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Randolph named one of the nation’s ‘best and most interesting’ institutions

Fiske logoRandolph College was again recognized as one of the nation’s “best and most interesting” institutions in the 2016 Fiske Guide to Colleges.

The Fiske Guide does not rank universities and colleges numerically, but assesses the strengths and weaknesses of what it considers the top schools in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain.

Schools included in the popular guidebook were chosen from the more than 2,200 four-year colleges in the nation.

The Fiske profile touts Randolph’s strong academic programs, faculty/student relationships, close community, and international focus. The editors wrote, “With rich traditions, cozy dorms, and challenging, seminar-based classes, Randolph College has preserved the best elements of the past, while evolving into an institution that remains relevant today.”

Students praised Randolph for its close community and student-focused professors.

“There’s a place for everyone: artists, athletes, academics, and everyone in between,” according to students quoted in the book.

Fiske editors pointed out that at Randolph it is easy to form friendships with professors, since the College does not use teaching assistants. “The professors genuinely care that the students learn the material and even have fun doing it,” one student wrote.

Another student described the social life at Randolph as “vibrant, inclusive, and lively” while another reported that students value “respect and responsibility.”

Compiled by former New York Times education editor Edward B. Fiske, the best-selling guidebook, “Fiske Guide to Colleges 2015” ($23.99), offers “a selective, subjective and systematic look” at more than 300 colleges and universities in the United States, Canada and Great Britain. The independent guide offers no advertising, nor collects fees from any of the colleges it covers.

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