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Reviews 628 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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2 College Junior

Athletics: The facilities are good, and the teams experience modest amounts of success. However, from the view of a fan/student, it can be very disappointing. First off, not many people show up to events and games. Second, there is almost no student tailgating before most games. Third, there is very little school spirit. From the lack of a pep band at football games to the low attendance to people not wearing colors to support their team, there is just not much atmosphere.

2 College Junior

Health & Safety: The police are fine, but the students often get so drunk that they damage property and make fools of themselves. I am fine with lax enforcement of alcohol policies, but they are so unenforced that people get really drunk and run around the dorms breaking things, often with little punishment! It is known that sexual assaults/harassment are not taken all that seriously.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing is fine. There is air conditioning everywhere and the facilities are fine. You can't expect much from college dorms or apartments. Juniors and seniors generally have on-campus apartments. Gateway apartments - generally for seniors - are new and the best (4 single rooms, 2 bathrooms, common room).

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is huge and hierarchal. It feels like high school. It's not a very pure recruitment system. Your sorority/fraternity is a big part of your label, but at least a lot of people hang out across different sororities/fraternities (especially girls). Parties are inclusive to all girls anyway though. Guys, well it still pretty much is but not preferred if GDI's attend greek parties, so a lot of times GDIs will find their own groups to spend their weekends with. There is a fair amount of philanthropy done. I know fraternities help brothers get internships and jobs.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: People don't come to Richmond expecting a huge sports school. For a small school though, there's good athletics. Games are almost always free for students, and the school pushes spirit and attendance. I know the athletes feel gypped about not getting enough worship and cred as they wish. But it's an elite school, students are more focused on their academics, and behind that, partying.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: -most people drink on the weekends, but it also calm down a lot after freshman year.

-people generally respect it if you want to stay in for whatever reason, but going out allows you to meet a lot more people.

-I know a couple guys that smoke weed pretty regularly but generally that's unseen.

-there are rumors that some sorority girls do coke on occasion but it's really not prevalent.

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5 College Junior

Health & Safety: very safe campus. people generally watch out for each other too. the police is there for your safety.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: -great classes that have challenged me

-great professor with an occasional one who is not so good at teaching (but qualified).. so you have to teach yourself

-sometimes not enough spots in the classes you want

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: -High quality of the alumni network, though it is smaller than other schools'

-Robins Business School is well known

-Our chemistry department is particularly good

-As a junior, I have friends going to work for Bain, Deloitte, the FBI, Lilly Pulitzer, Google, and more.... and I know other seniors going to Duke, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, and London School of Economics for grad school. Not everyone is this successful, but if you work hard here, it's totally possible.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Richmond is pretty good about renovating old buildings. However, a few people (usually juniors coming back from abroad) have to live off campus because there isn't enough housing. I think the school is planning to become more selective though, because they are making new housing *nicer*, not bigger, when they easily could. In general, I love living on campus because everything you need is a 5-20 minute walk away.

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4 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life isn't everything. I felt pressure during my freshmen year because a lot of my friends were rushing, but I think I would've been just as happy if I hadn't joined a sorority. It's nice to know more people, but I have friends that are independent or are in other organizations. Thetas and Kappas don't have the best rep on campus because they sometimes come off as superficial, but there are still 4 sororities are more chill and fitting if you don't want to be seen as a stereotypical sorority girl.

I'm pretty indifferent about frats. Some of the guys are kinda douchey, others are perfectly nice. If you're a dude that meets other dudes you like and they're in a frat, consider joining. If that doesn't happen, no worries. I have independent guy friends and they can still get into frat parties and have a good time. It just helps if you're extra social and know people, since they do give you free alcohol.

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4 College Junior

Athletics: We have some good teams, especially the new lax team (started 3 years ago) that just beat #9 in the nation, Duke. Our basketball team is also quite well-respected. I've met people in CA, TN, and MI and told them that I go to Richmond- and they've responded, "oh yeah, go Spiders!"

On campus, on the other hand, there's not a big turn out for games (except when we play our neighborhood rival VCU.) People are too busy studying, sleeping or doing other things on the weekend.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Pretty much anyone can have access to alcohol and even weed. If you want something more, you'll have to look a little harder, but it can be found. However, there is very little pressure to partake in any form of drug or alcohol use, and students don't treat those who choose to abstain differently. The police are not looking to bust students, they mostly just want to make sure that students are safe.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe being alone at night on campus. The police truly care about the well-being of students and are not looking to get people into trouble, just to make sure that they get home safely. There is an emergency number you can call and blue lights all over campus that you could use if you ever do feel unsafe, however. If a crime does occur on campus, UR emails all students about it.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Great professors who truly care about their students and have a passion for what they teach - they are always open to talk to students and give any extra help they can. There are tons of different courses offered, especially given the size of the school, and most classes are fewer than 25 students. The school could improve the class registration process, however.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: There are tons of great alumni connections, and given the school's reputation (especially in the business world), lots of opportunities for students after they graduate. Career services posts opportunities on their webpage, sends out interest-specific emails individually, and many recruiters come to campus. Most students attain internships and jobs easily.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: About half of girls and a third of guys are involved in greek life, but whether or not you join a greek organization will not hugely affect your social life dramatically. Frat parties are open to pretty much everyone, and many non-affiliated persons come to socials help by fraternities and sororities. There isn't any official greek housing available at school, but each organization has a lodge (for the frats) or a cottage (for the sororities) for hanging out or hosting events.

4 College Junior

Athletics: The facilities available are great - clean, lots of equipment, and plenty of staff on hand at the gym. The varsity sports are not very well attended, but lots of students participate in club and intramural sports. Aside from our basketball team's successes, people are proud to say that they attend Richmond, but mostly because of the academic and social reputation of our school rather than the athletic reputation.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Richmond is a great school with smart professors and students, loads of opportunities. The student body is friendly and driven in both academic and social circles, and it's not hard to tell that students from Richmond are going places in their lives. I would definitely choose to attend Richmond again, it has been one of the most important and impactful decisions I've made.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: We have many programs here like CAPS and Spiders for Spiders, which is student run, that help to prevent sexual abuse or try to prevent it from happening. There is minimal crime and theft here. People leave their belongings in the library unattended and nothing gets stolen.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Classes and grades really do depend on the teacher you get, and some are easier than others. All of the courses I have taken here have been very informative and interesting. The class sized are generally 15. Teachers get to know their students and attendance is important.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The career center here is one of the best. People are able to get very good internships, even if they're unpaid, due to the Richmond guarantee, which is where students get up to $10 per hour for work. The alumni network is very dedicated to the University and in seeing its graduates succeed.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love living on campus because it creates a sense of community with the rest of the students. It is very easy because all classes are a short walk away. Most dorms are being redone and are nicer, but some freshman and sophomore dorms like Moore and Robins are not very nice.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Each sorority has a certain stereotype, which I found annoying. However, after joining a sorority I am much happier on campus because I know so many more people. Fraternities throw all of the parties on campus and it is hard for guys who do not rush to get into those. Girls do not have a problem. There are no greek houses on campus.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: As a varsity golfer, I believe that the athletic facilities are very nice. However, student involvement lacks, as very few students regularly attend sporting events. Team performances are always good and the University always has success in tournaments or games. School spirit for sports lacks.

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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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