One-on-one support, from more than one supporter

We’re proud that our faculty-to-student ratio is 10:1. But what really makes 91Ƶ special is this ratio: 1:1.

The personal attention you get from Randolph-Macon faculty, staff, coaches, and administrators – ٳ󲹳’s the thing that you’ll remember forever. It’s what we mean when we say “Up Close, Future Ready.” And it’s what makes the difference in your future. 

  • 5x
    more 91Ƶ students report having a faculty mentor than the national average
  • 94%
    of students report having a professor who cares about them as a person
  • Day 1
    when you’re assigned your first faculty advisor and a student mentor

So, what’s a mentor anyway?

Ana Leal chemistry student speaking with professor in lab

A mentor is a guide. A champion. A person who shares their knowledge, and helps you to find your way. Ana Leal ‘22 explains it well, reflecting on the mentorship of chemistry professor Serge Schreiner. 

“Dr. Schreiner has been instrumental in my life and career. Over the years, he became more than a professor or research advisor, but a mentor to me. I am a first-generation student and neither of my parents speak English, so I was navigating college in the U.S. by myself. He was the one who helped and guided me.”

Ana Leal ’22

mentors, outside the classroom

At 91Ƶ, professors make connections with students in many ways. Many mentors start as a student’s assigned advisor or meet students in class, and then carry those connections outside the classroom to supervise student research, connect students to internships, and spend time during office hours. 

But mentorship is in the water at Randolph-Macon. It’s just part of who we are and how we believe in educating students. Students also find formal and informal mentors among staff who supervise student employment or who support students as part of their jobs. Coaches and alumni get in on the action too.  

female student in chair

peer mentorship

Even before new students arrive on campus, you’ll hear from your very first mentor – your Captain! Your New Student Transition Captains (or “Captains” for short) will be your orientation leader and more. They’ll help guide you through whatever waters you travel in your first year at 91Ƶ, through official events and fun programming, informal check-ins, and even a class called Yellow Jacket Success Strategies. Later, you can connect with Peer Academic Coaches who can help support you in developing good study habits. We build community, all along the way.

Surprise! And Thank You.

Graduating seniors reguarly cite the special relationships they had at 91Ƶ as transformative. So we set up a chance for them to tell their mentors.