Since 1830, Randolph-Macon College has had one goal: to develop the mind and character of its undergraduates.
Since our inception in 1830, Randolph-Macon College has always had one core focus: develop the mind and character of our students. We achieve this by offering a broad-based curriculum featuring career and future-driven preparation at the forefront, with our Edge Career Center designed to help you reach your potential. With nationally recognized programs and numerous opportunities for individualizing your education, Randolph-Macon will provide you with the skills you need to succeed in your academic pursuits, at your career, and for the rest of your life.
Education for the real world
Our world is rapidly changing. Today’s work place—driven by the need for 21st-century skills—requires adaptive minds capable of critical thinking, problem solving, and the ability to find, synthesize, and apply information in complex settings. These are the essential tools for success.
Our curriculum prepares students to meet these needs. Randolph-Macon challenges you to think analytically, communicate effectively, question critically, and innovate constantly. With an average class size of 16 students, our courses are focused on guided exploration with professors who are committed to your education. Discussions and labs encourage interaction and collaboration with peers. A vast array of research and other hands-on projects provide experience that helps you develop real, marketable skills.
The Randolph-Macon Edge
What gives students the advantage when competing for jobs or applying to graduate schools? For success after college, Randolph-Macon’s Edge Career Center helps you discover and sharpen your edge. The Randolph-Macon Edge Career Center is a customized, four-year pathway to post-graduate success that begins before your first semester and connects you with life after college through partnerships with faculty, alumni, parents, and the business community. Through career exploration, planning, and the anchoring of 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.” Nearby Richmond offers a vast array of internship sites, including several Fortune 500 companies. Many students also arrange internships in New York City or Washington, DC, while others have traveled and worked abroad. Tapping into our active global alumni network only increases these opportunities.
Our location opens up an array of entertainment experiences. Concert venues, sports teams, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the Richmond Canal Walk are just a few of the exciting recreational options just a short drive away.
Leadership opportunities abound
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.
Because of our size, students are able to take advantage of each and every opportunity they’re interested in and gain genuine, meaningful leadership experience both inside and outside the classroom.
Since 1920 Randolph-Macon graduates have earned more PhDs than graduates of any other private liberal arts college in Virginia. We have cooperative agreements in many fields with other institutions and multiple pre-professional programs.
Our advantageous pre-med partnerships 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 is just one example of our commitment to affordability, and it truly makes Randolph-Macon an exceptional value. At many institutions, students often find themselves competing for space in classes and struggling to complete requirements on time. An extra year means extra tuition costs and delayed paychecks.
At R-MC, if a student meets all of the Four-Year Degree requirements and cannot graduate within four calendar years, R-MC will waive the tuition cost for courses needed to complete the degree.
R-MC At A Glance Location
• 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
• 99% of faculty with PhD 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 net price after grant/scholarships and grants: approximately $23,000
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
• State-of-the-art Copley Science Center addition
Application Deadlines and Fees
• Early Action (non-binding): November 15
• Regular Decision: March 1
• No application fee online
• Apply at rmc.edu/apply or through the Common Application
Majors, Minors, and Other Programs
Accounting, Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History, Arts Management, Asian Studies, Astrophysics, 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, Neuroscience (Behavioral), Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Pre-law, Pre-medical (Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, Physician Assistant, and Veterinary), Pre-ministry, Psychology, ROTC (Army), Religious Studies, Sociology, Spanish, Studio Art, Women’s Studies