R-MC President Robert R. Lindgren
discussed the Four-Year Degree
Guarantee with Chris Kruchten '15
and his mother, Debbie Wileer.
Randolph-Macon’s Four-Year Degree Guarantee made national headlines this week in
The New York Times. Alan Schwartz, a Pulitzer Prize-nominated
reporter, visited the R-MC campus during freshmen move-in day and interviewed President
Robert R. Lindgren about the program. Schwartz watched as new students Chris Kruchten
’15 and Annabelle O’Neil ’15 signed the pledge and he interviewed Kruchten’s mother
for the article, which also appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
You can read The New York Times article by clicking on
Four-Year Degree Guarantee program.
President Lindgren announced the launch of R-MC’s Four-Year Degree Guarantee in
February 2011. The College guarantees in writing that freshmen entering in fall
2011 who meet the Four-Year Degree Guarantee requirements will graduate within four
calendar years. If not, Randolph-Macon will waive tuition costs for courses needed
to complete the degree.
“The very nature of a Randolph-Macon education allows us to make this commitment
with confidence,” said Lindgren. “Our hand-tooled education means direct and personal
interaction with faculty and staff, small classes with personal attention and constant
mentoring, and access to the classes that students need in order to progress toward
their degrees in a timely manner.”
Currently, 95 percent of Randolph-Macon graduates complete their degree in four
years or less. This percentage is much higher than the four-year completion rate
for all graduates at private colleges (almost 80 percent), and for public institutions
(below 50 percent). Source: National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.
“Our students receive hands-on academic advising from dedicated, experienced faculty
who monitor students’ progress closely and help them make appropriate choices,”
Lindgren continued. “This program underscores the value and benefits of the liberal
arts education we provide.”
The Four-Year Degree
Any full-time student, beginning with the Class of 2015, who satisfies the policies
stated in the R-MC College Catalog in effect at the time of their enrollment will
enter into this partnership with the College and be able to graduate successfully
within four years, or Randolph-Macon will provide the required course(s) on campus
free of tuition charges.
These policies include:
• Complying with the academic requirements related to course load, number of courses,
satisfactory progress, GPA, and timely declaration of major
• Meeting regularly (the College recommends twice per semester) with the academic
advisor and following the advice provided by this advisor
• Registering and selecting courses in a timely fashion
• Submitting an application for degree in the academic year in which graduation
• Satisfying all financial obligations to the College
• Avoiding any academic or judicial suspension or action that delays graduation
The College reserves the right to withhold its free tuition guarantee if the student
does not comply with one or more of the above policies. In addition, The Four-Year
Degree Guarantee may not be applicable if the student elects certain second or third
majors requiring coursework beyond what can be reasonably accommodated within a
four-year period, or elects to defer graduation to allow athletic participation
in a fifth academic year.
The Four-Year Degree Guarantee will be reviewed with each student individually during
Summer Freshmen Orientation sessions, and a partnership agreement will be signed
by the President or Provost, the student, and his/her parents at that time.
For additional details about R-MC’s Four-Year Degree Guarantee, contact Anne Marie Lauranzon at (804) 752-7317, firstname.lastname@example.org.