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College welcomes record numbers

Highest number of students on campus in nearly two decades

9/4/2002 12:42:00 PM

    LYNCHBURG, Va. ó Randolph-Macon Woman's College opened its doors - and newly expanded residence hall facilities - to 258 new students this past week, the largest number of new students in more than a decade. This brings the total number of students taking R-MWC classes to 780, the highest number in nearly two decades.

In a year in which September 11 caused many colleges to fear enrollment declines, President Kathleen Bowman believes that September 11 and its aftermath may have contributed to the rising tide of admissions at the College. She believes that this yearís extraordinary numbers reflect a deepening understanding of the necessity of a global perspective on the part of todayís students. "If recent world history has taught us anything," she commented, "itís that we desperately need citizens who have experience in communicating and solving problems across cultures. Thatís exactly the kind of environment this College provides. Moreover, our small size and emphasis on community-building has been very attractive to students and parents."

Internationalization has long been a distinguishing characteristic of an R-MWC education. Currently, students from 45 states and 45 countries live, work, and study together on campus. A generous endowment offers opportunities for all students to study abroad, regardless of need. In addition, R-MWC students can expand their horizons through study with visiting international professors, as well as from professors across all disciplines who have international experience.

Vice-President for Enrollment Connie Gores also attributes this yearís successful recruiting results, in part, to the Collegeís recent efforts to tackle objections to the liberal arts and womenís colleges head-on. "In light of what seemed to be some pretty grim forecasts for private liberal arts colleges this year," Gores said, "we decided it was time to be much more aggressive in proving what we know to be true about the advantages of both a liberal arts education and a womenís college. And, by all indications, it worked."

Founded in 1891, Randolph-Macon Woman's College is a highly selective undergraduate liberal arts college of 780 women with a distinguished history of establishing global connections through international education. The College is a member of the International 50, a group of national liberal arts colleges recognized for their internationally oriented programs and is currently ranked by U. S. News & World Report as seventh in the nation among national liberal arts colleges for our percentage of international students.

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CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of College Relations