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Roanoke College

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About Roanoke College

Roanoke College pursues its mission through an innovative curriculum that combines a core program in the liberal arts, major fields of study in the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities and fine arts, along with career-oriented, specialized programs of study. Founded by Lutherans in 1842, Roanoke College welcomes and reflects a variety of religious traditions. The College honors its Christian heritage and its partnership with the Lutheran church by nurturing a dialogue between faith and reason. In keeping with its history and mission, the College strives to be a diverse community, nationally and internationally.

Central to achieving the purposes of the College is a strong commitment to liberal education and its vision of human freedom leading to service within the human community. The College's learning goals, therefore, focus upon developing both a student's confident sense of freedom in the world and a sense of purpose in using that freedom. Through these goals the College strives to produce resourceful, informed, and responsible citizens prepared for productive careers and for leadership in community.

Campus information

Under President Maxey, improvement of campus facilities continues, and the College now has more than 50 buildings. A hallmark was the 2010 reopening of the renovated and expanded Lucas Hall-the College's first LEED-certified project. Blue Ridge, Shenandoah, Tabor and Afton Halls were recently renovated, and a new tennis complex was built on the Elizabeth campus. The Cregger Center, including recreational and athletic facilities that will enhance the College's athletics programs, is opening in 2016.

  • 80-acre campus
  • Ranked among top 20 most beautiful campuses in 2012 by The Princeton Review
  • More than 10% of campus buildings are on the Virginia and National Historic registers
  • In the heart of historic Salem VA (Pop. 25,000)
  • 10 minutes from the city of Roanoke VA (metro area approximately 300,000); consistently ranked one of the most livable cities in America
  • Direct air service to Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.
  • 10 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Appalachian Trail and the Roanoke River


Like many private liberal arts colleges, Roanoke is a residential college. That is, the campus living environment is an integral part of the college experience and is highly valued by the campus community as a complement to the classroom experience. We believe that living together in community provides residents opportunities to interact with other students, faculty, and staff and to enhance their social and interpersonal growth as citizens through shared living experiences.

In support of this philosophy, College policy requires that students live on campus during their full tenure as a student unless they meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • have lived in the Roanoke Valley area (within 30 miles of campus) for at least six months preceding the date of first enrollment and continue to reside with their parent/guardian;
  • are married;
  • live with grandparents or siblings who live in the Roanoke Valley area;
  • are 23 years old prior to the start of the spring semester;
  • are a military veteran;
  • have a dependent child or children;
  • are enrolled part-time (students who claim off campus status due to part-time enrollment and who return to full-time status during the current or a subsequent semester, will be charged the current room and board rate);
  • have received and accepted prior approval by the Residence Life and Housing staff and are currently living off-campus. 

Students who meet any of the above criteria may choose to live in the residence halls. However, the agreement is binding for the full academic year.  Request for Change in Residency Status forms are due August 1 each year for the entire academic year. If after residing on campus at any time you choose to live off campus, you must submit an appeal to the off campus appeals committee to explain the reasons for the change in status. Only extreme circumstances will be reviewed.


Courses available 10

Applied, Pure Sciences 3 Creative Arts & Design 2 English Language 1 Health and Medicine 1 Humanities & Social Sciences 2 Law 1


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