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The school itself consists of a beautiful campus with many top-notch amenities for a school its size. It also has a gigantic ...
The school itself consists of a beautiful campus with many top-notch amenities for a school its size. It also has a gigantic endowment totalling just over a billion annual dollars, so you know that everything will be maintained well. Richmond has a Division I athletic program, but a lot of sporting events are sort of under the radar. As a result, athletes tend to be pretty down to earth and not at all full of themselves.
Yes, though the majority of students tend to be quite affable. A lot of them are realistic and down to earth despite their mostly sheltered and priveleged upbringings.
It consists of a wealthy student body that leads a very preppy lifestyle. A lot of white kids that are supposedly intellectual and ambitiously career-oriented.
richmond is a great school if you're looking for a real community. because the school is located in a wealthy and residential...
richmond is a great school if you're looking for a real community. because the school is located in a wealthy and residential area of richmond, the campus really is the hub of activity. i spend a lot of my time when i'm hanging out on campus in my dorm because my friends lived on my hall. the library is great but don't expect to get much studying done on the non-quiet floors. it's open 24-hours, so a lot of people gather there to chat. it is really comfortable and the quiet sections are great for getting work done. recently on campus we had a racial incident in the theater, when a doll whose face had been painted black was strung from a noose. the entire campus rallied after the incident, which really showed me that the act was that of an individual and not a group. apropos to school pride, i really only go to the games where i know people on the team: women's lacrosse, club soccer, etc. the football games are off-campus but hopefully they're building a stadium on campus, which will make it easier to get to games. my biggest issue with richmond at the moment is the fact that they don't do blocked housing, so my housing situation next year is not great. i'm suiting with three of my good friends, but all of our other friends are in different dorms, which is hard.
richmond students are predominantly white and from the northeast. anything else is considered a minority. minorities on campus have a bunch of groups and are open to letting anyone come to their events. i have a friend from the bahamas who is starting a club for islanders. sometimes i think it's great that we have so many groups on campus for different ethnicities to meet and get to know each other; however, sometimes that means only deepening the divide between races. the only kind of student i think would feel out of place at richmond is someone extremely punk. the kids here mostly look like they stepped out of a jcrew catalog, and someone different really stands out.
freshman year housing isn't pretty, but the administration does an amazing job placing roommates.
for the most part, they're not. the school is comprised of a lot of well-off people, but more than half the people i know on campus have some kind of financial aid. it is preppy, but there's no pressure to dress like everyone else. my roommate and i are in love with our richmond sweatpants and wear them as much as humanly possible. it's also not as conservative as you'd think either. i've met a few zealots leaning left and right, but most people fall into the middle.
richmond prides itself on the relationships between students and professors. for me, that means that all of my teachers knew my name but the second week of class and were more than happy to help me out outside of class. i've heard from upperclassmen that they've just come back from going out to dinner with a professor, and my roommate's professor invited the whole class over after the final for a barbecue. the president teaches a class, so i have friends who know him pretty well too. richmond is definitely a school where the students study just as hard as they party- and they party hard. i've had classes where the debate has gotten so fierce that the teacher has had to ask us to break it up. the quality of students is outrageously high. that guy that you played beer pong with last weekend is probably on the dean's list as well. richmodn recently changed their requirements from credits to units. i'm not exactly sure what it means for me yet, but i know there are people who both love and hate the new system. basically, every class at richmond is going to be worth 1 unit as opposed to 3 to 5 credits. for some people, that means that a 4-credit spanish class that met 7 times a week is worth the same as a 3-credit that met twice a weeek, which is too bad. however, in the future, that means that the overall level of difficulty of classes should even out. it'll be harder to have an easy courseload, but hopefully also make ridiculously involved classes easier to manage.
