As a former Roanoke alumni I can tell you it was a great experience going on to the campus from day 1.
As a transfer student it is always somewhat scary to go from a school or university you were displeased with and taking the leap into another where potentially the same can occur. With Roanoke I felt very at home and personally known by all of the faculty, especially in my major department.
Going into education you know that there will be much expected of you and time management must be one thing to be learned and mastered. Roanoke prepares you for this like no other school through not only teaching this in your courses on development but also through the experiences of your professors and advisors who have been in your shoes.
Entering the Health and Human Performance program I had planned to become a phsyical education and health teacher. The students in my classes were a mixture of Roanoke College athletes, students from various parts of the United States and some that I knew from living in Roanoke already... oh yea... I failed to mentioned I didn't stray far from home!
My professors were all accommodating of my crazy schedule outside of school. Throughout college I was a junior varsity volleyball coach and also competing for the title of Miss Virginia within the Miss America system. They worked with me in many aspects from being flexble with my leaving class early to an assignment date being extended.
Dr. Earp and Dr. Lambert stick out in my mind as two of the more influential people through my college experience. Dr. Earp for her sincerity and love of education and Dr. Lambert for her experience and real life approach to the physical education realm. Although Dr. Lambert would leave Roanoke for another institution I still think of tidbits she left her students with while at Roanoke.
If there was one con I would have to say the tuition. WIth Roanoke College being a private institution the average was $30,000 a year and has went up since. The campus is beautiful, dorms and buildings clean and often renovated and faculty I am sure paid well. I wish that there will be a reduction at some point in the tuition as I would love for my children to possibly attend there.
Overall the experience had at Roanoke College was one I will carry with me for life. I would highly recommend Roanoke to any student looking for a smaller Division III school and wanting to have close interactions with professors, students and staff.
- Class sizes - Professor availability - Campus food and bookstore - Location close to downtown Salem, VA and downtown Roanoke - Athletics - Student interaction
- Tuition rates - Foreign language requirement for graduation