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Randolph-Macon College

Randolph�Macon College is a private, co-educational liberal arts college located in Ashland, Virginia, United States, near the capital city of Richmond. Founded in 1830, the school has an enrollment of over 1,200 students


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Randolph�Macon was founded in 1830 by the Virginia Methodists, and is the oldest Methodist-run college in the country. It was originally located in Boydton, near the North Carolina border but as the railroad link to Boydton was destroyed during the Civil War, the college's trustees decided to relocate the school to Ashland in 1868. The college was named for statesmen John Randolph of Roanoke and Nathaniel Macon. (The original site of Randolph�Macon features a historical marker and ruins of the classroom buildings.) In 1847, Randolph�Macon College established a relationship with the Hampden-Sydney College. alum John Peter Mettauer. The relationship led to the formation of the Randolph�Macon Medical School, and in 1851 the school was closed. Its president William A. Smith delivered a set of lectures on slavery in 1856 and 1857. The college has a historical relationship with Randolph College (formerly known as Randolph�Macon Woman's College) in Lynchburg, Virginia. The former women's college was founded under Randolph�Macon's original charter in 1893 by the then-president William Waugh Smith; it was intended as a female counterpart to Randolph�Macon. The two schools later separated to become distinct institutions governed by two separate boards. Randolph�Macon College became co-educational in 1971 with the enrollment of 50 women and the first full-time female faculty member. (Randolph College became co-educational in 2007.) In 1892, two preparatory schools � both called Randolph�Macon Academy � were founded. The only one that remains today is Randolph�Macon Academy in Front Royal, Virginia. Randolph�Macon Academy is today the only co-educational military boarding school in the country affiliated with the United States Air Force Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC). Randolph�Macon College became the first college south of the U.S. Mason-Dixon Line to require physical education coursework for graduation.[citation needed] Randolph�Macon is considered to be the first college in the South to offer English as a full discipline and to develop biology as a distinct study. Its computer science department is one of the oldest in the country associated with a liberal arts school; in the 1960s when the program was established, many academics believed computer science to be more appropriate for a commercial trade or secretarial school, rather than a traditional four-year institution. Since 1923, the college has been home to the Zeta chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, the nation's oldest academic honor society. Chi Beta Phi, the national science honorary society, was founded at Randolph�Macon in 1916

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Randolph-Macon is an undergraduate, coeducational college of the liberal arts. The purpose of a Randolph-Macon education is to develop the mind and the character of its students. They are challenged to communicate effectively, to think analytically and critically, to experience and appreciate the creative process, to develop qualities of leadership, and to synthesize what they know with who they are. At Randolph-Macon College the liberal arts constitute a comprehensive educational opportunity. The curriculum includes exposure both to broad perspectives and specific concepts. Students explore the natural and social sciences, the arts, and the humanities, while they also achieve a deeper understanding of the single discipline in which they major. They are guided in this endeavor by a faculty of teacher-scholars who are dedicated to the liberal arts and active in their professional disciplines and in the extra-curricular life of the campus.



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