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Colleges / Roanoke College

Roanoke College

Salem, VA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate80%
Acceptance Rate80%

Roanoke College Admissions

If you want to apply to Roanoke College, the fee for the application costs $30.

Roanoke College Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of Roanoke College's admissions stats.

Roanoke College 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.6
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 16.27%
Mean SAT Score 1160
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 35%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 10%
Waitlist Yes

Roanoke College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Roanoke College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 15 November 5
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action Yes October 18 November 5

Considering Applying Early to Roanoke College?

Roanoke College offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, which means you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

🗓️ Early Decision I applications are due by November 15 EDI applicants should receive a decision by November 5.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is October 18. Roanoke College will release EA admissions decisions no later than November 5.

The early decision acceptance rate at Roanoke College is 77%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 80%.

Roanoke College accepts roughly 86% of early action applicants and 80% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2022, Roanoke College admitted 125 of the 162 students who applied early decision. In 2021, Roanoke College admitted 2,48 of the 2,811 who applied early action.

Some students apply to college early in hopes that it will help their chances of acceptance. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of acceptance, since it shows your interest in a school.

➡️ Discover a list of some top colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Roanoke College Admissions

How To Get Into Roanoke College

It is moderately difficult to get into Roanoke College. Roanoke College evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Roanoke College accepted 80% of all applicants, approximately 3,981 from the 4,953 applicants.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Roanoke College, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transferring to Roanoke College

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Roanoke College

Roanoke College has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Roanoke College Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Roanoke College

What does Roanoke College consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Class Rank Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Important
Interview Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Work Experience Considered
Application Essay Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Make sure to check with Roanoke College for more information on admission factors.

Roanoke College 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Roanoke College, all applicants must submit the following items. Make sure to check in with Roanoke College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
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

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Roanoke College?

Students admitted to Roanoke College have an average unweighted GPA of 3.6. Roanoke College considers weighted GPA scores from incomging students.

Out of all students that were admitted, 54.19% submitted a class rank. At Roanoke College 16.27% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 33.33% were in the top 25% and 66.67% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Roanoke College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 24.46%
3.75 and 3.99 12.99%
3.50 and 3.74 20.13%
3.25 and 3.49 13.85%
3.00 and 3.24 13.64%
2.50 and 2.9 12.12%
2.00 and 2.49 2.81%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Roanoke College directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Roanoke College considers ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

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

In 2022, 35% of Roanoke College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 10% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Roanoke College?

To be competitive with other Roanoke College applicants, you should aim to score between 1080 and 1210 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Roanoke College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1210 and 25% of scored lower than 1080, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Roanoke College student is 1160.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Roanoke College students scored 600 or higher and 75% of students scored 550 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Roanoke College students scored 630 or higher, and 75% scored a 550 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for Roanoke College?

To be most competitive at Roanoke College, you should strive to earn between 22 and 27 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 27 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Roanoke College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 27, and three out of four students scored lower than 27 on the ACT.

A 22 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Roanoke College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 22.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to Roanoke College

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Roanoke College. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.Applicants should hear back by August 15.

Transfer students can enroll in Roanoke College during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

• Summer Term

Roanoke College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Roanoke College?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Roanoke College.

Does Roanoke College accept transfer credits?

✅ Roanoke College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Roanoke College accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does Roanoke College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Roanoke College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Roanoke College?

❌ No, Roanoke College is test optional, so you can choose whether or not to submit your test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you should strongly consider submitting them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Roanoke College's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for Roanoke College is 80%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Roanoke College?

✅ Roanoke College's early decision acceptance rate was 77% in 2021.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Roanoke College?

✅ The early action acceptance rate at Roanoke College was 86% in 2021.

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Roanoke College Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Roanoke College? Roanoke College is a somewhat selective institution. The Roanoke College acceptance rate is 80%. This means that the institution accepts 80 out of every 100 applicants.


Roanoke College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

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

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Roanoke College is Continuous processing.

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

Roanoke College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1080 - 1210


Math SAT Range

530 - 600


Reading SAT Range

550 - 630

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1210 and Above


1080 to 1210


1080 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Roanoke College students is 1160. Applicants with SAT scores of 1210 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Roanoke College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1080 to 1210 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1080 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Roanoke College.

Roanoke College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Roanoke College, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.56. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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