weekends at richmond start on thursday if you're normal, wednesday if you have a light class load, and tuesday if you're friends with the guys who host tuesday night pong. if you really want to party, you can do so any day of the week, but most people are active on the weekend nights. the most popular groups on campus are probably intervarsity, which is the interfaith group, and the greek social scene. i think it's something like 40% of the student body is involved in greek life. if you're not, it doesn't really cramp your style but you have to be aware that your friends who are are likely going to be dragged away to socials or parties most weekends. for those involved in greek life, you can be as involved as you want to be. i have friends who are chairpeople of every event, and others who show up to chapter and do the community service. on any given weekend night, there are a few things that are always open. the fraternity lodges, the dorms, and the apartments. usually there are a few things playing at the modlin center for the arts and while they get a lot of talented people, there are rarely many performers that students have heard of before. the lodges are basically dance clubs hosted by fraternities, and the apartments have huge parties. for people who don't drink, there are movies playing every weekend night in the tyler haynes commons, which is our student center, plus there are always people hanging out in the dorms. i usually spend one night of the weekend drinking and the other hanging out with friends. the best thing about the weekend is brunch. on saturdays and sundays, Dhall serves breakfast until three, and it is the best part of the week. in fact, dhall is just awesome. between the stir-fry, panini bar, and the crazy desserts, it almost never gets boring. and if you do get bored with dhall, there's always waffle house, the southern breakfast chain that is open 24 hours.
when i was looking at schools, everything about richmond called it the university of rich men. i heard that it was extremely preppy and extremely conservative on the whole.
Richmond is a small private school with low class sizes, great professors, and diverse academic opportunities. The campus is...
Richmond is a small private school with low class sizes, great professors, and diverse academic opportunities. The campus is beautiful, as well. The food compares favorably to other schools' situations. Students are generally friendly, but social life can be cliquey depending on Greek affiliation and membership in other groups. The campus is secluded, but the city and surrounding suburbs are a short drive away. A car is definitely nice to have and all students are able to park on campus.
There are enough on-campus groups that everyone should feel welcome. While we've had issues regarding tolerance, most of them were isolated incidents, and the school has responded well. Generally kids here dress well and you don't see as many "artsy", emo, or other types of kids that stand out in a big way. Social interaction is cliquey and revolves around Greek life, sports, and other organizations. Students are politically active and are a mix of the whole political spectrum in my experience.
Richmond does have a lot of students nowadays from the Northeast, but for me that's not an issue being from New Jersey. There is an effort underway to increase racial diversity, as many view this as an issue. I would point out that there is a great international program in which students from other countries come and spend a semester or more at Richmond. Also, while you'll find a lot of preppiness and there is plenty of wealth, Richmond is surprisingly affordable when you factor in financial aid. Don't be scared by the sticker price. Few people are paying $50k a year; most students receive one or more types of financial aid, often including grants and scholarships that don't have to be paid back.
Richmond's classes are challenging and most require attendance. This school does not offer the type of atmosphere you've seen at big state schools or in the movies with classes of hundreds of kids and people not showing up all the time. That said, if you're going to college because you at least have some type of intellectual interest and are curious about some major field of study, you'll do fine. Intellectual conversations outside of class are rare, but do happen. There are plenty of clubs, groups, meetings, forums, etc. that foster such dialogue. I know all of my professors well and have formed great relationships with many of them. This is one of the principal reasons I love the school. Students are generally helpful; group studying is common and the type of competitiveness you hear about at certain schools does not exist here.
Preppy, Heavily Influenced by Northeasterners, Wealthy, Low Racial Diversity
Best thing about Richmond: solid, challenging academics, beautiful campus Would change school by: having more socioeconomic ...
