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Randolph College

Randolph College is a private liberal arts and sciences college located in Lynchburg, Virginia, United States. Founded in 1891 as Randolph-Macon Woman's College, it was renamed on July 1, 2007, when it became coeducational


2500 Rivermont Ave


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Randolph College prepares students to engage the world critically and creatively, live and work honorably, and experience life abundantly.
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College History


The college was founded by William Waugh Smith, then-president of Randolph-Macon College, under Randolph-Macon's charter after he failed to convince R-MC to become co-educational. Randolph-Macon Woman's College has historic ties to the United Methodist Church. After many attempts to find a location for Randolph-Macon Woman's College, the city of Lynchburg donated 50 acres for the purpose of establishing a women's college. In 1916, it became the first women's college in the South to earn a Phi Beta Kappa charter. Beginning in 1953, the two colleges were governed by separate boards of trustees. Main Hall, built in 1891, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979 In August 2006, only a few weeks into the academic year, Randolph-Macon Woman's College announced that it would adopt coeducation and change its name. Former Interim president Ginger H. Worden argued (in a 17 September 2006 editorial for the Washington Post) that,"today, the college is embarking on a new future, one that will include men. Yet that original mission, that dedication to women's values and education, remains. The fact of the marketplace is that only 3 percent of college-age women say they will consider a women's college. The majority of our own students say they weren't looking for a single-sex college specifically. Most come despite the fact that we are a single-sex college. Our enrollment problems are not going away, and we compete with both coed and single-sex schools. Of the top 10 colleges to which our applicants also apply, seven are coed. Virtually all who transfer from R-MWC do so to a coed school. These market factors affect our financial realities."The decision to go co-ed was not welcomed by everyone. Alumnae and students organized protests which were covered by local and national mediaMany students accused the school of having recruited them under false pretenses, as the administration did not warn new or current students that they were considering admitting men.Lawsuits were filed against the school by both students and alumnae. It was renamed Randolph College on July 1, 2007, when it became coeducational. The last class to have the option to receive diplomas from Randolph Macon Woman's College graduated on 16 May 2010.

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Randolph College offers a unique blend of academic rigor, individualized instruction and research, a strong and active Honor System, career-oriented experiential learning, and intercultural experiences (off campus in the form of international study and on campus in the form of a highly diverse student body). The College's motto Vita abundantior ("the life more abundant") expresses its historical emphasis on the importance of quality education to a full, rich life. Its slogan, "Be An Original," expresses the value of distinction and difference.



Pearl S. Buck First woman from the United States to win the Nobel Prize in literature in 1938 for "the body of her work", notably her 1932 novel The Good Earth, which was chosen for its "rich and truly epic descriptions of peasant life in China and for her biographical masterpieces." The Good Earth also won the 1932 Pulitzer Prize. class of 1914 Iris Kelso Influential newspaper journalist and television commentator in New Orleans, Louisiana; won a Peabody Award for her television reports class of 1948 Odilia Dank Republican member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1994 to 2006; first woman to chair the House Education Committee; school counselor by occupation; native of Cleveland, Ohio[9][10] class of 1960 Emily Squires One of the twelve directors of Sesame Street. She has won 6 Daytime Emmy's since 1985. class of 1961 Candy Crowley CNN senior political correspondent whose career includes two awards for outstanding journalism, from the National Press Foundation and the Associated Press. class of 1970 Frank M. Hull Current judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. class of 1970 Susan Webber Wright US district court judge in Little Rock, Arkansas. She presided over Paula Jones's sexual harassment lawsuit against former President Bill Clinton. She was also involved with the investigation of the Whitewater Scandal with Kenneth Starr. class of 1970 Blanche Lincoln Democratic U.S. Senator from Arkansas from 1999 to2011. She has previously served in the U.S. House of Representatives from Arkansas' 1st congressional district. At the age of 38, Lincoln was the youngest woman to be elected to the Senate in 1998. class of 1982 Missy Irvin Republican member of the Arkansas State Senate from Mountain View since 2011 class of 1993 Rachel A. Dean U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, killed in September 2006 while on duty in Kazakhstan. class of 2003 Kakenya Ntaiya Founder of Kakenya Center for Excellence, a school for girls in Kenya, and women's education and health activist. class of 2004 Anne Tucker Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; photography curator (named "America's Best Curator" by TIME, in 2001) Suzanne Patrick US Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Industrial Policy Daisy Hurst Floyd Dean of the Walter F. George School of Law of Mercer University, 2004 until 2010 attended 1973 until 1975



Suburban, Historic; 100 acres