University of Richmond, VA
University of Richmond


64 Ratings

On-Campus Housing

Off-Campus Housing

Campus Food

Campus Facilities

Class Size

Activities

Local Services

Academics

You may be eligible! These Lenders offer loans to students who attend University of Richmond

disclosure
*Results provided by SimpleTuition.
SimpleTuition is an independent comparison site and is not affiliated with colleges or universities that may be referenced in these results. Loan offers from participating lenders that appear also have no affiliation with any college or university referenced. Not all lenders participate in our site and lenders that do participate may not offer loans to every school. We remind users that there are many additional borrowing options available - use SimpleTuition as part of your larger quest for college financing. Shop around and make the choice that's best for you and maximize use of grants and federal aid options whenever possible. We may receive transaction or referral fees when a user selects a product from a partner lender or advertiser. Our company mission is based on the premise that choice and transparency are good. There is no additional cost to a user who selects a loan presented by one of our partners.

Recent Reviews

John
What is your overall opinion of this school?

There is a diverse group of personalities at the university of richmond. I find that i have become friends with people that ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

There is a diverse group of personalities at the university of richmond. I find that i have become friends with people that i normally would not have, all becasue i was given a geater opportunity to get to know people who were differnt than me. personlaites range from academic overachievers to hardcore partyers, but the one common thing that everone shares is that they are all positive about life.

Describe the students at your school.

the school is ont racially diverse. but there are many differnt types of personalities here. Most people are able to find a great group of friends here than seems to be continusouly expanding. Most students are intelligent and friendly however there are the exceptions.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

make sure you become as friendly as possible the first few weeks here. The best way to have a good time here is to have a great group of friends

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

no, of course there certainly are people here who are all of those things but there are alot of people who are friendly and hardworking.

What are the academics like at your school?

Classes are small and its easy to get a close relatinship with your professor. There are two types of students at campus. People who are working hard most of their time and then there are the people who are very good at doing minimum and getting satisfactory grades. Most students take their class work seriously even though those that dont seem to make this seem untrue. One thing i reccomend is to make sure u have a rough idea of your major and to start getting prerequistites out of the way for it.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

social life is based around the friendships. THere are paties every week but they tend to get boring after awhile

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

everyone is preppy, rich, snobby

Harper
Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Honestly, for the most part, yes. There are some exceptions. Clearly the Richmond population is 100% snobs but I could proba...

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Honestly, for the most part, yes. There are some exceptions. Clearly the Richmond population is 100% snobs but I could probably say that atleast 85% of the student population relies heavily on their parents who make 6 digits or more a year.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Everytime I see the movie Pleasantville, I think of the students that go here. Everyone here has grown up in rich, Brady Bunch families and have no idea what it's like to live a middle class life where their parents don't provide them with the Gucci shoes that they absolutely MUST have despite the poverty in this country. It's even more ironic that half the campus pretends to work towards the good of others raising money for their fraternity's or sorority's philanthropy when in reality all it is is a huge competition to see which frat or sorority is better than the other. To wrap it up... shallow, self-centered, competitive, rich preppy students whose main concerns are themselves, their money, the way others perceive them, and oh yea.. themselves.

Matt
Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Most stereotypes are at least partial truths. We don't have a lot of diversity (non-white students, students from low-middle...

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Most stereotypes are at least partial truths. We don't have a lot of diversity (non-white students, students from low-middle or lower socio-economic classes, people not from Virginia or New England), although there are people with very different perspectives, mindsets, lifestyles, etc. Students are ambitious which can sometimes create some competition for grades, awards, leadership positions, etc. Most people study abroad and those who don't generally want to but can't work it into their schedule. It's just something you do. Almost everyone lives on-campus so you are always in-the-loop. Frats/sororities can be big especially freshman year, but there are still a lot of people who have nothing to do with Greek life. I'm not greek and haven't had trouble finding friends or things to do. The campus is really beautiful, but you lose sight of that after a couple of months.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

There are a lot. To name a few, homogeneous (white, rich, preppy, New England in the South), ambitious, extremely involved, international, strong oncampus community, Greek, beautiful campus

Ale
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Richmond is a small school. That said, it is not uncommon to recognize a lot of people in a given day. Academically, I love...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Richmond is a small school. That said, it is not uncommon to recognize a lot of people in a given day. Academically, I love the small, intimate classes because they are filled with heated discussions where I can confidently ask questions. Socially, a lot of people feel like there are some of the same stereotypes as there were in high school. With such a close knit community, gossip travels fast, as do certain generalizations about social groups. If someone wants to rise above that, however, they can if they don't get caught up in the stereotyping.

Describe the students at your school.

