Founded in 1842, Roanoke College is a 4-year liberal arts institution, the second-oldest Lutheran-affiliated college in America. Roanoke offers over 100 areas of study on its Salem, Virginia, campus, all of which are complemented by a core curriculum where students can choose from a portfolio of classes based on what they’re interested in. The college also offers hands-on experience opportunities, including research programs where students work one-on-one with faculty, study abroad, service learning, and May Term intensive Learning, which often includes on-campus courses, traveling, and more. All students must complete one May Term to graduate. Roanoke maintains an Honors program, Fellows program, and scholarships for art, music, and theatre.
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Roanoke College is a school where you feel a part of something bigger. It is a close knit community where you say hey to each person that walks past you. Roanoke College is preparing me now for the harshness of what the real world has in store.
Ryan from Roanoke, VA
Roanoke College definitely has the friendly, small-school feel I was looking for; several people smile and wave at me whenever I walk anywhere on campus. Classes are small (my biggest classes had around 20 students) and I feel connected to other students as well as my professors. As a Spanish major, I am familiar with basically everybody in the Spanish Department and I know I can drop by or e-mail them with any questions I might have.
Felicity from Stafford, VA
Roanoke College is comprised of a small, fun-loving community welcoming to all students. A friendly atmosphere pervades the atmosphere, creating a united student body. A unique trait in colleges, Roanoke College's faculty and staff genuinely care about students' success while attending the institution and after graduation.
Rachel from Salem, VA
It's a lot of fun with great people! I've met some of my best friends here already! Plus, the professors are great, and very understanding, but still make class challenging.
I've loved Roanoke College. The opportunities on campus are numerous. The only thing is, you have to put yourself out there to find them.
Maria from Salem, VA
Roanoke College has a beautiful campus. The teachers and advisors are great and know how to answer questions. The staff is great and very nice.