Randolph College is a college of the liberal arts that is based out of Lynchburg, Virginia. Randolph was originally Randolph-Macon Women’s College, but recently became coeducational in 2007. Randolph College aims its education at ethical people that will use their talents to make a difference in the world. On top of that, Randolph keeps classes an average size of 12 and with a student to faculty ratio of 8 to 1.
Currently, Randolph College doesn’t host distance education nor does it feature online courses for off-campus study. This is most likely due to the college’s chronology as a single-sex college. Some single-sex colleges opt out of distance education because much of the benefits of a single-sex environment don’t make it over the internet. Regardless, many women’s colleges have offered distance education despite this. Now that Randolph College has made the switch to a coeducational college, it is likely to expand its curriculum into an online setting as well.
Generally speaking, an education at Randolph College starts with the student voicing their interests and academic goals. From there, the faculty and staff work in great detail to deliver an education plan that is best suited to that student’s goals. Throughout the student’s journey, Randolph assures success with personalized class settings, guidance whenever the student needs, and all of the educational variety that a student needs to earn their desired credentials.
Undergraduate students can major in a variety of areas, from Art History, to Economics, and even Engineering Physics. Complimenting this is a select variety of graduate programs, such as a Master of Arts in Teaching or a Master of Education in Special Education, and pre-professional programs, like Pre-Medicine, and Pre-Law. There is also a large array of minors, as wells as dual degree programs for Nursing and Engineering. It would appear, to a prospective student, that the possibilities are limitless.
Randolph College is also known for its involvement in experiential learning. It is a purported philosophy at the college that not all things can be learned inside the classroom. To cover more of the learning spectrum, students are subjected to immersive environments, like student-teacher collaborative projects or real-world simulations and hands-on training.
Although there have yet to be online education services offered by Randolph college, one can examine the general cost and financial aid trends to get an estimate of what distance education costs and aid will look like. For full-time tuition, undergraduates pay $26,870 per year and graduates pay $9,100 per year. Undergraduates pay a premium cost for their education and graduates benefit from much lowered rates.
For financial aid, Randolph College makes all the proper resources and information available from the application stage to the receiving stage. As per yearly averages, 22% of Randolph College students receives federal aid, 34% receives state and local aid, and 56% are receiving financial aid from Randolph College itself. Aid from Randolph College is inclusive of merit-based scholarships, need-based grants, like the Randolph Grant, and some work-study programs.