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Students enrolled at the University of Richmond quickly become engaged and active members of...

University of Richmond

Richmond, Virginia

Students enrolled at the University of Richmond quickly become engaged and active members of the larger, campus community. They benefit from close collaboration with faculty, and they have access to several learning opportunities and extracurricular activities available through the University. 

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
3,329 undergraduate students
92% of undergrad students are full time
46% male — 54% female

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
408 full-time faculty
209 part-time faculty
8 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

90% of students live on campus

Retention Fall 2015

93% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

88% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 11%
Hispanic/Latino 7%
Black or African American 8%
White 58%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 7%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 6%

The Richmond Guarantee

The Richmond Guarantee says “Every undergraduate student will receive up to $4,000 for a summer internship or faculty-mentored research.” University of Richmond extends an amazing opportunity for each and every student to gain hands on experience before they graduate. This is a testament to the university’s commitment to graduate intelligent, experienced individuals with valuable skill sets. Students need only find a program that suits their academic needs and University of Richmond will help fund their effort. The top three industries for fellowships include: Math & Science, Social Science, and Business.

First Year Seminar 101 and Pilot Program

The Pilot Program is an extension of the First Year Seminar. Students enrolled in this program study over the course of two semesters, instead of one. During registration, students can select 2 seminars that they will take over their first year. The classes are not connected in any way, and the topics are usually completely different from one another. The first seminar is a foundational course, with students learning the basics of effective reading and writing skills. The second course builds upon those skills and pushes students to fine-tune their approach.

Course selection: Students have an array of options when it comes to choosing their seminars. The following is a list of the current courses offerings at University of Richmond:

  1. First Year Seminar courses (Fall)
    1. Democracy and the Deficit
    2. Storytelling and Identity
    3. Chocolate: Food of the Gods
    4. Knowing and Choosing in the face of Advertised and Uncertainty
  2. First Year Seminar courses (Spring)
    1. Storytelling and Social Change
    2. Social Utopias: Past and Present
    3. Global Medicine and Healing
    4. Watching the Detectives: Crime in Fiction and Film

Summer Study and Internships Abroad

Looking to gain hands on experience working for a company abroad? Maybe you’re just searching for your next summer adventure. Either way, UR offers some great international internship and summer abroad programs.

  • Summer study abroad is a great option for students that cannot go during the academic year due to scheduling conflicts. Summer abroad locations include: Argentina, Australia, China, Czech Republic, London, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and Spain. It’s important to note that application requirements vary among programs. 
  • International internships are offer the unique opportunity to gain hands on experience in a global setting. Students that participate as international interns fulfill the Richmond Guarantee, which promises every student an internship or faculty-mentored research. It is possible for students to receive academic credit for their experience, but this must be settled with a faculty member prior to departure. The current locations for international internships include: Australia, Germany, Ireland, England, South Africa, and Spain.

Community-based Learning

Community based learning (CBL) pushes students to move beyond text to real world application of theories and concepts. When reality becomes part of the learning experience, students get to tackle situations that involve real people and real problems. And this is what an undergraduate education is all about! Yes, CBL pushes students–but it pushes them to expand their horizons and consider an issue from multiple viewpoints. It’s easy to sit in a classroom and interpret text, but the real task is putting those ideas into practice.

Arthur Vining Davis Foundation: The Arthur Vining David Foundation awarded University of Richmond a $250,000 grant to expand CBL efforts on campus. The generous gift could go toward several different projects, but some talk has generated around a Faculty Fellowships program. This new program would allow select faculty to more deeply explore the benefits of CBL and possible future programs. No matter how the money is put to use, the most important thing is tracking student outcomes. By gathering students’ opinions about their CBL experiences, UR can more accurately serve the needs of community partners and undergraduates.

The Tocqueville Seminars

The Tocqueville Seminars examine U.S. history and culture from an international viewpoint. Inspired by the work of Alexis de Tocqueville, students engage in topics like global exchanges of peoples, cultures and economic power, and ethnic and religious violence. There are several courses to choose from, the topics of which range from politics to the Arts. Below are a few examples of the courses offered at UR:

  • Seeing America through French Eyes
  • Documenting the Iraq war
  • Global Hip Hop
  • Transatlantic Abolitionism
  • America in India, India in America

Undergraduate Humanities Fellows Program

The Humanities Fellows Program allows undergraduate students to pursue their own research in the humanities fields: history, culture, rhetoric, philosophy, classics, religious studies, literatures, and the arts. Fellows learn both in and out of the classroom. As a group, students talk through big concepts like love and power. Through faculty-led discussion, scholars hone their reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. Outside of class, fellows explore museum and monuments like the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the New York Public Library. Students interested in participating must complete an application through the UR Summer Fellowships Program. Individuals must also indicate in their proposal why they would like to be selected.

Sophomore Scholars in Residence (SSIR)

SSIR is a unique living learning community available only to sophomores. Students in this program learn, live and travel with one another for an entire year. Dedicated faculty transform the traditional learning experience to extend beyond the classroom and into the community. Students engage in experiential learning like service, meeting with industry experts, and traveling as a group.

Starting in the fall, SSIR scholars start their capstone experiences. Projects are completed by spring, and scholars get the chance to share their work with the community. SSIR capstones allow students to demonstrate their hard work and achievements outside of class. Capstones range from original research to performances and group projects.

Future Living Learning Communities

UR has outlined a plan for future living learning communities on campus. In the next two years, the University plans to unveil a series of LLCs, across varying disciplines and interests. Below is the two year plan:

SSIR Communities: Second Year and Continuing

  • Global Health, Medical Humanities, and Human Rights
  • Documenting Richmond
  • Travel and Discovery
  • Disaster, Memory, and Popular Culture
  • Reading to Live

SSIR Communities: First Year

  • Out of the Ocean
  • The System
  • Longevity and Happiness
  • Setting the Stage

SSIR Communities: Past Communities Returning

  • Urban Americas

Other Living Learning Communities

  • Local to Global: New Topic
  • Campaign 2016


*The majority of the communities set for 2017-2018 are yet to be announced

Career Services

Student Recruiting: Spider Connect, the online recruiting database, is a great resource for students looking to secure either a full-time position or internship. Students can utilize Spider Connect to search for and apply to jobs. Recruitment also happens on campus. Every year, a handful of employers conducts interviews in the Careers Services office, and students of all majors are invited to participate.


Admissions Fall 2015

9,977 Total Applicants 
3,104 Total Admissions 
807 Total Freshman Enrollment

31.11% of applicants admitted

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 600 700
SAT Math 620 720
SAT Writing 610 700
ACT Composite 29 32
ACT Math    
ACT English    
ACT Writing    


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Tuition $48,090
Room and Board (on campus) $11,120
Room Only $5,090
Board Only $6,030
Estimated Total On Campus $59,210


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

67% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
36% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$37,799 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$6,797 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates