Roanoke College is a private, independent, coeducational, liberal arts college located in the heart of historic Salem, Virginia. Established in 1842, Roanoke College is the second oldest Lutheran-related institution of higher learning in the nation. Though affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the College both welcomes and seeks students of all creeds, races, nationalities and ethnic origins. Located on a beautiful 80 area campus, more than 10% of Roanoke College’s campus buildings are listed on the Virginia and National Historic registers and The Princeton Review has named Roanoke College’s grounds one of the top 20 most beautiful college and university campuses in the nation.
Academic ProgramsRoanoke College has been ranked among the top 5 “Up-and-Coming Liberal Arts Colleges” in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The College offers more than 100 total areas of study, including majors, minors, concentrations and pre-professional programs. Roanoke College’s unique core curriculum is designed to replace the typical introductory courses which may be found at most colleges in America and students are offered extensive real-world learning opportunities including research programs, internships, study abroad, May Term Intensive Learning, service learning, artistic and creative work.
Roanoke College offers more than 30 majors along with over 55 minors and concentrations and nearly a dozen pre-professional programs. Areas of study include Biology; Business & Economics; Chemistry; Education; English and Communications; Environmental Studies; Fine Arts; History; International Studies; Languages; Mathematics, Computer Science & Physics; Medicine, Health Care and Human Performance; Psychology and Sociology; Public Affairs, Political Science and Law; and Religion/Philosophy. The College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been since 1927.
Student LifeRoanoke College has a total enrollment figure of approximately 2,000, all of whom are undergraduates. Representatives from nearly all 50 states and more than two dozen foreign nations make up the student body, which has a female to fmale ratio of approximately 3 to 2. The vast majority of students live on campus in one of the College’s residence halls. Amenities include digital cable and Wifi in every room, study space and lounge rooms, laundry and kitchen facilities; many halls are a short walk away from Roanoke College’s academic buildings, athletic facilities and the library.
Roanoke College recognizes more than 100 active student-led clubs and organizations, which cater to a wide range of academic, professional, and personal interests. These and other campus events and opportunities provide students with ample opportunity to interact with one another outside of the classroom setting and forge valuable friendships and connections. As an NCAA Division III school, Roanoke College fields a number of varsity athletic teams which compete in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.