Roanoke Sets Application Record for Sixth Straight Year

SALEM, VA— More students are trying to get into Roanoke College. Applications have increased four percent from last year and almost 25 percent over the last decade. In fact, this is the sixth consecutive year—and the eighth time in the past nine years—that Roanoke has seen a record number of freshman applications. College administrators attribute the increase to a combination of factors that include outstanding academic programs, committed faculty and staff, and the growing reputation of Roanoke College.

To date, Roanoke has received 3,095 applications for openings in the freshman class for fall 2006. Students who have been accepted for admission have been invited to attend an open house on Saturday, April 8 to help them in the decision making process. At the open house, which is the largest prospective student event on campus, students will have the option to attend a class taught by a Roanoke professor and to tour the residence halls and note their top choice.

Just over 70 percent of applicants will be accepted to Roanoke. The college is anticipating the freshman class will number approximately 530 students, a group slightly larger than last year’s freshman class.

“Six record years in a row demonstrates that our college culture works to do better each year for our students,” Michael C. Maxey, vice president for college relations, said. “We are delighted that Roanoke’s progressive attitude is perceived by incoming students.”

Roanoke College, the country’s second oldest Lutheran-related college, is an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college. Roanoke is one of just 270 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor societies. Roanoke College is listed in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges Guide as a national liberal arts college. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the “best in the mid-Atlantic.” Roanoke’s 1,900 students represent 41 states across the U.S. and 25 foreign countries. Roanoke College offers three degrees: bachelor of business administration, bachelor of arts and bachelor of science.

For additional information, please call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.