Professors and advisors are borderline incompetent. Next to no academic strain. No drive to learn or research on one's on will encouraged.

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  10. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    not alot of holiday vacations

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  11. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    Anyone too focused on their studies and anyone who only wants to party. Needs to be in the middle with studying and going out.

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  12. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Someone who is a psychology, business, sports management, biology, or chemistry major, with a sure way of paying the expensive tuition. Also, non-citizens should as well because they are so largely welcomed.

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  13. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    The food, and the scenery

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  14. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    Lots of emphasis on greek life and sports

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  15. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    Very, very small and can be a little claustrophobic. The town is good, nightlife revolves mostly around house and frat parties and there are very few bars that people actually go to.

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  16. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    There are a ton of people that fit the stereotype, but there are also a lot that don't. Most of the people that don't fit these stereotypes don't go out very often though.

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  17. What are the academics like at your school?

    It's tough. Very difficult curriculum but you are definitely getting a lot out of it. Roanoke was named one of the top 16 schools (along with MIT and Yale) in which it is most difficult to get an A in. We take academics very seriously here. I spend a lot of late nights in the library but it always pays off.

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  18. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    Well-to-do, preppy, athletic

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  19. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    Not-smart, nooooo

    Read all  1 answers

Student Body

Students

59%

female

41%

male

1,984

Total Undergrad Enrollment

N/A

Total Grad Students

45%

Out-Of-State

54%

In-State

1%

International

Organizations

100

Student Organizations

5

Fraternities

5

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

77%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
1%
% Black or African-American
6%
% Hispanic/Latino
4%
% White or Caucasian
82%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

100% of students attending Roanoke College receive some sort of financial aid. 23% were awarded federal grants. While 66% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$41,304

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,000

Books and Supplies

$12,810

Room and Board

55,114

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$21,655
$30 - $48K
$21,722
$48 - $75K
$27,678
$75 - $110K
$28,297
$110K & UP
$31,648

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