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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The professors are awesome. I just wish certain departments, like music, would be stronger. It feels like a community and has an excellent dining hall.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Your Richmond academic experience depends on the professors you get. It's an awesome campus and as a member of a fraternity I love my friends, but there are so many negatives to Richmond. You have ok relationships with teachers (A lot are there just to do research) and it feels so small 90% of the time.

6 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Richmond has great people, is in a great location, and has opportunities for every kind of person.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The school is very preppy and most of the girls and guys just focus on their sororities or fraternities. The rich Caucasian students just hangs out by themselves.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: University of Richmond maintains its long traditions yet is very progressive, especially in its student programs and financial aid. The Richmond Promise is a wonderful program aimed at inclusivity and opportunity, especially for financially challenged and underrepresented students. Our dining hall and its dessert station are beloved by all except the people who are inclined to complain about food; there are also amazing retail food locations on campus and dining dollars are generous. Some of my favorite experiences have been birthdays at our student-operated, full-service restaurant, the Cellar.

The Music department at UR is wonderful, and I'm now glad that I didn't choose to go to a larger music conservatory. It isn't a common major, but since we are so small we get a lot of individual attention from our talented professors, many of whom are world-renowned. Since UR is a liberal arts college, I also have the opportunity (and am encouraged) to pursue my other interested, so I have a second major in Rhetoric & Communications and a minor in Creative Writing. I loved it when my poetry class did a reading of our work on campus.

Campus architecture is in something called "collegiate gothic style." In other words, it looks like Hogwarts.

We have something unique called the coordinate college system, which is a remnant from the college before it became coed. Westhampton College was formed as a women's college alongside Richmond College in the 1900s and was very progressive for its time (W&M and UVA did not let women in until much later). To this day women still belong to Westhampton College as a subset, and the college is very active in women's issues and social justice on campus. A lot of people think that this system perpetuates a sexist mindset, but I am proud of Westhampton's history as a part of UR.

UR provides travel and cultural experiences for its students, many of which are free. For example, I am going to Rome and Istanbul with a class in the Fall.

8 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Basketball gets the most love

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Richmond seriously lacks the big-school day party mantra. There were a few this year when the weather was nice, but snow days? None. LAAAAME. Also everything gets pretty old...downtowns, lodges, apartments, or off-campus houses. Usually the same crowd at the same places

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Tons of options which are great when Dhall sucks

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4 College Freshman

Administration: Gotten in trouble a few times with alcohol but it hasn't impacted the availability of anything for me. They told me I couldn't be an OA but I am so........

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: D-Hall gets boring, and it's nasty on weekends (esp. Sunday night). DHALL BREAKFAST IS DOPE THOUGH and the Specials are good. Lou's is great in the sense that you're eating healthy...the line is usually unbearable though.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Scholarships: They gave me a little bit, but then again according to FASFA it doesn't look like I need anything (NOT TRUE) so guess I should be grateful.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: It gets old after a while, I would prefer just to hang and drink with a small group of close friends

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: We have very nice dorms/ apartments but can only get them as upperclassmen or as a senior, even then the lottery is very unfair and you are not likely to get your first choice apartment even as a senior since pretty much everyone stays on campus all four years.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Athletics: It's sad our school has no spirit and only cares about the vcu basketball game. More alumni and community members are at games than current students.

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2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Everything is too expense for colege students to rent so the closest places to rent are a good gift eve minutes away. Plus, since everyone lives on campus you miss out on top much if you live off campus.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The city of richmond is full of super cool and unique places to eat you just have to enter the city which can be a hassle sometimes

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: Sexual assault is a huge issue on campus and I don't feel like much is being done about it in terms of prevention at the frat lodge parties

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: So richmond says its 100% need base but I would have to disagree. My FAFSA says my estimated family contribution is $0 but richmond somehow figured out we could afford $5000 a year. Compared to how much the school is, that's a bargain but it simply is not a bargain I can afford when I already work three jobs have the max amount of student loans per year and have to help my parents out monthly. They also have ge richmond promise for any Virginia family making less than 60K to go to richmond for free includingn room and board and a book stipend, but I did not qualify simply because I was a transfer and not an entering first year.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Meal plans are very limiting to dhall, with no option to not have a meal plan when living in dorms. At my first university there were kitchens in each dorm for students that did not want meal plans, making it affordable to live in the dorms but at richmond the price of the meal plan plus the dorms is so extremely over priced it difficult to do both. They also give you 'dinning dollars' and kids act like it's free on campus money but really that just charge you $800 more than a normal schools meal plan for $800 dollars.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't heard of many people living off campus, except when coming back from abroad in the Spring. It is not ideal.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of close and convenient places to dine off campus, especially in Carytown.

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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Most parties are at the lodges, so if you aren't into the whole fraternity/hook-up scene, there isn't much to do.

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4 College Sophomore

Administration: At Richmond, the policy is just strict enough to allow students to have fun while ensuring that we are all safe.

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4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: My financial aid process went smoothly, and I received the financial aid I needed. Since Richmond's financial aid is need-based, many students do not receive any financial aid.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: For the most part, the food on campus is pretty good. The problem is that there are hardly any options past 8 o'clock at night and on the weekends.

2 people found this useful Report
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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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