Roanoke College

646 reviews
  1. Salem, VA
  2. 4 Year
B+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    B
Roanoke College is ...
Private not-for-profit, Lutheran
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
Old Dominion Athletic Conference
Address
221 College Lane
Salem, VA 24153

Roanoke College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
69%
SAT Range
980-1210
ACT Range
20-26
Application Fee
$30
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Application Website

Cost

Net Price
$29,077/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $22,465/ year
  • $30-48k
    $22,633/ year
  • $49-75k
    $24,969/ year
  • $76-110k
    $26,818/ year
  • $110k+
    $30,469/ year

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
11:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
91%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.33 responses
70%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.33 responses
45%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.33 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,978Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
20%
Varsity Athletes
18%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 25 responses
Report
  • Preppy
    44%
  • Independent
    24%
  • Preppy but friendly
    12%
  • Intelligent and friendly
    8%
  • Thinkers
    8%
  • Busy
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
92%
Poll
44%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.52 responses
Poll
67%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.58 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 24 responses
Report
  • Amazing and beautiful
    46%
  • Expensive and challenging
    38%
  • Sometimes a disaster.
    8%
  • A horrible mistake
    4%
  • Heaven on Earth
    4%

After Roanoke College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$42,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
64%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
95%
National
83%
81%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.26 responses

Reviews

646 reviews
  • Excellent
    108
  • Very Good
    235
  • Average
    241
  • Poor
    44
  • Terrible
    18
Are you looking for latin lovers? black athletes? asian princesses?

LOOK SOMEWHERE ELSE.

Roanoke is full of affluent white youths.
Ralph Lauren, Tommy, Lily dresses, Sperries,
Pearls, Audis, Longchamp, North Face, Khakis.

Blond is the most common hair color.
Brown and Blue are the most common eye colors.
Every guy was ridiculously tall. Girls are medium height.
THIN and TAN.

However there is a small and growing international student community
primarily from Asia and Latin America (also usually affluent but not pretentious about it).

Good looking people are close by. You could shoot a Tommy Campaign at any one of our Lacrosse events!

Hope that helps.
  • Recent Alumnus
  • Apr 2 2013
Dorm Life – Dorm life isn't bad at all, I've made lots of new friends, there are plenty of places to study without staying in my room, we have common kitchen facilities,(and fridges/freezers/microwaves in our rooms,) TV areas, laundry facilities, and plenty of bathrooms/showers. There are enough common areas that several different groups can gather at the same time. The dorm buildings are secure, clean and well maintained. All the dorms at Roanoke College surround the campus, so it's very easy to get from one place to another quickly. We have parking near every dorm. Moving in is great, there are upperclassmen there to help you move in all your stuff, they carry it right to your room for you, it's well-organized and moves things along very quickly and efficiently. They'll even carry out your trash while you're unpacking! The RA's are very friendly and very helpful.
  • College Freshman
  • Mar 21 2012
I love the size of Roanoke College. The student body size allows for the development of deeper personal relationships with many different people. The campus is beautiful, especially in the Spring and Fall; can get really cold in the winter especially when walking in between the buildings. The professors that I have had so far have been very likeable and knowledgeable; they are willing to address each student's needs and help them learn in their own unique way. Because I live in Salem, Virginia, I was concerned about staying here to go to Roanoke College; I was not sure if I wanted to go to college in my hometown. However, I made the right decision in going to Roanoke College. I would not trade the time I have spent here during my first semester for anything in the world...Except maybe for some of the dining hall's coconut chocolate cookies; they are to die for!
  • College Freshman
  • Feb 6 2013