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Study at University of Richmond

The University of Richmond was established in 1830 by the Virginia Baptists. It was incorporated as Richmond College in the 1840s. The university moved to its present location in 1914, and is currently spread across an area of 350 acres. UR offers an array of degrees and programs through the following schools:
  • Jepson School of Leadership Studies
  • Robins School of Business
  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Continuing Studies
  • T. C. Williams School of Law
UR is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I and the Atlantic 10 Conference. Its teams are known as the Spiders, and participate in baseball, football, lacrosse, ice hockey, golf, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, rugby, basketball and cross country. Many students of UR have gone on to become famous. Among them are J. Steven Griles, the Deputy Secretary for the U. S. Department of the Interior from 2001 to 2005; Mary Sue Terry, the Attorney General of Virginia from 1986 to 1993; and Leland D. Melvin, NASA astronaut.

Profile of University of RichmondThe campus of University of Richmond is in Richmond, VA, which is a medium-sized city. The school is a private, not-for-profit institution. Degrees at University of Richmond include, at the school's highest level, the Master's degree.

Course Topics

The school has a greater breadth of degree programs (majors) than most colleges of its size. University of Richmond is known for its programs in law and liberal arts.

University of Richmond Selectivity

Admission at the school is selective, not open to all who apply. Getting into University of Richmond is challenging; it only admitted 40% of those who applied in 2007. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 583. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 610 and 690.

University of Richmond maintains a faculty/student ratio (full-time) which is better than most colleges. The school has a tenure system for senior faculty. The full-time faculty at University of Richmond is well-paid, which often goes with faculty quality.

Student Enrolment

In 2007, the school had 4, 324 students enrolled (3, 852 full-time equivalent).

Student Life
Full-time students are the norm at University of Richmond. The school has a residential or campus feel. University of Richmond offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. The school offers students meal plans. University of Richmond values student athletics, and belongs to the Atlantic 10 Conference.

The school reports its educational mission is:

"The mission of the University of Richmond is to sustain a collaborative learning and research community that supports the personal development of its members and the creation of new knowledge. A Richmond education prepares students to live lives of purpose, thoughtful inquiry, and responsible leadership in a global and pluralistic society. Approved March 15, 2005 by the Board of Trustees"University of Richmond Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Liberal Arts409political science, speech and rhetoric, history, liberal arts and sciences, English, economics, sociology, interdisciplinary studies, . . .
Business and Management356business management, human resources, accounting, organizational behavior
Law176law, legal assistant
Science86biology, molecular biochemistry, chemistry, physics
Education and Teaching55teacher Education
Therapy and Counselling47psychology, cognitive science
Computer Science and Engineering20information science, computer and info science, information technology
Security and Law Enforcement13criminal justice and safety
Fine Arts12art history and criticism, fine arts
Family and Social Work12human services
Religion and Philosophy10philosophy, religion
Conservation and Resource Management5environmental studies
Drama and Performing Arts4drama
Contact: University of RichmondUniversity of Richmond

28 Westhampton Way

Richmond, VA 23173

General Phone: (804) 289-8000


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