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University of Richmond, VA
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3,106
Tuition
$44,210
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Richmond is very generous in the amount of financial aid that it gives to its students.

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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: The nightlife scene at Richmond is fun, but also very limited. There's basically only three options to choose from: partying, going to an Intervarsity student event (for those who don't drink), and hanging out, either by yourself or with friends.

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Most people just drink... a lot. There is marijuana, Adderall, and I have heard some cocaine but all of these are only within certain groups and there isn't much pressure to join. Everyone can get alcohol if they want it and I would say we have a bit of a binge drinking problem but hey its not alcoholism until you're out of college.

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4 College Freshman

Computers: There are campus computers but everyone brings their own computer. WE get 400 free printing pages per year which is more than enough. Urwin is our wireless network, and boy is it a struggle. 90% of the time it works and the other 10 are the most frustrating thing ever it always disconnects for no reason but they are getting a new system this summer so hopefully this will be solved. When it work wireless is free and available everywhere on campus and tech support is great and will help you with anything for free.

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4 College Freshman

Weather: Supposedly they have never gotten this much snow ever but it snowed 4-5 times this year. Summer and fall was hot and lasted a while. Winter was about 30 degrees and lasted through March this year which is apparently not the norm here either (I wouldn't know Im form the North). Overall this year was an extreme winter and the lake surface froze almost all the way over 2 times, that is how we measure things here and almost any other winter it doesn't freeze.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Downtown Richmond supposedly has the highest restaurant to citizen ratio in the country so there are definitely options if you want to go downtown. On campus people love there drunk Jimmy Johns sandwich delivery and also order chinese and pizza. There are 2 areas a short drive away with tons of quick chain options. It will require a car or delivery but there are tons of options of all caliber around.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Frats through 90% of parties and provide the campus with free beer so not much to complain about. Sororities love themselves but have little to no impact on campus besides that they all wear their shirts on fridays. Rush is second semester so people already have friends outside of greek life- girls usually choose to stay friends with their previous friends while guys go 50-50 on this more. Most frats haze (kind of a lot) sororities don't really haze.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Basically everyone lives on campus unless they are getting an off campus to through parties in (so frat guys mostly). The dorms are for the most part very nice and get better as you get older. They just built 2 new ones for next year and seniors and some juniors get to live in on campus apartments with kitchens which are pretty nice. Everything is very close to classes and all on campus though the apartments are a little further of a walk but it is worth it.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: I got a lot of financial aid - probably even more that I expected

Turn in your forms and you're golden.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: We pretty much stay on campus, it feels far from the city but is a maximum of a 10 minute drive away. Chill nights with dinner and a $2 movie are fun in Carrytown but other than that the only noghtlife downtown is on thursdays when the frats rent out down town clubs. The university offers free day time shuttles downtown, and they will buy you a free City of Richmond bus pass. UR started up a new shuttle this year to the river downtown, which is a really fun spot to hang out when its hot- its like being on the beach. The city thinks UR students are really smart (mostly because VCU are very...not) but they tend to hate us because they like VCU basketball and we are big rivals. VCU thinks we're stuck up rick white kids and say they are "the real University of Richmond" because they are downtown.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: The rec and wellness facilities for your average student here are amazing! Every machine imaginable is offered as well as free fitness classes all day long in areas from yoga to Zumba to spin and more intense classes too. All of our sports are Division 1 though most people only care about men's basketball and hating VCU. The football stadium is very nice and i think recently redone but attendance is grim. The basketball arena was completely redone for the winter of 2013 and is beautiful and TV ready. Student tickets to all sports are free and basketball get lots of sellouts while football only sold out for homecoming. Intramurals are practically non-existant and go on one sport at a time and mostly only greeklife participates.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: The school tries VERY hard for diversity mostly by bringing in 18% international students. Though most kids here are white by far others are excepted very well if they want to be while others tend not to associate much with the "white" kids and have friend groups and organizations amongst themselves. As far as economic background most kids here are very well off or seem that way but the school offers great financial aid so people come here for that too. There are lots of religious and LGBTQ community groups on campus and I would say most people are indifferent or accepting of them though I have heard the occasional homophobic slur from frat-type guys.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: There is always something on campus on thursday and friday nights and most everyone, especially underclassmen go to frat parties in the lodges or apartments where there is always free beer (for guys and girls apparently they don't give guys free beer at other schools) and its free to get in. The frat parties are held in on-campus "lodges," basically just a big room with no lights and loud music and a stage and bar area and they have a deck outside and get completely packed. On thursdays lots of people go out to clubs the frats rent out, its like $5-10 for underage and you have to be 21 or have a fake to buy drinks. Everyone here drinks though people don't care what you do, so if you don't want to drink, don't and that is that (though I doubt you'd have fun at frat parties).

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: it the best except for parking tickets everyone hates our parking guy, he has a quota and loves to ticket/ tow any and everybody. Other than that it is excellent, police would be available for anything you need them for if you needed them, but it is so safe here that they are pretty useless- not a complaint. They are parked outside of every frat party and drive around at night but wont bust you for underage or anything unless you are completely belligerent or carrying a beer. I never feel anything but safe walking around campus even at night and even alone.

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4 College Sophomore

Computers: Having a computer is very helpful, although there is no shortage of computer labs on campus. The wireless network is very abundant and available almost everywhere.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Richmond's campus is pretty white, but they're working to make it more diverse. People don't come here for the diversity.

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is quite popular. It's totally normal to be in Greek life or to stay independent.

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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The nightlife is fun, but somewhat limited. Lodges are a popular option, and some kids go downtown and go to bars and clubs.

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Most people just drink and neither the on-campus police nor the administration is very strict about that. Some people smoke marijuana and you can find it if you're looking for it. However, it is very easily avoidable.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: The academics are truly where the University of Richmond shines. Every time I go to class I'm honored to be a part of such a wonderful learning environment. The professors are overwhelmingly knowledgable of their fields, and the classes are small and intimate. The curriculum is very rigorous for all majors and will truly challenge even the brightest minds. A lot of kids study business because of the highly ranked Robins School of Business.

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4 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather is typically quite warm and sunny. It gets a little cold in the winter but that's to be expected most places.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are pretty standard. I don't think they're necessarily a perk or downfall of the university. Freshman and sophomores usually live in dorms and upperclassmen usually life in on campus apartments.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Richmond has a very safe campus. It is in the suburbs and kind of isolated, and therefore most people on campus are affiliated with the university. The campus isn't all that strict when it comes to underage drinking. However, they are very serious about drug use and violations of the honor code. Furthermore, the parking services are very strict and will give out tickets if you park where you're not supposed to.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Zipcars, buses, shuttles into the city, taxis, and friends with cars are all great options to get around. You shouldn't have any trouble getting where you're trying to go at the University of Richmond.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing isn't very common. 92% of students live on campus all four years. You will need a car to drive to campus if you live off campus. Also, off-campus housing is much more expensive.

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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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