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
I attended Roanoke for a semester and a half, and I had my fair share of problems with the school. The professors are all really great, but the grading and attendance policies are very harsh- so someone with health problems has a hard time with classes and with the policies of the school. I started the school year in a single, and regrettably was convinced to switch into a room with a friend. It later became apparent that she was behaving abusively to me, and I was not permitted to switch rooms. This ended in me attempting to take my life and being forced to leave the school. I made the decision to not return, because many bad things had happened to me socially there, and I had no interest in going back. The only good thing there was my professors, in comparison to other schools I have had experience to. It was very much like a high school, to me.
  • Freshman
  • 1 month ago
Since I am a rising second year student who has no clue what career she wants to pursue, I have very little experience with the career prospects of this school. It seems like if you want to be involved in this process of college you have to be the one who asks all the questions, because it seems like nobody is willing to inform you of these important processes. The only time I have received information about career prospects is from the daily email that mentions some sort of employer visiting the campus, or entering the common area to stumble upon some sort of job/internship fair that nobody told you about. Hopefully I will be able to have access to more information in my second year of college.
  • College Sophomore
  • 5 months ago
So far my experiences have been very positive. My school has a beautiful campus and is located in a cozy small town. The students are friendly and the professors and advisors want their students to succeed in their education. There are quite a few interesting activities and clubs, though sometimes participation and spirit is lacking. Nonetheless, I have more positive than negative experiences with Roanoke and I am grateful that I was chosen to be a student in such a good school. I am looking forward to my next year, and I have a good feeling that my experience will only get better over time.
  • College Freshman
  • 6 months ago