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Frequently Asked Questions

Can you give me an overview of UR?

The University of Richmond is located in a residential section of Richmond, Va., on a 350-acre campus approximately 10 minutes from downtown. We are two hours from Washington D.C., the Blue Ridge Mountains, and Virginia Beach.

We are a private, nationally-ranked liberal arts university of 3,000 undergraduate students with three main schools of study at the undergraduate level: Arts and Sciences, Business, and the Jepson School of Leadership Studies. Affiliated graduate schools include the E. Claiborne Robins School of Business, the University of Richmond School of Law, and the School of Professional and Continuing Studies.

We compete in the NCAA Division 1, and our men's football team won the FCS national championship in 2008. Our men's basketball team earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament in 2010 and 2011 and finished the 2009–10 season ranked No. 24 in the nation.

Check out the University's fast facts page for the latest headlines and accolades.

What varsity sports does Richmond have?

Richmond offers a number of competitive NCAA Division I varsity teams as well as dozens of sport clubs and intramural teams. For more information on our men's and women's athletic programs visit the main athletics webpage.

How much does Richmond cost?

The University is committed to making a Richmond education accessible. Our policy is to meet 100% of demonstrated need and be completely need-blind in our admission practices.

The total cost of attendance can vary slightly from year to year; it is important to be aware of the current cost of attendance for a given academic year. The Office of Financial Aid is an excellent resource.

What kinds of financial aid are available?

Richmond in Reach: Need-based financial aid

Please click here for more information about need-based financial aid.

Merit-based scholarships

Each year up to 45 full tuition scholarships are awarded through the Richmond Scholars program.

Nine additional scholarship programs are administered through other departments such as the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement, the department of Music, Theatre and Dance, and Army ROTC. For additional information, please click here.

What are your average SAT scores?

The University of Richmond considers many academic and personal qualities in the evaluation process. The SAT and ACT are only one part of the picture, along with a rigorous curriculum, grades, essay, and extracurricular activities.

Please review the first-year profile.

Do you require the SAT II Subject test?

The University of Richmond does not require the SAT II, nor do we consider it as part of a student's application. See the full list of admission requirements.

The only use for the SAT II subject tests at the University of Richmond is for potential exemption by examination. Students who achieve a score of 630 or higher on a language or listening SAT II will receive an exemption from the University's Communications Skills II - Foreign Language general education requirement, as they will have met the final intermediate level of the specified language.

What is your average Grade Point Average (GPA)?

Since high schools across the country can have very different grading scales, we look at more than just a number. What we're really looking for is a student who gets mostly A's and B's in a rigorous curriculum.

What are the application requirements?
  • High school transcript
  • SAT/ACT scores
  • Recommendation letter: From guidance counselor or principal/head master
    • Please note that no more than two teacher recommendations are accepted.
  • Application: Richmond accepts the Common Application. If the student chooses to submit the Common Application, we require that they also submit the Richmond Supplement, which they can find on our website.
What majors are available?

The University of Richmond offers over 100 majors, minors, and concentrations. Advise the student to take a look at the online majors list or the back of the travel piece brochure to see if we offer what the student is interested in. If not, students are encouraged to start their own interdisciplinary major using courses already offered at the University.

Do you have a pre-med program?

Richmond offers a pre-health studies program that prepares students with the guidance, support, academic preparation, and clinical experiences they need to be successful applicants to health professional schools. Unique aspects of our program include a year-long MCAT course that students can take for academic credit, a medical school acceptance rate for first-time applicants that is above the national average, and a medical humanities minor

that looks at health professions from a liberal arts prospective, incorporating ethics and leadership to make students better health care providers.

Do you have an engineering program?

Richmond offers a pre-engineering track where students spend three years at Richmond, complete all or nearly all the requirements for a bachelor of science from Richmond, and then attend a partner institution for two years where they satisfy all the requirements for either a second bachelor of science degree in engineering or an accelerated master's degree in engineering from the partner institution.

Richmond currently has relationships established with four engineering schools: Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science, George Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science, Virginia Polytechnic Institute College of Engineering, and Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment.

What are the research opportunities at Richmond?

Students may participate in undergraduate research as early as the summer before their first year at the University of Richmond. Students may choose to live on-campus for 8–10 weeks during the summer and the University awards over $200,000 each year to fund undergraduate student research. Though most students within the natural sciences do some sort of collaborative research, it is not limited to the sciences. Students can conduct research in all disciplines.

Familiarize yourself with research opportunities provided to students in the schools of arts and sciences and leadership, as well as the experiential learning opportunities in the business school. Students may also apply for additional grants and funding through the University.

Read about some of the students doing research at Richmond.

Can I study abroad as a student at Richmond?

Absolutely! Newsweek named Richmond the hottest school for international studies in 2007 and we offer 75 study abroad programs in over 30 different countries. You can study abroad in the fall semester or spring semester, for an entire year, or during the summer. While studying abroad is encouraged, students must apply for entry into the programs they are interested in. Students should keep their grades up and approach the process with some flexibility to ensure the best possible outcome. Visit the Office of International Education website for more information on programs.

Remember that the international experience doesn't start and end when the student goes abroad. With a diverse student population, the global learning and growth endures throughout a student's four years at Richmond.

What opportunities are available for internships?

Career Services is an excellent resource for students who are exploring careers, seeking internships or crafting their career documents.

What do students do after graduation?

Please click here for more information on post-graduation outcomes.

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