Officials say Randolph-Macon Woman's College will change its name to Randolph College when it admits men next fall.
Trustees at the 115-year-old private college voted in September to make the school co-educational.
They received suggestions from more than one-thousand people for the new name.
Trustees chairman Jolley Christman says the board voted unanimously to choose Randolph College to keep continuity with the school's history.
Before the vote, about 100 people gathered for a rally on a sidewalk in front of the campus to protest the name change as well as the college's transition to coeducation.
More than 400 were assembled outside Main Hall to hear the announcement.
The decision to choose a new name was complicated by the fact that the school could not simply drop "Woman's" from the name -- since there already is a Randolph-Macon College in Ashland.