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Fast Facts

The University of Richmond provides a collaborative learning and research environment unlike any other in higher education, offering students an extraordinary combination of the liberal arts with law, business, leadership studies, and continuing education.

It is characterized by a distinctly integrated student experience—a rich and innovative life for students inside and outside the classroom—and a welcoming spirit that prizes diversity of experience and thought. It is rooted in a determination to engage as a meaningful part of our community and our world. It is committed to ensuring its opportunities are accessible to talented students of all backgrounds.

  • Private, highly selective, liberal arts university founded in 1830
  • 350-acre suburban campus located six miles from downtown Richmond and 90 miles from Washington, D.C.
  • Five schools offering undergraduate, master’s, and law degrees: School of Arts and Sciences, Robins School of Business, Jepson School of Leadership Studies, University of Richmond School of Law, School of Professional and Continuing Studies
  • More than 60 undergraduate majors
  • 323 full-time undergraduate faculty
  • 8:1 student-faculty ratio (undergraduate)
  • Average undergraduate class size of 16 students
  • Zero classes taught by teaching assistants
  • Since 2005, Richmond students have been recipients of the Rhodes, Marshall, Goldwater, Clarendon, Truman, and Fulbright scholarships, among many others. In 2015, Richmond tied for first in the bachelor’s institutions category of universities producing the most Fulbright U.S. Scholars.
International Education
  • Ranked No. 1 in 2011 for international business education in Bloomberg Businessweek’s specialty rankings
  • Offering approximately 75 study-abroad programs in more than 30 countries
  • More than 60 percent of undergraduates study abroad
  • Carole Weinstein International Center opened in fall 2010
Community Engagement
  • Selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its classification recognizing colleges and universities “that support dynamic and noteworthy community engagement.”
  • Named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
  • University of Richmond Downtown houses major community engagement programs in the heart of the city
  • Bonner Center for Civic Engagement on campus provides coordinated access to community-based volunteer internship and coursework opportunities
Undergraduate Admission Profile
  • 9,977 applications, 31% acceptance rate
  • Top five admissions competitors: University of Virginia, William & Mary, Wake Forest, Boston College, and Georgetown
  • 807 first-year students: 56% from public high schools; 13% first-generation college students; 23% U.S. students of color; and 84% ranked in top 20% of high school class.
  • 4,181 total university enrollment
  • 2,990 undergraduates from 46 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, and 69 countries
  • 18% of undergraduates come from Virginia
  • 26% of undergraduates are American students of color
  • 9% of undergraduates are international students
  • 90% of undergraduates live on campus
  • 187 student organizations including 27 club sports, 6 honorary societies (including Phi Beta Kappa), 14 religious groups, 14 fraternities and sororities, a student newspaper, and a radio station
  • 2008 NCAA Division I National Football Champions
  • Men’s Basketball earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament in 2010 and finished the 2009–10 season ranked No. 24 in the nation. In 2010-11, men's basketball won the Atlantic 10 Conference championship and made it to the NCAA "Sweet Sixteen," marking the most wins as a No. 12 seed in tournament history
  • New on-campus stadium opened in fall 2010
  • Division I athletic program offering 17 varsity sports
  • Major conference affiliation is the Atlantic 10 in most sports; Colonial Athletic Association in football; Patriot League in women’s golf; Southern Conference in men's lacrosse.
  • School mascot: the Spider
Tuition, Room and Board
Undergraduate Financial Aid and Scholarships
  • Richmond is need-blind in admission and meets 100% of demonstrated need
  • $63 million in institutional grants and scholarships awarded to 60% of students
  • Average need-based award: $43,000
  • Virginians with family income under $60,000 receive full scholarships
  • Approximately 45 Richmond Scholars scholarships and 20 Presidential scholarships are awarded to entering first-year students each year

Visit the Financial Aid Office for more information on undergraduate aid and scholarships. Financial aid also is available for students in law, graduate business, and continuing studies.

  • Approximately 50,995 alumni residing in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and more than 60 countries
  • 45 alumni chapters across the country
Rankings and Accolades
U.S. News & World Report
  • No. 23 for "Best Value" among national liberal arts colleges
  • No. 32 among the nation's "Best Liberal Arts Colleges"
  • No. 8 for faculty resources
Kiplinger's Personal Finance
  • No. 26 on the list of 100 best value private liberal arts colleges
  • Ranked second best among “liberal arts schools that pay off”
USA Today-Princeton Review
  • Among the nation's "50 Best Value Private Colleges"
Bloomberg Businessweek
  • Robins School of Business: Ranked No. 16 nationally, No. 2 for academic quality, No. 7 for student satisfaction, and received an A+ in teaching quality, facilities/services, and job placement
  • MBA part-time program: Ranked No. 21 nationally
Princeton Review
  • Named Richmond No. 8 for "Best Career Services," No. 10 for "Best Science Lab Facilities," No. 12 for "Best Athletic Facilities," and No. 19 for "Great Financial Aid" in its 2016 edition of "The Best 380 Colleges"
  • Named Richmond one of 75 "Best Value" private colleges in 2014
  • Selected as one of the nation's "Colleges that Pays You Back" in 2015 for Richmond's academic preparation, affordability, and career opportunities
  • Robins School of Business: Named in "The Best 294 Business Schools," MBA program ranked No. 10 on "Best Professors" list
  • School of Law named one of "The Best 167 Law Schools"
The Fiske Guide to Colleges
  • Selected Richmond for its 2014 edition profiling the country’s top colleges and universities
  • Recognized Richmond in two special lists for having strong programs in business and international studies
  • One of the "25 Hottest Schools in America," hottest school for international studies
  • One of the "25 Happiest Schools"
Institute of International Education
  • Ranked No. 3 among the top 40 baccalaureate institutions for the total number of students studying abroad for short-term, summer, semester and academic year terms for 2013–14
  • Ranked No. 8 for the total number of students studying abroad short-term for 2013–14
  • Ranked No. 9 for the total number of students studying abroad for the summer for 2013–14
  • Ranked No. 11 for the total number of students studying abroad for semester and academic year terms for 2013–14
  • Ranked No. 7 among the top 40 baccalaureate institutions for the total number of international students in 2014–15
Corporation for National and Community Service
  • Named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
The Insider's Guide to the Colleges
  • "Students are thrilled with their choice to attend Richmond, which is evident in the high level of enthusiasm and involvement in the school community."
  • Named Richmond one of the top 10 college campuses for tech, noting the 1:3 computer-to-student ratio and high percentage of courses that offer an online component
The New York Times
Yahoo! Finance
U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
  • Richmond tied for first in the bachelor’s institutions category of universities producing the most Fulbright U.S. Scholars

RVA a Top College Town

The city of Richmond was recently ranked as a top college town by the American Institute for Economic Research.