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The University of Richmond provides a collaborative learning and research environment unlike any other in higher education, offering students an extraordinary combination of the liberal arts with law, business, leadership studies, and continuing education.


  • Private, highly selective, liberal arts university founded in 1830
  • 4,140 total university enrollment
  • 2,983 undergraduates from 46 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, and 74 countries
  • 350-acre suburban campus located six miles from downtown Richmond, Virginia, and 90 miles from Washington, D.C.
  • Five schools offering undergraduate, master’s, and law degrees: School of Arts and Sciences, Robins School of Business, Jepson School of Leadership Studies, University of Richmond School of Law, School of Professional and Continuing Studies


  • More than 60 undergraduate majors
  • 318 full-time undergraduate faculty
  • 8:1 student-faculty ratio (undergraduate)
  • Average undergraduate class size of 16 students
  • Zero classes taught by teaching assistants
  • Since 2005, Richmond students have been recipients of the Rhodes, Marshall, Goldwater, Clarendon, Truman, and Fulbright scholarships, among many others. In 2015, Richmond tied for first in the bachelor’s institutions category of universities producing the most Fulbright U.S. Scholars.
  • Offering approximately 75 study-abroad programs in more than 30 countries


  • Division I athletic program offering 17 varsity sports
  • Major conference affiliation: Atlantic 10 in most sports; Colonial Athletic Association in football; Patriot League in women’s golf; Southern Conference in men's lacrosse
  • School mascot: the Spider


  • Approximately 50,995 alumni residing in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and more than 60 countries
  • 44 alumni chapters across the country

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Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Richmond is to sustain a collaborative learning and research community that supports the personal development of its members and the creation of new knowledge. A Richmond education prepares students to live lives of purpose, thoughtful inquiry, and responsible leadership in a global and pluralistic society.

- Approved March 15, 2005, by the Board of Trustees

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