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For nearly 200 years, we have championed our students' potential and provided transformational educational experiences.

drone image of campus at sunrise
a student studying
  • 80

    acres of campus surrounded by the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains 


    The Princeton Review recognized Roanoke as one of the nation’s best schools for undergraduate education in 2023.

  • 97

    areas of study

  • 140+

    clubs and organizations

Come see where city streets and scenic views meet. Tucked into the Roanoke Valley and part of the greater Roanoke City metro, some 300,000 residents strong, is where you’ll stand eye-to-eye with mountains. Funky shops and affordable necessities are all around you, with our 80-acre campus and the city proper intermingling like the 175-year-old friends they are.

Skyline of Roanoke with mountains beyond

Historic? Yes. Beautiful? Oh, yes! A view of downtown Roanoke.

Students at a local brewery

There are so many fun places to go. Big Lick Brewing Company features games and live music in the heart of downtown Roanoke. 

Student tubing on the Roanoke River

Grab a tube and take your pick of local rivers and creeks.

Students dining at El Jefe

There are many great restaurant options within walking distance. Make it Taco Tuesday at El Jefe

Elmwood Park concert

Roanoke's Elmwood Park Amphitheater is a great place to see local and national music performances. Past performers include: Huey Lewis and the News, Blue Oyster Cult, Ziggy Marley and Darius Rucker. 

Students resting at the top of a mountain

The Roanoke Valley offers so many great hiking trails and views.

Downtown Roanoke

Downtown Roanoke offers your choice of many restaurants, bars, coffee shops and music venues.  View the restaurant map.


FloydFest is an annual music festival featuring past performers like The Black Crowes, My Morning Jacket, Sheryl Crow, Brandi Carlile, Bruce Hornsby and The Lumineers.


Cool off with a waterfall hike. Find your waterfall

Downtown Roanoke at night

Downtown Roanoke offers your choice of many restaurants, bars, coffee shops and music venues.  View the restaurant map.