Roanoke College

Roanoke College

Roanoke College, established in 1842, is a four-year liberal-art, private, co-educational college located in Salem, Virginia, United States. The student body at Roanoke College includes students from around 40 states and 25 countries. Roanoke College offers more than 30 majors, 30 minors, 20 concentrations, and pre-professional programs in diverse areas of study. Roanoke also awards bachelor's degrees in subjects including arts, science, and business administration.

Roanoke's athletics department sponsors several men's and women's sports teams. The teams are nicknamed as Maroons and they participate in NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Division III and Old Dominion Athletic Conference. Roanoke is one of 276 colleges, which have a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most prestigious honor society in the nation.

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Contacting Roanoke College

Roanoke College
221 College Ln
Salem , VA 24153-3794
General Phone: (540) 375-2500

Roanoke College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts135French language, Spanish language, English, economics, international relations, political science, sociology, history
Business and Management113business management
Science44biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics
Therapy and Counseling41psychology
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy27health and physical education, athletic trainer
Security and Law Enforcement20criminal justice and safety
Art Studies15art studies
Conservation and Resource Management8environmental studies, natural resources management
Religion and Philosophy6philosophy, religion, theology
Computer Science and Engineering3information science, computer science
Drama and Performing Arts3drama
Fine Arts3art history and criticism
Medical Support and Technology0clinical lab tech

Number of programs and degrees for Roanoke College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree42930

Roanoke College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Roanoke College had a total enrollment of 2,006 students (1,950 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 46%
Women 54%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 82%
Black 4%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 2%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 9%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 44%
20-21 40%
22-24 11%
25-29 2%
30-34 1%
35-39 0%
40-49 0%
50-64 0%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York6%
New Jersey4%
North Carolina2%
New Hampshire2%
Rhode Island1%
South Carolina1%
(International Students)1%

Roanoke College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 73 %

Roanoke College Room and Board (2007)

Roanoke College offers campus housing for 1,240 of its 1,950 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Salem, Virginia for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Virginia Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Roanoke College Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal500600
SAT Math510600
SAT Writing470570
ACT Composite2025

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT77%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT32%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Roanoke College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 27,935
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 27,935
Room and board $ 9,285
Room charge $ 4,340
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,945
Books and supplies $ 850
Other expenses $ 1,750

Financial Aid:
Roanoke College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 373600)

Roanoke College Faculty

Roanoke College has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year32$77,29111$73,982
Associate professoracademic year18$60,80019$60,807
Assistant professoracademic year16$53,88019$54,962
Instructoracademic year11$47,32525$41,508
All faculty totalacademic year77$64,29074$54,745

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Roanoke College Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Old Dominion Athletic Conference
Baseball Old Dominion Athletic Conference
Track Old Dominion Athletic Conference

Roanoke College Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Information Science/Studies

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies
Natural Resources Management and Policy

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist

Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Health and Physical Education, General

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies
Theology/Theological Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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What Sets Roanoke College Apart:

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Top 8%Roanoke College Dorm rooms per full-time student
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% of degrees in business and management
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Top 20%Roanoke College % of degrees in science

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