Since 1830, Randolph-Macon College has had one goal: to develop the mind and character of its undergraduates.
We achieve this by offering a unique, broad-based curriculum combined with career and future-driven preparation programs designed to help you reach your potential. With nationally recognized programs and numerous opportunities for individualizing your education, Randolph-Macon provides the skills you need to succeed in your academic pursuits, your career, and your life.
In the rapidly changing world and workplace of the 21st century, critical thinking, problem solving, and the ability to find, synthesize, and apply information are the essential tools for success.
Our curriculum challenges you to think analytically, to communicate effectively, to question, to examine, and to innovate. With an average size of 16 students, our classes are focused on guided exploration with professors who are committed to your education. Discussions and labs encourage interaction and collaboration with classmates. Research and other hands-on projects provide experience that helps you develop marketable skills.
The Randolph-Macon Edge
What gives students the advantage when competing for jobs or applying to graduate school? For success after college, Randolph-Macon’s Center for Personal and Career Development will give you the Edge. The Randolph-Macon Edge is a customized four-year pathway to postgraduate success that begins even before your first semester and connects you with a broad perspective of life after college through partnerships with faculty, alumni, parents, and the business community. Through career exploration, planning, and anchoring academic excellence with career preparation, students will take with them the exceptional skills and confidence gained at Randolph-Macon, no matter what the future holds.
Our graduates have excelled in virtually every career field, from business to science, law to medicine, education to journalism, and beyond.
Randolph-Macon is ideally located in Ashland, Virginia—affectionately known as the “Center of the Universe.” Our proximity to Richmond offers a vast array of internship sites, including several Fortune 500 companies. Many students also arrange internships in Washington, D.C., or New York City, while others have traveled and worked abroad. Tapping into our active global alumni network only increases opportunities.
Our location also opens up an array of entertainment experiences. Concert venues, sports teams, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the Richmond Canal Walk are all a short drive away.
Active student body
Randolph-Macon offers more than 100 clubs and organizations, including 17 intercollegiate varsity sports, 12 national Greek letter organizations, and a well-developed intramural program.
In addition, the College’s Center for the Performing Arts frequently hosts everything from outstanding music and theater productions to lectures by nationally and internationally renowned speakers.
Since 1920, Randolph-Macon grad-uates have earned more Ph.Ds. than graduates of any other private liberal arts college in Virginia. We have cooperative agreements in many fields with other institutions and many pre-professional programs.
Our advantageous pre-med part-nerships allow qualified students to earn early acceptance to medical programs such as VCU School of Medicine, GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences, EVMS, VCU School of Nursing, and EVMS Physician Assistant Program.
Other pre-professional programs offered include environmental management, pre-law, pre-ministry, and pre-engineering with partnerships with schools such as Duke University, University of Virginia, and Columbia University.
Four-Year Degree Guarantee
Our Four-Year Degree Guarantee helps make Randolph-Macon an exceptional value in higher education. Students at large public universities are often forced to compete for space in popular classes and struggle to complete required courses in four years. One more year means extra tuition and postponed paychecks. If a student meets all of the Four-Year Degree requirements and does not graduate within four calendar years, we will waive the tuition cost for R-MC courses needed to complete the degree.
R-MC at a Glance
• Ashland, Virginia—15 miles from Richmond
• Amtrak station adjacent to campus (ASD)
• About 1,400 students (47% men, 53% women)
• More than 30 states and 20 nations represented
• 97% of faculty with Ph.D. or other terminal degree
• No graduate/teaching assistants
• Typical class size of 16 students
• 99% receive some form of financial aid.
• Over 60% receive need-based awards.
• Average grant/scholarship (excluding loans) is over $24,000.
Recent Campus Improvements
• New multifunctional student center
• New apartment-style senior residence facility and suite-style freshman residence facility overlooking athletic field
• 24/7 library study space and café
• Expansion of Copley Science Center
Application Deadlines and Fees
• Early Action (non-binding): November 15
• Regular Decision: March 1
• No application fee online
• rmc.edu/apply—Common Application accepted
Majors, Minors, and Other Programs
Accounting, Archaeology, Art History, Arts Management, Asian Studies, Astrophysics, Behavioral Neuroscience, Biochemistry, Biology, Black Studies, Business, Chemistry, Chinese, Classical Studies, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Drama, Economics, Education, Engineering Physics, English, Environmental Studies, Ethics, Film Studies, Forensic Science, Forestry, French, German, Greek, History, International Relations, International Studies, Japanese, Journalism, Latin, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Pre-law, Pre-medical (including Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, Physician Assistant, and Veterinary), Pre-ministry, Psychology, ROTC (Army), Religious Studies, Sociology, Spanish, Studio Art, Women’s Studies