The Student body at Richmond is highly homogeneous, consisting of mainly white, upper-middle class students. There is a sense of diversity, though, on campus, given the high number of foreign exchange students. It is common to hear more than one language on your way to class. Almost everyone studies extremely hard for their classes, knowing if they do well enough, they are almost always offered a job after graduating, whether it is through one of the many

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

These stereotypes are accurate for a number of people, but the majority of students are extremely hard workers nevertheless.

What are the academics like at your school?

The are not enough good things to say about the professors and administrators. They seem to genuinely care about the academic community. It is not uncommon for professors to invite their students for home cooked meals at their homes, or participate in community service with their classes. Students are highly engaged in their work inside and outside the classroom. They are not afraid to hold intellectual conversations about their school work or current events. Almost everyone competes for the best internships and grades, but professors are known for seeing a B as an advanced grade.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

If you are under 21, or do not have a car, there are usually three main social options for you over the weekends; the fraternity lodges, the on-campus student apartments, or the dorms. There are also usually other events going on during the weekends sponsored by the school or one of the many student organizations. Aside from tailgating for the football games, Richmond's school spirit is limited at many sporting events. The students have a lot of pride in their school, but would rather party than spend time at a sporting event.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Richmond is a beautiful school with a huge endowment. The administrators and professors are highly concerned with the student's success, resulting in close relationships. There is usually the stereotype that richmond students are rich, stuck-up overachievers, but there are a lot of people that break that stereotype.

Chris
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I feel that Richmond is a very good school when it comes to it's academics. The classes are small and intimate, perfect for i...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I feel that Richmond is a very good school when it comes to it's academics. The classes are small and intimate, perfect for individual attention from professors. The classes are rigorous and there is room to groom one's potential in thier own personal academic interests. However, despite these advantages I am transferring from Richmond at the end of this year. Despite these great academic advantages I find the college atmosphere at Richmond absolutely without any school pride or spirit. From every level whether it be the activities the RA organization puts together to the variety of sporting events seems to be approached with a sense of disinterest and apathy from the student body. Few people ever show up to anything and even if they do there is never any excitement. The administration constantly yet futilely tries to engage it's own student body year after year with little sucess. The problem seems to even self perpetuate itself. Students are aware of thier own apathy towards thier school and completely give up on attending anything. Instead they find refuge behind closed doors partying and drinking, which the administration turns a blind eye to, because otherwise the students of Richmond really would have nothing else to do. Now of course on any campus you will find a few groups or individuals whom truely are proud of thier school and display it colorfully. But at Richmond this is by the far the minority.

Describe the students at your school.

I was talking to a friend one day as we were eating lunch and we started talking about the students here at Richmond. I asked him: "Do you think that Richmond is a very diverse campus?" She answered: "Well, everyone in my hall is actually from a different state. Not a single repeat. So yeah, I would say Richmond is a very diverse place" This is very true at Richmond. Because of it is a private school students come a variety of different states. However, There is an inherent problem in this way of thinking. Location alone does not determine diversity. While Richmond may have students from many different states, every student comes from almost identical socio-economic backgrounds. Whether they be from New York or New Jersey or Ohio, most of them come from well to do families, whom share similar upbringings and values. These similarities create a strong sense of conformity on the campus. I can tell you that after the first week at Richmond I stopped wearing solid color T-Shirts and sweatpants and went out and bought myself a few polos. If you are a minority it is even worse. You find yourself in a milky sea which everyone is painfully aware of. You may share the same socio-economic background as the majority of the students but your minority status will set you apart regardless.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Richmond is an aquired taste. I know my experience here was not to my liking but I also could see how some students could find the environment very much to thier liking. My family was very diverse and multicultural. My high school's were huge and heavily followed. Sports and club activites were the highlight of my pre-college days. All of these things very much the opposite of what Richmond is. The academics are good enough that one could almost just put up with what it lacks, but I personally, just couldn't stand it for four years.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Yes very much so. This is not an opinion either. A large majority of students are caucasion and because this is a private school, naturally most of the students are from well to do families who can afford to send thier children here. I would also describe Richmond as the most Southern Northern school I had ever seen. I have yet to meet anyone who came from anywhere south of Virginia and all the students seem to come from New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey or Massachusetts.

What are the academics like at your school?

Every Professor I have knows my name. I am a good student, but not particularly outstanding. They know my name because the classes are so small. This is a huge advantage that Richmond offers. The individual attention gives almost infinite academic resources at his disposal. But be careful! The drawbacks of such small classes is that you are always under the watchful eye of a teacher. You will be expected to participate and discuss is virtually every class.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

No one goes to anything. If you want to actually be with people, get used to drinking cheap beer or going to overcrowded frat houses.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

The stereotype of Richmond is that it lacks Diversity. It can be clearly seen with the steretypical Richmond student too; White, Upper-Class, and mostly from the North Eastern States.

