University of Richmond: Narrative Description

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28 Westhampton Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173
Tel: (804)289-8000
Free: 800-700-1662
Admissions: (804)289-8640
Fax: (804)287-6003
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Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, and first professional degrees. Founded 1830. Setting: 350-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $1.1 billion. Research spending 2003-04: $2.2 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $13,065 per student. Total enrollment: 3,637. Faculty: 326 (262 full-time, 64 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 9:1. 6,236 applied, 40% were admitted. 60% from top 10% of their high school class, 92% from top quarter, 99% from top half. 101 National Merit Scholars, 81 class presidents, 9 valedictorians, 217 student government officers. Full-time: 2,931 students, 52% women, 48% men. Part-time: 45 students, 42% women, 58% men. Students come from 48 states and territories, 88 other countries, 85% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 5% black, 4% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 0% 25 or older, 92% live on campus, 2% transferred in. Retention: 92% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences and history; English. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at American University, Duke University. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, 1 recommendation, signed character statement, SAT or ACT, SAT II: Writing Test. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadlines: 1/15, 11/15 for early decision plan 1, 1/15 for early decision plan 2. Notification: 4/1, 12/15 for early decision plan 1, 2/15 for early decision plan 2.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. Comprehensive fee: $33,510 includes full-time tuition ($27,850) and college room and board ($5660). College room only: $2582. Full-time tuition varies according to course load and student level. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $1390 per semester hour.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 225 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 39% of eligible men and 49% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Volunteer Action Council, Student Government Association, Campus Activities Board, Multicultural Student Union, intramurals. Major annual events: UR Century Bike Race, Homecoming, Greek Week. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, campus police. College housing designed to accommodate 2,686 students; 2,769 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Boatwright Memorial Library plus 2 others with 1.1 million books, 85,336 microform titles, 20,831 serials, 17,684 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $9.5 million. 650 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.