– Location: Richmond, Virginia
– Established: 1830
– Students: 4,250
– Annual Tuition: $40,000
– Room & Board: $8,500
– Academic Calendar: Semester
– School Website: www.richmond.edu
– Admissions: www.richmond.edu/admission/index.html
Established in 1830 on what is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful campuses in the United States, the University of Richmond is also home to the highly touted E. Claiborne Robins School of Business and Jepson School of Leadership Studies, two of the highest ranking programs in the nation in their respective fields of study. Further solidifying the University of Richmond’s exclusive and highly-selective status with regards to its curriculum, student body, and campus itself are the host of accolades that have been awarded to the college including a number one ranking from Bloomberg Businessweek for the international business education program as well as being noted as the premiere school in the nation for international business studies by Newsweek and Princeton Review.
Coursework is challenging, rigorous and extremely enriching due to the integrated, collaborative learning environment that defines the University of Richmond experience. Peers tend to be welcoming, enthusiastic, and passionate about the school and the immensely knowledgeable and friendly faculty are eager to engage with students. The University of Richmond features five distinct schools on its lush 350-acre campus: the School of Arts and Sciences, the University of Richmond School of Law, the School of Professional and Continuing Studies, the Jepson School of Leadership Studies, and the Robins School of Business.
The University of Richmond campus is truly a sight to behold, a brilliantly lush amalgamation of rolling hills, red-brick gothic architecture, one-hundred year old pines, open courtyards filled with vegetation, and historical Civil War era structures. Awe-inspiring views stretching across the 10 acre Westhampton Lake and overlooking the campus abound and are mesmerizingly beautiful to say the least. Tranquil, pastoral, intimate, and a visual feast of the natural and historical are all apt descriptive terms when it comes to the U of R campus. It’s no small feat to be recognized on a consistent basis by such publications as the Princeton Review as the “most beautiful campus in America.”
The points of interest in terms of sightseeing on campus are seemingly infinite; striking architectural monuments are everywhere, with a few eye-popping examples being the Modlin Center for the Arts (be prepared to marvel at the painstaking attention to detail that was paid to the brickwork and wood-crafting), the Ryland Hall Faculty Library (a masterwork in the usage of deep, rich wood paneling), and the imposing Boatwright Memorial Library (an incredible example of collegiate gothic architectural design).
Curriculum and Majors
The curriculum at the University of Richmond is all of the things that one would expect from one of the most highly selective schools in the United States: demanding, challenging, intuitive, innovative and enriching in all aspects. Collaboration is thoroughly ingrained into the core of the University of Richmond’s academic course work and this element of community is vital to the type of intellectual atmosphere that abounds on campus amongst the faculty and student body alike. With an average of only 17 students per undergraduate class and with all classes taught by faculty professors directly, students can expect the type of environment that is tight-knit, yet expansive in the exchange of ideas and stimulation of new thought. The required CORE coursework (featuring extensive and complex texts related to philosophy and international relations to name a few) is a particular highlight for all incoming undergrads, embodying much of what the U of R represents.
The University of Richmond is comprised of five distinct schools, with all undergraduate students required to complete a full year of course work in the School of Arts & Sciences before remaining or moving into another set of academic concentrations:
– The School of Arts & Sciences
– University of Richmond School of Law
– E. Claiborne Robins School of Business
– Jepson School of Leadership Studies
– The School of Professional and Continuing Studies
As previously noted, the Robins School of Business has been showered with numerous accolades including being named the number one undergraduate business school for academic quality by Bloomberg Businessweek as well as obtaining a top ten ranking from the The Fiske Guide to Colleges. Undergraduate, Graduate, and Executive Education degrees are available from the School of Business. With a uniquely constructed curriculum that is truly interdisciplinary in nature, the Jepson School of Leadership Studies offers coursework that contains a unique blend of philosophy, politics, economics, history, religion and literature; the interaction between these various academic concentrations is meant to support the expression of leadership qualities at high levels.
There are fifty-nine majors offered at the University of Richmond including:
- Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
- Business Administration
- Classical Civilizations
- Cognitive Science
- Computer Science
- Criminal Justice
- Film Studies
- Interdisciplinary Studies
- International Studies (specializations in French, German, Italian, and Latin-American)
- Leadership Studies
- Mathematical Economics
- Modern Literature and Cultures
- Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law (PPEL)
- Political Science
- Rhetoric and Communication
Admission, Tuition, and Scholarships
The University of Richmond accepts roughly 33% of all incoming applicants, a figure that ranks the school amongst some of the most selective colleges in the country in terms of admission rates. GPA, test scores, extracurricular activities, community participation, the application essay, and other exceptional qualities are all carefully taken into account for each applicant before a final decision is made (which is generally par for the course). The deadline for incoming applicants is January 15th.
Student Tuition: $40,000
Room and Board: $8,500
In addition to a host of student loans and options for need-based aid, the University of Richmond abides by a policy that will cover 100% of demonstrated student financial need. There are also a multitude of merit-based scholarships awarded by the school including:
The Presidential Scholarship- All incoming applicants are considered for up to a $15,000 scholarship that will be awarded to students who have obtained outstanding high school achievements in a highly rigorous curriculum as well as superior standardized test scores.
The National Merit Scholarship- National Merit Finalists who have listed the University of Richmond as their first choice are eligible to receive up to $2,000 per year.
Richmond Scholars Program- These merit-based scholarships are awarded under four specific designations to students who have demonstrated extreme excellence and will cover the entire cost of tuition (and sometimes room and board).
Army ROTC Scholarship- This particular scholarship will cover full tuition to eligible students who are awarded, as well as providing an additional $1,200 annually for book expenses.
28 Westhampton Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173
Telephone: (804) 289-8000