Getting In: How to Apply to Randolph College
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We are glad that you have decided to apply to Randolph College! Be sure to take these four important steps:
- Complete an application online via the Common Application. The application includes a required essay. See The Admissions Essay below.
- Schedule your admissions interview. We prefer an in-person interview, but phone, FaceTime, or Skype are acceptable as well. You do not have to start an application to complete your interview. If a Randolph counselor is going to be in your home area, schedule an interview! See The Randolph Admissions Interview below.
- Submit your official credentials.
- First-Year Students: If you are applying for the Class of 2018, request official transcripts from your high school and your official test scores from College Board or ACT. Be sure to submit a recommendation from a school official. Both online applications have downloadable forms.
- Transfer Students: If you are applying as a transfer student, please submit transcripts from the college(s) you’ve attended; high school credentials are only needed if you’ve completed less than 30 credit hours.
- Visit campus. Newly-enrolled students tell us that the visit, and the experience they have meeting students and faculty, is one of the biggest factors in their decisions. A visit is not required for admission, but we strongly recommend it. We can also put you into contact with faculty and students to get the “inside information” you require.
The Admissions Essay
You will be required to submit a 250- to 650-word essay as a mandatory component of the application. These are the themes for the essay:
- Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
- Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what lessons did you learn?
- Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
- Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content. What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you?
- Describe an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.
Essay readers are going to be assessing how well you communicate the theme of the essay. Be sure that your essay has a beginning, middle, and an end so that your theme is fully developed. It is best to avoid spelling and grammatical errors. They distract the reader and weaken the overall quality of your essay.
The Admissions Interview
The admissions interview is required for admission to Randolph College. You will be interviewed by your admissions counselor, the director of Admissions, or the vice president for Enrollment Management. An in-person interview is preferred, but a phone, FaceTime, or Skype interview can be arranged. To prepare for your interview, think about how you will answer the questions below, and then relax and be yourself. You should plan for the interview to last about 20 to 30 minutes. The interviewer may ask one or more of these questions:
- How do you think college will be different academically from high school?
- When you think about college, what do you see as your biggest challenge?
- Describe a situation in which you had to assume a leadership role, whether it was official (an officer or captain) or unofficial (as a peer leader). What did you learn from that experience?
- Complete this sentence: I am at my best when…
You will receive a letter announcing the Admissions Committee’s decision. In that letter, we’ll let you know if you’ve won a scholarship and share some other important information. After you are admitted, you will receive a larger admitted student packet a few weeks later.
The Cost to Attend Randolph College
Selecting a college is an important decision that requires accurate and clear financial information. Therefore, we believe that every student and family:
- should have access to financial aid counseling at the beginning of the inquiry and application process to get questions answered and to allow time to develop a financial game plan;
- is entitled to an understanding—early in the inquiry and application process—of the approximate average cost of tuition, room, and board; and
- has a right to appeal a financial aid decision when there is a material change in circumstances, such as loss of income, unexpected medical expenses, or changes in dependent status.
Get Answers Early. The professionals in Randolph College’s Office of Student Financial Services (SFS) can answer your questions, work through “what if?” scenarios based on your family’s resources, and be a resource for you. We also encourage you to use our Financial Aid Calculator at www.collegecostcalculator/randolph to get an estimate of your cost to attend Randolph College, and then call one of our financial aid counselors to discuss the results. Your admissions counselor will introduce you to an SFS team member.