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2000 students, 66% take leadership role, 93% alumni satisfied, 18 average class size, 94% experiential learning, 17% multicultural students, 35 NCAA and club teams, 100+ student organizations

Cover of the princeton review: the best 379 colleges 2015 editionU.S. News & World Report says we are really up-and-coming.

According to U.S. News & World Report, Roanoke College ranks #4 among national up-and-coming liberal arts colleges.

The Princeton Review thinks our Blue Ridge campus is gorgeous.

In 2012, The Princeton Review rated us one of the top 20 most beautiful college and university campuses in the country. 

Forbes Magazine puts us in the top tier of colleges in America.

Forbes Magazine's 2015 annual review of American colleges and universities included Roanoke as one of the colleges in the top 10%.

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Creating your own life plan is what sets Roanoke apart

When you leave Roanoke you have a plan you're ready to live.
Working closely with you, we help you chart your path through college. We push you to challenge assumptions about the world and your role in it, building confidence and a strong sense of personal authority. Through experiences in and outside the classroom, you acquire the knowledge and skills you'll need to make a real contribution.

Giving you the tools to create and live your own plan is what distinguishes a Roanoke education.

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Recycling Awareness Week

Join the Recycling Program in RC Recycling Awareness week Nov. 13-17 and learn more about the Outdoor Recycling Program. 

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Roanoke College's 175th Anniversary Photo

We need you! In honor of the College's 175th Anniversary, the College will be taking a photo with as many from the college community as possible. Please plan to come and bring your friends to be included in this historic image.Teaser here

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Roanoke College is an independent, co-educational, 4-year liberal arts college. Founded in 1842, we are the second-oldest Lutheran-related college in America. We seek and welcome students of all races, creeds, nationalities and ethnic origins.

We pack a lot into this valley.

A great college town, a vibrant city and 200 square miles of outdoor adventure are just minutes from campus.