Roanoke College

Founded more than 160 years ago, Roanoke College has developed into an outstanding liberal arts college of almost 2,000 students. At Roanoke, we are committed to an integrative learning experience that helps our students grow as whole persons – intellectually, personally, spiritually and ethically.

Our commitment to integrative learning and to a student-centered campus characterized by close collaboration between students, faculty and staff draws students and faculty to our campus from all over the country and from around the world. At Roanoke, students work closely with faculty and staff members in and outside of the classroom. We understand that college is about much more than preparing to find that first job. It is about learning to think, learning to work collaboratively, being able to articulate and defend a position, applying your knowledge to solve real life problems, and making a difference in society. These are important skills that are helpful not only for careers, but for meaningful lives.

Roanoke College has been repeatedly recognized for the quality of its programs and, in fact, is on... [ Read All ]


United States

221 College Lane
VA 24153
Phone: +1-540-375-2096
Fax: +1-540-375-2559

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Our Aims


Roanoke College aspires to be a leading national liberal arts college, a model of integrative learning, and a community committed to open discourse and civil debate as ways of learning and as preparation for service in the world.


Roanoke College's Mission is to engage students in their development as whole persons through an integrative learning approach that stresses intellectual, ethical, spiritual and personal growth and prepares our graduates for responsible lives of learning, service, and leadership in a diverse and changing world.


Roanoke College pursues its mission through an innovative curriculum that combines a core program in the liberal arts, major fields of study in the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities and fine arts, along with career-oriented, specialized programs of study. Founded by Lutherans in 1842, Roanoke College welcomes and reflects a variety of religious traditions. The college honors its Christian heritage and its partnership with the Lutheran church by nurturing a dialogue between faith and reason. In keeping with its history and mission, the coll...  [ Read All ]

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Location and Getting there

Roanoke College
221 College Ln.
Salem, Virginia 24153
(540) 375-2500

Roanoke College is located in Salem, Va., just seven miles from the City of Roanoke, which has a regional airport. For details, check our maps.

Visitor parking is available on High Street. Note that the admissions office is located on High Street in Roselawn, between the library and the chapel.


Department and information about the department

From our galleries, to our performance spaces, to our studios,
the arts are studied, practiced and displayed daily in Olin Hall.
Come join us in our celebration of the arts.

The Fine Arts Department offers four degree programs: B.A. in Art, Art History, Music, Theater. Each of these majors has as its goal the intellectual, emotional, and moral development of the young women and men who participate in them. There are numerous opportunities for students to expand and experiment in areas not covered in the required courses or in the traditional season.  

Academic Staff and Description

Art Professors
Scott Hardwig, Professor
Office: Olin 233, Phone: (540) 375-2350,

Eliz Heil, Associate Professor
Office - Olin 310, Phone: (540) 375-2361,

Katherine Shortridge, Assistant Professor
Office - Olin 309, Phone:(540) 375-2376

Art History Professors
Jane Long, Associate Professor
Office - Olin 242, Phone: (540) 375-2218,

Justin Wolff, Assistant Professor
Office - Olin 311, Phone (540) 375-2553  

News and Events

Tenbrunsel Receives Honor
William J. Tenbrunsel, associate dean and director of the Center for Learning and Teaching at Roanoke College, has been named as one of the recipients of the 2007 Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate award.

Wind and Jazz concert
The Roanoke College Jazz and Wind Ensembles, under the direction of Dr. Joseph Blaha, will present a joint late winter concert on Thursday, March 1 in the Olin Theater at 7:30 p.m.

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Information For  Undergraduates

Art Minor
The Art Minor seeks to provide students with the opportunity to study art in some depth. While it does not give students expertise, it is designed both to introduce students to various skills and ideas in the visual arts and to allow them some scope to develop those skills and ideas.

The minor in Art consists of six units. Three must be courses from the core, and two units must be studio art classes at the 200-level and above. The sixth unit may be any studio art course.


Information For  Postgraduates

Art Major
The goal of the Art Major is to provide students with a broad-based general education in studio art (by requiring them to take a range of courses across media and in art history) and to create a framework that encourages students to develop knowledge, skills, and ideas within a single medium (via sequences of courses – basic, intermediate, and advanced – within media).

