From the School

The University of Richmond emphasizes collaborative learning and research in a cross-disciplinary curriculum that integrates five academic schools-the School of Arts and Sciences, the E. Claiborne Robins School of Business, the Jepson School of Leadership Studies, the University of Richmond School of Law, and the School of Continuing Studies. In addition to those in their major, students explore a variety of other classes, including many that are team-taught by faculty from different schools. This multi-disciplinary lens is at the core of the Richmond experience.

Students benefit from the individual attention of 379 full-time faculty thanks to an 8:1 student-faculty ratio and an average class size of 16. No classes are taught by teaching assistants.

Richmond prizes diversity of experience and thought, and is committed to ensuring its opportunities are accessible to talented students of all backgrounds. Current undergraduates hail from 47 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and 68 countries. Of 818 incoming first-year students in 2010, 59% come from public high schools, 21% are first-generation college students, 23% are American students of color, and 83% ranked in the top 20% of their high school class. Approximately two-thirds of undergraduates receive financial aid.


Acceptance Rate

Test Scores

SAT Reading
600 - 710
SAT Math
620 - 720
ACT Composite
29 - 32


Early Decision
November 15

Early Decision II
January 15

January 15

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA


From The School

As part of the University of Richmond's emphasis on a distinct experience, the general education curriculum is made up of four main components drawn from across the University. Students choose two First-Year Seminars taught by faculty from each of the five schools, which introduce academic inquiry and the modes of expression that are the heart of a liberal arts education. Students also complete courses in communication skills-including oral communication and foreign language-historical sciences, literary studies, social analysis, visual and performing arts, symbolic reasoning, and natural science. There also is a wellness requirement, which includes an alcohol awareness program and workshops in such topics as nutrition, sexual health, and fitness.

More than half of Richmond students study abroad in one of more than 75 programs in 30 countries.

Students Say

The University of Richmond provides “the resources of a large university with the personal attention of a small college” and just “a hint of Southern charm.” Financial aid is “generous.” Facilities are “outstanding.” “Students have access to state-of-the-art technologies and research labs that normally only graduate students would be able to work with.” Among the sixty or so undergraduate majors, students call our attention to the “great business program” and the “excellent pre-med program.” “Another of Richmond’s strengths is its study abroad programs.” Every year, a few hundred Richmond students take classes in more than thirty countries or complete a summer internship in one of six countries. The “core liberal arts program” here is reasonably broad and pretty much all coursework is “rigorous.” “There are no easy classes,” “and there is a significant amount of homework.” The degree of difficulty notwithstanding, though, faculty members are overwhelmingly “brilliant,” “insightful, accommodating,” and “extremely accessible.” “They genuinely care about their students and they make themselves totally available,” gushes a political science major. “We’re a school where professors know all of their students’ names,” expounds an English major, “and where the president of the university stops and talks to you on the way to your next class.”

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School


Prominent Alumni

Wesley Schultz, ’05
Bandleader of The Lumineers

Gayle Goodson Butler, W'73
Editor-in-Chief, Better Homes and Gardens, Meredith National Media Group

Timothy W. Finchem, '69
Commissioner of PGA Tour, Inc.

Melanie Liddle Healey, '83
Group President of North America Proctor & Gamble Company

Leland Melvin, R'86
Former Astronaut, NASA.

George W. Wellde, Jr., B'74
Retired Vice Chairman, Securities Division, Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.

Kathleen Heupler, W'84
Global director of business analysis, immunotherapeutics, GlaxoSmithKline


From The School

The estimated undergraduate cost of attendance at the University of Richmond is based on expenses for full-time students living on or off campus for the academic year. In 2010-11, the rates for tuition, room, and board were:
Tuition $41,610
Room $3,970
Board $4,840
Total $50,420

Additional expenses, such as books, personal expenses and loan fees, bring the estimated cost to $52,520.

Tuition and fees vary for students in the law school and graduate business programs.


Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
Feb 15
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College Aid Gift
Need-Based Federal Pell Grant
Need-Based Private Sch Grant
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Sch Grant

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender


From The School

Students at the University of Richmond find a number of paths to building their own life on campus. Nearly 250 student organizations-including 39 club sports, 28 honorary societies, 17 religious groups, a student newspaper, and a radio station-mean there's something for every interest. Students also can choose from eight fraternities and seven sororities, but with just over a third of undergraduates affiliated, Greek life doesn’t dominate campus life.

Sports provide an outlet for both athletes and spectators. The University's 18 NCAA Division I teams range from basketball and lacrosse, to field hockey, golf, and soccer. In 2008, the football team celebrated a national championship. Approximately 600 students participate in sport clubs, such as gymnastics, ice hockey, martial arts, Ultimate Frisbee, rugby, and water polo. Many also join intramural teams for three-on-three hoops, swimming, softball, and racquetball.

