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Roanoke, Virginia (VA) Colleges and Universities

There are about twelve colleges and universities within 25 miles of the Roanoke, VA, area. Read about the traditional schools with different characteristics, such as highest graduation rates, to find the school for you.

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Prospective students in the Roanoke, VA, area can choose from among several 2-year and 4-year schools. To help students find the right school, we compare these traditional schools using data presented by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Closest Schools to Roanoke, Virginia

The closest schools to Roanoke are mostly 4-year institutions. A few of these schools offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs for interested students.

  • Virginia Western Community College (2.3 miles from downtown)
  • Skyline College-Roanoke (2.4 miles from downtown)
  • Hollins University (5.2 miles from downtown)
  • American National University (7.8 miles from downtown)
  • ITT Technical Institute-Salem (7.8 miles from downtown)

Largest Schools Near Roanoke, Virginia

Even the largest schools near Roanoke have fewer than 10,000 students. However, there is still a wide range of student population sizes for students to choose from in the area. Most of the larger schools are private institutions.

  • Virginia Western Community College (7,932 students)
  • Roanoke College (2,001 students)
  • Ferrum College (1,334 students)
  • American National University (1,207 students)
  • Hollins University (802 students)

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Lowest Net Price

The NCES calculates a school's average net price by determining the total cost for full-time, beginning undergraduates and then subtracting the average amount of scholarship and grant aid received. The average net prices for the 2014-2015 school year among traditional schools ranged from roughly $6,678 to $29,720.

  • Virginia Western Community College ($6,678)
  • Skyline College-Roanoke ($17,365)
  • Ferrum College ($17,798)
  • Hollins University ($18,014)
  • American National University ($19,398)

Highest Graduation Rates

The NCES calculates a school's overall graduation rate by determining how many full-time, beginning undergrad students complete their programs within 150% of the time normally allotted for that program (e.g., six years for a bachelor's degree program). All graduation rates for the Roanoke area that were reported by the NCES for 2015 were less than 70%.

  • Roanoke College (66% graduation rate)
  • Hollins University (57% graduation rate)
  • Skyline College-Roanoke (48% graduation rate)
  • Ferrum College (31% graduation rate)
  • American National University (29% graduation rate)

Even with few choices of traditional schools, the Roanoke, VA, area offers students a wide range of 2-year and 4-year institutions that differ in location, size, price, and graduation rates.

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