University of Richmond

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28 Westhampton Way

Univ. of Richmond, VA 23173

Phone: (804) 289-8000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Jan. 15
application deadline

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#25 Overall Score: 80 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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University of Richmond is a private institution that was founded in 1830. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,074, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 350 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Richmond's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 25. Its tuition and fees are $45,320 (2013-14).

Virginia’s capital city of Richmond is a historic one, packed with parks, culture, nightlife and opportunities for outdoor recreation, so students at the university of the same name won’t likely be bored. University of Richmond students can go white water rafting on the nearby James River, or can stop by some of the city’s many events throughout the year, such as the Richmond Folk Festival and the Richmond Greek Festival. There are a handful of popular music venues downtown, as well as scores of restaurants, bars and clubs. On the University of Richmond campus, one-third of the student body is involved in the Greek system, comprising about 15 fraternities and sororities. If Greek life isn’t your thing, there are more than 170 other student clubs and organizations to check out, too.

The all-male RC Xtreme group is ideal for freshmen who want to go on weekend adventure trips with their floormates, and female students can live and learn through programs like Ready for Moore, a residence hall community aimed at enhancing leadership skills. Campus housing is a popular option for students of all years, as more than 90 percent of undergraduates choose to live in residence halls. The University of Richmond is the only school in the country to use a spider as its unique mascot, and all Spiders athletic teams compete in the NCAA Division I Atlantic 10 Conference, except for football and women’s golf. Those teams are members of the Colonial Athletic Association. Student fans in the Richmond Rowdies spirit club cheer on the athletes - especially the competitive Spider basketball and football teams. The university offers more than 75 study abroad programs, and more than half of all students take part in a global opportunity before graduation.

The university has many programs for graduate education, including the well-regarded T.C. Williams School of Law. Law students can get involved with the school’s Harry L. Carrico Center for Pro Bono Service or the Jeanette Lipman Family Law Clinic, centers that offer free legal advice to community residents. The centers are among the programs run through UR Downtown, the university’s downtown research and civic engagement arm. Undergraduate and graduate students alike can volunteer, research and intern at the community centers. Notable alumni of the University of Richmond include Grammy Award-winning record producer Steve Buckingham and Josh Abramson, co-founder of

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

University of Richmond's learning environment is unlike any other in higher education, combining the traditional liberal arts with law, business, leadership studies and continuing education. Richmond's undergraduate experience takes place inside and outside of the classroom, encouraging students to engage as a meaningful part of the community, nation and world. The relatively small number of students enjoys the personal attention of faculty and staff as well as a wealth of facilities, many new or recently modernized and expanded during the past five years. Around 90 percent of students live on the campus, which is consistently named among the most beautiful in the United States.

Richmond graduates go on to careers or professional and graduate schools of choice. The university's exceptional pre-med/pre-health program helps almost all students completing it gain medical school admission on the first try.
The Career Development Center works with students beginning their first year at Richmond, helping them create individual plans to narrow down interests and abilities, find internships and ultimately land their first jobs. Richmond pays for summer undergraduate research and internships.

The heart of the undergraduate academic experience at Richmond is commitment to the liberal arts. All freshmen take first-year seminars, limited to 16 students and taught by full-time faculty, exploring varied interests ranging from art history to bioethics. More than 30 seminar topics cover everything from bioethics to art history. A student-faculty ratio of only 9:1 allows interaction between students and their professors.

Jepson School of Leadership Studies classes investigate leadership as a position, a process and a relationship among people. Leadership studies helps students become active, thoughtful and effective citizens of the nation and world.

The university engages with Richmond-area communities to shape civic-minded students, as well as contribute the intellectual capital and skills of faculty, staff, students and alumni to local needs. Community-Based Learning combines classroom study and community service, encouraging students to act as co-educators---not passive learners merely working pro bono. The country's largest Bonner Scholars program offers scholarships to 100 selected students in exchange for verifiable community service during the academic year and summers. As alumni, they can qualify for student loan reduction up to $2,000.
Richmond has 75 direct exchange programs with universities in 30 countries. That makes study abroad financially possible for every student---tuition for a semester abroad is the same as on campus, and financial aid applies. The university is one of the top producers of Fulbright Scholars, and it welcomes some 300 students from 70 countries who enroll each year. The Carole Weinstein International Center, opened in fall 2010, was purpose-built to support internationalization of the curriculum and international activity outside of class. It houses a spatial analysis lab and global studio.
Living-Learning communities at Richmond offer students with common interests the chance to live together as they share real-world learning experiences. They allow students to connect with their studies on a deeper level, while creating lasting relationships with classmates and faculty. Communities take local, national and international learning and project-based trips. Popular current themes focus on global health, LQBTQ-Ally and national politics.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1830
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $1,868,910,000


When applying to University of Richmond, it's important to note the application deadline is January 15, and the early decision deadline is November 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due January 15. The application fee at University of Richmond is $50. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 30.3 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 30.3%
Application deadline January 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by January 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of Richmond is 9:1, and the school has 67.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Richmond include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Social Sciences; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; English Language and Literature/Letters; and Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 93 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 9:1
4-year graduation rate 77%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 38%
Social Sciences 17%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 9%
English Language and Literature/Letters 6%
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 5%

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Student Life

University of Richmond has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,074, with a gender distribution of 45.2 percent male students and 54.8 percent female students. At this school, 89 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 11 percent of students live off campus. University of Richmond is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 3,626
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

University of Richmond offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, and health service. University of Richmond also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at University of Richmond, 56 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of Richmond.

Students who have cars on campus 56%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At University of Richmond, 43.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $36,703.

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Tuition and fees $45,320 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,270 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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