Founded in 1830, the University of Richmond is a private, residential, US liberal arts university with a highly selective admission process. 

Richmond enrolls 3,000 undergraduate students in three schools: the School of Arts and Sciences, the Robins School of Business, and the Jepson School of Leadership Studies, and offers over 100 majors, minors, and concentrations of study.

The University blends the intimacy of a small liberal arts college with exceptional academic and cultural opportunities usually found only at larger universities. A full-time faculty of 318, a student:faculty ratio of 8:1, and an average class size of only 15 students encourage intellectual debate and dynamic classroom interaction.

In 2014, US News & World Report rates Richmond as #25 among all US “best liberal arts colleges,” and No. 2 among “up and coming” U.S. schools. Newsweek places Richmond as #7 on its list of “happiest schools,” and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranks the University of Richmond #11 on its list of “best value among private universities.”

Basic details

  • Region: Southeast
  • Location: Richmond, Virginia
  • Campus setting: Suburban
  • Type of institution: Private; Liberal Arts College

Admissions information and areas of study offered

  • Percentage of students admitted: 31%
  • Average ACT range: 31-34
  • Average SAT range: 1370-1500
  • Test optional? No
  • Common Application accepted? Yes
  • Areas of study offered include: Accounting/Finance; Anthropology; Archaeology; Art History; Arts; Biology; Business; Chemistry; Computer Science; Creative Writing; Criminal Justice; Dance; Drama/Theatre Arts; Economics; Education; English; Environmental Sciences; Film/Cinema Studies; Geography; History; International Relations; Journalism; Languages; Law; Liberal Arts; Linguistics; Marketing; Mathematics; Music; Neuroscience; Philosophy; Physics; Political Science; Psychology; Sociology
  • Full list of majors available


  • International students are eligible for: Need-based aid; Merit-based scholarship
  • Estimated yearly cost (including tuition, board, room and student fees): $72,450


  • Athletic association for the majority of sports: NCAA - Division I
  • Varsity sports: Men's American Football; Men's Athletics / Track and Field; Men's Basketball; Women's Basketball; Men's Cross Country; Women's Cross Country; Women's Field Hockey; Women's Football / Soccer; Men's Golf; Women's Golf; Men's Lacrosse; Women's Lacrosse; Women's Swimming and Diving; Men's Tennis; Women's Tennis

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