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.
U.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%.
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.
The program allows students to pursue subjects outside of class that interest them.
Dr. Peter Hotez received an honorary Doctor of Science at commencement on May 7 and spoke to several groups as part of his visit to campus.