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Roanoke College is an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college. Founded in 1842, it is the second-oldest Lutheran-related college in America. Discover why US News and World Report, The Princeton Review and Forbes Magazine consistently rank Roanoke as one of the top colleges and liberal arts programs in the nation.

Roanoke College from above at sunset
  • Top 9%

    Princeton Review’s Best 387 Colleges 

  • #14

    Princeton Review’s best college radio stations

  • Top 7%

    One of only 293 institutions to house Phi Beta Kappa honor society chapter

  • 1 of 16

    Roanoke was recognized as one of 16 colleges of distinction in the state for 2024.

  • 1,759

    full-time students 

  • 18

    average class size

  • 100+

    areas of study, including majors, minors, concentrations and pre-professional programs.

  • 79%

    of students live on campus.

Learn about yourself and find your place on the court, track or in the great outdoors. 

Students hanging out outdoors on the Maroon Athletic Quad

Roanoke’s 80-acre campus is unlike any other. Rich in history and traditions, Roanoke is yours to discover.

  • Top 20

    Ranked among the most beautiful campuses by The Princeton Review in 2012.

  • 10%

    of campus buildings are on state and national historic registers.

  • 10

    miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Appalachian Trail.

  • 8

    major cities with nonstop flights to and from Roanoke, which is also served by Amtrak's northeast regional line. 

Located in the heart of Salem (pop. 25,373), Roanoke offers small-town beauty with access to big-city amenities. 

Salem Virginia at sunrise
  • 116

    tenure-track faculty

  • 95%

    of faculty hold the highest degree possible in their field.

  • 96%

    of alumni say Roanoke professors are genuinely interested in students.

  • 90%

    of alumni say Roanoke professors influenced their personal growth.


  • Roanoke College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award master's and baccalaureate degrees. Questions about the accreditation of Roanoke College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (
    • The three-fold purpose for publishing the commission's address and contact number is to enable interested constituents 1) to learn about the accreditation status of the institution; 2) to file a third-party comment at the time of the institution's decennial review; 3) to file a complaint against the institution for alleged non-compliance with a standard or requirement.
    • Note that normal inquiries about the institution, such as admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, etc., should be addressed directly to Roanoke College and not to the commission's office.

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