Frequently Asked Questions

Randolph College offers a unique blend of academic rigor, individualized instruction and research, a strong and active Honor System, career-oriented experiential learning, and intercultural experiences. The College's motto Vita abundantior ("the life more abundant") expresses its historical emphasis on the importance of quality education to a full, rich life. Its slogan, "Be An Original," expresses the value of distinction and difference. We have collected and answered frequently asked questions, however, please feel free to call us at 800-745-7692 or 434-947-8100 to ask your questions and discuss the College.


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Q: How can I arrange a visit?
A: Information on arranging a visit is available on the Visit Randolph page. You can schedule an individual visit for a campus tour and chat with an Admissions Counselor or come to one of our Open Houses held throughout the year.

Q: How do I apply?
A: You can apply to Randolph through our online application or the Common Application. If you mail a paper application a non-refundable fee of $35 is due. If you submit your application for admission online the application fee is reduced to $35. The application deadline for Early Action I (non-binding) is December 1st. Early Action applicants will be notified of our admission decision within 3 weeks. The Regular Decision applications are due by March 1st. The Admissions Office processes applications on a continuous basis throughout the year. Please visit our Apply for Admission pages for more information.

Q: What kind of grades and test scores do I need in order to be admitted to Randolph?
A: The middle 50 percent of students admitted generally scored between 1050-1250 on the Critical Reading and Math portions of the SAT I. The grade point average for the middle 50 percent of students is between 3.2 and 3.7. Because every student has unique achievements and academic potential, we consider much more than grades and test scores when we evaluate each admission application.

Q: Are there additional requirements for home-schooled students?
A: The application process for home schooled students is virtually identical to the process for students who attend traditional high schools. You must submit a completed application for admission with one recommendation from a teacher or counselor, SAT or ACT scores, and an essay or a graded writing sample. If your home schooling system does not provide an offical transcript, we require that home school students submit the Randolph Official Home School Transcript with the application for admission, and again prior to enrollment to serve as certification of completion of a secondary school education.

Q: How much does it cost to attend Randolph?
A: Randolph is more affordable than you might think. Randolph offers a wide range of need based and merit awards each year.

Q: How do I apply for merit scholarships and financial aid ?
A: Most of our students recieve a combination of merit and need-based aid. All applications for admission are reviewed for merit scholarships. No separate scholarship application is required. Scholarships range from $4,000 to full tuition. We encourage all students to apply for financial aid through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), even those who assume that they are ineligible for assistance because of family income level. The Admissions Committee at Randolph maintains a need-blind admissions policy: your family's financial condition has no bearing on the Committee's decision regarding your application. Our Student Financial Services office (SFS) will be happy to work with your family to help find financial solutions that meet your needs. For more information visit our Costs & Financial Aid pages.

Q: What's the average class size?
A: The average class size is 12 students with a 7 to 1 student to faculty ratio.

Q: What is the core curriculum?
A: In your first two years, you'll have the opportunity to explore a wide variety of disciplines, while acquiring and honing your competencies and skills. Your academic focus in your junior year is on specialization within your chosen major(s). Specialization continues throughout your final year, and the Senior Program serves as the "capstone" for your specialization.

Q: How does advising work at Randolph?
A: The Randolph Plan is your plan to make the most of your college years from orientation to commencement. The Randolph Plan is our advising process -- a process for addressing your short and long range personal, educational, and professional goals.

We will provide you with the resources and guidance that will enable you to map out your college years into a coherent, strategic and uniquely tailored plan. You will work with a faculty advisor and others across the campus using your interests, values and goals as the basis for making decisions about the curricular and cocurricular programs at the College -- the major, minor, course electives, summer/winter jobs, volunteer work, internships, leadership commitments and extracurricular activities.

Q: When do I have to declare a major?
A: You will normally select your major in spring of your sophomore year.

Q: What are some of Randolph's most popular majors?
A: Biology, English, Psychology, Global Studies, Political Science, Business, Economics, and Environmental Science are most popular among our students.

Q: Does Randolph offer pre-med, pre-law or other pre-professional programs?
A: The Randolph curriculum provides excellent preparation for graduate or professional school. Our pre-law advisor helps you select courses in your individual areas of interest that meet the guidelines published by the American Association of Law Schools. As a pre-med student, you will work closely with the Health Professions Advisor early in your first year to create an individual plan to help you meet the increasingly rigorous requirements for admission to health professional programs. In addition to specialized advising, we offer professional internships.

