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Roanoke College

Salem, Virginia, United States
Fix. Change. Build. Discover. Create. The world is full of opportunities if you have the passion to make things happen. College isn't just four more years of school; it sets you on the path for the life you want to lead. At Roanoke College we think the world needs people with passion. Join us, and we'll help you find and live what you love.

Bachelor's programmes

Natural Sciences & Mathematics (11)
Arts, Design & Architecture (7)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (3)
Engineering & Technology (2)
Agriculture & Forestry (1)
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.


Working closely with you, we help you chart your path through college. We push you to challenge assumptions about the world and your role in it, building confidence and a strong sense of personal authority. Through experiences in and outside the classroom, you acquire the knowledge and skills you'll need to make a real contribution.

Giving you the tools to create and live your own plan is what distinguishes a Roanoke education.


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.

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Student services

The Colket Center Information Desk serves as the campus box office. Tickets for upcoming campus events, with the exception of Olin Hall shows, may be obtained here.

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.

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

At Roanoke, we believe some of your best learning opportunities occur outside the classroom.  It begins your first of week freshman year, where we'll encourage you to meet and make friends with people from many different backgrounds and learn how to work effectively through life's issues together.

From the start, we'll encourage you to join many different clubs and organizations, where you'll have a chance to take leadership roles, learning to motivate teams, organize events, and achieve your goals.

During your four years here you'll find many exciting things to do that will open your mind to new possibilities, and might even lead you to the passion you've been seeking.

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

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