What Do Graduates Say?
"I loved going to class because my professors and fellow students made learning fun. Roanoke's small lab sizes and passionate professors allowed me to use many instruments hands-on, which made learning that much more interesting. If I had attended a different school, I do not know if I would have been as successful as a student, or had as much fun as I did at Roanoke."
Derrick Botkins, Roanoke College Class of 2006, Pharmacy Student at Virginia Commonwealth University
"The science programs at Roanoke College are very effective at producing students who score exceptionally well on nationally standardized tests like the MCATs. I found that I always had faculty guidance and support for everything from choosing my classes to obtaining recommendation letters. If you are looking for a place to begin a career in the medical field, look no further than Roanoke College."
Aaron Gluth, Roanoke College Class of 2006, Medical Student at the University of Virginia School of Medicine
"The faculty in the Health Professions Advising Group (HPAG) worked with me to get a committee letter sent out to schools to which I applied. They even held an hour-long mock interview with me, offering possible questions that I might have been asked in my real interviews."
Erin Taylor, Roanoke College Class of 2006, Veterinarian Student at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg, VA
"I know that the benefit of having been in small classes, interacting with the professors and really getting to understand the material has helped me do well in medical school. The most valuable experience in these programs is the student-professor interaction. It helps with guidance, learning the material and forming a strong foundation for the future."
Jared Herr, Roanoke College Class of 2004, Medical Student at the University of Texas Medical Branch
"By far the greatest asset to Roanoke College's pre-med experience was the personal attention I received from my professors and advisors. Their advice helped me to more realistically approach the application process, and the Health Professions Advising Group provided structured deadlines and tools that helped me make sure I was ready for the MCAT and interviews."
Gabriel Spring, Roanoke College Class of 2004, Medical Student at the University of Virginia
"I am working to become a professor and researcher in biochemistry / medicine. Having an in-depth research background helped me get into one of the top-ten biochemistry graduate schools in the country and to be ahead of my peers in terms of research experience."
Chris Berndsen, Roanoke College Class of 2003, Graduate Student at University of Wisconsin--Madison
"At the VCU School of Pharmacy, I have been selected to help with the admissions process. Students are placed on interviewing teams with either a faculty member or an alumnus. From my experience in interviewing, I can see such a difference in a person who has attended a liberal arts school that requires courses outside of their major area of study."
Karen Rymers, Roanoke College Class of 2002, Pharmacy Student at Virginia Commonwealth University
"I am thankful every day that I went to a college that did not squelch my desire to do what I knew I was destined to do--become a doctor. I could not have achieved all that I have without the teachings of the pre-med professors and without the self-confidence that I brought with me out of my years at Roanoke College."
Dianna Bearse, Roanoke College Class of 2000, Medical Student at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
"Roanoke really taught me how to think critically about science, how to analyze data, how to write scientific articles, how to read scientific material and to appreciate biology and medicine more fully. At veterinary school, I was much more prepared for working diligently--while everyone else was struggling to understand the concepts, I was reviewing what I already knew."
Dr. Carrie Mullen Turnbull, Roanoke College Class of 2000, Veterinarian Alexandria, Virginia