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Randolph College welcomes largest first-year class in 28 years

Randolph’s new president, Bradley W. Bateman joined a group of faculty and staff volunteers to help the 220 members of the Class of 2017 move their belongings into the residence halls.

8/28/2013 8:56:53 AM

   

LYNCHBURG–Randolph College welcomed the largest first-year class in 28 years when new students arrived to campus for orientation on Wednesday, Aug. 28.

Randolph’s new president, Bradley W. Bateman joined a group of faculty and staff volunteers to help the 220 members of the Class of 2017 move their belongings into the residence halls. Bateman began his term as the 10th president in July.

The Class of 2017 represents 24 states and countries such as Vietnam, China, South Korea, and Jamaica and continues to be academically strong. In fact, 10 percent of the students ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school class academically. Twenty-nine percent are members of the National Honor Society.

"We are pleased to welcome this historic class to our campus," Bateman said. "This is an extremely talented group of women and men, and the class also marks a pivotal milestone for Randolph College. We have had several years of significant growth and are now making significant gains. While we still have work to do, we are extremely proud of our progress and are excited about this class, this new academic year, and our future. It is a good time to be at Randolph."

Randolph is in its fourth year of significant enrollment growth, and the first-year enrollment for 2013-14 represents a 22 percent increase over last year’s total.

The last first-year class to top 220 was in 1985 when the College reported 244 first-year students.

The Class of 2017 represents 24 states and countries such as Vietnam, China, South Korea, and Jamaica and continues to be academically strong. In fact, 10 percent of the class ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school class academically.

Overall total enrollment for 2013-2014 is also expected to grow significantly. Randolph anticipates a total enrollment of 685, representing a 6 percent increase over last year and a 37 percent increase since 2009.

Classes for all students are set to begin September 2.





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