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Roanoke College Admissions

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

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may be eligible for fee waiver for their application.

Roanoke College Admissions Stats at a Glance

Roanoke College 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.6
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 16%
Mean SAT Score 1149
Admissions Test Policy Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 75.2%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 23.5%
Waitlist Yes

Considering Applying Early to Roanoke College?

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

Mark your calendar!

The Early Action deadline is September 15, which is coming up fast! Roanoke College will release EA admissions decisions no later than October 2.

The early decision acceptance rate at Roanoke College is 97%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 78%. Roanoke College accepts about 86% of early action applicants and 78% all applicants for all deadlines. Last year, Roanoke College admitted 142 of the 146 students who applied early decison. Last year, Roanoke College admitted 2,254 of the 2,631 who applied early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

Is Roanoke College Hard To Get Into?

Roanoke College is a moderately difficult school to get into. 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 78% of all applicants, around 4,138 of the 5,296 students who applied.

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.

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

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 has a different way of determining which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. 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 admissions factors where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Roanoke College

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Geographical Residence Not Considered
Class Rank Important
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Important
Application Essay Considered
First Generation Not Considered
Interview Important
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Roanoke College Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Roanoke College must submit the following items. Double check 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

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Roanoke College?

Students admitted to Roanoke College have an average unweighted GPA of 3.6.

Out of all students that were admitted, 57.3% submitted a class rank. At Roanoke College 16% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 38.4% were in the top 25% and 76.9% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Roanoke College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 57.3%
3.75 and 3.99 18.71%
3.50 and 3.74 18.92%
3.25 and 3.49 13.12%
3.00 and 3.24 13.33%
2.50 and 2.9 12.26%
2.00 and 2.49 2.8%

Roanoke College considers standardized tests scores during 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 2021, 75.2% of Roanoke College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 23.5% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Roanoke College?

To be competitive with other Roanoke College applicants, you should strive to earn between 1040 and 1240 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Roanoke College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1240 and 25% of scored lower than 1040, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Roanoke College student is 1149.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Roanoke College students scored 610 or higher and 75% of students scored 530 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 530 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Roanoke College?

To be most competitive at Roanoke College, you should strive to earn between 21 and 27.75 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 27.75 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Roanoke College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 27.75, and three out of four students scored lower than 27.75 on the ACT.

A 21 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Roanoke College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 21.

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Transferring to Roanoke College

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Roanoke College.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is August 1. 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
  • ACE recommendations for credit

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 it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, 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?

Roanoke College's acceptance rate is 78%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Roanoke College?

Roanoke College's early decision acceptance rate was 97% 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 78%. This means that the institution accepts 78 out of every 100 applicants.



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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

Roanoke College ACT Scores


ACT Range

21 - 28

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

28 and Above


21 to 28


21 and Less


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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 Score

Estimated Chance

1240 and Above


1040 to 1240


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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 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 3.55. 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.

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