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.
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.
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
Within Four Years
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).
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
in an Internship
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.
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”