Randolph College
Lynchburg, VA, USA

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Randolph College
3.91 Average Rating

Emma from Ashland, VA

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
Randolph College is for independent thinkers who are ready to learn. Randolph is a small family that focuses on academics and community. I know that I belong at Randolph College.
Tips for prospective students
-be sure you want to be at a small school
-try new things
-don't be afraid to meet new people
-do your homework and go to class
Academic Rigor
Randolph is an academic school that prides itself on its intelligent and open minded students who aren't afraid of intellectual challenges.
Dorm Life
I live on the 5th floor of a dorm with no elevator, which is a pain. But renovations are promised, and all of the dorms have spacious rooms.
Food and Dining
There is one dining hall, one coffee/pastry shop and The Skellar, which offers food when the Dining Hall isn't open.
What to do for fun
-hang out with your friends
-go to MAC events
-go to the movies
-go to the mall
-attend the dances (there is at least one each month)
Bang for the buck
Randolph College is expensive, without a doubt. But here your professors will know your name, the President will be your friend and people will care about your experience.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
Traditions:
-Evens vs. Odds (determined by your class year)
Great for these types of students
-original
-academically based
-open minded
-friendly
Clubs and Activities
I'm a member of the Macon Activities Council and the First Year Board (student government at the freshman level).
Greek Life
NONE
Campus Safety
I know the security guards.
There are poles throughout campus with buttons that can be pressed if you are in an emergency, and a security guard will come to your aid.
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Megan from Columbia, SC

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
It's nice to be able to pick all of the classes you want to take. As a first year, it's definitely a nice thing. The atmosphere of the school gives you all of the tools you need to succeed.
Am enjoying being here
Everyone I have met is friendly. The traditions make everything so much more fun. There is always something to do and to jump into.
Bang for the buck
It's expensive, but it will take you where you want to go.
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Hope from Madison Heights, VA

a current student here
5 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I have learned to write better, to be more tolerant of others, and how to study and take tests better. I also have learned to not procrastinate.
Am enjoying being here
I love Randolph! I have met (and still meet) amazing people from all over the world. The classes are small and you can create a personal (that's appropriate) relationship with professors.
Bang for the buck
It's a bit expensive, but the experience you get at Randolph College is worth it.
Tips for prospective students
Randolph is a great college. It lets you make your own decisions while creating an environment that's unique from any other college. DON'T PROCRASTINATE! If you get all your work done, you can use the rest of your time having fun.
Great for these types of students
Students that are tolerant of other's differences, and make good decisions. Those that like to have fun, but that are safe and respectful.
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Kelsea from Taylors, SC

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
Randolph College is very rigorous, but enjoyable. You always feel like you are at home. It's very welcoming, but people give you the space you need.
Tips for prospective students
Come prepared. Don't show up thinking you can fly by. Faculty will push you pretty hard, but they will also help you. And try to be nice to everyone, it'll make life here easier on you.
Academic Rigor
Randolph is VERY demanding. It's very hard to just show up thinking you can do a couple of the readings and never show up to class. Their programs are some of the hardest ones I've been in.
Dorm Life
Dorm life is pretty simple. Like most dorms. You have one room with two to three roommates (usually two) and one-three communal bathrooms for the entire halls use. The camaraderie between you and your hall mates...well, depends on how open and willing you are to get to know them. And vice versa.
Food and Dining
Some days it's not at it's best, but for food that you get to eat everyday three times a day, it's not that bad. Oh, and take advantage of the meal plans. It'll be worth it.

And late night dining is great.
What to do for fun
Hanging with friends, at parties. Go to art galleries downtown. A shuttle runs on the weekends (for students who don't have cars) to take you to shopping centers.

Rivermont Pizza (the best pizza place and bar in town) is literally right next door. Hit it up when you get the chance.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
Lots of secret societies, that you won't learn about at all. Unless inducted or people spill and tell you. Lots of class related traditions, such as Ring Week and Pumpkin Parade. Stuff like that.

The Dell is probably the coolest location on campus. It's used for Greek Play every other year. It's also used as concert spaces (for like big end of the year parties) and just places to have fun.
Great for these types of students
Randolph focuses a lot on these two main things: Academia and Sports (like most colleges, I know). So, if you are big into one or the other, or both. This is the place for you.

