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| For those considering Roanoke, think long and hard. Most of the reviews on this site are correct- the good and the bad. It seems as though there are only two types of people at Roanoke College. You have the LAX Bros/Greeks and the Uber-religious/Boring. You pretty much pick which side you are on the first weekend there. Salem is a cute town, but there isn't much to do off campus (even in nearby Roanoke) so your hand is sort of forced depending on which group of people you choose to hang out with. Roanoke is not the epitome of a party school, but if you want a social life at all aside from some cheesy comedy night in the Commons, you doom yourself to weekends in beer-soaked frat houses which is only fun the first few times you do it. During the week (if you're not drunk then), the majority of the campus population is snotty and arrogant. If you don't have money, you have to pretend that you do. The academics are average in every way. I definitely fell in with the more social cliques at Roanoke and was into the party scene, but I was promised that the acadmics would go above and beyond my expectations and that I would be challenged. Wrong. As for the new core curriculum, it sounds like a fresh new idea, but I found myself retaking classes that I had taken through a dual-enrollment program in high school with a hip name slapped in front of the introductory level. Roanoke College is a great place for private/prep/boarding school graduates because campus feels huge to them. To everyone else, it feels just like a normal high school did or worse. If you live within an hour or two of Roanoke, you are probably better off getting lost in the crowd at Radford or Virginia Tech. The surplus of out of state students make those from nearby feel even more ostracized than the rigid social caste system does. OOS kids clique together and the same for in state kids, not that there was an option. For the ASTRONOMICAL price tag that Roanoke carries, I expected so much more than they could offer. Roanoke is great for a lot of people I know. It is everything they dreamed of. Just be sure that everything beyond the perky personal tour guide and stunning campus is great for you. The older dorms are in need of serious attention. The newer ones are either reserved for upper-classmen or are nearly impossible to get into unless your parents put your deposit down the day you entered pre-school. In this economy, it's nearly impossible to pay off student debts in a timely manner. It's definitely not wasting your money if you are the slightest bit unsure and if you have an inkling that it isn't for you, then follow your gut. For flaunting a near "Southern Ivy" status in their brochures, Roanoke is simply average in nearly every way. Think long and hard and explore all of your options before considering the school. |
|Nov 01 2011|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2015 |
| Roanoke is an amazing college to go to! The professors here are very open and friendly. All faculty have office hours, but most you can just walk in and they will stop what they're doing and help you when you need it. Also, if the professor you're looking for isnt there you can always catch any other professor in the hallway and they are always more than willing to help you! The professors are always open to suggestions on how they can improve their lessons, some make students fill out surveys after every test to esentially grade their professors. |
I would say the entire population of Roanoke College really tries to make sure that you feel right at home. Even the president of the schoool has approached me at lunch and congradulated me on recieving a 100% on a test. You dont get that just any where. I could really go on and on about the postives of the school!
There are two negatives that I have seen with this school. The first is the condition of some of the buildings. Some buildings on campus are not very attractive on the inside or outside and many materials seem to be outdated. However, in the past few years, numerous projects have been started to straighten up some of these locations. The second is that there are quite a few "not so bright" people that go here. But, Roanoke is pretty strict with weeding out these people and many are out of here come fall. All in all this is a great school!
|Sep 26 2011|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2014 |