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Graduate Outcomes

Here are Randolph College’s goals for student achievement, along with information on the success of Randolph students in achieving those goals.

Goal: After graduating, Randolph College students will find meaningful work or pursue further academic study.

Target Benchmark: The College strives to achieve and maintain a level at which all of its graduates are employed, unemployed by choice, or pursuing further education. We acquire information on our graduates through the use of post-graduate surveys. Given the fact that the typical graduate responds to such surveys only if he or she has something positive to report, and therefore that non-responses are very roughly equivalent to non-achievement, the College’s benchmark for ultimate success is a “knowledge rate” of 90% (that is, we will have knowledge of the status of 90% of our graduates). This target applies to graduates from any given time period not to precede 2008, when the first diplomas were issued for Randolph College as a co-educational institution.

The following data spans the graduating classes of 2008–2014, a period that has been one of economic recession and slow recovery. However, results are positive.

All of the graduates from this period for whom the College has data are either working, pursuing further education, working and pursuing further education, serving in a volunteer organization, or serving in the armed forces. Since Randolph has data on 83% of the graduates from this period (that is, a “knowledge rate” of 83%), it can be said that at least 83% of these graduates are thus employed. Of these graduates, 27% have been working exclusively, 25% have pursued further education exclusively, and 48% have done both. A small number (less than 1%) have served in volunteer organizations or in the armed forces.

Employers include: American Cancer Society; AmeriCorps; Atlanta Braves Organization; Bank of America; BBC World Service; Capital One; CarMax; Centra Health; Central Intelligence Agency; Cigna; Davenport & Company; Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute; Delaware Nature Society; Discovery Communications; Ernst & Young (EY); Genworth Financial; George C. Marshall Foundation; Goldman Sachs; Habitat for Humanity; Halliburton; Hewlett-Packard; Horizon Behavioral Health; J. Crew; Kennedy-Krieger Institute; National Cancer Institute; National Science Foundation; National Naval Medical Center; Nationwide Insurance; Naval Surface Warfare Center; Philip Morris USA; Pitney Bowes; PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC); Suzhou Foreign Language School; The Kidney Foundation; U.S. Department of State; Walter Reed Army Institute; Wells Fargo; World Bank; United Nations; and various colleges, universities, school systems, legal firms, and local governments, and news outlets.

Meanwhile, Randolph College has a particularly high percentage of students who go on to earn a Ph.D. Among all baccalaureate institutions (regardless of size or type), Randolph is in the top 15% of Ph.D.s earned per 100 students. With respect to the same statistic, Randolph is in the top 21% of colleges in Virginia. Among all colleges and universities in the United States, Randolph is in the top 54% in the total number of doctoral degrees awarded to its undergrads. This is a remarkable number when we consider the types and sizes of schools included in this list compared to Randolph’s small size. (Source)

Randolph College has recently conducted an intensive study of the Class of 2014 in particular, the results of which can be found here.

Goal: Randolph College graduates will complete their degrees in a timely fashion.

Target Benchmark: A rolling ten-year average of 99% of the students who entered the College as first-time, first-year students and who graduated will complete their degrees in four years.

Of the students who enter Randolph College as first-time, first-year students and who graduate from the College, 93% do so within four years (ten-year average).

Cohort Entered Fall… % of FTFY Graduates
Who Graduated
Within Four Years
1996 97%
1997 97%
1998 97%
1999 100%
2000 100%
2001 98%
2002 99%
2003 94%
2004 93%
2005 100%
2006 96%
2007 87%
2008 88%
2009 87%
2010 89%
Average 93%

Goal: Randolph College students will persist and graduate.

Target Benchmark: A rolling ten-year average of 60% of Randolph College first-time, first-year students will remain at the college and graduate within six years. (These parameters–the first-time first-year population and the six-year time frame–conform to standards established by the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System [IPEDS] operated by the United States Department of Education).

Contextual Note: In 2006, Randolph-Macon Woman’s College announced that, in 2007, it would admit men for the first time. This led many women who had originally matriculated to a woman’s college to leave. As a result, Randolph’s retention and graduation rates dropped significantly and remained low for two more years. Beginning in 2009, retention rates rose again to their historic levels, with subsequent graduation rates rising accordingly.

Randolph students persist to the sophomore year at a rate of 73% (ten-year average); the national average is 77% (source). Entering Randolph College students graduate at a rate of 59% (ten-year average); the national average is 59% (source).

Persisted To
Sophomore Year
1996 77% 62%
1997 77% 61%
1998  73% 61%
1999  80% 63%
2000  76% 65%
2001  77% 62%
2002  79% 67%
2003  78% 63%
2004 71% 60%
2005 78% 63%
2006 70% 57%
2007 66% 52%
2008 58%  41%
2009 79%  69%
2010 75%  60%
2011 80%
2012 75%
2013 74%
2014 78%
2015 72%
Averages 73% 59%

Goal: Randolph College students will complement their academic educations with co-curricular internships.

Target Benchmark: A rolling ten-year average of 50% of graduating students will have participated in internships.

Note: Internships are one of four co-curricular experiences stressed at the College, along with study abroad courses, summer research projects, and community service. All these experiences will be incorporated into this goal as data on the other three is gathered and analyzed.

A ten-year average of 48% of Randolph College graduates complete internships, with the number rising sharply during the past year. Data is available for the past seven years.

Year % of Graduating
Class Participating
in an Internship
2007 30%
2008 44%
2009 48%
2010 44%
2011 42%
2012 48%
2013 47%
2014 60%
2015 62%
2016 56%
Average 48%

Goal: Randolph College students will complement their academic educations with intercultural experience.

Target Benchmark: Beginning with the class of 2017, all Randolph College entering first-years will graduate having fulfilled the “Intercultural Competence” graduation requirement.

100% of the Randolph College class of 2017 has completed this graduation requirement. For more information on Intercultural Competence at Randolph College, see this web page.

Goal: Randolph College students will borrow no more for their college educations than they are able to repay.

Target Benchmark: Randolph College graduates will default on their student loans at a rate that is at least five percentage points lower than the national average.

Consistently, the student loan default rates for Randolph College graduates have been noticeably lower than the national averages, remaining well above the benchmark. In the most recent year for which data is available, the difference between Randolph’s rate and the national average is 5.86%. Data is available for the past nine years and pertains to a “three year” default rate, which is now the standard. The “two year” default rate, no longer calculated by the U.S. Department of Education, is provided for historical purposes.

Fiscal Year “Three Year”
Default Rate
Nat. Avg.
“Two Year”
Default Rate
Nat. Avg.
FY05 3.64% 1.08% 4.6%
FY06 3.13% 1.34% 5.2%
FY07 4.35% 1.63% 6.7%
FY08 2.27% 13.8% 1.52% 7.0%
FY09 4.82% 13.4% 3.05% 8.8%
FY10 5.66% 14.7% 3.80% 9.1%
FY11  3.33%  13.7% 4.00% 10.0%
FY12 6.12% 11.8% Methodology Discontinued
FY13 5.44%  11.3%
Averages 4.28% 13.97% 2.35% 7.34%