Virginia’s highest honor for faculty
Dr. Valerie Banschbach, professor and chair of environmental studies at Roanoke College, has received a 2019 Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.
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Love at first sight
Roanoke is considered one of the most beautiful schools in America.
Buzzing on the inside
Roanoke may seem serene on the outside, but it's full of activity within.
175 years young
Roanoke is a perfect blend of old and new. Stop in and you'll find historic buildings with 21st century technology.
The best of both worlds
At Roanoke you get city and country-grab a latte in Salem, hike the Blue Ridge, then end the day in one of Roanoke city's many restaurants or clubs.
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Have a major in mind?
Roanoke offers more than 106 majors, minors, concentrations and pre-professional programs. Follow your passion here.
Relax--it's OK to be undecided. College is a time to explore, to try new things. We take pride in helping students figure it out.
Goodbye boring classes
You can skip most ordinary survey courses--in our core curriculum, you'll build knowledge and apply that to real problems and issues--through topics that interest you.
The world is your teacher
At Roanoke you'll have opportunities to put knowledge into practice. Internships, service work, creative projects and study away will help you prepare for a career you'll love.
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Find your world
Through the Roanoke Lifework program, you discover a wealth of opportunities to try new things, explore new ideas and meet new people. You find your passion and see a future you want.
Expand your world
You challenge assumptions about yourself and the world. Through study away and exposure to diverse communities, you gain a broader perspective. You push yourself to go beyond your comfort zone.
Build your world
You learn to think critically, solve problems and come up with innovative solutions. You sharpen your communication skills and become an effective leader. You chart your life path
Launch your world
We guarantee you the opportunity for real-world experiences that build your personal resume. Add practical skills, coaching from mentors, and help building your network, and you'll be ready to launch your career.
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16 Fulbright Scholars
With a rigorous honors program, undergraduate research, programs at Oxford, and help applying for grants, you can do amazing work here.
349 students conducted research
Many presented findings at professional conferences and published them in respected journals around the world.
Internationally Renowned Faculty
Roanoke professors are recognized by their peers for scholarship and research, and most importantly, the quality of their teaching.
44% Of Alumni Earn Advanced Degrees
After graduation, Roanoke students get into top-notch grad schools like Chicago, Duke, Georgetown, Notre Dame, William & Mary and Yale.
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Passion is everything
People with passion are changing the world. Discover yours, and a world of opportunity will be waiting for you.
From Undecided to Decided
Students who don't have a major find their path here. See how Haley found hers.
94% deeply engaged
Roanoke students put their passion into practice through real world learning experiences. With a jump on life, they get into top grad schools, start businesses and find great jobs.
Success is living what you love
Software entrepreneurs. Athletic trainers. Marine biologists. Environmental lawyers. Video producers. Roanoke grads lead interesting lives!
Work hard/play hardGet engaged
Your other classroom
Hike the Blue Ridge. Raft the New River. Dive into a mountain lake. Bike through farmland. Fish in a trout-filled stream. It's all just outside your door.
No one is bored here
More than 100 clubs and organizations. 19 Sports. 9 fraternities and sororities. 6 religious groups. When it comes to activities, we're far from a small school.
1461 things to do
Art exhibits, athletic events, lectures, plays, parties, performances-your calendar will never be empty.
25% players, 100% fans
On the field or in the stands, whatever the game, Maroons take it seriously. See the spirit and drive that's brought us 102 ODAC championships in 35 years!
Embrace the worldPack your bags
Big world, bigger vision
Spend a semester abroad. Do a May term somewhere interesting. It's your ticket to a global future.
The world is calling
Erin Keating's love of Shakespeare and creative writing has taken her to the Globe Theatre in London.
1 planet, 196 flavors
200+ international faculty and students. 100+ globally-focused courses. 220+ students travel during May Term, intern or do a semester abroad each year.
Go far away in May
Think you might not be able to swing a semester abroad? Choose a travel course for May Term, and experience life somewhere else.
Love it, Do itGet a running start
Thomas Lux's love of artificial intelligence opens doors to research projects and ultimately grad school.
Your resume starts on day 1
Four years can fly by. That's why we work with you from day one to develop the skills and experience you'll need to land a great job or get into a top grad school.
15,728 passionate lives
Roanoke grads live what they love. They bring passion to places like Amazon, Baltimore Orioles, ESPN, Harvard, JP Morgan, Merck, PepsiCo and Physicians for Peace.
Build the future you want
Kate combines two disparate interests into a fulfilling career.