Steps to Apply

Below are some helpful instructions as you prepare your application to Roanoke. We are happy to answer your questions anytime during the admissions process. You may contact us at the Office of Admissions.

1. Application/Choose one of two easy ways to apply:

*Although optional, we strongly encourage you to submit an essay as an example of your writing ability. This may be included on your Roanoke College online application under "personal statement."

Application Deadlines:

Application Types Application Deadlines Decision Release
Early Action I September 15 October 2
Early Decision November 18 Rolling after October 1
Early Action II November 18 December 4
Regular Decision April 1 Rolling after December 2
Transfer (Aug. Start) May 15 Rolling
Transfer (Jan. Start) Nov. 15 Rolling

*We will accept applications after these deadlines as space permits.

2. Academic Transcripts and Records

Official transcripts and academic records should be sent directly to Roanoke College from all high schools/secondary schools and universities you have attended. The transcripts should indicate all completed courses, the final grades received and any certificates or diplomas awarded. Transcripts, in a language other than English, should be accompanied by an official English translation.

Freshman and transfer students wishing to be evaluated for college credit must submit their official university or college transcripts, and, if possible, an academic catalogue with the description of the courses you have taken. Students will potentially receive credit for comparable courses at Roanoke.

Academic transcripts and records may be sent by email to Elise Bennett, Director of International Recruitment or by mail to:

Roanoke College
Office of Admissions
221 College Lane
Salem, VA 24153

3. Examination Results

All test scores must be sent either through the testing agency/national examination board or emailed to directly from the school counselor/registrar.  Test scores will not be accepted by email from the student applying to Roanoke.

Native English Speakers:
International students whose native language is English may submit scores from one of the following examinations:

  • SAT - (code: 5571)*
  • ACT - administered by ACT, Inc.(code: 4392)*
  • National Examinations (official results must be sent from the country's examining body)

Official score reports for the SAT, ACT or National Examinations should be sent to the College directly from the administrator of the test or sent from a secondary school administrator.

Non-Native English Speakers:
One of the following examinations is required of all students, both freshmen and transfers whose native language is not English:

  • TOEFL (recommended score is 80 IBT or higher) – administered by the Educational Testing Service (code: 5571)
  • IELTS (recommended score is 6.0 or higher) – jointly managed by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations
  • SAT – administered by the College Board (code: 5571)

4. Financial Support Statement

All international applicants who do not wish to apply for financial aid must print and submit by email the Roanoke College Certificate of Finances along with a bank-certified statement and/or other form of documentation indicating the annual resources available for their education. 

All international students who do wish to apply for need-based financial aid must print and submit by email the Roanoke College International Financial Aid Application Roanoke College I-20 Application, along with a bank-certified statement and/or other form of documentation indicating the annual resources for their education.  All certificates, applications, and bank statements may be emailed to or to Elise Bennett, Director of International Recruitment, at

Roanoke College Certificate of Finances

Roanoke College International Financial Aid Application

Limited financial aid is available.  To apply, fill out this Financial Aid Application (optional)

5. Once Accepted to Roanoke College - Pay Your Deposit!

Pay your tuition deposit by May 1 to hold your place in the freshmen class. After you submit your tuition deposit, if you are in need of an I-20 form to apply for your F-1 student visa, please fill out the appropriate I-20 Application below and return it to Elise Bennett, Director of International Recruitment, at

I-20 Application Resident (PDF)
I-20 Application Resident (Word)
I-20 Application Commuter (PDF)
I-20 Application Commuter (Word)


Roanoke College Application

Roanoke College believes that commitment to principles of fairness and respect for all is favorable to the free and open exchange of ideas, and the College seeks to reach out as widely as possible in order to attract the ablest individuals as students, faculty, and staff. In applying this policy, the College is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of personal beliefs or characteristics such as political views, religion, national or ethnic origin, race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, marital or domestic partnership status, veteran status, disability, genetic information and/or other characteristics protected by applicable law in any phase of its education or employment programs or activities. See College’s full EEO policy

In addition, pursuant to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and supporting regulations, Roanoke College does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education programs or activities that it operates; this extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its supporting regulations may be directed to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education or to the College’s Title IX Coordinator: Mr. Aaron L. Fetrow – (540) 375-2230.