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University of Richmond

University of Richmond, Virginia

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University of Richmond overview
Location University of Richmond, Virginia
Online richmond.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Midsize City
University of Richmond overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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The University of Richmond, located just outside the urban center of Richmond, Virginia, is a private liberal arts college known for its scenic 350-acre campus marked by a blend of Collegiate Gothic and Georgian architectural styles. Founded in 1830, it offers a broad curriculum with a strong emphasis on undergraduate arts and sciences, business, leadership, and law. The institution is recognized for its highly selective admissions process and a commitment to an intimate educational environment, featuring a low student-to-faculty ratio. Popular majors include Business Administration, Leadership Studies, and Political Science. The campus life includes a comprehensive residential program, with the majority of students living on campus in dormitories and apartment-style housing. The University of Richmond's Spiders compete at the NCAA Division I level in sports such as basketball and football, albeit athletics is not the sole focus of campus life.

In the most recent statistical year 14,364 prospective students applied, and 3,501 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 851 enrolled in the school.  3,495 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 381 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $60,330 plus fees of $0. University of Richmond is ranked 42 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












University of Richmond is rated within the top 10% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 10 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

University of Richmond overview
SAT 1398/1530
ACT 32/34
GPA 3.71

Applications Accepted

University of Richmond overview
Applications Due Jan 1, 2024
Applicant Competition Very High
Application Fee $50

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for University of Richmond
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,000
Other Fees$0
Room and Board $14,870
Budget for Other Expenses$1,130
Total One Year Cost$77,330

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$73,900 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

83% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by University of Richmond students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 30%
Social Sciences 17%
English and Literature 7%
Foreign Languages 5%
Biology 5%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=233374 IPEDS survey data for University of Richmond.

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