Spiders never stop climbing.

A Spider in motion tends to stay in motion.

That’s why Richmond is home to everything from baseball and lacrosse to club Quidditch. Basically, if you’re looking to compete, stay active, or combine the two, we’ve got a team to help you do it. 

From the most elite NCAA level to a Tuesday night pickup basketball game, Spiders do it all.

Five student-athletes, both men and women, representing different sports, posing on the field at Robins Stadium.

Division I Scholar-Athletes

Our scholar-athletes take both sides of the hyphen seriously. A particular mix of talent and tenacity drives success at the highest level of college athletics — and in science labs, business competitions, performance halls, and our custom leadership and study-abroad experiences. Whether competing for a win or a grad school spot, opponents should always fear the Spider.


D-I varsity sports


Conference titles since 2000


Average team GPA

There's Only One Spider

Richmond is the only university with a spider mascot, and we find that fitting. In nature, spiders are known for their tenacity and grit, their unexpected sociability, and the strength of the webs they work so diligently to create. Turns out UR Spiders aren’t much different. And although the origin of our mascot is difficult to pin down, our distinctive identity today is clear. The spider is a fittingly unique mascot for a university unlike any in higher education.

Frisbee team, arm-in-arm, walking away from the camera

Sport Clubs & Intramurals

From squash to rugby, Richmond club and intramural teams have got you covered. Square off against other colleges or your fellow Spiders — from the field to the court to the pool. We currently offer 30 club teams and a variety of intramural sports, and that list keeps growing. 


"Everyone Plays Intramural Sports"
The Princeton Review

Ranked 7th for "Best Athletic Facilities"

Princeton Review's 2024 "The Best 389 Colleges" Guide