Roanoke College is a private, independent, coeducational, four-year liberal arts college located in Salem, Virginia. Founded in 1842, the college is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and is, in fact, the second oldest Lutheran-affiliated college in the United States.

There are approximately 2,000 students enrolled in Roanoke College today, 55% of them female and 45% male. With the average class size no more than 17 and the student to faculty ratio at 14 to 1, students of Roanoke College enjoy a more focused, one-on-one interaction with their teachers.

Primarily an undergraduate college, Roanoke grants only Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Business Administration degrees in a wide variety of majors. Aside from these, it also offers pre-professional programs in dentistry, engineering, law, medicine, ministry and veterinary medicine. Roanoke College is divided into 14 academic departments; namely, the department of Biology, Business Administration and Economics, Chemistry, Education, English, Fine Arts, Foreign Language, Health and Human Performance, History, Math/Computer Science/Physics, Public Affairs, Religion/Philosophy, Psychology and Sociology. For its dual degree program in Engineering, Roanoke College has partnered with Virginia Tech and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

Cost of attendance at Roanoke College for academic year 2010-2011 is US$41,947. This includes cost of tuition of US$30,314; room and board at US$10,308 and regular fees of US$1,325. Additional estimated expenses per year include cost of books and supplies at US$1,000; transportation at US$1,250; and personal expenses of US$1,000.

Financial aid in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work-study arrangements is extended by the college to help its students pay for their cost of attendance.