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Roanoke College lands top local college honor

  • Roanoke College lands top local college honor

  • 06/30/11
  • SALEM, Va.-Roanoke College recently added a local accolade to its honor flag.

    The June edition of The Roanoker Magazine named Roanoke College the top college/university in the Roanoke Valley.

    Readers vote on the top people, businesses, institutions and activities in the Roanoke Valley, from best sporting events to radio personalities, for the magazine's annual "Best of Roanoke" competition. Roanoke College was named the platinum winner in its category, followed by Hollins University with gold and Virginia Western Community College with silver.

    The magazine accolade comes several months after Roanoke was chosen as one of the best 376 colleges in the country by the Princeton Review. The popular guidebook's 2012 edition will be available in stores in August.

    Also, last year, U.S. News & World Report named Roanoke to its 2011 list of Up-and-coming National Liberal Arts Colleges. Roanoke joined some other Virginia schools as up and comers, including a tie with the University of Richmond in the National Liberal Arts Colleges category.

    "Roanoke College is a national college with a local emphasis," said Roanoke College President Michael Maxey. "We are pleased that our recognition this year reflects that. US News, Princeton Review, and now the Roanoker Magazine are three verifications that great things happen for students at Roanoke College."

    Roanoke College offers a variety of programs aimed at the local community.  The College co-sponsors The Roanoke Regional Forum, which brings leading speakers to downtown Roanoke to discuss relevant and compelling subjects. Guests have included CBS News' Byron Pitts and Stephen Dubner, author of "Freakonomics".  The Henry H. Fowler Public Affairs Lecture Series also brings national and international speakers to the Roanoke Valley for community events. Last year, the Fowler program welcomed retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor to campus. This fall, the Fowler program welcomes historian Doris Kearns Goodwin to campus as part of a Civil War series. Elderscholar is a popular classroom lecture series for senior citizens.

    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 one of the "Best 376 Colleges" in its 2012 guidebook, which includes the top nine percent of colleges, and U.S. News & World Report ranks Roanoke the number seven "Up-and-coming National Liberal Arts College."

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