Virginia College Trip
The Old Dominion
Why Choose A Virginia School?
James Madison University (JMU) Dukes
JMU is the #2 public university in the south, and the #1 most recommended university in the US (Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Ed). They have a great retention rate and students are highly satisfied. In fact, JMU was ranked #5 for "students who made the right college choice."
This is a big division 1 school with 133 majors. JMU not only has a lot of academic opportunities, but hosts a lot of social and cultural events. They have a large quad area where students like to sit, read, play sports and attend outdoor concerts.
JMU also has some of the best college food in the country (ranked #8 nationally). It is a social campus that is safe and resides within a small, friendly town.
Randolph Macon College - Where Everyone Does Know Your Name
This is a small, private college where everyone really does know your name. Professors and staff will recognize you on and off campus. There are no large lecture halls and students must come to class prepared because there is nowhere to hide. This is such a caring campus and I was impressed with how they meet the needs of students with disabilities. When it snows, they personally call each student with a mobility issue to address any needs or concerns. Thankfully it does not snow often since the campus is located a short drive from Richmond VA.
RMC has much to offer and the career services office is exceptionally strong. The proximity to DC provides many opportunities for students to learn cultural competence and basic employment skills. For example, career services will teach students about the culture of another country and then bus them to the accompanying embassy in DC to practice these newly learned skills. The trimester schedule also allows students to engage in overseas credit bearing opportunities with their own professors.
Amtrak stops on campus making for easy accessibility to DC, Richmond, New York Penn and beyond.
A New Football Field
Everyone Gathers At The Fountain
This area is lined with bricks that contain the names of every graduate (each student gets their own brick). On graduation day students get to walk over their own, newly unveiled brick during the processional. This school is personalized and graduates can also choose one person (usually a parent) to walk with them on the brick lined pathway towards the graduation stage.
A Beautiful New Commons