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The University of Richmond


  • Private, highly selective liberal arts university

  • Ranked one of the best liberal arts universities in the nation by U.S. News & World Report

  • Founded in 1830 (second-oldest private university in Virginia) and home to a number of rich traditions

  • Dr. Edward L. Ayers became the University’s ninth president on July 1, 2007

  • Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools


  • School of Arts and Sciences

  • Robins School of Business (ranked in the top 20 nationally by BusinessWeek)

  • Jepson School of Leadership Studies (first school of its kind in the nation)

  • Richmond School of Law

  • School of Continuing Studies


  • Challenging, interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate degree programs

  • 57 majors, 42 minors and 14 concentrations at the bachelor’s level

  • Ranked in the top 35 nationally for undergraduate research by U.S. News & World Report

  • Six master’s degrees and an MBA degree program

  • Juris doctorate and six dual degree programs in law

  • Continuing studies offers seven majors at the bachelor and associate levels, four at the certificate level, two graduate certificates, two master’s programs and nine minors, in addition to numerous non-credit offerings

  • 33 honor societies, including Phi Beta Kappa

  • Three libraries (including the main, music and law libraries) with more than one million volumes in the collections


  • 2,795 undergraduate students (51 percent women, 12 percent underrepresented minorities)

  • 653 master’s and professional students (excluding the School of Continuing Studies)

  • 635 part-time and 242 full-time continuing studies students

  • Undergraduates from 45 states and 72 foreign countries

  • In recent years, Richmond students have been recipients of the Rhodes, Marshall, Goldwater, Clarendon, Truman and Fulbright scholarships, among many others


  • 347 full-time faculty members (259 at assistant level or above, 98 percent of whom hold a Ph.D. or terminal degree)

  • 9:1 student-faculty ratio in full-time undergraduate divisions

  • Zero classes taught by teaching assistants or graduate students

  • Emphasis on hands-on, collaborative research and discovery-based learning


  • U.S. News & World Report ranked Richmond one of the best liberal arts universities in the nation and in the top 35 for undergraduate research

  • BusinessWeek ranked The Robins School of Business in the top 20 nationally and fourth for academic quality, as well as among the top 15 part-time MBA programs

  • Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine named Richmond in the top 25 for best value among private colleges and universities


  • 350-acre suburban campus, including a 10-acre lake

  • Inspiring Collegiate Gothic architecture

  • Consistently cited by The Princeton Review as one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation

  • 90 percent of students live on campus throughout their undergraduate education

  • Located six miles from downtown Richmond, the dynamic capital of Virginia

  • Centrally located two hours from Washington, D.C., the Blue Ridge Mountains and Virginia’s beaches

  • State-of-the-art technology

  • Wireless campus network

Student Life

  • Approximately 275 clubs and organizations, including student government, honor and judicial councils, national sororities and fraternities, and more

  • Two-thirds of undergraduate students participate in volunteer service each year

Study Abroad

  • 70 programs in 40 countries

  • Study abroad participation rate: 70%

  • Ranked fifth among baccalaureate colleges for the number of students studying abroad by the Institute of International Education


  • NCAA Division I in 19 varsity sports

  • Affiliated with Atlantic 10 Conference for all sports except for women’s golf, which has a conference association with the Colonial Athletic Association

  • Recognized as the best athletic program in the Atlantic 10 for three straight years

  • Ranked 15th nationally with 95 percent graduation success rate for student-athletes

  • Very active club, intramural and recreational sport programs

  • School mascot is the Spider

Tuition, Room, Board and Fees (2008-09)

  • Undergraduate tuition: $38,850

  • Room, board and fees: $8,200

  • Total: $47,050

Financial Aid and Scholarships

  • 68 percent of students receive financial assistance

  • Average need-based award in fall 2007 was $32,210

  • $42.2 million in financial aid awarded this year

  • Committed to meeting 100 percent of demonstrated need for all admitted U.S. citizens and permanent residents

  • Need-blind in admission decisions

  • Special scholarships for Virginians

  • Aid for international students also is available

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