Roanoke College Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Roanoke College

Roanoke College is a private liberal arts institution situated on an 80-acre campus in Salem, Virginia. The institution offers 34 majors and has an 11 to 1 student/faculty ratio and a mean class size of 18. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via many clubs and organizations. The Roanoke Maroons play in the NCAA Division III Old Dominion Athletic Conference.


  • Total Enrollment: 2,017 (all undergraduate)
  • Gender Breakdown: 42 percent male/58 percent female
  • 97 percent full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $45,176
  • Books: $1,000
  • Room and Board: $14,134
  • Other Expenses: $2,250
  • Total Cost: $62,560

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 100 percent
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 100 percent
    • Loans: 72 percent
  • Mean Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $26,384
    • Loans: $6,889

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Business Administration and Management, General; Communication and Media Studies; Psychology, General; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; and Kinesiology and Exercise Science

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 78 percent
  • Transfer Out Rate: 27 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 61 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 67 percent

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Overview of Roanoke College Admissions

Around three-quarters of applicants are admitted to Roanoke College annually. Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants must complete an online application and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Students with unique talents and accomplishments can still receive strong consideration even if their GPAs are outside of the mean range. After applying, students will receive a message from an admissions counselor about the application process’s next steps. Students should make a campus visit to determine if the institution is a good fit for them.

Admissions Data             

  • Roanoke College Acceptance Rate: 72 percent
  • Test Scores: 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 530/630
    • SAT Math: 510/600
    • SAT Writing: 480/598
    • ACT Cumulative: 22/27
    • ACT English: 21/28
    • ACT Math: 21/26
    • ACT Writing: -/-

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Roanoke College, it should be easy to gain admissions to the schools below. If Roanoke College is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Texas State University, Georgia State University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Liberty University, University of Texas at El Paso, California State University Northridge

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Roanoke College, you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

University of North Texas, University of Texas at Arlington, California State University Long Beach, San Jose State University, Pace University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Washington State University

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Roanoke College. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, you’ll be a competitive candidate.

Penn State University Park, University of Cincinnati, Hofstra University, Temple University, Auburn University, Seton Hall University, University of Alabama

Applying to Roanoke College

Application Deadline: March 15

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