Randolph College

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2500 Rivermont Avenue

Lynchburg, VA 24503-1555

Phone: (434) 947-8000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Mar. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#134 Overall Score: 47 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Randolph College is a private institution that was founded in 1891. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 623, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 100 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Randolph College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 134. Its tuition and fees are $33,260 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Randolph College builds on a long history of academic excellence, intellectual inquiry and artistic expression, fostered by close student/faculty relationships, a spirit of exploration and collaboration, and exposure to a rich diversity of people and ideas. Since its founding as Randolph-Macon Woman's College in 1891, the College empowers its graduates to live and foster a spirit of Vita Abundantior -- "A Life More Abundant". A Randolph College education emphasizes the value of personal challenge, global perspective, and applied experience, as defined by:

- A challenging academic environment, within which each student can contribute to the intellectual life of the community and confront important questions by working closely with faculty members to take responsibility for her or his own learning, bring fresh perspectives to the classroom, undertake original research, or engage in artistic creation in a capstone experience.

- An emphasis on intercultural competence, developed through the College's Bridges Not Walls initiative that enhances each individual's understanding of not only his or her own culture, but other cultures as well. Students have rich opportunities on campus, within the U.S., and in study abroad to experience, interact with, and learn from diverse cultures; and leave college prepared to apply those skills for professional and personal enrichment.

- An experiential learning environment, within which each student can collaborate with faculty, other students, local organizations and businesses, and companies and organizations worldwide to conduct original research, explore personal interests, lead in competition and in organizations, develop leadership, volunteer in the community, and learn through hands-on, significant experience.

These core characteristics stimulate students to pursue and achieve goals that have personal meaning in an atmosphere of integrity and mutual trust. The College's Honor System has long been a key element of the College's culture and shapes daily life on campus.

The Randolph student body is richly diverse, drawn from approximately 40 states and 40 foreign countries. The population is 67 percent white, 21 percent domestic students of color, and 12 percent international. Students are forward thinking. Only about 15 percent think their highest educational attainment will be a bachelor's degree. 60 percent anticipate earning a master's degree or Ph.D. and 25 percent expect to earn a professional degree such as a J.D., M.D., or M.B.A.

Randolph College seeks students who are excited about engaging in the educational process in its many dimensions: academic, co-curricular, and social. The College welcomes individuals who value originality, independent thought, new ideas, and the exploration of issues that fascinate them.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1891
Religious affiliation United Methodist
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $135,271,000


When applying to Randolph College, it's important to note the application deadline is March 1, and the early action deadline is December 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due March 1. The application fee at Randolph College is $35. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 83.2 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 83.2%
Application deadline March 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by March 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Randolph College is 9:1, and the school has 87.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Randolph College include: Social Sciences; Visual and Performing Arts; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; English Language and Literature/Letters; and Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 76 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 9:1
4-year graduation rate 56%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Social Sciences 18%
Visual and Performing Arts 16%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 11%
English Language and Literature/Letters 10%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 9%

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Student Life

Randolph College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 623, with a gender distribution of 36.8 percent male students and 63.2 percent female students. At this school, 91 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 9 percent of students live off campus. Randolph College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 645
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Randolph College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, health service, and health insurance. Randolph College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Randolph College, 50 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Randolph College.

Students who have cars on campus 50%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Randolph College, 69.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $21,263.

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Tuition and fees $33,260 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,210 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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