Roanoke College

221 College Lane, Salem, VA 24153-3794
Tel: (540)375-2500
Private not-for-profit | 2,060 students
Roanoke College engage students in their development as whole persons through an integrative learning approach that stressesintellectual, ethical, spiritual and personal growth and prepares our graduates for responsible lives of learning, service,and leadership in a diverse and changing world.

School Overview:

Roanoke College
CountySalem County, VA
Title IV EligibleParticipat
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate Colleges--Liberal Arts
Institution LevelFour or more years
Institution ControlPrivate not-for-profit
Instructional Staff Total
(research/public service staff included)
187 staff115 staff
Student Body
Total Enrollment2,060 students1,633 students
# Full-Time Students
1,987 students1,434 students
# Part-Time Students
73 students137 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Asian
% Hawaiian
% Hispanic
% Black
% White
% Two or more races
Finances and Admission
In-State Tuition Fees
Out-State Tuition Fees
Percent Admitted69%64%
SAT Reading (25-75%)490-600450-570
SAT Math (25-75%)480-600460-573
SAT Writing (25-75%)480-590440-570
ACT Composite (25-75%)20-2520-25

School Notes:

  • Roanoke College was founded in 1842 as a preparatory school for boys, near Mt. Tabor Church, abouteight miles from Staunton, Virginia. The dreamchild of two Lutheran pastors, David F. Bittle and Christopher C. Baughman, theVirginia Institute attracted local boys to its classes to prepare them for Gettysburg College and, hopefully, the Seminary.In 1845 the State incorporated the school as the Virginia Collegiate Institute. Bittle left the school, returning tofull-time ministry in Maryland. Seeking a better location and a greater population from which to recruit students, Baughmanmoved the Institute to what would become its permanent home in Salem, Virginia, in 1847.
  • Roanoke College, the country’s second oldest Lutheran-related college, is an independent,coeducational, four-year liberal arts college. Roanoke offers 34 majors, 28 minors, 17 concentrations and sixpre-professional programs leading to Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Business Administration degrees. Inaddition, the College offers both elementary and secondary teacher licensure. Our core curriculum ensures the breadth andcritical thinking of a liberal arts education and our honors program offers students opportunities to participate inchallenging interdisciplinary courses.
  • Roanoke College pursues its mission through an innovative curriculum that combines a core program inthe liberal arts, major fields of study in the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities and fine arts, alongwith career-oriented, specialized programs of study.
  • The college is listed in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges Guide as a national liberal artscollege. Roanoke College is one of just 270 colleges nationwide with chapters of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and mostprestigious honor society.
  • Roanoke College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Collegesand Schools to award the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Business Administration degrees.
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