Randolph-Macon College is a private, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college located in Ashland, Virginia. Founded in 1830 by the Virginia Methodists, the school is the oldest Methodist-run college in the United States. The school was originally located in Boydton, near the border of North Carolina. However, after the railroad link to Boydton was destroyed during the Civil War, the college’s board of trustees decided to relocate the school to Ashland.
Historically, Randolph-Macon College initially had a counterpart school for women known as the Randolph-Macon Women’s College. However, the difficulty of maintaining an exclusive girl’s college which meant a lower number of enrollees forced the women’s college to evolve and, in 2007, become the co-educational Randolph College. For its part, Randolph-Macon which became co-educational in 1971 with the enrollment of 50 women and the first fulltime female faculty member, continued to expand, not just in student population, but in the development of its curriculum.
Today the college offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in various, diverse areas of study. Cost of tuition for academic year 2010-2011 for fulltime students is US$29,788. This does not include regular fees like Student Programs fee of US$350; Communications Fee of US$370; Student Health Services Fee of US$100, and Matriculation Fee for new and transfer students of US$100. To help defray costs, the college is extending financial aid by way of loans, grants and scholarships.
Those who want to live on campus may do so provided they pay an additional fee for room and board at rates that vary according to the type of dwelling selected and the meal plan chosen.
For more information on admissions, college majors, degrees offered, online programs, athletics, school rankings, tuition, scholarships and financial aid options, please contact Randolph-Macon College.