Suzanne
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The school is a big bubble - most people live in their own worlds and are entirely indifferent to current events or even what...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The school is a big bubble - most people live in their own worlds and are entirely indifferent to current events or even what is going on outside of their friendship circles. The social life is dominated by Greek life and sororities and fraternities are a huge presence on campus. Students here have a lot of money and spend a lot of money. For example, at a recent event in which students were auctioned off to raise money for a cause, one student bid $3000 on another student, and most (if not all) of that money probably came from his/her father's pocket. Diversity is nearly non-existent - there are few students of other races and the black students and the international students stick together. President Ayers is amazing - he really does care about the school and the student body and is making changes to ensure that the school is making progress everyday.

Describe the students at your school.

LGBTs are generally not well-received on campus, there is no outward hatred but many do not feel comfortable coming out here. Furthermore, there are few minority students here and many of them clump together. Religious diversity is also nearly non-existent. Most students dress up for class, rarely wearing sweatpants. Most students come from a lot of money and they show it - items such as Ugg boots, North Face jackets, Vera Bradley and other 'fashionable' items are frequently seen. Few students have ever held a job, whether out of necessity or just to get experience. Most students are from New Jersey. The student body is generally apathetic - nobody really knows much or cares about politics and current events.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Richmond is way too preppy. At high school I was one of the 'average' kids - I wore jeans and a t-shirt to school, did some extracurriculars, had a general idea of current events, went to classes and did my work etc. but here I feel like a liberal, radical, crazy, weird hippie. My views about life have changed a lot - I am now extremely left wing, I prefer to wear tie-dye, jeans and Birkenstocks (with socks!), I am actively concerned with human rights, the environment and the world at large. Most of the students here, on the other hand, pop their collars, wear leggings as pants, spend hours in front of the mirror each morning, prefer to watch MTV or VH1 instead of CNN, and enjoy talking about what they plan to wear for their Greek social the following weekend.

What are the academics like at your school?

General education requirements are a hassle and waste of time, as is Core, the requirement for all first year students. Classes are small, which is great. I had a class last semester of 11 students which enabled me to feel more comfortable participating and to get to know the professor really well.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

FRISBEE IS AMAZING! Ultimate frisbee is one of the most down-to-earth groups on campus and is a great way to exercise and meet great people! Nobody goes to sports games. Dating at Richmond is a lot like middle or high school - a bit juvenile. Males are generally immature and looking for a hook up and/or to get drunk. Not a lot to do that doesn't involve drinking.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

preppy, affluent, white, live in a 'bubble'

Chris
What is your overall opinion of this school?

the best thing about richmond is that the teachers are helpful and good people. The worst will probably be when the credit s...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

the best thing about richmond is that the teachers are helpful and good people. The worst will probably be when the credit system is instituted.

Describe the students at your school.

I like the kids for the most part.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

You can say anything...but does anyone from the administration listen?

What are the academics like at your school?

The credit system will make my hopes of getting in to medical school disapear.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

The only social activities involve drinking and partying and richmond is even slowly taking those away. Doesn't look too good...

James
What is your overall opinion of this school?

To be brief, the student's best interests are not neccessarily at heart, rather an insane quest for inter-university esteem d...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

To be brief, the student's best interests are not neccessarily at heart, rather an insane quest for inter-university esteem dominates.

Describe the students at your school.

The student body at the University of Richmond is comprised of white, affluent youth. They tend to be rather arrogant and ignorant. Their lack of awareness of issues outside their limited scope of life is truly staggering. These are also kids who love to drink to excess, foregoing any sort of school spirit or off-campus social or cultural activity in favor of attending essentially the exact same party they attended last week. Also, due to the tuition hike of a few years past, the office of admissions has been forced to delve deeper and deeper into their waiting list, resulting in (generally) retrograding of academic standards and general intellectual level. This is not a callous judgement on the part of this one writer but a statistic. For instance, in the two years following this hike test scores of incoming students dropped substantially from that of previous years and was even well below that of the graduating class. The mark of a growing university is that the incoming class' test scores are better than those of the graduating seniors.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Absolutely not worth the new price of admission. I applied and subsequently chose to go to Richmond based in part and its extraordinarily reasonable tuition for such an esteemed education. However if I were applying just a year later the odds are much slimmer I would have considered it so highly. If I had gone on to enroll I would have been dissapointed at a University that is noticably lacking in a number of fields.

What are the academics like at your school?