Best thing about Richmond: solid, challenging academics, beautiful campus Would change school by: having more socioeconomic diversity -- its a bunch of rich white kids, tuition is ridiculously expensive I'm from Chicago, and most people around my area haven't heard of Richmond Definitely "what college town?" -- it's a huge bubble surrounded by a mile in every direction by extremely rich, isolated neighborhoods, not a lot of good places to hang out on campus like you would find in a typical college town
most kids are very rich, well dressed, preppy, cliquish; many, but not all, are not real open-minded about meeting new people and many, but not all, have been given everything unconditionally by their parents no, different types of students do not interact student that would feel out of place: those that are not rich, well dressed, preppy, cliquish, those that are not white (Richmond is about 90% white), and those that are not into loud and crowded parties most students from NEW JERSEY, New York, Pennsylvania, New England
Do professors know my name?: YES, this is great Students here study: pretty often during the week, not a lot over the weekends, a lot of the kids seem to be that kid that slacks off a lot but is pretty smart and can still get by I was a history major, secondary education minor -- I would definitely recommend history major, history classes; education -- I liked the program and I'm gonna be a teacher, but it requires more work than any other program on campus and is not for everybody
most popular groups: fraternities, sororities I was a DJ for WDCE, the radio station athletic events not real popular like they are at bigger state schools dating scene is heavily based on cliques pig roast happens every year, if you're into the party scene, it's a lot of fun people party almost every thursday, friday, saturday night fraternities, sororities VERY important, if you're not in one, you're not one of the cool kids, and they're kind of exclusive for getting into because they're all about who you know if you do stuff on a saturday night that doesn't involve drinking, chances are that you're by yourself
very rich, well dressed, preppy, cliquish
People usually don't know that U of R exists, if I tell them I go to U of R they always mistake me for saying I go to VCU.
People usually don't know that U of R exists, if I tell them I go to U of R they always mistake me for saying I go to VCU.
The school is mostly white. Anyone who isn't used to the private school atmosphere where the majority is white, probably wouldn't feel as comfortable here although there are some diverse populations here that are very close. Students wear whatever they want to class ranging from a brand new pair of jeans, a t-shirt and tennis shoes to what they wore at a party the night before to even pajamas because they just rolled out of bed. One day a kid wore just a robe to class all day, so it can get interesting. If I had to break the dining hall into four tables it would be....A table with the rich preppy kids, A table with the black kids, A table with the jocks and A table with the Asian/Indian/Other kids. The most prevalent backgrounds at the school are RICH kids.
Sometimes it can be true, but for the most part, most of the people on campus are cool.
Professors always know you name because the classes are small. The classes can be hard and you definitely have to find your way around that and the school definitely weeds out all of the easy teachers over time so it becomes difficult to try and find a "GPA booster" class. Class participation depends on the type of class, most classes require it for part of the grade, which sucks, but some classes it doesn't matter. As far as intellectual convo's, I don't know because most of the time when me and my friend's are out of class, we try not to talk about class at all, because who wants to do that? Professors usually offer lots of outside of class time for extra help. Richmond's academic requirements absolutely sucksssssssssss. Core, which is a class all freshmen must take, everyone that takes it generally hates it, so have fun with that one. Also the amount of gen. ed's required can be ridiculous.
That most are snobby or either stuck up.
The good Richmond is a nice place to study. The campus is very beautiful, the library open 24 hours a day, and 24 hour acc...
The good Richmond is a nice place to study. The campus is very beautiful, the library open 24 hours a day, and 24 hour access to certain buildings. The staff mostly are helpful, with a few exceptions, the gym is very nice and has pleasant hours. The dining hall and grill on campus have equally reasonable hours so that students do not go hungry, even if the meal plan gets worse every semester. The school is also just about the right size, and has opportunities for students to get involved in, as well as an absolutely stunning lake, and decent shows at the modlin center. Buses can also be taken to the surrounding city, but most people on campus have cars anyway The bad For most people there arn't that many negatives. For me, I feel like the CAPS (campus psychology services department) is very cold and unfriendly. The medical staff also can be somewhat difficult to deal with at times, but are nice. I also had several problems with the student advising program, I hate to blatantly say "don't trust your academic advisor" but in a lot of cases, they can be misleading about actually caring for your personal academic interests.
