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The focused 1,500 undergraduates at Virginia's Randolph-Macon College are treated to an exceptional liberal arts education on the EDGE, the school's name for its four-year career preparation program. Across more than 55 areas of study via majors, minors, and pre-professional programs, the college's focus is on producing successful, well-rounded students: "We are all seen and heard at this school." R-MC accomplishes this task with a purposeful general education curriculum that requires courses across many subject areas, and a "capstone" experience that shows students to be ready for employment or graduate school. Along the way, the EDGE Career Center provides advising, career roadmaps, and internship opportunities, and classes incorporate innovative pedagogy-a hallmark of an R-MC education-in the form of "activities, group projects, lab work, guest speakers, and...field trips." Experiential learning is also key, in that "laboratory classes are very hands-on, and most classes make an effort to have discussions," and small class sizes ensure that students "have the opportunity to create strong friendships and relationships." This is especially true of the honors program, which "provides very interesting and different courses," and provides extra attention that goes above and beyond.

Professors help to shake things up by bringing "their own quirks to their classes to make it not as traditional" or by operating flipped classrooms "where the students do the research for the class and teach it for the day." R-MC is also "very accommodating," and not just in how "faculty and staff are welcoming and supportive." Says one student, there "plenty of opportunities to explore whatever you want and if the school can't offer what you're looking for in an internship or experience, they'll help you find what you're looking for in the community."

Student Body

The overall vibe of Randolph-Macon College is familial-it's "a home where current students, previous students, and community members gather to celebrate being Yellow Jackets." Along those lines, school spirit is a big part of the culture, with "a large athletic student population" and where "many students spend their time doing activities related to their team." But it's also an emphatically "welcoming community in a cute little town" where "no one seems to be disrespectful to anyone who affiliates differently than someone else." Perhaps that's because the school is "small enough that you'll almost always see someone you know in your short walk to classes," but however you put it, "the courtesy is endless." For those looking beyond their college years, students note that many here "have jobs or internships and everyone is able to have a car on campus if they want," and the alumni network is incredibly supportive.

Campus Life

Eighty-five percent of students live on campus "so we really have the opportunity to get to know one another and become closer." People usually "spend half of their days in their classes" and then take to the dining hall-"great for a small school"-and studying at night. On weekends, students "explore Ashland and downtown Richmond" and "fill their days by hanging out on campus lawn chairs, hammocking, or playing around on the football field." A lot of the buildings are new and the layout "is very compact, which makes travelling across campus very nice."

"There are plenty of ways to be active on campus," including participation in the more than 100 student organizations and clubs. The numerous intramural sports "allow you to connect with new people and have physical activity at the same time," and "on varsity sport game days, you can find a good number of students at those games, especially men's basketball." Community service is a facet of the R-MC experience, and many students participate in service learning opportunities.

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

P. O. Box 5005
Ashland, VA 23005

804 752 7305


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Student Center at Brock Commons
Birdsong Residence Hall
Andrews Residence Hall
The Brock Sports and Recreation Center
Blackwell Auditorium, Randolph-Macon Center for the Performing Arts
Campus is located on 125 acres in the suburban community of Ashland, Virginia. R-MC has six historic landmarks, including three academic buildings listed on the National Historic Register.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Kings Dominion
Carytown, Richmond
Downtown Richmond
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Riverwalk, Brown's Island, Jams River Park System
Randolph-Macon is 15 miles north of downtown Richmond, VA; 90 miles south of Washington, DC; 60 miles east of the Blue Ridge Mountains; and 100 miles west of Virginia Beach. Randolph-Macon is conveniently located on the Amtrak line and a few miles off I-95.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
M-F, most Saturdays
804 752 7305

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: morning, afternoon, and some evening visit options
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Information sessions and tours are offered Monday through Friday at 11:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and most Saturday mornings beginning at 11:00 a.m.

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

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Advance Notice
1 week

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Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

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Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

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Accepted students only


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Amtrak station (on main north-south track) located at southwest corner of campus - northbound and southbound trains each stop twice a day. Richmond International Airport located about 25 minutes away. Taxi and limousine service to campus available.

Driving Instructions to Campus
I-95 to Exit 92 (Rt. 54 West-Ashland). Continue on Rt. 54 across Rt. 1 (third stoplight). About 1/2 mile after Rt. 1, turn right onto Henry Street. R-MC Welcome Center is on the corner. Admissions Office is located three blocks down on East Patrick Street.

Local Accommodations
Lodging within Ashland, VA: Ashland Inn, Budget Inn, Days Inn, Econo Lodge, Hampton Inn, Henry Clay Inn (bed and breakfast), Holiday Inn Express, Microtel Inn, Quality Inn and Suites, Sleep Inn, Super 8, Travelodge


Applicants: 2,250
Acceptance Rate: 84%
Average HS GPA: 3.72



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