Welcome to Roanoke

Fix. Change. Build. Discover. Create. The world is full of opportunities if you have the passion to make things happen. College isn't just four more years of school; it sets you on the path for the life you want to lead. At Roanoke College we think the world needs people with passion. Join us, and we'll help you find and live what you love.

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Love at first sight

Roanoke is considered one of the most beautiful schools in America.

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Buzzing on the inside

Roanoke may seem serene on the outside, but it's full of activity within.

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173 years young

Roanoke is a perfect blend of old and new. Stop in and you'll find historic buildings with 21st century technology.

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The best of both worlds

At Roanoke you get city and country-grab a latte in Salem, hike the Blue Ridge, then end the day in one of Roanoke city's many restaurants or clubs.

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Enjoy your classes

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Have a major in mind?

Roanoke offers more than 75 majors, minors, concentrations and pre-professional programs. Follow your passion here.

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Still searching?

Relax--it's OK to be undecided. College is a time to explore, to try new things. We take pride in helping students figure it out. 

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Goodbye boring classes

You can skip most ordinary survey courses--in our core curriculum, you'll build knowledge and apply that to real problems and issues--through topics that interest you.

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The world is your teacher

At Roanoke you'll have opportunities to put knowledge into practice. Internships, service work, creative projects and study away will help you prepare for a career you'll love.

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Discover your passion

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Passion is everything

People with passion are changing the world. Discover yours, and a world of opportunity will be waiting for you.

Tell us what you like

Is it French or Finance? Singing or soccer? Environmental activism or educational reform? Whatever your interests are, at Roanoke you'll find a path to shape your career.

88% deeply engaged

Roanoke students put their passion into practice through real world learning experiences. With a jump on life, they get into top grad schools, start businesses and find great jobs.

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Success is living what you love

Software entrepreneurs. Athletic trainers. Marine biologists. Environmental lawyers. Video producers. Roanoke grads lead interesting lives!

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Work hard/play hard

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Your other classroom

Hike the Blue Ridge. Raft the New River. Dive into a mountain lake. Bike through farmland. Fish in a trout-filled stream. It's all just outside your door.

Outdoor Adventures

No one is bored here

More than 100 clubs and organizations. 19 Sports. 9 fraternities and sororities. 5 religious groups. When it comes to activities, we're far from a small school.

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1461 things to do

Art exhibits, athletic events, lectures, plays, parties, performances-your calendar will never be empty.

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55% players, 100% fans

On the field or in the stands, whatever the game, Maroons take it seriously. See the spirit and drive that's brought us 102 ODAC championships in 35 years!

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Embrace the world

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Big world, bigger vision

Spend a semester abroad. Do a May term somewhere interesting. It's your ticket to a global future.

International Education

Maroons are everywhere!

Our students and alumni get around. They lead companies in California. Protect the environment in Thailand. Teach in Paris. Fund start-ups in Boston.

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1 planet, 196 flavors

200+ international faculty and students. 100+ globally-focused courses.  220+ students travel during May Term, intern or do a semester abroad each year.

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Go far away in May

Think you might not be able to swing a semester abroad? Choose a travel course for May Term, and experience life somewhere else.

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Love it, Do it

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We take passion seriously

People with passion are changing the world. See why it matters so much to us.

Purpose & Principles

Your resume starts on day 1

Four years can fly by. That's why we work with you from day one to develop the skills and experience you'll need to land a great job or get into a top grad school.

15,728 passionate lives

Roanoke grads live what they love. They bring passion to places like Amazon, Baltimore Orioles, ESPN, Harvard, JP Morgan, Merck, PepsiCo and Physicians for Peace.

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Go to the head of the career line

At Roanoke you'll have a team behind you-professors, staff, alumni mentors--all working to help you live the life you love.

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