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Fast Facts

It’s hard to sum up over 120 years of tradition and excellence on one page, but here are some important facts and figures to get you up to speed on Randolph College.

Our Students and Faculty

Randolph's students come from 36 states and 20 countries. The student body includes 11% international students and 23% domestic students of color.

Randolph students are high achievers, with SAT scores averaging about 1100 and GPAs averaging about 3.6; over half of Randolph students were in the top 25% of their high school classes, and 91% were in the top 50%.

A full 93% of our faculty members hold the highest possible degree in their fields. Randolph offers a rigorous liberal arts curriculum in small classes taught by engaged, caring professors, never a graduate student.

  • Average class size: 12
  • Student/faculty ratio: 9:1
  • Randolph ranks higher than the national average for “student-faculty interaction” according to the National Survey of Student Engagement and has been designated by Newsweek magazine as having the "most accessible" professors in the country. Randolph consistently ranks among the top liberal arts colleges.

Our Classes

A Randolph education is global, individualized and career-oriented.

Our Campus

Schedule a visit and explore our bucolic, 100-acre campus at the foot of the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains.

  • 18 buildings, including stately Main Hall, recognized by the National Register of Historic Places
  • The Princeton Review called our spacious, mixed-year residence halls “palaces”
  • Top-notch athletics facilities like our first-class riding center and state-of-the-art field and track complex.
  • Take the virtual campus tour

Our Town

Lynchburg, Virginia is a buzzing college town with small-town charm.

  • Metropolitan Area Population: over 245,000
  • Home to five colleges and 16,000 students
  • Minutes from hiking and biking trails of Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Tasty restaurants, clubs and coffee shops galore
  • Ten live music venues
  • Short drive to Washington D.C., Virginia Beach, Raleigh-Durham or Richmond


Our Proud History

For more than a century, Randolph College was Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, one of the South’s top institutions of higher learning for women.

  • Founded March 10, 1891; first class had 36 students and 12 professors
  • Was the first women’s college south of Washington D.C. to receive a Phi Beta Kappa charter
  • Most famous alumna is novelist and activist Pearl S. Buck ’14, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize for Literature

On July 1, 2007, the college officially changed its name to Randolph College, part of the historic decision to admit men for the first time into the class of 2011.