High School Preparation Requirements

High School Courses

Candidates for admission must complete at least 16 units of collegeA happy RMC graduate at commencement preparatory courses, but most applicants have more than 20. Non-traditional college preparation is also considered. The following studies are recommended:

  • English: Four years; writing skills are especially important.

  • Math: Three or more courses, with a minimum of elementary algebra, geometry, and intermediate algebra.

  • Foreign Language: At least two years of the same language.

  • Laboratory Science: Two or more courses.

  • Social Studies: Two or more courses.

  • Academic Electives: Three or more additional courses selected from the five areas listed above.

Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB)

We encourage students to challenge themselves appropriately with their course selection.

  • Candidates who earn scores of 4 or 5 (or 3 for few subject exams) on AP exams offered by the College Board usually earn a full year's credit in that subject area.
  • Randolph-Macon accepts scores of 5 or above on higher-level examinations in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program for credit.
  • Credit for other scores is determined by individual college departments. For more information on any of these programs, please contact your counselor.  

Dual Enrollment

High school students who have enrolled in college-level (dual enrollment) courses may qualify for college credit at Randolph-Macon.

  • In order for course credit to be accepted at Randolph-Macon you must earn a grade of C- or higher in a dual enrollment course taken through an accredited two-year or four-year institution.
  • The course must be comparable to one offered at R-MC. Incoming students may receive a maximum of 75 semester hours through transfer credits (including AP and IB credits).

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