Students Say

About 80 percent of the students at Richmond come from out of state. “A large percentage of the students here are attending on scholarship or with a very generous financial aid package,” and “more and more, the school is starting to diversify from its stereotype as just rich white kids” “who seem to have unlimited spending budgets.” There’s also a “growing number of” international students. Nevertheless, “Richmond is pretty homogenous.” The typical student is “from ‘outside Philly’ or ‘outside Boston’” or is a “Mid-Atlantic prep school kid” “who probably owns several pairs of Sperrys.” Many students “dress well” and “obviously care about their physical appearance.” There are “lots of Polos, button-downs, and sundresses.” Otherwise, these “clean cut,” and (if they don’t mind saying so themselves) “good looking” students are “ambitious,” “friendly,” “outgoing,” “overcommitted, and usually a little stressed.” There’s also “a great mixture of nerds and athletes,” and “everyone brings their own sense of individuality.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented



52% female
48% male
80% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time


From The School

Located on a 350-acre suburban campus featuring Collegiate Gothic architecture, the University of Richmond is six miles from downtown Richmond, Va., and 90 miles from Washington, D.C.

The City of Richmond is a hotbed of opportunities for hands-on experience, including city and state legislative, executive, and judicial offices, as well as the corporate headquarters of Altria, Dominion Resources, CarMax, Genworth Financial, and Capital One. The legal sector includes state courts and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and major law firms such as McGuireWoods, Williams Mullen, and Hunton & Williams.

Residents enjoy access to river rapids, mountain peaks, and ocean views. Richmond is the only city in the U.S. with Class IV rapids running through the city limits, begging residents to white-water raft, canoe, kayak, tube, and fish. To the west, the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah National Park beckon, offering winter sports, camping, hiking, caving, and rafting. Venture east to the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean for water sports and beaches.

Students Say

This “gorgeous, peaceful, and isolated” suburban campus comes complete with “glistening lake in the center of it.” During the week, “students get down to business” academically. “Everybody is in the library.” However, “every single student is involved with an extracurricular activity or two” as well, “and since there aren’t 20,000 students here, everyone has a chance to make a difference.” A solid contingent of students plays intercollegiate or intramural sports or is “extremely invested” in a club sport. Fraternities and sororities also play a “very big” social role. However, some students “really dislike Greek life,” and they insist that the Greek system “does not dominate the social scene.” Other students flatly assert, “Greek life rules the Richmond campus.” Parties are popular at the “frat lodges” (essentially an edifice containing a large dance floor with an area to serve beer, a deck, and a backyard). For those looking for a more intimate scene, apartment parties are also popular. “There are concerts, sporting events, movies, and just groups of friends doing a wide variety of things” as well. Off campus, “Richmond contains so many options for things to do and meaningful places to volunteer. The city itself contains so much history.” Though some believe the university should be “more involved in the greater Richmond community.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

Quality of life rating
First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

19% join a fraternity
32% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division I

12% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Spiders)
7 Sports

Cross Country
Women's Sports (Spiders)
11 Sports

Cross Country
Field Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Attronica, representing IBM, Dell, and Apple.

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

W. Steve Wilborn
Sr. Assoc. Dir. Of Admission

Office of Admission
28 Westhampton Way
Richmond, VA 23173



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Boatwright Memorial Library and 8:15 Coffee Shop
Weinstein Fitness Center
Tyler Haynes Commons
Carole Weinstein International Center
Heilman Dining Center ("D-Hall")
-New Student Activities Complex built in 2012 -Visit for interactive campus maps.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Carytown, Church Hill
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Byrd Theater
The Fan
Short Pump Town Center
Visit to explore dining, history, and neighborhoods beyond Richmond's campus.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday, some Saturdays

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Most weeks, Monday-Friday at 9:45am and 2:15pm, some Saturdays

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Coach Directly

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

The Admission Office does not arrange individual overnights.


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
As part of its enhanced transportation system, the University of Richmond partnered with Groome Transportation to meet transit needs both on and off campus. Travel options include: •GRTC connector bus to transfer points at Willow Lawn, and Grove Avenue at North Thompson Street •Charter service with vans and buses •Campus safety shuttle •UR Downtown shuttle •Spider Shuttle to Short Pump Town Center and Regency Square Mall •New UR route with To the Bottom and Back bus service •Partnerships with Zipcar and Zimride To help manage the transportation initiative, the University now has a full-time, on-campus transportation coordinator from Groome Transportation. If you are planning to travel to Richmond by air, the Richmond International Airport is located 25 minutes east of campus. There are rental car companies onsite at the airport as well as limousine and cab services to campus. Amtrak trains and Greyhound buses also serve Richmond. The train station and bus station are located approximately 10 miles from the campus. Cabs are available at both the train station and bus station. Acton Cab Company (804-360-7106), Groome Transportation (804-748-0779), Veterans Cab Association (804-276-8990), Yellow Cab Company (804-222-7300).

