About Richmond

It all starts within us.

Since 1830, every Richmond Spider has arrived with a set of guiding qualities within ourselves — the qualities that make us Spiders before even setting foot on campus.

An ardent ambition that propels us past where others have stopped. An unmistakable curiosity that pushes us to dig deeper. An unyielding determination to pursue our goals with everything we have.

We know that what we do here will have an incredible impact everywhere. The things we bring on day one — our talents, our passions, our viewpoints — are what equip us to make that impact.

And it all starts within us.

Boatwright Tower at the University of Richmond.

About Us

These are the numbers, facts, and rankings that bring context to our consistent placement among the nation’s best schools, most beautiful campuses, and best values within higher education.


among the nation’s "Best Liberal Arts Colleges"
U.S. News & World Report


for "Best Value" among national liberal arts colleges
U.S. News & World Report


among the 100 best values in private liberal arts colleges
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

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About You

Enough about us — let’s talk about you! Every year, we welcome a new class of accomplished Spiders who shape the University through new ideas, exciting combinations of interests, and an eclectic diversity of viewpoints.


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Spiders are social creatures.

Because 91% of our students live on campus all four years, students make a home and build real connections here. No wonder the Princeton Review ranked us 9th for "Best Quality of Life."
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It’s not often talked about in nature documentaries, but Spiders are natural overachievers. With so many interests and options available, our students regularly choose more than a single major and add a minor, a second major, or even more.


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There's Only One Spider

Richmond is the only university with a spider mascot. And though our community comprises Spiders of varied gifts — different passions, backgrounds, concentrations, and more — we share a drive for excellence and discovery. This results in a common love for our Spider community we endearingly refer to as “arachnophoria.”

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A Best Value

Our industry-leading financial aid consistently lands us on the list of best-value colleges and universities. We work to guarantee that all students of all backgrounds can come together, learn together, and grow together.


Richmond is need-blind in admission and meets 100% of demonstrated need


Average need-based award

See how Spiders do Division I.

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Richmond: The River City

Outdoor activities on the James River, restaurants that place us on multiple must-visit lists for foodies, Fortune 500 businesses in our backyard … and we’re just getting started.