Lynchburg, VA
Randolph College


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Allison
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

It is a small community with strong academics.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

It is a small community with strong academics.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

First off make sure that you visit the college and make contact with as many people there as you can! Professors, staff and students will all play an important role in your college experiance. Visiting also allows you to get a feel for whether or not the school is a good fit for you and a place you would be comfortable living and learning for the next four years. Don't neglect taking a look around the surrounding community either. If you enjoy attending church, volunteering or watching performing arts performances then figure out what is offered in that area. Go see a show, talk to community service organizations or attend services at a local church. Then once you enroll in the school conect with those organizations, get involved on campus, take a very active role in your education both inside and outside of the classroom. Take an active role in your college experiance and make it your own or encourage your child to do so!

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

Quick transition to a Coed school.

Rachael
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

A home away from a home where I can develop my knowledge and intellectually grow as a person.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

A home away from a home where I can develop my knowledge and intellectually grow as a person.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Randolph College, is best known for their traditons and its rich past. My college is also known for its demanding academics and small classes. My college is a place that is conforting to others and there is always an event going on that is stimulating to the mind and fun.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The advice I give to you is very opinionated. However, choose the college that feels like the home away from home. I never expected the school that is $40,000 per year to be the right college for me but it is. I understand money is an issue for most people as finances are tight; but that is why there are loans. Your college experience should not be entirely based on your grades and GPA. Yes, I too was an overachiever with a 4.0 in high school , but now I have a 2.0 in college and am still very proud of myself. You may say this will never happen to you as a student, but that is regardless, the point is that grades aren't the only important thing. College is about your intellectual growth as a person and an adult. College is also a fun, but make sure that you balance your time well to ensure that you don't get over your head. Sometimes college can be a long and challenging road to bear, but that is what sets you apart from other individuals who did not take the journey to get the degree.

Karl
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Selecting a college for the first time is sort of like going shoe shopping. As a prospective college student, you are a shoe ...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Selecting a college for the first time is sort of like going shoe shopping. As a prospective college student, you are a shoe shopper that has worn out his or her old pair of shoes and are looking to start anew. Unfortunately, there are thousands of different shoes styles: some with frill and exciting colors like hot pink and neon blue, while others are more prim and proper as exciting as glue. These new pricy shoes have to last you four years, so choose wisely, but don't come to tears. Have faith in yourself to make the right decision. Of course, you should listen to the advice from your friends and family, but your heart will tell you what choice to make in the end. After what seems like the longest time, you will find a pair of shoes that might cost much more than a dime, but will allow you to be at your prime. So stand tall in your new found shoes! Cast aside your doubts. Step forward onto the path of life and make the first step count. Go beyond what is just near and conquer all that you fear.

What's unique about your campus?

I love the strong connections professors and students have between them. Classes are rarely more than a dozen people, thus allowing for free flowing disucssion based classes. Students hold true to the honor code which enables us to have self scheduled/self proctored exams, unlocked dorm rooms, open mail boxes, and a sense of trust that everyone will take care of each other. Furthermore, the appearance of the campus surpasses even what the word beautiful describes. I consider it my new home and all those who live their my extended family.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Randolph College isn't right for a prospective student who just wants to party in a big city or not attend class. If a student isn't comfortable with a very small student population, where everybody knows everybody else, then it isn't the right place for them. Students need to study hard and go to class, not because they are afraid of getting a bad grade, but because they know the professors personally and the student does not want to let them down.

Brittany
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

It's like an eccentric family all tossed together into one room-- you have your quiet brother hanging out in the corner with ...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

It's like an eccentric family all tossed together into one room-- you have your quiet brother hanging out in the corner with his cell phone and video games, your artsy aunt trying to get everyone to craft with her, etc... you never quite know what to expect, but you know it'll always be fun.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Visit the school. Not once, not twice... but as many times as it take you to get the proper feel of it. Go when there are students there, stay over night. Do anything you can to get to know the school better.

What kind of person should attend this school?

an individual with an open mind who is ready to work.