Oh, and the slogan Be and Original. If you're and original as they so claim, Randolph is for you.
Clubs and Activities
HUGE HUGE list of clubs and activities. Too many to name. MAC (Macon Activities Council) who run most of the parties and dances and stuff. All kinds of departmental clubs, like French Club, Environmental Club, etc.
Greek Life
We don't have Greek Life here.

Replaced it with secret societies, probably.
Campus Safety
Top notch. You don't have to worry.
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a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
Randolph College is a wonderful institution. This college offers many diverse opportunities for a brighter future. Though rigorous with workload Randolph College offers many social clubs and activities to stay busy.
Tips for prospective students
Randolph is different from many other Colleges. Located in Lynchburg, VA, giving the college a towny perspective, lets the students attend off campus activities without needing major transportation.
There are many athletic and nonathletic clubs and organizations that Randolph offers. The transition from high school to Randolph College is a major one, considering coarse load and possibly living off campus. Attending Randolph College is an experience of a lifetime.
Academic Rigor
Randolph, though a small school has a very competitive academic stance. Transitioning from a blue ribbon high school to Randolph College lead me to believe that the transition was going to be simple and I would easily pass all of my classes. This is the exact opposite, Randolph has one of the most academically challenging yet amazing programs around. The teachers are very helpful and always willing to help their students succeed.
Dorm Life
There is no off campus living at Randolph College but the dorm life is very pleasant. Bell one of the larger dorms just got renovated and is beautiful! The dorms are mostly co-ed and really offer students to meet fellow piers and make friendships and bonds with one another.
Food and Dining
Randolph dining is just like any other school. There is a personal chef that prepared different meal options per day. There is a fresh fruit stand, a full salad bar, most always various types of protein and veggies. Various different flavors of ice cream and soft serve and a whole lot more!
What to do for fun
There are many different activities to participate in at Randolph College. One can go to sporting events, one can go to MAC events which are school sponsored events such as DJ dances, formals and such.
There are many beautiful mountains that are only minutes from campus. Lynchburg is filled with many little boutiques for shopping. And then of course there is the nightlife where friends meet up and hang out at night.
Bang for the buck
Randolph is a community like no other. Going to this College will help one mature to the levels that they need for the 'real world' and help one academically succeed. Randolph has been rated number one in the country for professors meaning that the professors care about each and every student and want them to succeed to their greatest potential.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
Randolph College is filled with history and traditions! There are many different spirit groups, Evens vs. Odds (Class of 2013 is odd while class 2014 is even and so on) which are friendly rivalries between the classes. Randolph College has amazing history since it went from being an all women's college to now co-ed.
Great for these types of students
Randolph College is honestly great for everyone and anyone. There are wonderful athletic programs, art, music, dance, educational etc. You name it they have it! Everyone is accepted here and it is a really nice feeling to be friends with everyone on campus.
Clubs and Activities
The clubs offered at Randolph College are amazing! There are so many whether academic, athletic, social, or educational. Randolph College puts a great deal of effort and commitment towards making these clubs enjoyable and lasting.
Greek Life
There is not greek life on campus but that does not effect this school one bit! The clubs and activities help provide a sisterly and brotherly bond between piers like a sorority or fraternity would.
Campus Safety
Randolph College has an extremely safe campus. There is security all over campus but also an honor code system that everyone at this college takes extremely serious.
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Steve from Greenbelt, MD

accepted here and planning to attend soon
2 people found this review useful
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Tips for prospective students
Weigh all your options n consider many factors when deciding where you'd like to attend such as the environment, the atmosphere, the professors, and the class sizes.
Academic Rigor
The work is a lot, but is manageable as well. You are prepared very well for what you plan on doing in the future.
Dorm Life
Beautiful dorms.
Food and Dining
New student center was just built and has many features including varieties of food for your liking.
What to do for fun
biking, hiking, intramural sports, the list is endless.
Bang for the buck
Undoubtedly. Private, liberal arts based. There's no question.
Great for these types of students
Creative and exploring.
Clubs and Activities
intramural sports, design, theater, etc
Campus Safety
top notch
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