Choosing a College: Roanoke College

There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. As such, we are highlighting a new college each week in our School Spotlight series. Check out the college below, along with the other posts in our series, and you may just stumble upon your dream school!

School Spotlight: Roanoke College
Salem, VA

“Classic” is a word often used to describe picturesque Roanoke College, both in regard to their academics and beautiful campus. As a private liberal arts college, Roanoke offers 34 majors in popular fields such as psychology, business, and biology, but students can also choose to concentrate in unique disciplines like health care administration, legal studies, and screen studies. Students interested in engineering can take advantage of a dual degree program with nearby Virginia Tech (located just 30 minutes from campus) that grants two B.S. degrees (one in math or physics, and the other in engineering) in five years. And while there are several education requirements at Roanoke, the courses that satisfy them are anything but traditional. The flexible and creative core curriculum includes class options such as “Here’s to Your Health” (for the statistical reasoning requirement) and “Chemistry & Crime” (for the scientific reasoning component). Another innovative aspect of Roanoke’s curriculum is Intensive Learning – a three-week May term that immerses students in a single topic of study. In May 2019, students can choose from dozens of options including “The Psychology of Eating” on campus or “Cooperation & Conflict: Middle East” in Israel. Lutheran-affiliated Roanoke enrolls just over 2,000 students, 55 percent of whom hail from Virginia. The remaining members of the student body come from 40 states and over 30 different countries.

Photo credit: Top, Courtesy of Roanoke College


Written by Elyse Krantz
Elyse Krantz is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions experts. Elyse received her BA in linguistics from Dartmouth College and her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to joining College Coach, Elyse worked as an admissions officer at Barnard College and Bennington College. Visit our website to learn more about Elyse Krantz.