Driving Instructions to Campus
Visit: From the West: From I-64, take Exit 183/Glenside Drive south. Continue south on Glenside Drive to the fourth traffic light (Three Chopt Road). Turn left on Three Chopt. Continue straight for 8/10 mile. Turn right onto Boatwright Drive (apporximately .5 mile after the traffic signal). At the bottom of the hill, make a left onto Campus Drive. Make the first right into the main entrance of campus. From US 60 (Midlothian Turnpike), turn left on State Route 147 (Huguenot Road) continue to Three Chopt Road, trun left on Three Chopt Road. Turn left on Towana Drive (approximately .5 mile after turning onto Three Chopt). Make a left into the main entrance of campus. From the Southwest: US 360 (Hull Street Road), take Rte. 288 North to the Powhite Parkway (toll road). Continue for nine miles to State Rte. 150 (Chippenham Pkwy.) North. After two miles, exit onto State Rte. 147 (Huguenot Road). Turn right on State Route 147. You will pass over the James River on the Huguenot bridge. Proceed to the second traffic light after the bridge (Three Chopt Road). Turn left on Three Chopt. Turn left on Towana Drive (approximately .5 mile after turning onto Three Chopt). Make a left into the main entrance of campus. From the North: From I-95 (Do not take I-295). Take exit 79 off I-95 to I-64 west, continue west on I-64. Take Exit 183-A/Glenside Drive south. Continue south on Glenside Drive to the fifth traffic light (Three Chopt Road). Turn left on Three Chopt, Continue straight for 8/10 mile. Turn right onto Boatwright Drive (approximately .5 mile after the traffic signal). At the bottom of the hill, make a left onto Campus Drive. Make the first right into the main entrance of campus. From the East: From I-64. West on I-64. As you approach the city of Richmond, I-64 West merges with I-95 North. Take I-95 North to exit 79 back onto I-64 West. Take Exit 183-A/Glenside Drive south. Continue south on Glenside Drvie to the fifth traffic light (Three Chopt Road). Turn left on Three Chopt. Continue straight for 8/10 mile. Turn right onto Boatwright Drive (approximately .5 mile after the traffic signal). At the bottom of the hill, make a left onto Campus Drive. Make the first right into the main entrance of campus. From the South: I-85 to I-95. Take Exit 79 off I-95 north to I-64 west, continue west on I-64. Take Exit 183-A/Glensied Drive south. Continue south on Glenside Drive to the fifth traffic light (Three Chopt Road). Turn left on Three Chopt. Continue straight for 8/10 mile. Turn right onto Boatwright Drive (approximately .5 mile after the traffic signal). At the bottom of the hill, make a left onto Campus Drive. Make the first right into the main entrance of campus.

Local Accommodations
The following loding options are located 10-15 mintues from the University of Richmond Campus. Comfort Inn- Midlothian Turnpike 8710 Midlothian Turnpike, Midlothian, VA 23235 804-320-8900 Country Inn & Suites 8010 West Broad St, Richmond, VA 23294 804-755-6605 Courtyard Richmond West by Marriott 6400 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23230 804-282-1882 Dabney Properties Extended Stay 3409 Bartley Pond Place, Richmond, VA 23233 804-716-9627 Days Inn West Broad 2100 Dickens Road, Richmond, VA 23230 804-282-3300 Embassy Suites Hotel Richmond The Commerce 2925 Emerywood Parkway, Richmond, VA 23294 804-672-8585 Fairfield Inn & Suites- Richmond Northwest 9937 Maryland Drive, Richmond, VA 23233 804-545-4200 Hampton Inn & Suites- Richmond Glenside 5406 Glenside Drive, Glen Allen, VA 23228 804-756-1777 Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa at Short Pump 12042 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23233 804-364-3600 Hotel Sierra- Richmond West 11800 West Broad Street, Suite 1098, Richmond, VA 23233 804-360-7021 Ramada Plaza Richmond West 6624 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23230 1-888-625-5140 Springhill Suites by Marriott, Richmond Northwest 9960 Independence Park Drive, Richmond, VA 23233 804-217-7075 The Westin Hotel 6631 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23230 804-205-5207
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