Freshman applications to Roanoke College are at an all-time high

SALEM, Va. - Roanoke College has received a record number of freshman applications for the 10th straight year. Applications for the fall of 2010 have already reached 4,400 and are running nearly 7% above the same period in 2009. Roanoke received a total of 4,169 applications for the freshman class in fall 2009.

Brenda Porter Poggendorf, vice president for enrollment and dean of admissions and financial aid, says, "This trend is a sign that a Roanoke education is in demand by prospective students. The fact that the state, region and country are in the second year of a trend of fewer high school graduates  means that the increase we are seeing is all the more noteworthy."

Poggendorf notes that the College's target enrollment for 2010 is 550, similar to the class that entered in 2009. Therefore, the increase in applications means that the College must be more selective in its admission policies this year.

Roanoke College, an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college in Salem, Virginia, combines firsthand learning with valuable personal connections in a classic, undergraduate setting. Roanoke prepares students for their futures through its commitment to providing a true classic college experience. Roanoke is one of just 280 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the "best in the Southeast."

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

Released: April 14, 2010
Contact Name: Public Relations
Contact Phone: (540) 375-2282
Contact Email: gereaux@roanoke.edu