University of Richmond

There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. As such, we are highlighting a new college each week in our School Spotlight series. Check out the college below, along with the other posts in our series, and you may just stumble upon your dream school!

School Spotlight: University of Richmond

Richmond, VA

With graduate schools in law and business, the University of Richmond is technically a “university.” But considering its size (just under 3,000 undergrads) and intimate classroom experience (8:1 student-faculty ratio and an average class size of 16), this private liberal arts university sometimes feels more like a college. All first year students get the opportunity to experience hands-on, discussion-based classes in their freshman year thanks to the first year seminar requirement. Courses such as “Civic Journalism & Social Justice,” “Science for Future Leaders,” and “Why Does Anything Exist” encourage intellectual conversation and the development of critical thinking skills. Freshmen curious about the intersection of math and science also have the chance to enroll in two interdisciplinary courses known as SMART (that combines biology, chemistry, and calculus) and IQ Science (that integrates biology, chemistry, computer, science, math, and physics). In these unique year-long courses, first year students will enjoy learning math and science in a research-based and collaborative environment. If business is your preferred area of study, you’ll be in good company at Richmond. The school’s three most popular majors are business administration, leadership studies, and accounting – which together account for almost 40 percent of the University’s graduates. Good to know: admitted Virginia students whose families earn less than $60k will receive a full scholarship to the University, equivalent to full tuition, room, and board!

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Written by Elyse Krantz
Elyse Krantz is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions consultants. Elyse received her BA in linguistics from Dartmouth College and her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to joining College Coach, Elyse worked as an admissions officer at Barnard College and Bennington College. Visit our website to learn more about Elyse Krantz.