Jay
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Its a small environment where everyone knows and cares about everyone.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Its a small environment where everyone knows and cares about everyone.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I encourage students to think about what they want before going into the process of chosing a college. Making the decision involves careful thought. It is a decision that has an immense impact on one's life. Know your learning style, living habits and what type of environment you want to be in. I encourage students to visit schools to help decide. This will allow them to creatively place themselves into the campus atmosphere. Take advantage of the resources your institution provides you with. If you ever find yourself struggling, realign yourself with the vision you have set for yourself. Ultimately, your personal vision is what binds you to achieving success. More importantly, know what to expect and devise of a plan to assimilate into the community and make the best of your college experience.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

How small our classs sizes are. Next semester I have a class with 4 students.

Samantha
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are wonderful, if somewhat competitive , students who know how to study and how to relax.

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are wonderful, if somewhat competitive , students who know how to study and how to relax.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Visit the campus and talk to students. Often times the students will give you a different view from the campus tour. Eat in the dining hall and go to a class or two in order to get a full experience.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

That they were going to go co-ed and raise tuition so high.

KATRINA
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Look for something that suits your (the student's) interests, and does not appear like it will have financial troubles in the...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Look for something that suits your (the student's) interests, and does not appear like it will have financial troubles in the near future. The biggest complaint I have about my school is that it has been lieing to students, prospective students, and alums for the last 15 years. Since I started here, it has cut 6 departments, including two of the programs I was interested in. If your main reason to go to a school is for a single program, consider finding out if you can still attend that program as an outside student. Putting all your hopes into one place, is likely to get them trounced. Also, unless you are one to hole up in your room, make sure you can actually get around the vicinity of the school, either by walking, or other means, especially if you do not have a car. A pretty campus is one thing, but if you cannot walk anywhere and there is nothing but schoolwork to do on campus, you will go insane, particularly when they decide to raise your tuition 15% a year (or more). In other words, do not choose the school formerly known as Randolph-Macon Woman's College.

Sarah
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Chosing a college is truly one of the most important choices you can make. The best advice I can give to parents and student...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Chosing a college is truly one of the most important choices you can make. The best advice I can give to parents and students about finding the right school is to go on college visits, stay overnight, attend a class, and talk with current students if you can. It isn't always easy to find the perfect school, but it's important to do your research. The advice I would give to students to make the most of the college experience is: take and savour every expereince that comes your way; at the time it may not seem like much, but you never know how that experience can make you a better person. I would also recommend completeing an internship and building contacts through out your college experience. It will only help you later when you are ready to enter the real world!

What's unique about your campus?

great school spirit and deeply rooted in tradition

What kind of person should attend this school?

someone who wants to be challenged but have support from staff and faculty

Ashley
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are, for the most part, enthusiastic individuals who have been known to wear 'nerd-hats' proudly with interests...

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are, for the most part, enthusiastic individuals who have been known to wear 'nerd-hats' proudly with interests in pottery shards and dactylic hexameter; we have all been known to spend significant time both in and out of class debating the destination for a class trip in a time machine--a debate that was never decided between the Great Library at Alexandria just before it burned, or an average day in Athens to observe the ancient culture and language first-hand.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

To find the right institution, you must first have some kind of goal in mind: do you wish to study French or are you in to journalism, or perhaps do you want to be a doctor or a teacher? Armed with this self-knowledge, search through the programs offered at each school--and not only educational programs, but also clubs, associations, and sports that are an integral part of your life. Then visit. Visiting gives you the opportunity to speak with the professors you will be taking classes from, to question the students about the assignments, classes, and attitudes. Then decide, could you thrive in such an environment? The necessity of working hard aside, take the courses that interest you. As the years go on and you come closer to graduation, the work is only going to get harder and there is nothing worse than doing hard work you detest. When work inspires your imagination, makes you feel like you are walking a tightrope with a pen in hand, then leaves you grinning and giddy once it is completed it is no longer work at all but enjoyment. One such class makes surviving all the other required classes worth while.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

In my experience, the worst thing about Randolph-Macon Woman's College was the flip-side to being a small college with personal attention from professors. With only two Classics professors, there were a limited number of courses available, some only available every other year. The faculty also noted this issue. As a result, the Classics professors reorganized the major program and created a new accademic schedule that allows them to teach more varied courses. They also took into account the students' need of writing longer papers before the thirty page thesis due at the end of the senior year.

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  • 663
  • Tuition & Fees
  • $36,770
  • Acceptance rate
  • 84%

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