Again, homogeneous, mostly white, a good chunk fairly religious. There are several frat boys and sorority girls as well. Students are predominantly center, with I believe a few more leaning to the right. Different types of students can interact, but such interactions seem to be relatively short lasting, they tend to revert back to the status quo. Of course, people can willingly try to break down these lines, but that is there choice. Freshmans dorms are the best place to meet people, after freshman year, the sense of unity seems to fall. As for what they wear, I have no idea, mostly button down popped colors and abercrombie and fitch, i dont really pay attention.
overall I would recommend this school as a serious choice for academic study. It does have its shortcomings, but the weather is nice, and most people seem to be very happy there.
Mostly. The student body is very homogeneous, and the cafateria especially is split into subsections of where students usually choose to sit with the same races. For example, most of the white kids sit together, most of the black kids sit together, and most of the international students sit together. Many students in the university do lack the ability to think creatively and analytically and choose to memorize material. This is not very different from any other school though.
Professors know ur name. I liked my freshman chemestry class, and while the chemistry department has many very nice and fun professors, i never quite clicked with the more stringent biology department. One thing about richmond is you have to take 3 common sense wellness courses, while they are not bad, they can be a bit annoying. Do students have intellectual conversations? Sometimes, it depends who your talking to. Richmond claims that learning is for its own sake, and to pursue actual intellectual ability, but this is a blatant lie. Do not believe that weeding out does not occur in Richmond, it very much so does, making grades a focal point of education, instead of higher learning. Class participation is somewhat uncommon, but not completely unheard of. Overall the rigor is acceptable, but i feel too much of an emphasis is placed on weeding students out.
Richmond is a hard party school. Just about every weekend someone is taken to the hospital for alcoholic abuse. The campus cops don't really bust anyone but if u come to Richmond, expect your social life to revolve largely around drinking. Pot use was also very common in my freshman hall. Most people seem to enjoy the school social life, I am not one of them because I am in the minority who does not drink, and does not seem to get along well with others at this school in social conversation. If your quote on quote normal, Richmond is a good place for you. If your quote on quote, not normal, you may want to pick another school. A curious mind does not always thrive at Richmond, a completely intoxicated one does.
Some steriotypes about Richmond are that it is an incredibly homogeneous student body, the students lack the ability to think analytically and creatively, and that it is a school for the very wealthy.
The administration has been known to crack down on students in a seemingly harsh manner, however from what I've seen and expe...
The administration has been known to crack down on students in a seemingly harsh manner, however from what I've seen and experienced they do give you a lot of leeway. And while they may seem to be giving you your death sentence, their punishments are really just annoying and rarely will they have any long lasting effects. The police force, on the other hand, is the most useless and pathetic group of out of shape idiots. They have the mentality that they want to screw over any student as much as possible. Once, one was hiding in full camouflage in the woods trying to catch people smoking pot. Anyway, these are two reasons why I think it's best to get off campus as much as possible and don't put too much energy into dorm parties because you always get written up if you stay long enough. There is so much to do either down town or in other niches of Richmond. Tons of music comes through here and there are a lot of fun bars or clubs around. Basically, the school is small and the campus does not have a lot of options, so try doing a lot of different things with your weekend nights because the more you vary it up the more fun you will have.
One thing that I've learned is that people at Richmond may appear to be judgmental, but actually they aren't for the most part. I would see a lot of kids dressing up in nice clothes to go to class, where as I would be in sweats and a tshirt, and I felt out of place and inferior. But after a few years I've realized that people dress how they want to dress, and no one else cares about it. It's not common to find black students at Richmond who are not athletes. This is somewhat bothersome because it has made UR a slightly racially sensitive campus. The general student is white, from the eastern seaboard, and upper-middle class. Because I fit this mold roughly 2 out of 3 it's hard for me to say that people who don't fit into this feel out of place. I have friends who do not fit into this at all, and they seem to be doing fine and it does not bother them that they are not the average student. It may be that they have always been in situations like this, and are experienced in handling them, so it's no big deal. However, some of my old friends who no longer go to Richmond were not able to merely mold into Richmond because of these differences. I think it's a case by case situation.
