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Roanoke College

Salem, VA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate80%

Roanoke College Admissions

It is moderately difficult to get into Roanoke College. The acceptance rate at Roanoke College is 80%. Last year, 5,102 students applied to Roanoke College and 4,103 were admitted.

If you are considering submitting an application to Roanoke College, the application fee costs $30.

Roanoke College Admissions Stats at a Glance

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

Roanoke College 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.4
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 15%
Mean SAT Score 1170
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 38%
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.

Some students apply early because they believe it will boost their chances of getting in. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of being admitted, since it is a way to show that you are very interested in a school.

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

More on Roanoke College Admissions

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's Most Important for Getting Into Roanoke College?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis on the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Roanoke College

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

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

Roanoke College Application Requirements

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

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Roanoke College?

Students admitted to Roanoke College have an average unweighted GPA of 3.4. Roanoke College considers weighted GPA scores from incomging students.

Out of all students that were admitted, 50.8% submitted a class rank. At Roanoke College 15% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 41% were in the top 25% and 76% 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 14.66%
3.75 and 3.99 17.07%
3.50 and 3.74 18.07%
3.25 and 3.49 13.25%
3.00 and 3.24 14.26%
2.50 and 2.9 17.27%
2.00 and 2.49 5.42%

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 highlights 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 has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 38% 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 1240 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Roanoke College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1240 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 1170.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Roanoke College students scored 610 or higher and 75% of students scored 540 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Roanoke College students scored 650 or higher, and 75% scored a 540 or higher.

To be most competitive at Roanoke College, you should strive to earn between 22 and 28 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 28 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Roanoke College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 28, and three out of four students scored lower than 28 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.

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

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter 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.

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 may want to send them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Roanoke College's acceptance rate?

✅ Roanoke College's acceptance rate is 80%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Roanoke College?

✅ Roanoke College offers early decision but the school has not provided an acceptance rate.

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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 - 1240


Math SAT Range

520 - 610


Reading SAT Range

540 - 650

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1240 and Above


1080 to 1240


1080 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Roanoke College students is 1170. Applicants with SAT scores of 1240 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Roanoke College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1080 to 1240 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 3.41. 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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