University of Richmond campus

Overview

Applicants
9,977
Acceptance Rate
31%

Test Scores

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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
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

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 15

Early Decision II
January 15

Regular
January 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
8:1
Total Faculty
411
with Terminal Degree
354

235
Men
176
Women
50
Minority
13
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
83%
Graduate in 5 years
87%
Graduate in 6 years
88%

Majors

  • 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

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

  • 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


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."

Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Wesley Schultz, ’05
Bandleader of The Lumineers

Cannue Dynawaym, B'83
Chief Marketing Officer, KidZania

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

Josh Abramson, '03
College Humor Co-founder and Serial Entrepreneur

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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
83%
Graduate in 5 years
87%
Graduate in 6 years
88%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$49,700

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$86,800

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$50,900

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$97,600

Percent High Job Meaning
51%

Percent STEM
12%


Students Say

The average starting salary for a University of Richmond graduate is roughly $49,400, according to PayScale.com, and 48 percent of Richmond graduates say that their careers are helping to make the world a better place. Popular jobs after graduation include executive director, attorney, and senior financial analyst and the most popular Richmond majors are business administration, leadership studies, and psychology. “The Career Development Center provides invaluable connections for arranging internship and employment opportunities for all students [year round],” says one student. Summer Fellowships fund students’ unpaid internships or their research projects alongside a faculty member. In addition to putting on a Fall Career Expo, Richmond’s Career Services website offers students the chance to take advantage of SpiderConnect, an online database of potential jobs, internships, and networking opportunities with alumni. Despite its “small student body,” one Political Science major praises Richmond’s “large and active alumni network.” Students can also take advantage of Richmond’s Center for Civic Engagement, “an office solely dedicated to connecting students with volunteer opportunities.”

Colleges that Create Futures

Dates

Application Deadlines
Feb 15
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Bottom Line

The total cost for tuition, room and board, and everything else exceeds $58,500 per year at the University of Richmond. You’ll get help though: A family’s finances are never considered in the admission decision, and 100 percent of demonstrated financial need is met for U.S. students. Need-based financial aid and large scholarships are substantial.

Bang For Your Buck

The University of Richmond prides itself on its practice of need-blind admission, and this school invests a tremendous amount of time and money in making it possible for lowerand middle-income students to come here. Nearly half of students receive need-based financial aid, with an average award of more than $41,000. Virginians who qualify for financial aid and have a family income of $60,000 or less receive an aid package equal to full tuition and room and board (without loans). The university also offers generous merit-based scholarships. Full-tuition scholarships are awarded to Richmond Scholars. Presidential scholarships are available for one-third tuition, and National Merit Scholarships, National Achievement Finalists, and National Hispanic Scholarships are awarded. Qualified students may be eligible for full-tuition Army ROTC scholarships and scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Through the Bonner Scholars Program, students make a four-year commitment to sustained community engagement and social justice education.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$39,666

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$38,985

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,807

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
43%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$26,250

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$39,250

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$49,420
Required Fees
$0
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,100

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,500
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
$11,460
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

Non-Need-Based
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)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,990
Foreign Countries Represented
61

Demographics

7.30%
Asian
6.06%
African-American
7.75%
Hispanic
58.77%
Caucasian
6.33%
Unknown
9.31%
International

53% female
47% male
81% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Students Say

"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."

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
90%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
99%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

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

Students Say

"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."

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
192
Number of Honor Societies
6

Number of Social Sororities
8
Number of Religious Organizations
14

17% join a fraternity
29% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

13% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Spiders)
7 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Tennis
Women's Sports (Spiders)
11 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Field Hockey
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

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

Sustainability

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
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
3%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Cash-Out Parking
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

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

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

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2016.

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: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

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: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
132

Average Number of PC's per Lab
20

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
99%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
http://is.richmond.edu/hardware-software/index.html

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

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

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Danita Salone
Assoc. Dir. Of Admission

Address
Office of Admission
28 Westhampton Way
Richmond, VA 23173

Phone
804-289-8640

Email
admission@richmond.edu

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, http://activities.richmond.edu/student-center/index.html -Two new student housing buildings, Gateway Village and Westhampton Hall, http://housing.richmond.edu/ -Visit richmond.edu/visit/maps 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 richmond.edu/city to explore dining, history, and neighborhoods beyond Richmond's campus.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday, some Saturdays
See admission.richmond.edu/visit
804-289-8640

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

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

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Limitations
The Admission Office does not arrange individual overnights.

Transportation

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: http://www.richmond.edu/visit/directions.html 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