Readers of The Roanoker name Roanoke top college

Salem, Va. -- Roanoke College was named the year's top college/university within a one-hour drive of the Roanoke Valley by The Roanoker magazine. The College's award is featured in the magazine's May/ June edition.

Readers vote on the top people, businesses, institutions and activities in the Roanoke Valley, from best museums to local singers, for The Roanoker's annual "Best of Roanoke" competition.  

This year, more than 30,000 individual votes were cast by readers in 153 categories, resulting in 465 platinum, gold and silver awards.

Roanoke was the platinum winner in its category, followed by Hollins University with gold and Virginia Tech with silver.

Roanoke offers a wide array of educational and entertaining events to engage the local community and the region. Among many activities, the College sponsors the distinguished Fowler lecture series, hosts Theatre Roanoke College, the Roanoke College Choir and numerous art exhibitions and offers lifelong learning programs, such as Elderscholar.

Roanoke College, a classic liberal arts college in Salem, Virginia, combines firsthand learning with valuable personal connections in a beautiful, undergraduate setting. Roanoke is one of just seven percent of colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review lists Roanoke as the 18th most beautiful campus in its "Best 376 Colleges" 2012 guidebook.

Released: May 8, 2012
Contact Name: Public Relations
Contact Phone: (540) 375-2282
Contact Email: gereaux@roanoke.edu