Roanoke College (RC) - located in Salem, Virginia in the United States – is a private, liberal arts college that is home to 2,000 undergraduate students from 32 different countries. The school offers over 35 majors and Bachelor’s degrees in arts, science, and business administration.   

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Roanoke College guides students through their college journey, helping them to understand who they truly are, what they are good at and where they can apply these qualities in the professional world. The faculty and staff not only challenge students in the classroom, but they also encourage real-life experience through internships, service work, study-abroad programs, creative projects, hands-on intensive learning experiences, and research projects. More than 90% of RC students embark on real-life experience programs to gain knowledge, build confidence, and learn practical skills. Roanoke College helps students make a blueprint for their careers and what they hope to achieve in the future.


Innovative Core Curriculum

Roanoke College prides itself on doing things differently with its revolutionary core curriculum. It is one of only a few colleges in the United States to offer students core classes that cover more than just general education. These classes give students the opportunity to study something different and interesting, while simultaneously learning fundamental concepts and skills that can be used in the real world. There are over 199 innovative core classes at Roanoke – some of the topics are Chemistry and Crime, Global Citizenship, How Women Got the Vote, Mobile Apps, Myths of Musical Genius, Psychology in the Media, and A Study of American Film.

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Merit-based Scholarships

Roanoke College aims to give students the freedom and opportunity to achieve their goals and aspirations, and with this philosophy in mind, the school offers several merit-based scholarships to students across all programs who study hard and achieve good grades. Over $30 million has been given to students in the form of these merit scholarships, as recognition for their diligence. The school also holds a Scholars Competition where students can audition and apply for a music, theatre, or arts scholarship. No matter what your financial situation, RC recognises and rewards each student’s individual accomplishments and dedication.  


Student Life At RC

Roanoke College and the surrounding valley are full of fun, exciting things to do, and places to discover. The school has over 100 student clubs and organisations on its roster, some of which include Roanoke College Choir, Entrepreneurs Club, The Brackety-Ack campus newspaper, Habitat for Humanity, International Club, Interfaith Council, and Outdoor Adventures. There are also many activities planned every week on campus such as plays, lectures, sports events, dances, and barbecues. Students will find restaurants, shopping, and nightlife all served with an abundance of warm southern hospitality.

School Rankings and Recognition

All the attention RC gives to helping students find and nurture their passions, be lifelong learners, and open their minds to global issues has paid off. Not only was Roanoke College recognised as one of the top 20 most beautiful campuses in the country, the school was also ranked as #4 on US News & World Report’s list of up-and-coming liberal arts colleges. In addition, Forbes Magazine placed Roanoke College in the top 10% of colleges in their 2015 “America’s Best Colleges” list. RC is one of only 286 institutions with the high academic credentials required to house a Phi Beta Kappa honour society chapter!


Roanoke College helps students make a blueprint for their careers and what they hope to achieve in the future.

Discover the Roanoke Valley

Roanoke College sits next to the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains; in 2012, Princeton Review ranked the 80-acre campus as the 18th most beautiful campus in America. With a population of 25,000 residents, the city of Salem, Virginia is a small-sized college town. The college is only 10 minutes away from the larger city of Roanoke, Virginia – a city that has been ranked many times as one of the most liveable places in the US. Roanoke College is also conveniently positioned about 10 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Appalachian Trail, and the Roanoke River.

There is a strong sense of community at Roanoke College. The faculty and staff have created a welcoming environment on campus where students are encouraged to participate in school activities, and community outreach initiatives. With students from 32 different countries, international students will find a warm and supportive atmosphere at RC and in Salem.


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