Location
University of Richmond, VA
Undergrads
3,106
Tuition
$44,210
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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Reviews 578 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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3 College Junior

Diversity: It has been getting better throughout the years.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Carytown is great, but you still have to be careful in the city of Richmond.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: I have no problems with the campus strictness.

4 College Junior

Academics: The academics are great, but the art department could be better.

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4 College Junior

Academics: Many different types of classes and great professors.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Carytown is a great place to get food off-campus.

3 College Junior

Athletics: It's a big part of the school but our teams are not the best.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There are tons of international students. Additionally even the American students come from different backgrounds of ethnicity and financial situations.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: So many options to choose from everywhere you go.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Basketball is huge here and students get really pumped to show their Spider pride at these games, but there are also so many other things to do.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: The facilities of the University of Richmond are fantastic. Although it is an old university with tradition and reputation creating the best of that time, everything is constantly being updated. Every building has wifi, and overall the facilities are just very nice.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Student life is great from clubs to Greek life and everything in between, there is never a dull moment.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are many off-campus options, but the on-campus options are so good that most students just stay on campus. The campus is somewhat secluded from the hustle and bustle of the city, so even with excellent public transportation, it is never as easy as waking up and walking to class.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: It is very diverse with a lot of different perspectives.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Richmond is a nice town but students do not really get off campus as much as they should and get trapped in what is called the “Richmond Bubble"

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Great supplement for guys if you want it but not in your face. Almost all white girls are in sororities though.

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5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Girls at UR may seem superfical and prude at first but once you really get to know the right people they are really very nice, not to mention stunning.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Richmond is a great school mainly because of the people who go there. They are smart and do their work but also know how to throw down. School is small but still plenty going on.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: The campus as a whole does not appear very diverse. Most students are white/strait/wealthy/"liberal" but if you take the time to look for it diversity exists.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: I have had issues getting my family to fill out the financial aid forms and have found the people working in financial aid to be very helpful. The forms are confusing the first time around and that deadline is hard as they are figuring out the allocation of financial aid for your class so I would suggest setting aside a weekend to get everything figured out. That being said the issue with the forms will be encountered at most schools which require the CSS profile because it is a lot of paperwork.

The bottom line for me regarding financial aid is that I am paying less to attend this school than I would have to attend a nearby state school even with a merit based scholarship. About half of my friends come from extremely wealthy families and are paying full tuition while the other half come from middle to lower middle class families and are receiving financial aid.

Merit based aid is scarce but if you get it it's a full ride.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Parking is really strict (you will get ticked/towed if you don't follow the rules to a t) but it is available to everyone for an affordable price. I have heard public transportation is awful but I've always had at least a friend on campus with a car so I never have had an issue.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: I know very little about greek life as I'm not greek and nothing about the fraternities so this is primarily about the sororities. It really seems to be as much or as little as you make it. I know people who are all about their sorority and I know people who are technically a part of a sorority but are focused more on other things. I have both greek and non greek friends.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: The weather is fine for the most part. I'm from the northeast so it's a bit warmer than I'm used to and there's 4 distinct seasons which took some getting used to. It seems like every year there's some sort of major weather event i.e. hurricane/blizzard/tornado. It's not california but it's fine.

5 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: If you take full advantage of everything the school has to offer you will not be disappointed. The SSIR program was one of the best things I've taken advantage of on campus. The campus is absolutely beautiful and well maintained for the most part. The major exceptions are the older apartments (which will hopefully be demolished soon) and the older academic buildings (Ryland is basically falling apart).

Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: The majority of people who live off campus are either frat guys or juniors coming back from abroad. Most of these people spend the majority of their time on campus anyway.

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Laura DiLibero
Hometown
Loveland, OH
Major
Rhetoric & Communication Studies
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Students really seem to enjoy UR and its retention rate, 92 percent, seems to reflect that. Those people who just don't feel like they fit in transfer out after freshman year, so by the time senior year comes around, everyone in your class likes the school and knows one another, for the most part. There is also an influx of students who transfer into the school at the beginning of sophomore year. The best part about UR is the intimate atmosphere that it has, being a somewhat small, private university. It is a comfortable atmosphere that allows them to study in peace and relax when they need to. You get to know a lot of people and develop close friendships with many of them. The campus is gorgeous and so are the people.

Students at UR rarely have much to complain about and few could see themselves at any other school. They realize how lucky they are to be here and try to make the most of their opportunity by taking advantage of the great education, strong alumni network, and career preparation activities that the school provides. There are students who don't particularly like the school when they first arrive, but by the end of their time at UR, they don't regret their original choice to attend.

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