The Art Major consists of eleven units including a five-unit core and six upper-level courses as follows:

Information For  International Students

Each year, our campus is greatly enriched by the presence of international students who enroll and study toward a bachelor’s degree. In addition to submitting the application form and secondary school transcript with the official English translation, international students whose first language is not English should take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and have the results mailed to the College. The minimum TOEFL score for admission is 520 [or 190 computer-based]. International students whose native language is not English, may also choose to take the APIEL exam in place of the TOEFL exam. The minimum APIEL score for admission is 3. Roanoke College is an affiliate of ELS Language Centers worldwide and accepts ELS level 112 in lieu of the TOEFL to certify competence in English. An advanced ESL course (LANG 101/102) is taught on campus each Fall term for credit. Students admitted with a TOEFL score of 550 or below must enroll in the ESL course.

Successful results on national examinations such as A levels (U.K.) or Baccalaureate (France) may lead to advanced placement and credit toward the degree. These scores sho...  [ Read All ]


Student Facilities

The Roanoke College campus includes 53 buildings on 104 acres. The Administration Building, Francis T. West Hall, Trout Hall, Bittle Hall, and Miller Hall are listed on the Virginia and National Historic registers. F.W. Olin Hall for Arts and Humanities is the College’s fine arts center, housing galleries, theaters, classrooms, and studios.

About 60 percent of Roanoke's approximately 1,900 students are from Virginia; the entire student body represents 40 states (including the District of Columbia) and 26 foreign countries. Sixty-seven percent of full-time students live in campus housing.

The home page of the Colket Campus Center and Student Activities. The heart of campus life! Keep up-to-date on everything going on around campus.

Roanoke College has more than 100 clubs and organizations. There is something for every interest.

Roanoke College has a rich history, and religious life has always played a part in that history.

Student Support

Student Health Services and the Counseling Center are devoted to helping students attain physical, mental and emotional well-being.

Student Health Services
The Student Health Services is available to provide medical treatment for common illnesses and minor accidents. They provide on-campus medical treatment for common illnesses and minor accidents.

Counseling Center
The counseling staff provides on campus both short- and long-term counseling. The Center is located in Chaplain's Office and appointments can be made in person or by telephone.


Student Life

The first year at Roanoke is often the most important one in a student’s academic career. During this period, students assume responsibility for their academic and co-curricular activities. When this is a student’s first extended stay away from home, important adjustments are sometimes required. Self-reliance and self-discipline should develop along with independence and maturity.

Roanoke College operates on the principles of honesty, respect, and personal responsibility. Students are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with these principles and will face disciplinary consequences if they fail to do so. The faculty and staff of Roanoke College have a professional and personal right to perform their duties without harassment or obstruction. Students are expected to accomplish their academic and personal responsibilities to the community without assistance from either prearranged sources of information or from individuals.



Living on campus can be an important part of the Roanoke educational experience. Therefore, all full-time students, except those who have lived in the Roanoke Valley area for at least six months preceding the date of first enrollment, those who are married, those who live with relatives, those who are at least 23 years old (before the beginning of the term during which they desire to live off-campus), or those who have been given prior approval by the Office of Student Affairs, are required to live on campus. Part-time students must receive permission from the Office of Student Affairs to reside on campus.  

How To Apply

Office of Admissions
Roanoke College
221 College Lane
Salem, VA 24153-3794

Visit us (open days)

Multicultural Overnight Visit Experience (M.O.V.E.)
At Roanoke, we strive to enroll students who bring different qualities and ways of looking at the world to our community. The Multicultural Overnight Visit Experience (M.O.V.E.) is geared toward students from ethnically diverse backgrounds. Come and experience life on the Roanoke campus through the M.O.V.E. program. If you are an accepted student, arrive on March 30 and attend the Accepted Student Open House on Saturday, March 31. As a senior (accepted or applicant) you may also visit on April 1 or April 9 and attend a class on April 2 or April 10. For more information, please contact the Office of Admissions at 540-375-2270 or 800-388-2276.

Junior Open Houses
Thursday, April 5
Thursday, April 12
Registration: Colket Center

We are pleased to invite you to attend one of our Junior Open Houses. The Open House runs from 9:00 until 1:00 pm and the dress is casual. You will have the opportunity to enjoy a brunch by our award-winning Chef Bob, tour the campus, hear from students and faculty and learn about financial aid opportunities. Come and experience Roanoke for yo...  [ Read All ]

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