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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, Values, and Vision Statements


The mission of the University of Richmond is to educate in an academically challenging, intellectually vibrant, and collaborative community dedicated to the holistic development of students and the production of scholarly and creative work. A Richmond education prepares students for lives of purpose, thoughtful inquiry, and responsible leadership in a diverse world.


Student Growth: The University of Richmond is committed to the personal and intellectual development of all students. Through close mentoring and small classes taught by dedicated teacher-scholars and the opportunities and environment made possible by talented and engaged staff, the University challenges students to recognize their full potential, supports the development of their resilience, and encourages their growth as socially responsible community members.

Pursuit of Knowledge: The University of Richmond values intellectual curiosity, teaching that challenges and inspires, ambitious scholarly and creative work, and education as a lifelong process of discovery and growth. The University is committed to academic freedom and the promotion of a vibrant intellectual community that encourages thoughtful disagreement and the vigorous exchange of ideas.

Inclusivity and Equity: The University of Richmond values the dignity, worth, and contributions of all individuals; the thoughtful and respectful engagement with a broad diversity of perspectives and experiences essential to intellectual growth; and an inclusive community in which all members can engage meaningfully in institutional life and contribute to a community where all thrive.

Diversity and Educational Opportunity: The University of Richmond is committed to fostering a diverse community of students, staff and faculty. It is dedicated to access, affordability, and ensuring that the benefits of its transformative educational opportunities are not limited by financial circumstance or background.

Ethical Engagement: The University of Richmond values integrity, responsibility for the ethical consequences of our ideas and actions, and meaningful engagement with our local and global communities.

Responsible Stewardship: The University of Richmond values the trust that has been placed in it by generations of alumni, students, parents, and members of our community. The University is committed to the careful stewardship of institutional and environmental resources, and of the relationships that provide the foundation of our University community.


The University will be a leader in higher education, preparing students to contribute to, and succeed in, a complex world; producing knowledge to address the world’s problems; and modeling the way that colleges and universities can effectively meet the challenges of our time.

- Approved April 20, 2017, by the Board of Trustees

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