They are somewhat true, but not to a fault. Yes, there are a lot of people with a lot of money, but there are also plenty of people who are not, and a good amount of people of regular economic standard. Because it's a small school, it might take a few trials to find your perfect group of friends, but there is no real exclusiveness prevalent, and most people and parties are open to any and all who wish to come.
Surprisingly this is my favorite aspect of Richmond. The UR business school offers a top level education that prepares you so well for the working world. Most all of my teachers are very interesting, experienced and smart, and the best part is they know you by name because my classes had at most 25 students in them. The amount of time spent studying varies depending on personal strategy/intelligence, year, and major. As a undeclared freshman I studied about 3 hours a week and still managed a 3.3, however now as a Junior business-finance major I have to study maybe 5 hours per day on average to maintain about a 3.5. I can't speak for non-business majors and their workloads, but I think it is a little bit less, however still a good amount of work if you want a good gpa.
One thing that I like is that no matter what night of the week it is you can usually find some people to party with. I'm a work-hard-play-hard kind of person, so after a long day of class and hw I want to let loose a bit. It's not always exciting fun, but it beats going back to your room and watching TV and going to sleep. The best thing I've noticed about UR is once your friends have apartments or off-campus houses, the social scene is a lot more fun. Dorm parties get old after a year or so, but having larger spaces to socialize gives you a lot more options. The fraternity scene is pretty big at UR, but it doesn't matter if you are in one or not. A lot of my friends are in frat/srats, but I am not and I still have a lot of fun. It kinda sucks when they are pledging and then the following semester because they are all wanting to be really fratty right after they join, but that grows out of them and they are back to being your regular friends. It is a lot easier to meet girls if you are in a fraternity because they flock to their parties. Whether or not you are in a frat, the dating scene relies heavily on Greek life. I think all the girls I've been involved with were in sororities, but honestly I think they are a pretty big joke...although they have fun socials.
It's hard for me to pick out stereotypes because I never knew any, and then once I got here I made my own decisions. But considering the lofty tuition, I'd say its a generalization that all UR students are rich and snobby. Also people might think they are very socially exclusive.
I love it! The campus is beautiful, the professors are helpful, fun, and very intelligent. There is tons to do on campus an...
I love it! The campus is beautiful, the professors are helpful, fun, and very intelligent. There is tons to do on campus and around Richmond. There are plenty of bars, clubs, restaurants, shopping centers, movie theathers, etc. There are also a lot of historical sites to visit. I think UR has a great reputation. There are always going to be negative stereotypes at every college, but the positives at Richmond outweigh the negatives. I grew up living in Richmond and the University has a great reputation (aside from the fact that tuition keeps rising).
Very driven, and busy. Most of the people I know are involved in countless extracurriculars, and somehow still find time to make the grades. Clubs, honor societies, sororities and fraternities make up a huge part of UR. There are always events around campus and the students are eager to be a part of them.
Sometimes, but not always
I have great relationships with all of my professors. They really take the time to get to know you and to help you succeed. The courses are challenging, but very rewarding, and the professors usually do all they can to help.
Snobby, rich, attractive, smart
Richmond's great. Truthfully. But at the end of the day its just a huge group of immature kids, and there's drama and stereot...
Richmond's great. Truthfully. But at the end of the day its just a huge group of immature kids, and there's drama and stereotypes that come with all of that. We do love to drink, can't deny that one. If you don't like to party, its not like you can't find your group of friends, I have plenty of sober friends, but we love to party. Actually that's nice because our weekends are mostly spent on-campus, and you do get to meet more people that way. I mean I don't know, its a crazy fun college experience. I wish we had more like school spirit when it comes to sports, but we're all proud to be spiders.
Of course some people fit into those categories, but I've met so many different people and personalities at Richmond that the majority stereotypes don't bother me. But let's be honest, its a 50 grand a year school, many of us are well off financially, but many of us, myself included, have worked my ass off to get and stay in this school.
