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Enrollment on the rise at Randolph College

New student enrollment is up 30 percent over last year

August 26, 2010|Tim Saunders | Reporter/Lynchburg Bureau Chief

LYNCHBURG, Va. — Randolph College is welcoming its largest class in five years.

210 freshman, transfers, and exchange students are going through orientation at the Lynchburg school.

That number represents a 30-percent increase in new student enrollment.

School officials say the uptick is thanks to expanded recruitment efforts.

Admissions is putting a greater emphasis on attracting students from the northeastern U.S.

The school has also spent money on a new campaign called "Be an Original."

With the transition to co-education now behind them, Randolph president John Klein believes students are focusing on growing and giving the school a new identity.

"We feel that we're now on the way up and that our name is now becoming synonymous with a wonderful liberal arts college here in Lynchburg," says Klein.

Randolph went co-ed in 2007 and changed its name from Randolph-Macon Woman's College.

This is the first year all four classes are fully co-ed.

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