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Roanoke College

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityC+ Faculty AccessibilityA-
Useful SchoolworkC- Excess CompetitionB
Academic SuccessA Creativity/ InnovationF
Individual ValueC University Resource UseB-
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyA FriendlinessB+
Campus MaintenanceC Social LifeB
Surrounding CityD+ Extra CurricularsB-
SafetyA-
Describes the student body as:
Arrogant, Broken Spirit, Snooty, Closeminded

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Arrogant

Female
Quite Bright
Lowest Rating
Creativity/ Innovation
F
Highest Rating
Academic Success
A
She cares more about Creativity/ Innovation than the average student.
Date: Nov 01 2011
Major: English (This Major's Salary over time)
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.
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