Randolph-Macon College Reviews
R-MC was a great school for academic purposes, but they need work in diversity training and being open-minded to minority students. The sociology department is amazing and well versed in their field. The student life is interesting as you have a wide variety of students. I did make life long friends there.
The school is great if you are looking for a traditional liberal arts curriculum and classroom setting. There are no online options here, and assistance with finding help in picking out alternative credit sources is non-existent (CLEP, DSST, etc). The academic advisors are also your instructors, and a good benefit of that is the fact that they are often excellent at course mapping. I finished my program in less than four years and didn't transfer a single credit into the program. Greek life is huge on-campus, and if you are not a part of it, you are left out of many college campus activities. Also, if you don't come from a financially stable family, be prepared to be annoyed by supremely spoiled classmates that are of the "C's Get Degrees" mentality. Group work here, depending on the class and course, can be detrimental to your GPA if you draw the wrong cards. The academic rigor of the college is indisputable. The professors in the sociology department are tough, but fair, and will work one-on-one with any student that seeks out additional instruction. Be prepared to do a LOT of writing in this major. As with most social sciences, the content can be difficult to digest if you don't take additional time outside of class to critically think on the material. This is not an easy school, but it will prep you well for critical thinking skills that are vital in the workplace. The career services staff do the best that they can with the budget and headcount they are allotted. They are obviously overworked, underpaid, and are not given enough resources to do their jobs well. The only students that really get assistance with careers and job placement are the business majors; the school invests almost nothing into helping any other students with job placements, but that seems to be more due to a lack of manpower than anything else. The financial services team is not competent in the slightest. They really need some work in that department to assist students whose parents do not pay for everything. It was a struggle to get explanations for bills that seemed to "pop up" out of nowhere, and good luck if you get drawn for verification since I am convinced that the financial aid representatives don't know what that is themselves. Final verdict: if you are under the age of 24 and are working to put yourself through school, there are better options out there--especially at this ridiculous price point of $45,000+ per year if you live at the campus. The best part of this school is the faculty, and they are woefully underpaid and quite obviously overworked.
My undergraduate experience was great, However, the lack of diversity within the campus is hard. Although, their is a lack of diversity on the campus, the professors on campus are extremely helpful. Also, there are various opportunities to make connections and interact with students and alumni on campus.
A good school, but have a plan before you start. Don't get lost in the Greek Life or you will be attending for 5-6 years for an undergraduate degree.
Overall, the college is awesome. I'm glad i choose this college to attend, even if sometimes it gets on my nerves. But choosing R-MC as it is a liberal arts, I personally see myself getting the education that I expected to receive when I went to college. I have learned a lot, not just about my major but about other subjects that I wouldn't have thought I would like/be interested in learning unless I came to a liberal arts college. Probably like most colleges, R-MC has their flaws. 1. R-MC dining hall (Estes) is not that good at all. It has its good days, but it's mostly bad days. 2. Mary Branch shouldn't be a dorm at all! It has no AC which is horrible during the summer. 3. A lot of the professors are great, but there are a couple that should be fired and shouldn't be aloud to teach. All of the staff I have talked to have been friendly and helpful when I needed them to be. I've never had a problem with the staff for the 4 years I went to R-MC. 4. They should install better lighting in parking lots, I know in the Conrad/KA frat parking lot, there isn't that much lighting which is kind of scary at night, especially when you are by yourself. 5. Improve the WiFi, I feel like our internet crashes or something is wrong with it at least once a day if not more. I feel like for the money most students pay to go to R-MC, we don't see the money going towards things that we should. Just to name a few; upgrading the food service to a different company other than Chartwells or building MORE parking because it sucks finding a parking spot that isn't all the way across campus most of the times.
I loved it. Would not change my decision to go there. The teachers, the staff, makes it all worthwhile when crippling debt settles in