Roanoke College

Bachelor's programmes

Natural Sciences & Mathematics (9)
Arts, Design & Architecture (5)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (3)
Computer Science & IT (2)
Engineering & Technology (2)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)
Journalism & Media (1)



Roanoke College is an independent, co-educational, 4-year liberal arts college. Founded in 1842, we are the second-oldest Lutheran-related college in America. We seek and welcome students of all races, creeds, nationalities and ethnic origins.


  • 48 majors, 29 minors and 27 concentrations and 12 pre-professional programs
  • Degrees offered: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Elementary and secondary teacher licensure
  • Foreign languages available: 10 (3 with degree paths) including Ancient Greek, Chinese (Mandarin), English as a second language, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian and Spanish


When you think about research and independent inquiry opportunities at Roanoke College, think of yourself as an explorer. Because what you will do here is explore: from the deep mysteries of the genome to the marginalized heroines of Jane Austen; from unmarked graves in Salem to uncharted gun control laws in Richmond; from analyzing shoulder fatigue in young baseball pitchers to creating a virtual web site for old Pompeii. Your options to explore, from your first year onward, will be limited only by your interests and imagination.  Research at Roanoke College includes scholarship in all areas from the arts and humanities to the social sciences and sciences.


The Office of Career Services maintains a library of print resources, a variety of handouts, and other information on career fields related to Roanoke College majors and others.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2021

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Housing services

At Roanoke you'll find well-appointed residence halls with lots of amenities: digital cable and WiFi in every room, lounge space, study rooms, laundry and kitchens. Most dorms are just a short walk from academic buildings, athletic facilities and the library.

Our food is great, too, with an extensive, ever-changing buffet served continuously in the Sutton Commons, plus a selection of "grab and go" favorites in the Cavern, Fruitions and Rooney's Brews. Want a change of pace?  There are fun places to eat a few blocks away in Salem, or just a short drive away in downtown Roanoke.

Library services

The Fintel Library is the intellectual center of Roanoke College. Its impressive collection of books, journals, media and archival resources, access to myriad electronic resources, and contemporary facilities create the perfect environment for you to read, study, explore, develop ideas, gather data and conduct research.

ICT services

Security of the campus network is the primary concern of the Wi-Fi infrastructure. Roanoke College uses the Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2) standard to ensure all data transferred is secure from your computer to our servers. In addition, the network also requires authentication with a Roanoke College username and password, preventing outsiders from accessing the college network.

Medical services

Our experienced staff members provide quality, confidential and compassionate health care to the students of Roanoke College. Roanoke College Student Health & Counseling Services is nurse-directed, operating under the direct medical supervision of a local doctor. Our team is skilled in the assessment and treatment of health issues of college students.

Student Life

Campus life

Plays, films, lectures, performances, athletic events, social events, outings—there are dozens of activities at Roanoke each week.

As a student at Roanoke College, you'll be able to find everything you're looking for within walking distance. Nightlife, dining, shopping: it's all right around the corner on Main Street.

Sports facilities

The Cregger Center will be at the heart of your life as a student when you attend Roanoke. The Cregger Center houses a performance gymnasium; indoor track; Office of Athletics; and fitness center; as well as classrooms, faculty offices and labs for the Health and Human Performance department.

Student clubs

With more than 100 clubs and organizations, 27 varsity and club teams, 9 fraternities and sororities, and 5 religious groups, there's something for everyone at Roanoke College.


Roanoke College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Business Administration degrees.

Student Reviews

I beat a tough grading system
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Roanoke College is among some of the most competitive schools in terms of grading. We rank within the top 10 hardest grading systems and with that, my academics have challenged me in ways that come into my personal life. Through my academics, I have learned the value of time, balance and the beauty behind good workmanship.

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I m started my pg diploma in nutrition and also studying certified nutrition specialist programe and its great experience for me i love my student life

Salem, Virginia, United States


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