Roanoke College Overview
Roanoke College is a private not-for-profit institution located in Salem, Virginia. Salem is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.
What Is Roanoke College Known For?
- The 4% student loan default rate at Roanoke is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
- Although it may not be available for every major, the bachelor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Roanoke.
- In 2017-2018, 82% of the faculty were full-time.
- After graduation, Roanoke bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $44,700 a year. That's about 10% more than their peers at other schools.
- It takes the average Roanoke student 4.1 years to graduate. This is pretty good when compared to the national rate of 4.4 years.
Roanoke College Rankings
Roanoke landed the #355 spot in our 2022 ranking of best colleges. We analyzed 2,587 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. Roanoke also holds the #13 spot on the Best Colleges in Virginia ranking.
Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.
Program Level Awards
These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Roanoke.
Awards From Around the Web
The following table lists some notable awards Roanoke has earned from around the web.
|#47||Highest Paid History Graduates||College Factual|
|#47||Highest Paid History Graduates||College Factual|
|#47||Highest Paid General History Graduates||College Factual|
|#143||Highest Paid Biology Studies Graduates||College Factual|
|#146||Highest Paid General Biology Graduates||College Factual|
|#150||Highest Paid Biological & Biomedical Sciences Graduates||College Factual|
Where Is Roanoke College?
Contact details for Roanoke are given below.
|Address:||221 College Lane, Salem, VA 24153-3794|
How Do I Get Into Roanoke?
You can apply to Roanoke online at: https://www.roanoke.edu/apply
Admission Requirements for Roanoke
|High School GPA||required|
|High School Rank||recommended|
|High School Transcript||required|
|College Prep Program||recommended|
|SAT or ACT Scores||considered but not required|
How Hard Is It To Get Into Roanoke?
Approximately 37% of accepted students are men and 63% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 77%, and the acceptance rate for women is 79%.
Average Test Scores
About 75% of students accepted to Roanoke submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 530 and 630. Math scores were between 510 and 610.
Can I Afford Roanoke College?
The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.
Student Loan Debt
It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Roanoke, approximately 73% of students took out student loans averaging $9,612 a year. That adds up to $38,448 over four years for those students.
The student loan default rate at Roanoke is 3.5%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.
Roanoke College Undergraduate Student Diversity
Of the 1,883 full-time undergraduates at Roanoke, 43% are male and 57% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of Roanoke College students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||99|
|Hispanic or Latino||103|
Virginia students aren't the only ones who study at Roanoke College. At this time, 29 states are represented by the student population at the school.
Over 33 countries are represented at Roanoke. The most popular countries sending students to the school are South Korea, China, and Canada.
Online Learning at Roanoke College
Online Growth Rankings of Roanoke
The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Roanoke College was 6,950.0%. This is the #17 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Roanoke regardless of major.
When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.
Roanoke College Undergraduate Concentrations
The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.
|Business Administration & Management||85||85|
|Health & Physical Education||47||47|
|Communication & Media Studies||28||28|
|Criminal Justice & Corrections||16||16|
|Political Science & Government||15||15|
|Natural Resources Conservation||14||14|
|International Relations & National Security||11||11|
|Fine & Studio Arts||11||11|
|Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology||10||10|
|Teacher Education Grade Specific||8||8|
|General English Literature||8||8|
|Computer Information Systems||7||7|
|Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods||4||4|
|Drama & Theater Arts||3||3|
|Teacher Education Subject Specific||2||2|
|Allied Health Professions||2||2|
|Teaching English or French||0||0|
*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.
- College Factual
- National Center for Education Statistics
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