Roanoke College

Roanoke College Welcomes New Students


Roanoke College’s faculty and staff are busily preparing for its newest crop of students. Freshmen arrive to the Salem campus on Saturday, August 26. They begin their college careers with four days of orientation activities designed to help them acclimate to campus life and prepare for their first Roanoke College courses. Classes begin on Wednesday, August 30.

New students move into the residence halls starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, August 24. Freshmen residence halls are located near Clay and Market Streets. The Maroon Corps, upperclassmen who assist with orientation, are on hand to help new students and their parents carry boxes, appliances, clothing, stereos, etc. into the residence halls.

As part of this year’s orientation, students, parents and the College community will build a two-bedroom Habitat for Humanity home in just five days.  Roanoke College is changing its normal Service Day projects and bringing it home to “R House.”  This will be the first Habitat home to be built as part of a college orientation.  It will be constructed on the campus parking lot at the corner of College Avenue and E. Clay Street. Students, faculty and staff will work everyday, rain or shine, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. from August 24 to August 29. 

As has become tradition at Roanoke, new students will be welcomed into the community at an induction ceremony on the morning of Sunday, August 27 at 9:15 a.m. in the Bast Center. They will attend other meetings during orientation days, including several sessions with faculty members in what are known as their “O” groups.

The entire orientation schedule is available online at

This year’s incoming freshman class of 507 students was selected from a record number of applicants. 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 applications.

Roanoke also welcomes 96 students who transferred from other institutions to attend Roanoke, setting another important record for the College.

Other highlights of the class of 2010:

  • 12 valedictorians and salutatorians
  • 20 international students
  • 266 students representing 31 states other than Virginia
  • 48 percent from Virginia
  • 50 minority students
  • Most popular majors:  business administration, English, biology, psychology and athletic training

Media persons interested in covering orientation events may contact the Public Relations office at (540) 375-2282 or on the cell phone at (540) 815-2421 to make arrangements to do so.