Located just 90 miles south of Washington, D.C., and 15 minutes north of Richmond, with plenty of small-town charm of its own, Ashland, Virginia is known to locals as “the Center of the Universe.”

Whether you’re grabbing a coffee in Downtown Ashland, exploring museums in Richmond’s historic neighborhoods, or making a day trip to the beach or the mountains, Randolph-Macon puts you in the middle of it all.

  • Fall foliage over the train tracks in Ashland

Foodie Paradise

Great farm-to-table restaurants and local coffee shops are a short walk or bike ride from campus downtown, plus our neighbors in Richmond are consistently rated as one of the best food cities in the country with options for all tastes. In need of a comfort meal? Don’t worry, Ashland has all your favorite fast food spots too.

A Career Launching Pad

Ashland’s location between the nation’s capital and the state capital makes Randolph-Macon the prime position to start a career. RMC students have recently interned at Fortune 500 companies like CarMax and Dominion Energy, in legislative offices, and places like Maymont Park and the Science Museum of Virginia.

Students walk in front of the Virginia Museum of Fine Art

Arts & Culture 

The Richmond region is chock full of premier concert venues, world-class museums, and cultural festivals. Closer to home, the historic Ashland Theatre maintains a full calendar of movies, music, and performing arts, complementing the street festivals and live music that make Ashland come alive throughout the year. 

The Great Outdoors and More

Some of the best bike routes in the country run through Ashland, while a few miles south, the James River Park System features 600 acres of rocks, rapids, forests, and trails, all in the heart of the city. For even more adventure, the Blue Ridge Mountains are a day trip away. Looking for something more low-key? Richmond’s Carytown neighborhood provides tons of shopping and entertainment options.


From Ashland’s origins as a railroad town – railroad tracks still run through downtown and past campus, attracting railfans from all over to the town – to central Virginia’s crucial role in the foundational moments of our nation, history is all around you at Randolph-Macon. Three buildings on campus are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

the Center of the universe By plane, train, or automobile, Ashland is easily accessible.

Amtrak trains depart Ashland several times a day from a station adjacent to campus.

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Two major roadways—Route 1 and Interstate 95—provide easy access to RMC for motorists up and down the east coast.

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Richmond International Airport is serviced by most major airlines and located 30 minutes from campus.

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  • #7
    Food Destination City – Richmond (Yelp)
  • #3
    Best State for Business – Virginia (CNBC)
  • #9
    Best City for Art Lovers – Richmond (Artnet)
  • #23
    Best Relations Between Students and Local Community (The Princeton Review)

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