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R-MC Hosts Orientation Days for New Students

Jun 07, 2017


students during orientation 2017New Student Orientation Day is an opportunity for the Randolph-Macon College community to welcome new students and their families. New Student Orientation Day, which took place on June 6 and June 13, 2017, included special sessions on academics and campus life, and lunch in Estes Dining Hall. Students and parents started the day at the Frank E. Brown Plaza, where they were greeted individually by R-MC President Robert R. Lindgren.

"What a great privilege it is for me to welcome our new students and families from the Class of 2021," said Lindgren. "We at Randolph-Macon are absolutely committed to giving you the tools and personal support you need to succeed, to help you realize your potential, and then to help you graduate with a competitive advantage—what we call the Randolph-Macon Edge—when pursuing careers or graduate school. You are part of an impressive entering class: one of our largest, and arguably the most talented, we have ever had here. Congratulations."

New Yellow Jackets registered for classes, got to know one another and became familiar with their home-away-from-home, with student leaders—known as captains—serving as guides. Current students, along with staff, were on hand to talk about the dozens of campus organizations and clubs that R-MC offers, and to discuss the many services available to students. New students also received one-on-one academic advising and an overview of support services; met with Residence Life staff; and had questions answered by current students.

While the new students familiarized themselves with the college and campus life, their parents participated in a separate orientation. They received information on financial aid, internships, study abroad, academic support and more, and had the opportunity to ask questions of students, administrators and staff.

Annie Keith '01, director of New Student Orientation & Transition Programs, says New Student Orientation Day is about connections.

"Orientation connects students with our faculty, who provide advising for fall classes; it connects students with captains who will help them navigate their first year; and perhaps most importantly, it connects new students with each other," she says. "Similarly, families spend the day connecting with members of our community to better understand the opportunities and resources that will be available to their students."

Four-Year Degree Guarantee
During orientation, Lindgren, Provost William Franz and other key administrators met with each student and his or her parents in Birdsong Hall to discuss and sign the Four-Year Guarantee partnership agreement. This unique program pledges in writing that freshmen who meet the Four-Year Degree Guarantee requirements will graduate within four calendar years. If not, Randolph-Macon will waive tuition costs for R-MC courses needed to complete the degree.