Q: What internships do Randolph students participate in?
A: Through our Experiential Learning Center, you can become involved in an extensive network of internships worldwide. These internships will complement your academic work and enhance your professional portfolio. Recently our students have interned at Discovery Studios; Centennial Broadcasting; WSET Television Studios; the Maier Museum of Art; the Ghana Embassy; Royal Thai Embassy in D.C.; Amnesty International; The Opera Company of North Carolina; The Lyric Opera of Chicago; Sam Rasoul for Congress Campaign; Obama for Change Campaign; Mount Sinai School of Medicine; the Mayo Clinic; Mercy Care Center in Nairobi, Kenya; University of Alabama in Gene Therapy; and Virginia Baptist Hospital as a NICU intern, just to name a few.

Q: What kind of study-abroad programs are available?
A: You can choose to do a semester or year-long program or take a two or three week International Study Seminar . Randolph has several affiliated programs including study at the University of Reading in England; Athens, Greece; Angers, France; Copenhagen, Denmark; Rome, Italy; Puebla, Mexico; or Compostela, Spain. You can work with the Experiential Learning Center to create an approved program anywhere in the world based on your academic interests; some students have chosen China, Morocco and Mali, West Africa.

The close personal attention that students find so attractive about Randolph College carries over to the College's own study abroad program, The World In Britain, associated in England with the University of Reading. Open to students in all disciplines, even the sciences, the program is now in its 41st year of operation. You can go for a semester or a full academic year.

Q: What are some examples of careers chosen by Randolph graduates?
A: Our graduates have gone on to become National Director, March of Dimes; Executive Director, Iowa Environmental Council; Donor Services, World Vision, Inc; Assistant Curator, Hirshhorn Museum, D.C.; Curator, National Museum of Art; Lighting Designer, Smithsonian Museum; Attorney, U.S. Department of Treasury; Junior Research Assistant, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Institutional Review Specialist, U.S. Department of Education; Physical Scientist, National Ground Intelligence Center; Health Specialist, National Institutes of Health; IT Analyst, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; IT Security Manager, U.S. Dept. of Interior; Professor/Chair Chemistry Department, Baylor University; Professor of Nursing, Belmont University School of Nursing; Actuary, Price, Waterhouse, Coopers; Analyst, Wachovia Securities; Financial Service Trader, Fidelity Investments; New Business Development Manager, SEI Investments (Europe); Genetics Fellow, University of North Carolina; Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Chinese Acupuncture and Herbology Clinic; Senior Political Correspondant, CNN; Pulitzer Prize winning novelist, just to name a few.

Q: What credit will I get for AP/IB/Dual Enrollment courses?
A: There are several ways in which you can receive credit or advanced placement for college-level work completed prior to entry. The majority of our students enter with some sort of advanced credit. Be sure to check the catalog for exact requirements or ask your Admissions Counselor.

Q: How diverse is Randolph?
A: Diversity is a characterisitic of our community. Randolph students represent 36 states and more than 30 countries and territories. About 29 percent of our students are students of color.

Q: What is Lynchburg like?
A: Lynchburg has all the beauty of a small town with the convenience of a city. There is plenty of shopping, restaurants, and other things you might expect in a city, while there are farms just outside of town. The Blue Ridge mountains can be seen from campus, and deer run through people's yards! Although there are almost 16,000 students in the city during the semester, it's definitely not your typical college town; Lynchburg has its own personality. Randolph's campus is in the heart of one of Lynchburg's most beautiful historic districts.

Q: What do students do on weekends?
A: There is always something to do on the weekends, whether you choose to stay on campus or explore the Lynchburg area. The Macon Activities Council (MAC), a student-run organization, plans events like Murder Mystery Mixer; Night Snowtubing at Wintergreen Resort; Western Night; Opening Concert and Summer Send-off, bringing local bands to campus; MacDoodle Day (classes cancelled); and the Mexican Fiesta Dinner. Around town there is plenty to do including a dollar movie theater, bowling, laser tag, paintball, ice skating and frisbee golf. For the outdoor adventurer, Lynchburg offers proximity to the Blue Ridge Mountains for hiking, camping, rock climbing, kayaking and fishing, in national and state parks, all within a short drive from campus!

Q: Do I need a car?
A: No, but you can to bring one if you want (even as a first-year student!). We have a free campus shuttle which makes it easy to go shopping, catch a movie or go out to eat. There is a city bus stop directly in front of campus, and buses run throughout Lynchburg daily. For students who do bring a vehicle to campus, there is a $50 annual parking fee.

Q: What airlines or other forms of transportation serve Lynchburg?
A: The Lynchburg Regional Airport can be reached via US Airways. In addition, Lynchburg is served by Amtrak passenger train service and Greyhound Bus Lines.