Out-Smart, Out-Solve, Out-Do the Expected

A special ability to teach students to always outperform themselves sets us apart. We teach our students to out-do themselves because the world needs people who want more than business as usual. The world needs people who can out-think, out-solve and out-smart the expected.

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Professor Mentors

Our 125 tenure-track faculty earned their PhDs from universities such as Duke, Cornell, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Princeton, and Yale but they choose to teach at a small, prestigious college because they know that’s where real connections happen – that’s where they can encourage students to go after a great internship or fellowship, start a business or apply to a top graduate school.

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3-in-1 Education: Top Majors, Powerful Core Curriculum, Real-World Learning

Our academic program is the reason deans and presidents at other colleges put Roanoke on the U.S. News’ Up and Coming Liberal Arts Colleges list. It’s the ultimate 3-in-1 education designed to bridge the gap between college and career.

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In A College Town, Beside A City, Beneath The Mountains...A Classic Campus

Here, you’ll find Collegiate Gothic architecture and Blue Ridge Mountain views as uplifting as the people are genuine and friendly; championship NCAA and nearly two centuries of Maroon spirit; a historic college town and the art, music, restaurants, shops and major companies of Roanoke – a city consistently listed as one of the best places in the country to live.

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College Recognition

  • Phi Beta Kappa honor society: Roanoke is among the 283 institutions - less than 10% of colleges and universities in the country - that have the academic credentials to qualify.
  • The Princeton Review named Roanoke one of "The Best 378 Colleges."
  • U.S. News & World Report ranks Roanoke #2 on its list of "Up and Coming National Liberal Arts Colleges."
  • Forbes magazine lists Roanoke in its "America's Best Colleges" listing, which only ranks the top 9% of colleges nationwide.

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