University Updates for Alumni

As you know, the University of Richmond is a dynamic and constantly changing environment. This page will serve as a resource for you and will be updated frequently as information about new majors, construction projects, campus life, academics and other topics is released.


Construction Projects

  • Carole Weinstein International Center had grand opening celebration in October 2010. In addition to housing the Office of International Education and a number of interdisciplinary academic departments and resources, the Center features meeting space, the Passport Café, and programming venues.
  • E. Claiborne Robins Stadium opened for the first football game of 2010 season on September 18, 2010. A number of improvements to the site were introduced with the expanded stadium, including general landscaping upgrades, a new scoreboard, a high-tech sound system, and low light pollution field lighting.
  • Queally Hall expansion was completed in December 2010. Included are new business research and teaching centers, a new finance trading room, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Lou's Café, a 225-seat auditorium, as well as numerous classrooms and offices.
  • In fall 2012, the University opened a new Student Activities Complex located on the south end of the campus. The complex, offering additional space on campus for student programs and addressing the needs of more than 170 student organizations, includes a Student Center, Spider Cottage, Cottage Court, and Cottage Courtyard.

Awards and Accolades

  • The University was included in the Princeton Review's "Guide to 286 Green Colleges" as one of the nation's most environmentally-responsible campuses.
  • Heilman Dining Center and University Catering win third gold medal for residential dining.
  • Robins School of Business: Ranked No. 17 nationally, No. 1 in international business education, No. 2 for academic quality, No. 4 for student satisfaction, and No. 18 for students going on to MBA studies by Bloomberg Businessweek

Departmental and Administrative Changes

  • The Office of the Chaplaincy brought on Reverend Craig T. Kocher as Chaplain in 2010. Reverend Kocher created the University's first Director of Jewish Life and Campus Rabbi position in 2011 which has been accepted by Rabbi Andrew Goodman.
  • The Career Development Center (CDC) and Office of Alumni Relations merged to become Alumni and Career Services.
  • The University undertook the Campus Master Planning process to guide the University's physical planning for the next decade. Major changes include the redevelopment of the South Campus with additional residential options, a new Admission Center, and improved access to the James River. All items in the plan are contingent upon funding being raised for their completion.
  • Ted Lewis, who has taught women's and gender studies and managed LGBTQ programs in North and South Carolina, has joined the University of Richmond as Associate Director of Common Ground for LGBTQ campus life, a new position at the University.
  • In 2011, Danny Rocco was named the 35th head coach of the Spider Football program. The three-time Big South Coach of the Year as the head coach of Liberty brings nearly 30 years of coaching experience to Richmond.

Student Life and Athletics

  • In 2013, the university will offer 18 living-learning communities.
  • Men's Basketball team competed in the 2011 NCAA Tournament as part of the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 1988. Class of 2011 grad and Richmond basketball forward, Justin Harper, was picked up by the Orlando Magic in this year's NBA draft.
  • Richmond mascot, Spidey, recieved an update and reemerged as "WebstUR" during Reunion Weekend in June 2011.
  • The University of Richmond announces Division I Varsity Men's Lacrosse for Spring 2014. For more information about this decison and answers to some frequently asked questions, please click here.

Office of Admission Staff

  • We encourage you to connect with the admission officer responsible for recruiting in your area. Please click here for a list of officers.