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Student Life FAQ

I’m a first-year or transfer student. How will I meet friends and learn about the College?

We realize that going online creates a different situation for our new students, and one of our priorities over the coming weeks is to help these students engage and connect with classmates and faculty and staff. Our Davenport Leaders will provide numerous opportunities to meet others virtually, to learn about the various academic and student support services available at Randolph, and to provide information about the resources needed to successfully transition to college. In addition, new students will have the full support of all of our staff and faculty members, who will be available to answer questions and provide guidance. We encourage new students to join the 2024 Facebook page at if you have not. This is a great place to meet new students and ask questions.

What will online orientation for new students include?

Orientation will include the same great programming as it would on campus, albeit online. Davenport Leaders and other staff members have been working hard to create workshops and sessions that will allow new students to meet others and learn about the transition to college life. If you have specific questions or needs, our staff are always willing to answer questions.

What if I am in the SUPER or STAR programs?

The SUPER and STAR programs will be operating remotely for this year. Participants in these programs will be receiving information soon.

How will I get to know my professors and advisor?

Randolph’s professors and academic advisors are typically very responsive to student questions and concerns. We encourage our students to reach out via email and to take advantage of office hours and other opportunities provided by faculty.

How will I stay in touch with my friends and classmates?

Though we know it is not the same as being in-person, Randolph will offer numerous opportunities for virtual engagement during the fall. The Randolph Programming Board (RPB) has already planned virtual activities for the fall, including events during orientation. Programs will continue to be added throughout the semester. Please follow/join the Student Life Facebook page ( for the most up-to-date information about upcoming events. Student leadership groups, including Student Government, RPB, and the Student Judiciary will continue to operate and meet virtually. We encourage students to reach out to find ways to be involved.

Can I visit campus?

There will be no students living on campus during the fall. At this time, certain admission visits and other business-related visits to campus will be allowed. Please contact the appropriate department for an appointment.

Can I get special permission to live on campus?

We will not be providing housing during the fall for any students.

Will my room assignment still be the same in the spring if we resume classes in person?

Yes, room assignments will remain the same.  Please note that all residential policies continue to be upheld during COVID-19 conditions and virtual learning.  If you are a residential student at the start of the fall 2020 semester, you will also be a residential student during the spring 2021 semester (unless you apply and are approved for commuter student status).  Virtual learning certainly grants enrolled students flexibility about where they choose to physically study.  However, each residential student will be required to pay room and board when the College returns to in person instruction.  Leases and rental agreements that have been initiated and agreed upon with a third party company during virtual instruction are not valid defenses for the absorption of room and board charges.

Will there be athletics in the fall?

The Old Dominion Athletic Conference has postponed fall sports. Therefore, Randolph will not have athletics in the fall. Decisions about the spring semester will be made at a later date.

Is health insurance through the College’s carrier still available to students?

All Randolph College students are required to have medical insurance. If a student does not currently have medical insurance or cannot obtain it, the College provides access to a policy through an insurer. International students currently not in the United States are not required to have this insurance.

Will the College still offer counseling and health services to students? What is the process if I feel I need this support?

Yes, telehealth counseling and health services will be available to students during the fall, beginning the first week of classes (Aug. 24). If you are interested in telehealth counseling services, please complete administrative paperwork at

If you would like more information about current staff available or services we provide, please visit our website at

If you require healthcare services this fall, please contact the Health Center Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm at 434-947-8130 to make a telehealth appointment with a health care provider. Telehealth visits do not require insurance information, and there will be no co-pay or charges for these visits.

When do new students need to submit their required medical record form?

The deadline for submitting medical records for new students has been extended to December 1, 2020.  If you have already submitted your completed medical record, you do not need to do anything further.


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