Roanoke College: Narrative Description

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221 College Ln.
Salem, VA 24153-3794
Tel: (540)375-2500
Free: 800-388-2276
Admissions: (540)375-2270
Fax: (540)375-2267
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, 4-year, coed, affiliated with Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1842. Setting: 68-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $93.9 million. Research spending 2003-04: $279,847. Educational spending 2003-04: $8508 per student. Total enrollment: 1,850. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 2,923 applied, 69% were admitted. 23% from top 10% of their high school class, 56% from top quarter, 91% from top half. 7 class presidents, 9 valedictorians, 75 student government officers. Full-time: 1,742 students, 58% women, 42% men. Part-time: 108 students, 61% women, 39% men. Students come from 40 states and territories, 25 other countries, 40% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 4% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 5% 25 or older, 60% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 79% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; business/marketing; psychology. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Off campus study at Hollins College. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: essay, 3 recommendations, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 3/1, 11/15 for early decision, 10/1 for early action. Notification: 4/1, 11/30 for early decision, 10/15 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. Comprehensive fee: $29,021 includes full-time tuition ($21,504), mandatory fees ($605), and college room and board ($6912). College room only: $3350. Room and board charges vary according to housing facility. Part-time tuition: $1020 per course.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 84 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities. Most popular organizations: Outdoor Adventures, Habitat for Humanity, Honors Association, Campus Activities Board, Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship. Major annual events: Founders' Ball, Alumni Weekend, Winterfest. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,150 college housing spaces available; 1,106 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Fintel Library plus 1 other with 134,035 books, 307,716 microform titles, 719 serials, 7,635 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $987,663. 170 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Salem is located in the heart of the Roanoke Valley between the Blue Ridge Mountains to the east, and the Allegheny Mountains to the west. Many national manufacturing companies contribute to the diversified industry of Salem. Plane and bus transportation are available. Part-time employment opportunities are excellent. The Dixie Caverns subterranean wonderland is seven miles away. State parks, the Blue Ridge Parkway & the Appalachian Trail provide outdoor activities, and facilities within the city provide for tennis, skating, and golf.

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