See what students say:


At the University of Richmond, students "like to enjoy themselves but most have their priorities straight" and they know that "school comes first." As one student puts it, "There is a good balance of work and play here, and students are competitive, but to a healthy extent. The expectations for students here really push you to be involved, get at least two internships or research opportunities, and secure a good job by graduation." Students praise the University of Richmond's "unparalleled resources," particularly the "high number of research, internship, and study abroad opportunities available." As one business administration major gushes, at the University of Richmond "we combine the resources of a major research institution, the breadth of development of a liberal arts education, and amplifying effect of out of classroom opportunities (speakers, programs, student activities) to deliver an undergraduate experience that is both unique to every student and universally top notch." One key resource available to all students that "the university is willing to pay $4,000 for all students to participate in an [otherwise unpaid] internship, research opportunity, or project." This allows all students "an opportunity to have meaningful, career-oriented experiences." Professors at the University of Richmond earn generally high marks, with one student admitting, "My professors showed me how to love to learn again." Another echoes that "the entire University of Richmond staff treats everyone like an individual and not just another student circling through the system." "The schoolwork is difficult, but manageable" and "Richmond is incredibly generous with not only need-based but merit-based aid, which is unusual for liberal arts colleges of a similar caliber."

Student Body

In general, the typical Richmond student cares not only about performing extremely well in class and extracurriculars, but knows it is important to look the part, as well. Some students say that the University of Richmond is getting more diverse, branching out from "New England prepsters and Old South heirs/heiresses" to a more inclusive view that sees the university's students as "diverse, from their backgrounds, races, religions, and ethnicity to their interests, beliefs, goals, and hobbies." One student estimates that "fraternity brothers [and] sorority girls are a large group." But there "is no cut throat competition to do better than your peers when it comes to grades—students are laid back in the sense that they are happy to see their peers do well." Students stress the friendliness of their fellow Spiders, saying, "Everyone that I have met has been super helpful and kind—even as a first year."

Campus Life

The student body is academic but also enjoys having a social life, and which tends to be centered on the Greek system. Though there are no dedicated fraternity or sorority houses on campus (lodges are "our equivalent of Greek houses" where Greek events are thrown), "the social scene is generally dominated by events thrown by Greek life; however, these events are open to all students no matter your affiliation." Most students are involved in more than one extracurricular activity: "There's also plenty to get involved with, so you would have a hard time finding a student who is not involved with some sport, artistic group, club, or organization." As one student puts it, "Everyone is doing some sort of juggling act" but "students are also academically driven, and because classes are difficult and demanding, people will find themselves doing a lot of academic work throughout the week." Weekends are a time to kick back and enjoy what Richmond has to offer in the way of "clubs downtown," "the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, over 900 restaurants, Carytown (a hipster area with boutiques and unique restaurants), various festivals and events and athletic competitions."


Acceptance Rate

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
600 - 700
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
620 - 720
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
610 - 700

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
660 - 730
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
640 - 750

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
29 - 32

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted


Early Decision — November 15

Early Decision II — January 15

Early Action — November 1

Regular — January 15

Other Admission Factors


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Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating

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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


  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Chinese Studies
  • European Studies/Civilization
  • German Studies
  • Italian Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Russian Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Molecular Biology

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Organizational Behavior Studies

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Journalism

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
  • French Language and Literature
  • Latin Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Bioethics/Medical Ethics

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Ancient Studies/Civilization
  • Cognitive Science
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Development Economics and International Development
  • Economics, General
  • Economics, Other
  • Geography
  • International Economics
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music, General



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

Prominent Alumni

Megan Beyer
Executive Director of the President's Committee on the Arts & Humanities

Kelly Corrigan
New York Times bestselling author

Tim Finchem
Former Commissioner of PGA Tour, Inc.

