Campus Visit: University of Richmond
I made a recent visit to the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia. I had heard it was a picturesque campus and what I saw was worthy of comparisons made to Hogwarts. From the high ceilings in the room used for information sessions, to the student center built over Westhampton Lake in the center of campus, the collegiate brick buildings on rolling hills lived up to the hype.
The University of Richmond StudentKelly, a senior working in the admissions office shared some insights into the type of students who enjoy the University of Richmond. A key factor is that Richmond students have passion—whether it is a particular class, subject, or issue, Richmond students care. This isn’t a school for the student who wants to remain anonymous in class (or on campus) or who doesn’t have at least one area of academic interest.
Statistics of InterestHere are some interesting statistics I noted in my visit:
- Average class size is 16.
- 55% of students study abroad.
- 96% of class of 2011 were employed or in grad school one year after they graduated from University of Richmond.
- In 2012-2013 Richmond’s 3000 undergraduate students received $72 million in scholarships and grants ($65.5 million came from Richmond’s own resources.)
- Zero classes are taught by teaching assistants or graduate students.
- Ranked #1 in 2011 for international business in Bloomberg Businessweek’s rankings.
- In the top 25 of national liberal arts colleges according to the U. S. News rankings.
- 87% of students live on campus.
- The school mascot is the spiders.
- 9825 students applied; 31% were accepted.
- The top five admissions competitors are University of Virginia, William & Mary, Wake Forrest, Boston College, and Georgetown. (Gives you an idea of schools with shared characteristics and the quality of the competition.)
- Of the 805 first year students
- 57% attended public high schools
- 14% first generation college students (neither parent attended college)
- 24% students of color
- 87% ranked in the top 20% of their high schools
- The middle half of accepted student (25%-75%) had the following numbers
- Un-weighted core GPA 3.54 – 3.94
- SAT Reading 630-720
- SAT Math 650-740
- SAT Writing 630 – 730
- ACT 30-33