Our Community

We're lucky to be part of such a diverse and welcoming community, and are committed to enhancing the lives of its citizens and the learning of our students. We want to connect our school and community in ways that benefit all parties. We encourage students to participate in the rich experiences the Roanoke Valley has to offer, and invite community members to participate in the life of the College through lectures, athletic events, and artistic exhibits and performances. We'd like to build on relationships offered by businesses, government agencies and nonprofits to provide our students with internships and service-learning experiences, and offer the support of our faculty, staff and students to help strengthen community organizations. 

We believe the Roanoke Valley can be a laboratory for student/community learning and engagement. To that end, we are working to broaden our relationships with citizens in the Valley and strengthen partnerships with its many organizations:     

  • We welcome the community to our many lectures, exhibits and performances.
  • We focus College resources where they can best help address local issues.
  • We encourage faculty to engage students in local fieldwork and urge students to participate in service projects that will benefit the community.
  • We work with local organizations to provide internships for students and employment for graduates.
  • We work with local entrepreneurs to strengthen their ventures and act as mentors to student entrepreneurs.

Upcoming Events

Twilight Information Session & Tours

Our evening program will allow you to learn more about why Roanoke College is a great college choice!

Learn more

Date | Time: August 12 - November 4, 2021 | 4:00 PM
Location: Roanoke College - Antrim Chapel

Guide to Writing Your College Essay

Does the Common Application confuse you?  Started writing that college essay but now stuck?  Haven’t started your college essay?  Join us to learn what you need to do to write an effective college essay.

Learn more

Date | Time: Thursday, August 12, 2021 | 5:30 PM
Location: Virtual Event

A guide to Roanoke College and the Application and Financial Aid Process for International Student

Are you an international student interested in attending Roanoke College?  Want to learn more about Roanoke?  How to apply for admission?   Join us to learn more!

Learn more

Date | Time: Monday, August 16, 2021 | 1:00 PM
Location: Virtual Event

Applying to College: Helpful Hints from an Admission Counselor

Does the college application process confuse you? We'll take you through the college application process and give you some do’s and don’ts.

Learn more

Date | Time: Monday, August 23, 2021 | 7:00 PM
Location: Virtual Event

New England Alumni Chapter Polo Match Tailgate

Join the Roanoke College New England Alumni Chapter for a tailgate at the Newport vs. New York Polo match

Learn more

Date | Time: Saturday, August 28, 2021 | 1:00 PM
Location: Portsmouth, Rhode Island

Roanoke students are serving the community through local nonprofits, including:

  • Samaritan Inn
  • Roanoke Rescue Mission
  • Micah's Backpack
  • West End Center
  • Head Start
  • Lincoln Terrace Elementary School
  • Star City Foundation
  • Family Promise of Greater Roanoke
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Commonwealth Catholic Charities

Thank you for offering our students internships

Logos of: WSLS10, Roanoke Civic Center, Planned Parenthood, Center in the Square, Red Cross, HopeTree Family Services, Virginia State Police, FBI, YMCA, Salem City School District, Taubman Museum of Art, Mill Mountain Zoo, and Virginia Museum of Transportation

We all pitch in.

Watch Video three students building a Habitat house
Each year, Roanoke students work with the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate to build a home for a needy Roanoke Valley family.