University of Richmond

28 Westhampton Way, Richmond, VA 23173

School Details

University of Richmond is a private, nonsectarian, liberal arts institution located in Richmond, Virginia. The school was founded in 1830 by Virginia Baptists and grew into one of the most highly-ranked universities in Virginia and the country.

U of R is academically divided within the following five 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 Professional & Continuing Studies. There are around 60 different majors that students can choose from. All undergraduate students are required to complete general education requirements which include topics such as expository writing, wellness, and foreign language.

There are 320 full-time faculty members dedicated to the success of their students. U of R has a hands-on learning environment with smaller class sizes. The student-to-faculty ratio is 9:1, with the average class size being 16 students. Small class sizes with zero teaching assistants facilitate close interaction between students and faculty. Learning opportunities such as undergraduate research, study abroad and internships give a hands-on perspective to classroom study.

Apart from academics, the school has a vast amount of student clubs and organizations available for students to get involved with. There are around 185 student organizations including 34 club sports, seven honorary societies (including Phi Beta Kappa), 16 religious groups, 15 fraternities and sororities, a student newspaper, and a radio station. There are always activities and events on-campus to help enhance the college experience.

U of R is a primarily undergraduate, residential university with approximately 4,361 undergraduate and graduate students. Of all the students, 56 percent are female and 44 percent are male. There are 3,074 undergraduate students representing 46 states and two districts, and 71 countries. About 19 percent are Virginia residents, 11 percent of students are international citizens and 25 percent are U.S. students of color. About 13 percent are first-generation college students and 18 percent are students whose first language is not English. Also, 89 percent of students live on-campus. In terms of athletics, 19 varsity teams are members of NCAA Division I athletics.

In terms of application and admittance rates from the previous year, the school accepted 3,102 applicants out of a pool of 10,232 applications. Of those accepted, 41 percent of students were admitted early decision, 57 percent were admitted regular decision and two percent were wait list admits. The acceptance rate is 30 percent.

To apply, applicants must first submit the Common Application and the Richmond Supplement. There is also a $50 application fee attached to the application. Applicants must also submit high school transcripts, SAT/ACT scores, recommendation letters first semester/trimester senior grades, and financial aid application if applicable.

Base tuition for all students is $45,320 per year. Graduate school and those students in the continuing studies program pay a bit differently.

Financial aid is available to those students who qualify. Qualification is determined through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which all aid applicants are required to fill out. Applicants must fill out the FAFSA and apply for scholarships after the application for admissions has been submitted. Richmond is need-blind in admission and meets 100 percent of demonstrated need. About $65 million in institutional grants was awarded to 66 percent of students and the average need-based award is $41,830. Aid is received either through loans, grants, scholarships or work-study opportunities. Financial aid also is available for students in law, graduate business, and continuing studies. More detailed information regarding admissions and financial aid can be accessed on the college’s website.




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    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctorate degree
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