Your Plan for Life

“To us, the goal of a good education is more than a degree, it’s completing the puzzle that is you.”

Dr. Richard Smith, Vice President and Dean of the College

At Roanoke, we help you put the pieces together to understand who you truly are-what you care deeply about, what you do well, how you relate to the world. Through challenge inside and outside the classroom, you grow as a whole person, gaining the confidence, self-knowledge and personal authority needed to make important decisions about your life.

Working closely with you, we help you chart your path through college where you acquire the knowledge, experiences and skills you'll need to pursue what you love and make a meaningful contribution to the world. When you leave Roanoke you have a plan you're ready to live.

Having your own plan will help you rethink your world, and be ready to launch yourself into it.

Find your world: Through our innovative core program, 100+ academic programs and a wide array of athletic, civic, creative, social and spiritual organizations, you to try new things, explore new ideas, meet new people. You find your passion and see a future of your own making.

Expand your world: We make sure you challenge what you know and believe in, and push yourself to see what you're capable of. You're sure of your choices and your ability to act on them.


Build your world: We help you combine your passion and talents to chart a unique life path of your own. In every class you take, you sharpen your skills and knowledge-you think critically, come up with innovative solutions, learn to lead and communicate clearly and effectively.

Launch your world: From day one, you start work on a personal resume, honing your skills, gaining practical experience through internships and research, and using campus and alumni connections to build your own personal network. With coaching from faculty and alumni mentors, you're ready to lean into a career you love, confident you'll make a real difference.

We guarantee you the opportunity for real-world experiences. Internships, research, creative works, service learning, and study away will help you build your personal resume. 

Maroons use their personal plans to pursue amazing careers

“Roanoke helped me develop a plan for the rest of my life in my first semester here, and then gave me the confidence to actually pursue it.”

Jake Trombley '20