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About Roanoke College

Fix. Change. Build. Discover. Create. The world is full of opportunities if you have the passion to make things happen. College isn't just four more years of school; it sets you on the path for the life you want to lead. At Roanoke College we think the world needs people with passion. Join us, and we'll help you find and live what you love.

Roanoke College is a private, religious school in an suburban setting in Salem, Virginia. Roanoke College was founded in 1842 and now enrolls around 1,921 students a year, including 1,921 undergrads.

Roanoke College offers housing for up to 1,540 students. The majority of students live on-campus and first year-students are required to live in campus housing.About 0% of students stay on-campus during the weekends..

As of 2021, the total market value of Roanoke College's endowment was $122.479 million For each full-time student, Roanoke College spends about $12,318. There are 11 Roanoke College undergrads for each full-time professor.

2021 Roanoke College Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 78%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 97%
Early Action Acceptance Rate 86%
Average GPA 3.6
Mean ACT score 25
Mean SAT score 1149
Tuition $46,510

2022 Roanoke College Regular Decision Application Deadline

Early Admission at Roanoke College

Roanoke College offers early decision and early action.

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The deadline to apply early to Roanoke College is on September 15, 2021, which is coming up soon!
Roanoke College admits 86% of students that apply early action. 97% of applicants that applied early decision in 2021 got in to Roanoke College.

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Roanoke College Acceptance Rate

It is moderately difficult to get into Roanoke College. Roanoke College admitted 78% of all applicants in 2021. In 2021, 4,138 out of 5,296 total applicants were accepted.

Roanoke College Waitlist

Roanoke College reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in the most recent year.

How Do I Get Into Roanoke College?

Roanoke College is considered moderately difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to Roanoke College, applicants must submit the following items.

Roanoke College Application Requirements

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Written Essay or Personal Statement
Other Requirements Applicants may choose to apply test-optional. ACT or SAT scores will be considered if submitted, and some applicants may be asked to provide test scores.
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record

Roanoke College Average GPA and Test Scores

The average high school GPA for a student admitted to Roanoke College is 3.6 /4.0. The mean composite SAT score is 1149. The mean ACT score for Roanoke College students is 25.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to Roanoke College.

Is Roanoke College Test Optional?

Roanoke College is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 75.2% submitted the SAT. 23.5% submitted the ACT.

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Does Roanoke College Provide On-Campus Housing?

Yes! Roanoke College provides on-campus housing for up to 1,540 students.

Roanoke College students are active in the school's Habitat for Humanity, Honors Program and Lambda Alliance. Presidents Ball, Alumni Weekend, and and Fowler Public Policy Lectures are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Roanoke College.

Financial Aid at Roanoke College

Roanoke College meets 85.5% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Roanoke College full-time are awarded $38,738 a year in financial aid, on average.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can.. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Is Roanoke College a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how selective a college is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Roanoke College

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Roanoke College, around 78% return for their sophomore year. Out of the 562 students who started at Roanoke College as first-time freshman, 357 graduate within four years.

Roanoke College's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 70%. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes and Debt for Roanoke College Grads

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Within six months of graduating, 54% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

The average starting salary for recent grads is $37,500 a year. Graduates in the class of 2021 had an average of $42,814 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Roanoke College sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is Roanoke College a good school for you?

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Where is Roanoke College?

Roanoke College is located in the suburban setting of Salem, Virginia.

If you want to see Roanoke College for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 81 to Salem, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Roanoke College and Salem are like without leaving home.

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College Info

Roanoke College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

Aug 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Roanoke College is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Roanoke College is Aug 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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Roanoke College ACT Scores


ACT Range

21 - 28

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Roanoke College is 25. Students with an ACT score of 28 and above have a good chance of getting into Roanoke College. Students with an ACT score that falls between 21 and 28 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 21 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Roanoke College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1040 - 1240


Math SAT Range

510 - 610


Reading SAT Range

530 - 630

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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Roanoke College students is 1149. Applicants with SAT scores of 1240 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Roanoke College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1040 to 1240 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1040 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Roanoke College.

Roanoke College Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Roanoke College is like? There are approximately 1,921 students enrolled at Roanoke College. 98% percent of students attend school full-time, 55% percent are from VA and 45% percent of students are from other states.


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