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Roanoke College Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Roanoke College Ranked?

2022 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Roanoke College was awarded 83 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is general history.

Overall Quality

Roanoke landed the #580 spot in College Factual's 2022 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,576 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

Roanoke is also ranked #16 out of 73 schools in Virginia.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Roanoke?

Acceptance Rate

When it comes to admittance, Roanoke College is somewhat selective. Its acceptance rate is 78%, which means you'll face some strong competition during the admissions process. Do what you can to make your application stand out.

Average Test Scores

About 75% of students accepted to Roanoke submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 530 and 630. Math scores were between 510 and 610.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Roanoke College  ( 530 to 630 )

SAT Math Scores for Roanoke College  ( 510 to 610 )
Roanoke received ACT scores from 24% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 21 and 28.

ACT Composite Scores for Roanoke College  ( 21 to 28 )

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Roanoke College Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Roanoke is an impressive 11 to 1. That's quite good when you compare it to the national average of 15 to 1. This is a good sign that students at the school will have more opportunities for one-on-one interactions with their professors.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Roanoke College is 82%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  82 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Roanoke College

Freshmen Retention Rate

Roanoke College has a freshmen retention rate of 79%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  79 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Roanoke for first-time, full-time students is 61%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  61 out of 100

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Roanoke College Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,920 undergraduates at Roanoke with 1,883 being full-time and 37 being part-time.

How Much Does Roanoke College Cost?

The overall average net price of Roanoke is $25,135. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Roanoke

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$17,473 $19,874 $21,513 $26,506 $30,432

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Roanoke, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Roanoke, approximately 73% of students took out student loans averaging $9,612 a year. That adds up to $38,448 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Roanoke is 3.5%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Roanoke Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Roanoke make about $44,700 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. That's great news for Roanoke students since it is 12% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Roanoke College make the most money.

Location of Roanoke College

Roanoke College is a private not-for-profit institution located in Salem, Virginia. Roanoke is located in a safe and convenient suburb.

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Contact details for Roanoke are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 221 College Lane, Salem, VA 24153-3794
Phone: 540-375-2500

Roanoke College Majors

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 85 $41,789
Health & Physical Education 47 $25,967
General Psychology 37 $29,685
General Biology 36 $33,993
Communication & Media Studies 28 $36,941
Sociology 22 $33,993
History 21 $39,729
Public Health 18 NA
Romance Languages 17 $27,439
Criminal Justice & Corrections 16 $34,847

Learn more about the majors offered at Roanoke College along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Roanoke

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2019-2020, 1,890 students took at least one online class at Roanoke College. This is an increase from the 0 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 1,890 279
2018-2019 0 0
2017-2018 3 0
2016-2017 2 0
2015-2016 4 0

Learn more about online learning at Roanoke College.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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