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So you're from Roanoke, VA?

Fortunately for you, Roanoke, VA offers a number of great schools to choose from. It's just a matter of finding the right program and study subject for you!


 

Roanoke College and University Demographics

Roanoke's 7 colleges and universities offer a total of 78 degree and certificate programs for you to choose from, in fields ranging from philosophy to drama and dramatics/theatre arts, general to nursing science.

The top-ranked school in Roanoke is Hollins University, with a nationwide rank of 35th in 2010. The school has approximately 1,057 students. Amongst students at Hollins University, the most popular area of study is English.

Tuition

Average tuition for students at Roanoke colleges and universities is $9,336 per year. The Roanoke school charging the highest tuition rates is Hollins University, which charges students $29,485 per year. The lowest tuition rate in Roanoke is at Virginia Western Community College, which charges students $3,510 per year in tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2008, $11,737,452 of the total $11,897,859 in financial aid received by Roanoke students was in the form of institutional grants and scholarships. Virginia Western Community College gave its students $6,206,713 in institutional financial aid. This was the highest amount of financial aid given by any Roanoke school.

Roanoke Student Demographics

Approximately 2% of Virginia students were enrolled in Roanoke colleges in 2010. That is 11,591 students. With 8,927 students, Virginia Western Community College had the highest total student enrollment in Roanoke. On the other hand, with only 13 students, Tap This Valley Works CET had the lowest enrollment in the city.

Graduation and Retention Rates

Approximately 74% of students who enroll as first year students at Roanoke schools return to complete their second year. The graduation rate for Roanoke schools is approximately 61%. Bar Palma Beauty Careers Academy has the highest graduation rate in Roanoke, with 81% of students graduating. Virginia Western Community College has the lowest rate, with 16% graduating.

Diversity

Approximately 62% of students enrolled in Roanoke schools are female. 65% of Roanoke college students are 24 years old or younger. For every 100 Roanoke college students, 18 students identified themselves as being from a racial or ethnic minority background in 2009. Tap This Valley Works CET, with 73% of students identifying themselves as being from a minority background, had the highest percentage of ethnically diverse students in Roanoke.

Roanoke Faculty Demographics

In 2010, Roanoke colleges and universities employed a total of 1,777 faculty. Of these faculty members, 39% were female. 18% identified themselves as belonging to a racial or ethnic minority.

Roanoke schools had an average faculty to student ratio of 1 to 9 in 2009. ITT Technical Institute-Chantilly had 1 faculty for every 1 student. This was the highest faculty to student ratio for schools in Roanoke.

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Rank Occupation Num of Jobs Avg Salary Avg Salary (Nat'l) Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
1
Retail Salespersons 4,500 $23,780 $25,000 -19.8%
2
Office Clerks, General 4,460 $26,770 $28,240 -7.3%
3
Registered Nurses 4,000 $57,730 $67,720 11.7%
4
Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants 2,360 $23,760 $25,140 26.2%
5
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 2,140 $33,140 $35,340 16.9%
6
General and Operations Managers 1,820 $103,330 $113,100 31.9%
7
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 1,790 $47,620 $50,770 21.8%
8
Security Guards 1,610 $23,730 $26,870 109.1%
9
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education 1,370 $51,890 $54,330 -19.4%
10
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 1,340 $37,670 $39,890 2.3%
11
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 1,150 $38,000 $41,360 7.5%
12
Accountants and Auditors 1,060 $62,240 $68,960 -20.3%
13
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 1,050 $31,520 $32,000 40.0%
14
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 1,030 $33,080 $38,200 33.8%
15
Construction Laborers 950 $23,340 $33,590 14.5%
16
Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 940 $176,680 $180,870 84.3%
17
Cooks, Restaurant 930 $22,480 $23,260 6.9%
18
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 930 $50,410 $62,260 0.0%
19
Carpenters 850 $32,320 $43,890 -46.2%
20
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 700 $39,120 $45,860 1.4%
21
Billing and Posting Clerks 690 $29,860 $33,270 4.5%
22
Home Health Aides 650 $19,460 $21,760 66.7%
23
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 630 $42,490 $55,620 -25.9%
24
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 620 $52,230 $54,880 -31.9%
25
Electricians 610 $35,710 $51,810 13.0%
26
Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers 550 $42,980 $44,860 5.8%
27
Correctional Officers and Jailers 460 $38,720 $42,780 206.7%
28
Pharmacy Technicians 450 $28,620 $29,330 7.1%
29
Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 430 $24,540 $26,510 -14.0%
30
Management Analysts 420 $66,880 $87,260 -22.2%
31
Medical Assistants 410 $28,180 $29,760 51.9%
32
Child, Family, and School Social Workers 400 $41,350 $43,850 5.3%
33
Loan Officers 400 $54,020 $65,900 -49.4%
34
Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists 400 $40,250 $42,250 11.1%
35
Lawyers 390 $97,260 $129,440
36
Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School 380 n/a $89,990 90.0%
37
Medical Secretaries 360 $28,040 $31,820 -5.3%
38
Financial Managers 350 $98,820 $116,970 45.8%
39
Social and Human Service Assistants 350 $25,850 $30,100 133.3%
40
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 350 $29,360 $29,200 -2.8%
41
Medical and Health Services Managers 340 $102,320 $93,670 -5.6%
42
Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 330 $22,160 $24,180 -23.3%
43
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 310 $41,050 $50,360 -51.6%
44
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers 300 $42,170 $41,880 400.0%
45
Electrical Engineers 300 $78,820 $87,770 -6.3%
46
Software Developers, Applications 300 $68,510 $90,410
47
Managers, All Other 300 $81,480 $102,160 20.0%
48
Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors 290 $33,290 $35,920 -3.3%
49
Paralegals and Legal Assistants 280 $40,680 $49,640 115.4%
50
Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents 280 $65,970 $95,130 40.0%