Educational Goals and Outcomes
University Mission Statement
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.
The University offers its academic programs through five schools with distinct educational missions: School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Law, School of Leadership Studies, and School of Professional and Continuing Studies. Traditional undergraduate education is offered jointly through the Schools of Arts and Sciences, Business and Leadership Studies. Students begin their undergraduate education in the School of Arts and Sciences and may transition into the Schools of Business or Leadership Studies during the second semester of their sophomore year. The Graduate Business School offers a part-time Master of Business Administration (MBA) program and the School of Law offers a Juris Doctor (JD) and a LLM for foreign-educated lawyers. The School of Professional and Continuing Studies offers degree completion and practitioner-oriented programs for adult, non-traditional students through evening and weekend undergraduate and graduate certificate and degree programs.
The University of Richmond’s traditional undergraduate education program integrates a core foundation in the liberal arts with interdisciplinary and pre-professional study. The School of Arts and Sciences offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in a broad range of majors in the humanities, visual and performing arts, social sciences, sciences and interdisciplinary programs. The Robins School of Business offers a Bachelor of Science in business administration in accounting, Business administration, and economics. The Jepson School of Leadership Studies offers a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in leadership studies.
By graduation, students are well-prepared for further study in graduate or professional schools and for employment in a variety of fields, including healthcare, government, business, law, and nonprofit work. The knowledge and skills fostered by a liberal arts education serve students well in the world of work, as well as in their personal lives. In addition, a Richmond education prepares students to become well-informed and thoughtful citizens, to be able to contribute to the lives of others, and to help advance the society of which they are a part.
Retention and Graduation Rates
The University tracks the success of first-time full-time students in continuing and completing their program through federal retention and graduation rates. Ninety-four percent of first-year students who entered in Fall 2013 were still enrolled at the University in 2014 for their sophomore year. Of the first-year students who entered in Fall 2008, 84% graduated within six years.
The University tracks post-graduation outcomes of our undergraduate students through three surveys. The Cap and Gown Survey is administered by the Career Development Center to graduating seniors at the end of the spring semester through the summer to track plans after graduation. The Office of Institutional Effectiveness surveys graduates one year after graduation to follow up on these outcomes. The One-Year-Out Survey of the Class of 2014 showed a six-month employment rate of 94% and a one-year employment rate of 97%. An employment rate is the number of alumni employed full-time divided by the number of alumni employed full- or part-time or seeking employment. The results also showed that 22% were in or had already completed graduate/professional school. The average salary range one-year out of college was $40,000-$44,999. The top five employment fields were finance, marketing and sales, education, consulting and healthcare. The Alumni Outcomes Survey of the Class of 2010 showed a five-year employment rate of 98%. The average salary range was $65,000-$69,999. The top six fields of employment were finance, education, marketing and sales, public policy and law, accounting and healthcare. In addition, in the five years since receiving their bachelor's degree, about half (47%) of the alumni in this class were in or had completed graduate/professional school.
Medical School Placement
The School of Arts and Sciences offers a Pre-Health Program for traditional undergraduates planning to attend dental, medical, veterinary, or pharmacy programs after graduation. The Pre-Health Studies Program advises pre-health students and tracks their successful completion of the pre-health program, performance on the MCAT, and acceptance into medical school. Of those who enter the pre-health program as freshmen, approximately 55% go on to apply to medical school. Those who leave the program rarely do so because of poor academic performance. Rather, they are usually attracted to some other field of study to which they had not been exposed prior to college. The University has a strong track record with medical schools. During the period 2008-2013, 1) the overall acceptance rate for University of Richmond applicants to medical school was 78%, 2) the mean composite MCAT score of our applicants to medical school was 29, and 3) our graduates attended approximately one-third of all U.S. medical schools, including several top-25 schools as ranked by U.S. News & World Report.
Graduate study in business administration at the University of Richmond is designed for Richmond-area professionals who hold an undergraduate degree. The MBA degree program is a decision-based course of study that provides students with the ability to advance to higher levels of management in all types of organizations.
The MBA program is structured to be completed on a part-time basis within two years. In 2012-13, 91% of MBA students completed their degree program within the five-year time period for degree completion. Graduate profiles demonstrating achievement are posted on the program’s website.
The mission of the Law program is to expose students to basic legal principles that will serve as the foundation for our system of justice; to develop in students the core lawyering skills of clear thinking, writing, and speaking; and to provide students experience using this knowledge and skill to perform a reasonable range of lawyering tasks. It is our program’s mission to graduate individuals dedicated to excellence in all aspects of professional life as they embark on their careers.
The School's Career Development Office tracks graduating student outcomes and performance on the bar exam. Results from the survey of the Class of 2014 show that the employment rate was 93% (based on those seeking employment). In 2012, 83% of the Law School graduates who took the Virginia State Bar Exam for the first time, passed it. This exceeds the state average for first-time test takers of 78%.
The School of Professional and Continuing Studies (SPCS) offers degree and certificate programs, enrichment opportunities, professional training and summer programs to part-time and non-traditional students of all ages. Through its degree programs, SPCS offers master's and bachelor's degrees; undergraduate and graduate certificates; undergraduate minors; and a variety of individual courses to meet the educational, professional and personal growth needs of adults in the metropolitan Richmond area and beyond. It is through the non-traditional educational opportunities of the School that the University offers its strengths and resources to the Richmond area community.
The School of Professional and Continuing Studies programs are designed for adult students who are usually employed and who wish to continue their education or advance in their current profession. The majority of SPCS programs are designed to be pursued part-time (excluding the bachelor's degree completion programs). This unique mission allows adult students to pursue their education at a customized pace to fit their individual needs. Students are usually able to successfully complete their program within the time period allowed for each program. In 2013, students enrolled in the bachelor's degree programs on campus completed their degree programs within an average of 7.5 to 13.2 semesters. Students in the bachelor's degree completion programs (Weekend College) on the University's main campus and its off-site location in Danville, Va. completed their program within 6-6.3 semesters. (NOTE: No students were in this cohort at the Fredericksburg, Va. off-site location.) Students in the graduate certificate programs completed their certificate program within 4.8 to 5.1 semesters, while students in the master's degree programs completed their programs in an average of 4.3 to 8.5
Teacher education at the University of Richmond is a campus-wide responsibility, designed to ensure that all of our students are reflective and knowledgeable professionals who possess both a theoretical and practical knowledge base.
The mission of the Teacher Preparation Program is to improve the understanding and practice of teaching and learning in preK-12 environments through reflective thought. Graduates are prepared to apply deep and broad content knowledge through multiple pedagogies in diverse settings while demonstrating a commitment to professionalism.
The University's teacher licensure programs, offered in the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Professional and Continuing Studies, are accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council and the University is approved by the Virginia State Board of Education to offer teacher licensure programs. To be licensed in Virginia, students must pass several exams: Praxis I, Praxis II, Virginia Reading Assessment, and Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment. (Some students may be exempted from taking Praxis I based on their ACT or SAT scores.) The Education Department monitors individual students completion of licensure requirements, including performance on these tests. The most recent test results show that passage rates range from 97% to 100%.