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College Impressions Series: Randolph-Macon

In a phrase: Randolph-Macon is well-rounded.

Overall Impressions

Randolph-Macon is a private, liberal arts college set on a 125-acre campus in Ashland, Virginia. It is minutes from Richmond, VA, which, if you've never visited, is just dripping with charm. With about 1600 undergraduate students, the college has a student/faculty ratio of 11:1 and classes average at around 16 students. All classes are taught by professors, 97% of whom hold terminal degrees. Some of the most popular majors are biology, communications, engineering and nursing. 35% of Randolph-Macon students study abroad, and all students are encouraged to complete internships as well. They offer courses in a 4-1-4 format, with a 1-month January intensive term, allowing students more flexibility with their study options. Check out their website to learn more.

Who is Randolph-Macon for?

A/B students who have participated in some extracurricular activities in high school, as well as taken some academically rigorous courses and done well. It is a great place for students seeking a level of academic rigor, but also may need more support than a larger, more competitive university can offer. This is a great college for students who want to participate in sports and/or Greek life, but still prefer a smaller campus. It is also great for students who enjoy giving back to their community, as they clock around 25,000 service hours per year.

Specs and Fun Facts

  • They have an Amtrak station on campus that goes to DC, among other places

  • They offer 155+ career development programs per year

  • They have 100 clubs and organizations, plus 13 fraternities and sororities

  • Over 95% of students receive some form of financial aid

  • Undergraduate students have the opportunity to publish original research

  • They have a 24/7 dedicated study space in the library

  • One-third of students do sports and one-third of students participate in Greek life

  • DIII sports and a member of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference

Check out the slideshow from my visit to Randolph-Macon

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