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The University of Richmond was initially founded by Reverend Edward Baptist in 1830 as a manual labor institute for men studying ministry. During the Civil War, the college’s Columbia House was used as a hospital for wounded Confederate troops. It wasn’t until the Westhampton College was created in 1914 that Richmond admitted women. Today, the University of Richmond stands as a private co-educational, non-sectarian liberal arts institution. Offering primarily baccalaureate education, UR enrolls around 3,200 undergraduates and 910 post-graduates. The University of Richmond is located on a 350-acre suburban campus in Henrico County, Virginia, just six miles from the Commonwealth’s capital.

According to the U.S. News, Richmond is the 32nd best national liberal arts college, 23rd top value school, and 20th best university for military veterans. Forbes ranked UR as America’s 83rd best private college with the 118th most grateful grads and an A+ financial grade. The University of Richmond was included in the Princeton Review’s “Best 380 Colleges” and recognized for the country’s 8th best career services. Bloomberg BusinessWeek named UR the #1 college for international business education. In 2014, Richmond was on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Newsweek also distinguished the University of Richmond as one of the “25 Happiest Schools.”

University of Richmond Accreditation Details

Since 1910, the University of Richmond has been continually accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) in Georgia. The Robins School of Business is fully accredited at the bachelor’s and master’s level by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The T.C. Williams School of Law meets the requirements of the American Bar Association (ABA) and Virginia State Board of Bar Examiners. Teaching degrees are approved by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) and Virginia State Board of Education. UR’s chemistry major is also aligned with the American Chemical Society (ACS).

University of Richmond Application Requirements

Admissions at the University of Richmond is highly competitive with the selective acceptance rate of 31 percent. Applicants are reviewed holistically based on character, community involvement, creativity, and academic merit. First-year freshmen must be earning a high school diploma or recognized equivalent. Completing at least 16 units of secondary coursework, including four in English, three in math, and two each in history, lab science, and foreign language, is required. AP or IB credit is fully transferrable. On average, admitted students have a high school GPA of 3.8. Freshmen also earn a mean ACT score of 30 and SAT score of 1945.

Eligible transfers must have completed at least 6.82 transferrable units, which equals around 24 semester hours, at a regionally accredited college. A minimum transfer GPA of 2.0 is mandated, but most successful applicants carry a 3.0. Non-U.S. citizens are welcome after taking the TOEFL and scoring at least 550 pBT or 80 iBT. Graduate students applying to UR must already hold an accredited four-year bachelor’s degree. Most Master’s programs require a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0. Any graduate transfer credits must have been completed in the past five years with a “B” or better.

Before the final deadline on January 15th, students applying to the University of Richmond should submit the following materials:

• Completed Common Application form
• $50 application fee or fee waiver form
• Official high school and/or college transcripts
• At least one letter of recommendation
• Standardized testing results (SAT, ACT, or GRE)
• Brief essay response to the Richmond Question
• Official TOEFL scores (when applicable)

Tuition and Financial Aid

Full-time undergraduates taking 3.5 to 6.0 units are charged $24,045 per semester or $48,090 every year for tuition. Part-time students must pay $8,420 per unit of $4,210 per 0.5 unit. Room and board is estimated to cost $5,260 and $6,200 respectively each year. Textbooks and personal expenses add around $2,100. Total undergraduate cost of attendance is $63,040 per full-time year. Undergraduates living at home with their parents pay $53,080 annually. Graduate students at UR will pay $560 per credit hour, except in the MBA program that costs $1,380 per credit hour. The Law School charges $2,220 per credit hour.

72 percent of full-time University of Richmond students earn financial assistance. $63 million in institutional aid is granted annually. Full tuition packages are available for students with an annual parental income under $60,000. Students may qualify for the Federal Pell Grant, FSEOG Grant, or Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant. In-state residents under age 24 could receive the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant (VTAG). If needed, borrowing money through Federal Perkins, Federal Stafford, or Federal Direct PLUS loans is offered. Federal Work-Study (FWS) gives limited on-campus employment. Veterans benefits are gifted via the Montgomery GI Bill. Merit scholarships are also awarded through the Richmond Scholars program.

Student Experience

The University of Richmond is an academic powerhouse delivering an innovative liberal arts curriculum rooted in the School of Arts & Sciences. After one full year of study, undergraduates can select from over 60 majors and 45 minors across UR’s five schools. Some unique majors include American Studies, Chinese & International Business, Film Studies, Greek, Leadership Studies, Mathematical Economics, and Rhetoric. There are also six Master’s degrees and five graduate certificates. With a student-faculty ratio of 8:1, the average undergraduate class size is 16 for individualized professor attention. Zero classes are taught by teaching assistants.

Recognized as a stellar option for community engagement, UR has a close-knit campus within a two hour’s drive from Washington DC. The campus is so beautiful it’s been used for filming TV shows like “Commander in Chief” and “Dawson’s Creek.” Around 90 percent of undergraduates live in the university’s 15 residence halls. Starting as sophomores, students can join Living-Learning Communities. There are approximately 75 study abroad programs spanning over 30 countries, including Japan, Italy, Costa Rica, India, and Australia. Students can also complete UR Summer Research Fellowships and present at the HHMI Science Symposium each fall.

Campus life is rich at Richmond with 187 student-run organizations, including 14 fraternities and sororities. Depending on their interests, students could give back with Habitat for Humanity, sing a cappella with The Octaves, write for “The Collegian,” or debate with Model United Nations. The annual Pig Roast weekend takes place every spring, which has attracted musical acts like Flo Rida. There’s also a Ring Dance hosted by junior class women at the Jefferson Hotel. When sport season starts, students can cheer on their Spiders in the NCAA Atlantic 10 Conference. The University of Richmond football team is known for winning the national 2008 Division I-AA championship.