Roanoke College celebrates enrollment and retention success

SALEM, Va.-Roanoke College marked its sixth straight year of full-time enrollment records this fall. The College has a record number of full-time students with 2,003 students enrolled. The total enrollment (full-time and part-time students) stands at 2,103. This is the third straight year that the College has enrolled more than 2,000 students. 

Freshman applications were up again for the tenth year in a row. Roanoke received a record 4,495 applications for the freshman class of 565. A record sophomore class also is reason to celebrate. Roanoke's retention from first to second year is the second best in the College's history. 

"These achievements are especially significant given the recent economic environment, and they speak to the overall strength of Roanoke College," says Brenda Poggendorf, vice president of enrollment. "In virtually every area of the College, people are striving - and succeeding - to enhance the Roanoke College experience for our students."

The Class of 2014 includes 565 freshmen. It is the second largest class in history and exceeded the year's recruitment goals. The freshmen were joined by 85 transfer students. Roanoke students come from 40 states and 23 foreign countries.

"Roanoke is 'up and coming' in national media and in enrollment, thanks to improvements in students' experiences here," says Michael Maxey, president of the College.

Roanoke's strength extends beyond its enrollment records. Roanoke also completed its 55th year "in the black" with a balanced budget. Roanoke was named the nation's seventh highest "up and coming" college by U.S. News and World Report. Roanoke was recognized by others in higher education as an institution that has made promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, student life, campus or facilities.

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

Released: October 26, 2010
Contact Name: Public Relations
Contact Phone: (540) 375-2282
Contact Email: gereaux@roanoke.edu