University of Richmond Top Questions

What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

Lisa

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Lisa

To be honest, when I started at Richmond the stereotype was that students were all wealthy white students. However, not only have the demographics of student body changed drastically in the past three years but my understanding of UR students has too. The stereotypical UR student is active in the campus community (some might say over involved), goal oriented, passionate, and likes to balance all of this out with some fun.

Emily

The University of Richmond is unfairly characterized as having a homogeneous student population made up of preppy, wealthy, white kids. While we have students here who fit that description (as nearly every school in America does), those students do not make up the majority of population. The wonderful thing about U of R is that the students are not defined by their race, socioeconomic status, or style. People from different backgrounds easily find common interests in the myriad of clubs, sports, and other activities that are offered at the University.

Emily

The University of Richmond is unfairly characterized as having a homogeneous student population made up of preppy, wealthy, white kids. While we have students here who fit that description (as nearly every school in America does), those students do not make up the majority of population. The wonderful thing about U of R is that the students are not defined by their race, socioeconomic status, or style. People from different backgrounds easily find common interests in the myriad of clubs, sports, and other activities that are offered at the University.

Matthew

There is the common stereotype that UofR students are only from New Jersey. It's not true! UofR has a diverse student population with students from all over the country and the world. Specifically, Virginia has the largest percentage of students out of all the 50 states. Another stereotype is that all UofR students wear JCrew, Brooks Brothers, and Ralph Lauren to school everyday. This is not entirely true either. However, UofR is the type of school where students go to class looking very presentable. It is uncommon to see students in class wearing sweatpants (unless they are atheletes) and it is more likely that the person sitting to your right and left is wearing some sort of collared shirt, chinos, and boat shoes.

Margaret

University of Richmond has been stereotyped as a "preppy", privileged school with a homogenous population. Though we do have our fair share of designer handbags and people do love to wear sundresses to football games, I don't think the stereotype is very accurate. We have a very diverse student body, and though there is some serious wealth, there are also a ton of students who are here because Richmond provides fantastic financial aide. I have met all kinds of different people, and speaking for myself and the group of friends I associate with, we are preppy.

Amy

The stereotype is that Richmond is full of preppy white kids who are all from the tri-state area. This stereotype is not completely untrue as you will see a lot of people walking around in preppy clothes, etc. but Richmond has been working on increasing diversity for a few years now and I think they are succeeding. There is a greater population of non-white students on campus each year and we even have about 6% of international students. We also have students from over 45 states and each state is becoming more and more represented each year.

Elizabeth

Richmond kids are thought of as just that: Rich, white, northern kids who all were president of a thousand clubs in high school and got straight A's. Overachievers.

Kelsey

Students come from all different backgrounds and from all over the world. I would not say that there is one stereotype that fits are campus and that is what is so unique about it. You will find jocks, frats, nerds, and just your average joes.

Greg

There is no common stereotype at the University of Richmond. The student body is diverse and includes all types of people.

Hannah

The stereotype is that the kids at this school look like you should be in a J Crew magazine. To a certain extent yes. People dress up for class while most athletes do not. However, you will see many people in sweats throughout the day and not just when they are going to the gym.

Jill

The stereotype that U of R if full of rich white kids was, at one time, probably fairly accurate. Even though our student body is currently fairly diverse and becoming increasingly so each year, we still can't seem to shake our reputation. Richmond's financial aid is incredible due to our need-blind admission policy, and a large portion of the students receive some sort of aid package. Sure, as far as trends and styles go, our student body is noticeably "preppy" and many students wear Sperrys and carry Longchamp bags, but that doesn't mean that those same students aren't receiving considerable financial aid or might be the first in their family to attend college. Of course, there are people who attend Richmond that are both financially well-off and white, but they are certainly not the overwhelming majority.

Austin

The stereotype of students that go to this school are a bunch of sheltered students that have lived their whole life in private school with really loaded parents that want to go to private college, where only they can afford it. This summary, however, could not be farther from the truth. True, there are some sheltered people here, some people who have only gone to private school, and some people who have really rich families. But, this certainly doesn't apply to the entirety, or even the majority of this school. One thing Richmond really is underrated on when students skim their future options is their outstanding financial aid program, which opens up a lot of opportunities for students with lower income parents, I, for one, am a recipient of their generous financial aid, without which I would not have been able to afford to go to such a great university. Because of their financial aid program, a very diverse group of students attend Richmond, from all different countries and states, all of which are really willing to learn and put out all their effort to create an inclusive and academic environment. There is always a group you can connect with, no matter what "group" you consider yourself to be.

Julie

Richmond is a place with lots of different types of people. If you start talking to people, you will find they all have a unique story to share.

Lisa

To be honest, when I started at Richmond the stereotype was that students were fratty, wealthy, and obsessed with Lily Pulitzer. However, not only have the demographics of student body changed drastically in the past three years but my understanding of UR students has too. The stereotypical UR student is active in the campus community (some might say over involved), goal oriented, passionate, and likes to balance all of this out with some fun.

Ryan

Richmond can tend to have a stereotype of possessing a lot of students who are viewed as being rich/snobbish/elitist. That's what I always heard prior to my attendance at Richmond and I do not feel that is an accurate description. You can certainly find those stereotypical kids on campus but many of my Richmond classmates are the nicest and down-to-earth people that I know.

Nabila

A common stereotype is that the majority of people at are school come from very wealthy families usually from the South. Another stereotype is that the majority of these students get involved in Greek life. Although there are a lot of wealthy students at Richmond I think we have a diverse mix of students from different social backgrounds, different parts of the US and the world. Our school caters greatly to international studies and I think they really try to incorporate different cultures and activities for students to get involved with that will expose them to different facets of living and the world.

Brian

Many people think of UR students as geeks or nerds. Very untrue! Everyone on campus is involved in so many things, including sports, clubs, and greek life. Yes...the library may be a busy place...but the playing fields and social atmospheres are as well.

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