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Fast Facts

Our Students and Faculty

Randolph’s students come from 33 states and 14 countries. The student body includes 5% international students and 27% domestic non-white students.

Randolph students are high achievers, with SAT scores averaging about 1100 over the past ten years and GPAs averaging about 3.5; 45% of Randolph students were in the top 25% of their high school classes, and 82% were in the top 50%.

A remarkable 94% of our faculty members hold the highest possible degree in their fields. Randolph offers a rigorous liberal arts curriculum in small classes taught by engaged, caring professors, never a graduate student.

  • Average class size: 12.
  • Student/faculty ratio: 9:1.
  • Randolph ranks higher than the national average for “student-faculty interaction” according to the National Survey of Student Engagement and has been designated by Newsweek magazine as having the “most accessible” professors in the country. Randolph consistently ranks among the top liberal arts colleges.

Our Classes

A Randolph education is rigorous, individualized and career-oriented.

  • 29 majors and 43 minors, as well the option of an independently designed major tailored to your interests.
  • Co-curricular experiences bring real world focus to every major and requires significant independent research.
  • Five pre-professional programs including law, medicine, veterinary medicine, education, and engineering.
  • Cooperative career programs in engineering and nursing allow students to earn a degree at Randolph and a second degree from another institution in a quick time frame.
  • Unique opportunities like the American Culture Program, the Randolph@Reading study abroad program in England, the Symposium of Artists & Scholars, and the Summer Research Program.
  • Graduate coursework toward a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.).

Our Campus

Schedule a visit and explore our beautiful, 100-acre campus at the foot of the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains.

  • 18 buildings, including stately Main Hall, are recognized by the National Register of Historic Places.
  • The Princeton Review called Randolph’s spacious, mixed-year residence halls “palaces.”
  • Top-notch athletics facilities like the first-class riding center and a state-of-the-art field and track complex.

Our Town

Lynchburg, Virginia is a buzzing college town with small-town charm.

  • Metropolitan Area Population: over 254,000.
  • Home to five colleges and more than 20,000 students.
  • Biking and hiking trail system within the city, and just minutes from the trails of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
  • Shopping, restaurants, live music venues, and coffee shops galore.
  • Short drive to Washington D.C., Virginia Beach, Raleigh-Durham, or Richmond.

Our History

For more than a century, Randolph College was Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, one of the South’s top institutions of higher learning for women.

  • Founded March 10, 1891; first class had 36 students and 12 professors.
  • Was the first women’s college south of Washington D.C. to receive a Phi Beta Kappa charter.
  • Most famous alumna is novelist and activist Pearl S. Buck ’14, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize for Literature.

On July 1, 2007, the college officially changed its name to Randolph College, part of the historic decision to become a coeducational institution.

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