Dr. Rachel Collins with students
9.09.2019
By Roanoke College News

Roanoke College recognized for strength of teaching in 2020 U.S. News rankings

Roanoke College has been named one of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges for undergraduate teaching.

U.S. News & World Report today released its “Best Undergraduate Teaching” list for National Liberal Arts Colleges. Roanoke College ranked 40th (tied) out of 71 National Liberal Arts colleges recognized.

This is the first time Roanoke College has been recognized on this list.

According to U.S. News & World Report, the Best Undergraduate Teaching rankings focus on schools where faculty and administrators are committed to teaching undergraduate students in a high-quality manner. College presidents, provosts and admissions deans who participated in the annual U.S. News peer assessment survey were asked to nominate up to 15 schools in their Best Colleges ranking category with a strength in undergraduate teaching.

“Roanoke College faculty prize teaching above all else in their work.”

Dr. Richard Smith, vice president for academic affairs and student affairs

The U.S. News and World Report survey asked top academics to name the schools they believe have an unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching.

“Roanoke College faculty prize teaching above all else in their work,” said Dr. Richard Smith, vice president for academic affairs and student affairs. “Our inclusion on this list recognizes what I have known since I arrived at this college – our faculty is committed to fostering an environment that helps each student discover high value careers and lives with meaning and purpose.”

Roanoke College, located in Salem, VA, offers an innovative core curriculum and majors that allow for depth of study and research. Roanoke College encourages students to believe in themselves and their potential.  Students participate in internships, creative projects, community service, and study away — endeavors that help them find their purpose in life. The Roanoke College experience is a full one, only enhanced by our setting — minutes away from a vibrant city and the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains.