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University of Richmond

The University of Richmond (UR) is a liberal arts college with about 2,800 students located in Richmond, Virginia. The campus is stunning with its gothic architecture, rolling hills, and 10-acre lake.

Students at the University of Richmond are encouraged to engage themselves in their environment and take an active part in the academics. Class size is small, with an average 10:1 student: faculty ratio and most professors get to know their students personally. Popular majors include business, biology, political science and international relations. The Robins School of Business is one of the top undergraduate business programs in the country. UR prides itself on strong study abroad options.

Men and women take classes together, but live on separate sides of the campus – Richmond College for men, and Westhampton College for women – in a nod to Old South tradition.

Two relatively new, state-of-the art buildings are the Gottwald Science Center and the Weinstein Center for Recreation and Wellness.

83% of students at UR are from outside the state of Virginia. Greek life is popular, attracting about 28% of men and 43% of women. The fraternities have lodges instead of houses, and parties, etc. are open to all. Sports teams are The Spiders and compete in Division I Atlantic 10 conference. Football, men’s and women’s basketball, field hockey and lacrosse are strong. Many students participate in some kind of sport, whether it is varsity, club, or intramural level.

The University of Richmond is selective in its application process. Average SAT scores for incoming freshmen are in the 590 – 690 range, and the ACT range is 27 – 31. It is a school which the cliché “work hard and play hard” seems to apply.