Although the University of Richmond sounds like the name of a state university, it is one of the most highly selective, private, liberal arts universities in North America; with only 15% of applicants gaining entrance. Located next to the capitol of Virginia, and not very far from the capitol of the United States, The University of Richmond is tightly wired into the national scene. In 1992 it hosted the first town-hall style presidential debate, and President Obama chose it as the setting to present the American Jobs Act to the nation.
The campus is also wired to the world through its technology infrastructure. Having over 1,100 computer systems on their campus, there are enough computers at the University of Richmond for every three students to have one accessible computer at his/her disposal. And personal computers, smart phones, and other devices are everywhere you look. The university's Information Services department even offers technical support for personally-owned computers.
Further, 85% of U of R’s courses offer an online component
allowing students to collaboratively work only by sharing documents, notes, and other class materials. This is all possible because every room at the university has internet access , allowing all students on campus instant connectivity. Connectivity is important when over 96% of your student body possesses a computer.
Richmonds Technology Learning Center gives all of its students premier access to a state of the art media lab. The lab consists of digital cameras, hi-def video cameras, a photography studio, acoustically improved audio recording studio, and 5 workstations for video editing. This facility is staffed during all open hours so that anyone at any skill level can use it.
University of Richmond has been active in incorporating computer science with other disciplines of study from mathematics to biological sciences. The university boasts an intensive integrated quantitative science course (IQS) that spans for two semesters and is available for first years only. Students must apply for the program the summer before freshman year.