Melanie Healey
Former Group President, North America, Proctor & Gamble

Leland Melvin
Former Astronaut, NASA

Paul Queally
Co-President and General Partner, Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe

Dave Rosenbaum
Chief Creative Director, Cinesite

Academic Rating

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
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)

Percent High Job Meaning

Percent STEM

Students Say

Students at the University of Richmond triumphantly declare that the school's Career Services office is “incredibly helpful and thorough.” It's “constantly reaching out to students” and manages to “foster great relationships” with several companies. Undergrads flock there to explore various majors and careers (the Career Advisors are even certified in analyzing the Myers-Brigg Type Indicator assessment) and to take advantage of fantastic programs like Spider Shadowing, which provides individuals with the opportunity to spend time with an alum or employer to learn more about a particular career. As if that wasn't enough, students can turn to the office for résumé reviews and interview prep. Industry-specific preparedness programs like Q-camp, A&S NEXT, and the Jepson EDGE Institute ensure undergrads are able to translate their skills when it's time to job hunt.


Application Deadlines
Feb 1
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

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

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

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants


Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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

Financial Aid Rating


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



52% female
48% male
81% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Small Urban

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

21% join a fraternity
29% 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


University of Richmond’s picturesque campus routinely ends up on various “most beautiful” lists and several film and television crews have used it to add “atmosphere” to their productions. It’s no wonder that the university is dedicated to preserving that beauty. A signatory of both the ACUPCC and the Talloires Declaration, the University of Richmond has initiated an ambitious nine-month process to hire to a new director of sustainability, a position crafted around visionary leadership and the integration of sustainability into academics and operations. At UR, students have access to meaningful sustainability engagement opportunities through the Sustainability Internship and Eco-Reps programs; four student-run sustainability related organizations; partnerships with the school’s Center for Civic Engagement; and rich living-learning and international programs, rigorous research placements, and course offerings with academic departments. The Career Development Center works closely with the coordinator of environmental studies to provide students with access to green internships and jobs. Through the River City Project, faculty receive fellowships to integrate sustainability into existing or new courses, while building a community of faculty engaged in sustainability pedagogy and curriculum development. The university has made several significant operational advancements in the areas of green building, energy conservation, and recycling. UR’s Weinstein Hall was Central Virginia’s first LEED certified building, and the university has committed to LEED Silver standards or better on all new construction. Currently, the campus is home to five LEED-certified buildings, with five more in the process of certification. In addition to retrofitting and upgrades, the university encourages awareness and personal responsibility through a series of behavior change programs, aided by a monitoring system displaying real-time energy usage installed in fourteen residence halls. In just one year, the university diverted 1.4 million pounds of waste from landfills through completely voluntary reuse and recycling efforts (which was key to UR achieving an impressive 39.5 percent waste-diversion rate).

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share

Car Sharing Program

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling

School Developed Bicycle Plan

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2017.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

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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


Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

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

Campus Visits Contact

Danita Salone
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")
-Queally Center for Admission and Career Services is the new admission welcome center. 30 UR Drive. -Student Activities Complex -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: 2 hours

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 •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 lodging options are located 10-15 minutes from the University of Richmond Campus. Best Western Executive Inn 7007 W. Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23294 Country Inn & Suites by Carlson - Richmond West 8010 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23294 Courtyard Richmond West by Marriott 6400 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23230 Embassy Suites Hotel Richmond - The Commerce Center 2925 Emerywood Parkway, Richmond, VA 23294 Fairfield Inn & Suites - Richmond Northwest 9937 Mayland Drive, Richmond, VA 23233 Holiday Inn Express - Richmond Northwest 9933 Mayland Drive, Richmond, VA 23233 La Quinta Inn & Suites - Richmond-Chesterfield 1301 Huguenot Rd., Midlothian, VA 23113 Quality Inn West End 8008 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23294 Roslyn Conference Center 8727 River Rd., Richmond, VA 23229 SpringHill Suites Richmond Northwest 9960 Independence Park Drive, Henrico, VA 23233 The Westin Hotel 6631 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23230

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