Professors are awesome, they honestly take the chance to get to know you, and are genuinely interested in your success, even after the semesters over. I'm in the business school, where I've found professors are more personally interested in your business career both in Richmond and after graduation. Students aren't competitive, we all know how hard the classes are, so we're all willing to help each other out. The academics are impossible and difficult, but so is getting into Richmond, so you're really only going here if you like a challenge anyways.
Social life is awesome. If you're a party boy/girl, you're set. If you dont like drinking, you're set. The school makes sure that everyone's happy and everyone has something to do. And contrary to popular belief, Greek life is not essential. However my sorority has enhanced my life in thousands of ways far far beyond the social/party aspect, and I wouldn't trade it for anything and would recommend it to everyone.
That we're all rich, snobby and clique-y, that our lives revolve around being and going Greek, and that we're all preppy white kids.
Richmond is a bubble-basically everything happens on campus. It could be good or bad, it depends on the person. Richmond is...
Richmond is a bubble-basically everything happens on campus. It could be good or bad, it depends on the person. Richmond is small, which can also be either a good or bad thing. It's great seeing people you know all the time all over campus, and almost always knowing at least one person in your class. But sometimes it can feel too small-it's hard to avoid someone you don't want to see. It also can feel like you've already met everyone, even if you haven't. Richmond is cool because there are a lot of traditions that other schools don't have. Richmond is very hit or miss-it seems that people either love it or hate it. It is an amazing school and soooo much fun if it is your type of school!
If people are looking for a lot of diversity, then Richmond is not the place to find it. The students are mostly white. There are a lot of people from the Northeast, but there are also a lot of people from all over. People who don't really like Richmond tend to describe the students as fake, but thats not really it. Everyone is really great, friendly and nice, but they are definitely very stylish and everyone gets pretty dressed up for class. There is definitely a bunch of different crowds though.
Richmond is SO MUCH FUN! If you love crazy, drunken dance parties on the weekend and working hard during the week to get a great education, you will love Richmond. Also, most juniors try to study abroad during their first semester junior year. So many people do it and go places all over the world. Almost everyone lives on campus for all four years, which makes it a very bubbly place.
There are a lot of rich students, but not everyone is. The preppy stereotype isn't really true-of course there are people who are preppy, but a lot of people just dress really well. They are stylish and fashionable.
The academics at Richmond are great. I have never had a class with more than 25 people in it. That means that professors definitely know your name and who you are, but it also means that they know when you do not come to class. Richmond students don't skip class that much. Friday mornings there may be less people than normal, but a lot of professors have attendance policies. Classes are challenging, and students are always in the library Sunday-Thursday. Students are competitive and everyone wants to do really well. As a business major, the classes are very competitive and there is often a lot of work required. It is very easy to meet with professors out of class, because they generally have a lot of office hours. Richmond is definitely very goal oriented. People are always talking about the future and are working towards their next internship or job.
Richmond students love to work hard and play hard, and most of the time they play harder than they work. As for the party scene, a usual night starts out with friends pregaming in their dorm rooms/apartments until 11:30 or 12. Then they either head out to the apartments (where some juniors/basically all seniors live on campus) or the lodges. Each fraternity has their own lodge, which is a little house where the frat holds parties. The parties are basically just a huge dance floor inside with very drunken dancing and loud music and then people hanging out in the outside back of the lodge. People either love lodges or hate them. Other people just hang out and go to the apartments and drink with their friends or something. Lodges take place on Friday and Saturday nights. People go out to the apartments on Thursdays or go downtown to a club. People often go out other nights of the week as well if they don't have too much work to do. As far as Greek life, it is pretty important for guys to be in a frat, but sororities don't really matter. A lot of girls are in them, but it doesn't make that much of an impact on a girls social life.
One of the main stereotypes is that it is a rich kids school, and that everyone is very preppy.
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