10/15/2001LYNCHBURG, Va. ó Despite a dramatic increase in the number of competing national liberal arts colleges, Randolph-Macon Woman's College climbed four places, from 66th to 62nd, in the latest U.S. News & World Reportís guide, Americaís Best Colleges. The College also placed 7th in the nation in alumnae giving and 13th in the percentage of international students. The magazineís 2002 survey ranked 218 national liberal arts colleges, compared to last yearís total of 159, an increase of nearly 35%.†
The U.S. News & World Report rankings come on the heels of the Collegeís impressive showing in Augustís Princeton Review guide, The Best 331 Colleges. In that survey, the quality of student life at R-MWC was reflected in a 3rd place ranking in the category of "Dorms Like Palaces", 13th in "Great Food", and 20th in "Beautiful Campus."†
Last fall, the College scored superior marks in a survey of educational effectiveness placing higher than 90 percent of the 267 participating colleges in the level of academic challenge, student interaction with faculty members, enriching educational experiences, and supportive campus environment.
Founded in 1891, Randolph-Macon Woman's College is one of the premier women's colleges in the country, ranking among the top ten percent of all colleges and universities nationwide in the percentage of its graduates who go on to earn Ph.D's. Study at R-MWC combines coursework, internships, study abroad, and co-curricular activities in a rigorous and coherent educational program for women from 45 states and 44 countries.
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