The academics are very satisfying, however this is also due to the fact that I enterred before the drastic tuition hike and was thus unaffected. On the whole the faculty is competent, friendly, and concerned with their student's well-being.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

The Richmond social life is heavily greek oriented. Parties revolve around fraternities, sororities having no clear purpose for existing on campus. These parties are not exclusive but amazingly repetetive. Each one resembles another you had been to the night before. The students will forego and and all off-campus activities and the majority of on-campus ones in favor of these parties. Free concerts or movies that appear are shockingly underattended. Getting off-campus without a car is also extraordinarily difficult. The University likes to taut their "Spider Shuttle" available for students wishing to travel around town. However this shuttle is often cancelled, limited in its scope, and runs only at a few, rather inconvenient times on the weekend (not Sunday). The best advice I can give is to enjoy campus life for the first year and a half or two years while still taking advantage of what limited off-campus events or activities you can, then attempt to branch out into the community, moving off-campus by your Senior year. I would go so far as to recommend moving to the Fan, which will put you not too far from campus and allow easy access of city buses.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

The the University of Richmond student body is homgeneous in nature comprised of afluent white Notherners. Richmond also is plagued by an "ivory tower" image.

Ben
What is your overall opinion of this school?

too small. people don't know what UR is. Campus is tiny. Richmond is an ok city. Richmond admins are fine. Nothing happe...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

too small. people don't know what UR is. Campus is tiny. Richmond is an ok city. Richmond admins are fine. Nothing happens here. I don't really care about this schools pride. Nothing extraordinary ever happens here, good or bad. I don't really have memorable experiences... things just happen. Students... I dunno students everywhere complain.

Describe the students at your school.

most kids here are middle to upper middle class people. Black and white. Not too many asians, but they're here. People who like different kinds of things would be out of place here. Like, people aren't upper to middle class, incredibly comfortable to the point of complacency, athletic, preppy, somewhat materialistic, and fairly superficial people. Most students seem to wear clothing to class. Most people here are fairly similar, so there is little interaction between very different individuals. Politics is sort of a passing hobby for a few people here, not too big for most.

What are the academics like at your school?

Professors are fine. Students study. Participation is average. Richmond students sometimes participate in intellectual conversations outside class, but not too much. Students are somewhat competitive, but not very much. Professors seem to care about their students. Academic requirements are ok. The education can be geared toward whatever the student wants it to be geared towards.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Its a pretty sporty place. most kids are fairly friendly. dating scene really doesn't exist first year, most girls are kinda superficial and dumbed down or if they aren't they are just into academics and don't do much else. if you're awake at 2 am on a tuesday and you're me, you're probably wandering around the dorm wondering what you are going to do and why you are here. People seem to party quite a bit, but not too much. On a saturday night, you can not drink and just hang around other people I guess.

Patrick
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Most students are entirely too apathetic about world issues and life in general. The "Richmond Bubble" as the campus is call...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Most students are entirely too apathetic about world issues and life in general. The "Richmond Bubble" as the campus is called feels like a country club with it's very own Police. The University of Richmond Police are possibly one of the most ridiculous gross miss-use of students tuition in the United States. There are 18 full time police officers at UR. There are 4 marked police vehicles which are 2 brand new Dodge Rams, 1 brand new Dodge Charger, and a Crown Vic. There are also 3 unmarked cars. All of this would be nice if this were a large campus however there are only roughly 3000 students on this campus, which is not that large. The police spend there day outside smoking cigarettes and trying to bust kids for smoking pot and at night they roam around trying to catch underage drinkers. While they aren't oppressive, they are bored and bored police cause problems.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Some of these stereotypes are true, there aren't nearly as many minorities as is advertised by the school. Most people are pretty well off economically as well, however a very large percentage of the campus receives financial aid. As for the fraternities and sororities there are many more women in sororities then men in fraternities and there are a lot of people who aren't very active in their own organization. As an underclassmen it is easy to get caught up in the idea that the social scene is dominated by greek life. However regardless of what you are in to you will find people who share the same interests even if you aren't a member of a greek organization. The business school does hold the highest percentage of majors, but there are a plethora of options available to all students in terms of academics.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Some basic stereotypes about Richmond students are that everyone is rich, preppy, fratty, business majors, and white.

Details

  • Enrollment
  • 3,326
  • Tuition & Fees
  • $49,420
  • Acceptance rate
  • 32%

Campus Topics

    • {{q.Category}}
      • {{q.Question}}
        ({{q.TotalAnswered}} answers)
      • No Answers Yet :(
        Be the first to write a review!
        {{vm.getPercentage(pa.TotalAnswered,q.TotalAnswered)}}% "{{pa.Answer}}"

We use student reviews and the most current publicly available data on our school pages. As such, we don't typically remove or edit college information. Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Portions of college data include copyrighted material, which is reproduced on this website by permission of Wintergreen Orchard House, a division of Carnegie Communications. © 2009-2016 by Wintergreen Orchard House. All rights reserved.

University of Richmond administrators: claim your school to add photos and details.