Randolph-Macon College

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PO Box 5005

Ashland, VA 23005-5505

Phone: (800) 888-1762
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-Macon College is a private institution that was founded in 1830. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,312, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 116 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. Randolph-Macon College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 134. Its tuition and fees are $34,850 (2013-14).

Randolph-Macon College operates on a 4-1-4 academic calendar, meaning students can spend each January taking a monthlong course, traveling abroad, performing research or completing a short internship. Some students are able to complete research projects during the summer, too, through the Schapiro Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF), which is awarded annually.

Outside of school work, students have more than 75 clubs and organizations to consider joining. Student athletes compete as the Randolph-Macon Yellow Jackets, NCAA Division III teams that are members of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. All students are required to live on the college's campus in Ashland, Virginia. For road trips, Richmond is about 15 miles from campus and Washington is 90 miles away. Notable alumni of R-MC include U.S. Rep. Randy Forbes and John Frazee Jr., former president and chief operating officer of Sprint.

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

Founded in 1830, Randolph-Macon is a selective, co-educational liberal arts college ideally located in scenic Ashland, Virginia, just minutes north of Richmond, and 90 miles south of Washington D.C. The college is easily accessible off of Interstate 95, has an Amtrak station across from campus and is in close proximity to Richmond International Airport. With an enrollment of approximately 1300 students, the college achieves its mission of "developing the minds and character of its students" with a student-faculty ratio of 12:1 and an average class size of 16. The college's rigorous academic program prepares students for graduate school and a lifetime of changing careers and success in the real world. The college offers a vast choice of majors and minors, including new Asian Studies and Communication Studies majors, and a new Equestrian program. Qualified students can take advantage of a BS/MD joint degree program and early selection partnerships with three premier medical schools. A Four-Year Degree Guarantee program also promises freshmen, who meet basic requirements, that they will graduate within four calendar years or the college will wave tuition needed to complete their degree. R-MC's exceptional faculty are nationally recognized for their teaching excellence and highly regarded as experts in their field. The personal interaction between faculty and students create "unique moments of connection" that challenge students to maximize their potential and foster lifelong relationships. R-MC's wealth of national and international internships provides students with meaningful, real-world experiences. The has an active, engaged alumni body that offers students valuable networking opportunities, both while at R-MC and after graduation. Randolph-Macon's extensive international education program prepares students to study abroad for a semester or immerse themselves in another culture for one month during the college's unique January term (J-term) program. Each year, students travel to other countries with faculty members to each continent. Many track their adventures by submitting J-Term blogs that allow the reader to follow their month-long journeys and new areas of discovery. During J-term, students can also participate in an internship or other area of study. The Schapiro Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program supports more than 30 students each summer to conduct research with faculty on projects in the sciences and humanities. Students then share their findings with their peers and at national and international conferences with their faculty advisor. In April 2011, the college launched a $100 million capital campaign, Building Extraordinary, to support new academic, residential and athletic facilities, provide additional scholarships and endowed professorships. Andrews Hall, a 104-bed, suite style freshmen facility will be opened for the 2011 entering class. A Randolph-Macon education is also affordable. The college offers a competitive financial aid program to include scholarships and grants; a significant percentage of applicants are eligible to receive some form of financial assistance. Randolph-Macon is a proud member of NCAA Division III, the Old Dominion Athletic Conference and sponsors 17 intercollegiate sports. Many of its teams and students are nationally-ranked and have won national championships. The college also offers a healthy Greek Life system and provides dozens of student organizations from which to choose. A majority of students are actively engaged and participate in community service and outreach programs and have raised thousands of dollars for community organizations. Randolph-Macon College's Phi Beta Kappa Chapter received the organization's Triennial award for the most outstanding chapter at a liberal arts college in the United States. Randolph-Macon is also the oldest United Methodist Church-affiliated college in the nation.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1830
Religious affiliation United Methodist
Academic calendar 4-1-4
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $120,837,189


When applying to Randolph-Macon College, it's important to note the application deadline is March 1, and the early action deadline is November 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due March 1. The application fee at Randolph-Macon College is $30. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 54 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 54.0%
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-Macon College is 12:1, and the school has 65.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Randolph-Macon College include: Psychology, General; Business/Managerial Economics; English Language and Literature, General; Accounting; and Biology/Biological Sciences, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 77.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 53%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Psychology, General 16%
Business/Managerial Economics 10%
English Language and Literature, General 10%
Accounting 8%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 8%

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Student Life

Randolph-Macon College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,312, with a gender distribution of 47.6 percent male students and 52.4 percent female students. At this school, 78 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 22 percent of students live off campus. Randolph-Macon College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,312
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-Macon College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, and health service. Randolph-Macon 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-Macon College, 69 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Randolph-Macon College.

Students who have cars on campus 69%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At Randolph-Macon College, 74.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $20,935.

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Tuition and fees $34,850 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,220 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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