From the moment Caleb Moxley ’11 stepped onto campus when he came to visit last spring, he was sold on the community-minded educational philosophy that made Randolph-Macon Woman’s College one of the nation’s top women’s colleges for the past 115 years.
“When I saw what the campus was like, what it was about, what the faculty was like, I kind of fell in love with it,” says the first-year from Montevallo, Alabama.
For Moxley, it starts with the tight-knit “family” atmosphere cultivated by the community. As an example, he cites the ropes course that the college organized during first-year orientation.
“The president got out there and he was doing the high ropes course with everyone else. Dean Swager was out there. The faculty and staff were out there,” says Moxley. “It wasn’t just about the first-year class. It was about the entire faculty-student system getting to know each other. It was really cool.”
Then there are the famous Randolph-Macon traditions , something that some female students and alumni feared would suffer with the arrival of men and the name change to Randolph College. With Moxley, they’ve got one less thing to worry about.
“The traditions are really important to me,” he says. “I want to have the traditions in my heart. Stuff like Ring Week, Pumpkin Parade and Even-Odd Day , I really love that. I love the concept. I love the idea. I want to get highly involved in all of that.”
But like most Randolph students, male or female, the college’s main draw for Moxley was its strong, student-focused academics : small classes, well-equipped facilities, and the chance to forge close relationships with professors.
“You never have to interact with anyone other than your professor,” says Moxley. “Your professor is your teacher. It’s not like that at the larger schools. It’s not like that even at some of the other smaller, liberal arts schools.”
Moxley still can’t get over how big his dorm room is. He and some other lucky guys landed rooms in the Main 2nd annex, now known as the “mannex.” Even with his sweet digs, Moxley says he’s meeting more people outside his hall than on it.
“There’s already so much to do on campus,” he says. “If you stay in your dorm, you miss too much.”
Moxley’s excited about serving on the Judiciary Committee, which presides over any perceived breaches of the Honor System . And he can’t wait to start his service as a Gold Key Guide—a student who gives tours of campus to prospective students. He’s also psyched about his Calculus II class and sharing all his classes with upperclasswomen. Is he worried that they’ll give him the cold shoulder just because he’s a guy?
“They’re Macon Women,” assures Moxley. “They’re much more mature than that.”