Roanoke College develops students as whole persons and prepares them for responsible lives of learning, service, and leadership by promoting their intellectual, ethical, spiritual and personal growth.
We champion potential, providing learning and leadership through leading-edge academic programs and transformative educational experiences, giving students the mettle, mindset, and empathy to pursue lives of purpose, build meaningful careers, and meet our society’s most pressing needs.
As such, Roanoke College is committed to being a leading national liberal arts college, a model of experiential learning, and a community committed to open discourse and civil debate as ways of learning and as preparation for service in the world.
Roanoke College pursues its mission through an innovative curriculum that combines a core program in the liberal arts; major fields of study in the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities and fine arts; along with career-oriented, specialized programs of study. Founded by Lutherans in 1842, Roanoke College welcomes and reflects a variety of religious traditions. The College honors its Christian heritage and its partnership with the Lutheran church by nurturing a dialogue between faith and reason. In keeping with its history and mission, the College strives to be a diverse community, nationally and internationally. Central to achieving the purposes of the College is a strong commitment to liberal education and its vision of human freedom leading to service within the human community. The College's learning goals, therefore, focus upon developing both a student's confident sense of freedom in the world and a sense of purpose in using that freedom. Through these goals the College strives to produce resourceful, informed, and responsible citizens prepared for productive careers and for leadership in community.
Goal 1: Foster student success and well-being
Goal 2: Advance academic innovation and transformative learning experiences
Goal 3: Promote administrative, financial and operational excellence
Goal 4: Advance access, diversity, inclusion and belonging
Goal 5: Elevate Roanoke College’s distinctiveness
Championing potential and purpose leaves a legacy of good that belongs to every Maroon, our community and the world.
Guiding Principles — We will:
- be student-ready, student-first;
- foster an ethos of assessment and continuous improvement;
- deploy a technology-enhanced and data-informed environment designed for agility;
- foster a human-centered, well-being-oriented work culture;
- be environmentally responsible;
- be courageous and take measured and reasoned risks; and
- commit to a life-long relationship with our alumni and robust corporate, industry, educational and nonprofit partnerships.