Randolph-Macon Woman's College: Narrative Description

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2500 Rivermont Ave.
Lynchburg, VA 24503-1526
Tel: (434)947-8000
Free: 800-745-7692
Admissions: (434)947-8100
Fax: (434)947-8996
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.rmwc.edu/


Independent Methodist, 4-year, women only. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1891. Setting: 100-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $122.9 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $12,867 per student. Total enrollment: 732. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 9:1. 791 applied, 88% were admitted. 36% from top 10% of their high school class, 71% from top quarter, 92% from top half. 2 National Merit Scholars, 3 class presidents, 10 valedictorians, 40 student government officers. Full-time: 701 students. Part-time: 31 students. Students come from 46 states and territories, 39 other countries, 55% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 9% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 8% international, 8% 25 or older, 89% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 79% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; biological/life sciences; foreign language/literature. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Off campus study at members of the Tri-College Consortium, Seven-College Exchange Program, American University Washington Semester Programs, Woods Hole, Marine Biological Laboratory Consortium. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 3/1, 11/15 for early decision. Notification: 10/1, 12/15 for early decision.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. Comprehensive fee: $29,970 includes full-time tuition ($21,360), mandatory fees ($380), and college room and board ($8230). Part-time tuition: $890 per semester hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $45 per term. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 41 open to all; secret societies. Most popular organizations: Pan World Club, Macon Activities Council, Model United Nations, BIONIC (Believe It or Not, I Care volunteer organization), Black Woman's Alliance. Major annual events: Tacky Party/Never Ending Weekend, Pumpkin Parade, Ring Night. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. 700 college housing spaces available; 633 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Option: women-only housing available. Lipscomb Library with 197,332 books, 187,000 microform titles, 618 serials, 3,600 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $692,589. 154 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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