International Students

Below are some helpful instructions as you prepare your application to Roanoke. We are happy to answer your questions anytime during the admissions process. You may contact us at the Office of Admissions.

1. Application/Choose one of two easy ways to apply:

*Although optional, we strongly encourage you to submit an essay as an example of your writing ability. This may be included on your Roanoke College online application under "additional information."


Application Deadlines:

  • Early Action (non-binding) - Apply between July 15 - November 15; Notification is on a rolling basis
  • Early Decision (binding) - Apply by November 10; Notification by December 10
  • Regular Admission (non-binding) - Apply by April 15; Notification is on a rolling basis

*We will accept applications after these deadlines as space permits. 

2. Academic Transcripts and Records

Official transcripts and academic records should be sent directly to Roanoke College from all high schools/secondary schools and universities you have attended. The transcripts should indicate all completed courses, the final grades received and any certificates or diplomas awarded. Transcripts, in a language other than English, should be accompanied by an official English translation.

Freshman and transfer students wishing to be evaluated for college credit must submit their official university or college transcripts. And, if possible, an academic catalogue with the description of the courses you have taken. Students will potentially receive credit for comparable courses at Roanoke.

Academic transcripts and records may be sent by email to Elise Bennett, Director of International Recruitment or by mail to:

Roanoke College
Office of Admissions
221 College Lane
Salem, VA 24153
U.S.A.

3. Examination Results

All test scores must be sent either through the testing agency/national examination board or emailed to admissions@roanoke.edu directly from the school counselor/registrar.  Test scores will not be accepted by email from the student applying to Roanoke.

Native English Speakers:

International students whose native language is English may submit scores from one of the following examinations:

  • SAT - (code: 5571)*
  • ACT - administered by ACT, Inc.(code: 4392)*
  • National Examinations (official results must be sent from the country's examining body)

Official score reports for the SAT, ACT or National Examinations should be sent to the College directly from the administrator of the test or sent from a secondary school administrator.

*There may be an opportunity for students in the top 20% of their graduating high school class to make the SAT or ACT optional. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions.

Non-Native English Speakers:
One of the following examinations is required of all students, both freshmen and transfers whose native language is not English:

  • TOEFL (recommended score is 79 IBT) - administered by the Educational Testing Service (code: 5571)
  • IELTS (recommended score is 6.0) - jointly managed by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations
  • SAT - administered by the College Board (code: 5571)

4. Financial Support Statement

All international applicants must send a bank-certified statement and/or other form of documentation indicating the annual resources available for their education, such as a letter of financial support. The statement should be sent with the application or supporting documents and is required for the issuance of an I-20 form.

I-20 Application (PDF)
I-20 Application (Word)

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