The rankings take several factors into account: graduation rate, freshman retention and a peer assessment score developed from a survey of presidents, academic deans and deans of admissions at peer colleges in the category. This peer assessment score accounts for 25 percent of a college’s entire score. Roanoke’s peer assessment score showed an increase from the previous year’s rankings.
“This is yet another indication that our academic programs are being recognized for their outstanding quality,” Roanoke College President Sabine U. O’Hara said. “After having been invited this past spring to host a Phi Beta Kappa chapter here at Roanoke College we are delighted that our academic achievements are gaining further attention. This recognition is also a tribute to the hard work and commitment of our faculty and staff to provide our students with an outstanding educational experience here at Roanoke.”
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 received recognition in Kaplan’s The Unofficial, Unbiased Guide to the 328 Most Interesting Colleges, 2004 Edition. The book names Roanoke College as one of the top “schools that offer the best value for your tuition dollar.” The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the “best in the mid-Atlantic.”
Roanoke’s 1,900 students represent 39 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. Roanoke offers 33 majors, 28 minors and 17 concentrations including pre-professional majors in law, medicine, dentistry, engineering and ministry.