Founded in 1830 by the Methodists and located in historic Ashland, Va., Randolph-Macon College is a selective, co-educational, national liberal arts and sciences college with a mission of “developing the minds and character of its students.” R-MC achieves this mission by creating unique moments of connection between faculty and students. These one-on-one connections are supported by a student-faculty ratio of 11:1, an average class size of 15 students and an overall enrollment of approximately 1,300 students.
Located just 15 miles north of Richmond and 90 miles south of Washington, D.C., Randolph-Macon offers students a broad academic foundation and provides them numerous opportunities for individualizing their education. Students participate in groundbreaking programs such as the Schapiro Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program; regional, national and international internship opportunities; R-MC’s numerous study abroad opportunities; and the college’s innovative First Year Experience (FYE) program. The College also features the new Randolph-Macon EDGE program, a comprehensive, four-year career development program that is designed to give students a "competitive advantage" in the job market or in securing acceptance to graduate or professional schools. These exceptional programs prepare students for successful careers and for the rigors of postgraduate education, and have positioned R-MC graduates for success when they enter the real world.
Randolph-Macon graduates have used their educations to carve out successful careers in politics, medicine, law, business, religion and the arts. They can be found in leadership positions across the United States and throughout the world.
A Phi Beta Kappa college, Randolph-Macon is rated as a top national liberal arts college by U.S. News & World Report's annual college guide.
In 2005, the college celebrated the 175th anniversary of its founding, and the commemorative 175th anniversary website is still accessible as an archive.