They're in good hands
Whether students come here with a deep interest, or are still searching, we help them find their path and prepare them to live what they love. Like you, their Roanoke family-peers, professors, staff and alumni-will challenge and encourage them, help them prepare for a career and take pride in their success.
Historical and Cultural Virtual Tour Learn about our roots
As it is with any historic institution, Roanoke College's past is tied to its present and future. Thanks to this new and immersive virtual tour, it's easier than ever to learn about the history and culture of the College. You'll take a journey through nearly 180 years of history, including major events, the evolution of buildings on campus, the artwork we have on campus, how student life has changed over the years, and the groundbreaking research that's leading to important discussions about our past.
"Roanoke College is a treasure, and when you have a treasure, you want to share it with other people," President Michael C. Maxey said about the tour.
Click the button below to open our treasure chest.
Roanoke College’s Center for Studying Structures of Race has been recognized for a new walking tour that sheds light on a difficult part of history.
The Annapolis Group of Liberal Arts Colleges is a nonprofit that works to advance the cause of liberal arts schools on a national scale.
More than 85% of our students receive merit or need-based financial assistance making Roanoke more affordable than you might think. Learn more.
Who thrives at Roanoke?
While many different students come here, we've found that four types do especially well. If any of these describe your child, Roanoke may be a great fit. You might find more than one describe your child.
Focused Achievers enjoy learning and take pride in academic accomplishment. If you're a Focused Achiever, you'll do really well at Roanoke. With small classes, a vibrant Honors program, and opportunities to do research as an undergraduate, you're given the tools and encouragement you'll need to excel. In our close-knit community, you'll gain the recognition you might miss in a large school. With support from faculty, most Focused Achievers get into good graduate programs immediately after Roanoke.
Something clicks for Up-and-comers in high school-it might be a great teacher, a sport, activity or cause they care about, or a career they want to pursue. Seeing what they want and are capable of, they start to shine. If this sounds like you, you could really take off at Roanoke. Professors and staff will work closely with you to help you recognize your talents, challenge yourself and build the skills, experiences and confidence you'll need to succeed in a career you love. With grit, tenacity and a strong work ethic, Up-and-comers turn into rising stars at Roanoke. When they graduate, they often prove to be our most successful and loyal alumni.
Seekers are often inquisitive, creative thinkers. They may have many interests, but haven't found one yet that truly excites them. If you think you're a Seeker, Roanoke is a great environment for you. With a wide range of courses and activities, you're likely to find what you've been searching for. Our faculty are great talent spotters, and will work with you to help you identify your true passion, and then run with it.
Connectors are natural networkers who seem to know everyone, get involved in many organizations, and get things done. If Connector describes you, you'll probably be drawn to the family atmosphere of Roanoke on your first visit. Small classes, supportive faculty and staff, and a friendly atmosphere, will help you thrive here. Through group work in academics, athletics and organizations, you'll find many opportunities to build leadership and networking skills.