About the University
The University of Richmond blends the intimacy of a small college with exceptional academic, research and cultural opportunities usually found only at large institutions. A nationally ranked liberal arts university, Richmond offers a unique combination of undergraduate and graduate programs through its schools of arts and sciences, business, leadership studies, law, and professional and continuing studies.
The mission of the University of Richmond is to sustain a collaborative learning and research community that supports the personal development of its members and the creation of new knowledge. A Richmond education prepares students to live lives of purpose, thoughtful inquiry, and responsible leadership in a global and pluralistic society.
Five academic schools and two coordinate colleges form the University of Richmond, with authority and responsibility vested legally in the Board of Trustees and the president of the University. The several colleges and schools award no degrees individually, but all degrees for work done in any one of them are conferred by the University of Richmond.
The University enrolls approximately 2,900 full-time undergraduates, 92 percent of whom live on campus; 600 full-time law and graduate students; and 1,300 part-time students, largely from Richmond and the surrounding community.
The University of Richmond is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and juris doctor degrees. Contact SACSCOC at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Richmond.
Virginia State Board of Education
The University also is approved by the Virginia State Board of Education to offer teacher licensure programs.
Teacher Education Accreditation Council Accreditation
The University of Richmond’s undergraduate teacher preparation programs and the graduate certificate in teacher licensure program are accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council.
The University of Richmond campus consists of about 50 major buildings of Collegiate Gothic architectural style set amid 350 acres of lawns, lake, and woodlands. The beautiful and harmonious setting has been recognized nationally by college guides. Richmond’s history began almost two centuries ago with Richmond College, founded in 1830 by Virginia Baptists as a college of liberal arts and sciences for men. Around this nucleus were established the T.C. Williams School of Law (1870); Westhampton College, a college of liberal arts and sciences for women (1914); the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, for advanced study in the liberal arts and sciences (1921-2009); the E. Claiborne Robins School of Business, for undergraduate and graduate study in business (1949); University College, now known as the School of Professional and Continuing Studies, for evening, summer, and continuing education (1962); and the Jepson School of Leadership Studies, the first school of leadership studies in the United States (1992). In 1992, the academic missions of Richmond College and Westhampton College were combined in a separate school, the School of Arts and Sciences. Richmond College and Westhampton College are the coordinate colleges for men and women respectively, providing special programming and leadership opportunities in student life.
Richmond benefits from a heritage of ethical and religious values, a residential character, and a commitment to liberal and general education through intimate schools and colleges joined into a substantial whole.
The origin of the School of Professional and Continuing Studies may be traced back to 1920 when the department of economics of Richmond College was formed, eventually to become the department of economics and applied economics. In 1924 the Evening School of Business Administration was organized as a separate division of the University of Richmond. In 1949 the department of economics and applied economics in Richmond College was combined with the Evening School of Business Administration with both day and evening classes. In 1962 the Evening Division was separated from the School of Business Administration to form the nucleus of University College. From 1964 until 1974, University College offered a full-time freshman and sophomore day liberal arts program in addition to its full Evening School program.
On July 1, 1974, the Summer School, founded in 1920, became part of University College. In keeping with the University's tradition of residential colleges and academic schools, University College became the School of Continuing Studies in October 1994. In 2012 the name changed to reflect the professional character of its student body to become the School of Professional and Continuing Studies.
Through its degree programs, the School of Professional and Continuing Studies offers master's and bachelor's degrees; undergraduate and graduate certificates; undergraduate minors; and a variety of individual courses to meet the educational, professional and personal growth needs of adults in the metropolitan Richmond area and beyond. The School of Professional and Continuing Studies shares in the tradition of the University of Richmond. It is through the non-traditional educational opportunities of the School that the University offers its strengths and resources to the Richmond area community.
Boatwright Memorial Library, facing Westhampton Lake, is the main library on campus. It includes collections and services for the humanities, social sciences, sciences, and business. Boatwright is also home to the Media Resource Center and the Digital Scholarship Lab. The Parsons Music Library is located in the Modlin Center for the Arts. The Science Reading Room in the Gottwald Science Center holds a small collection of key science reference books, offers access to online resources, and provides opportunities for consultations with the science librarian. The Muse Law Library in the Richmond School of Law serves the special needs of law students and faculty. The libraries' collections have been developed to meet the needs of students and faculty. Those collections, not including those in the Law Library, consist of more than 500,000 volumes, access to more than 30,000 print and online journals, 245,000 electronic books, more than 300 online databases and a wealth of resources in media such as sheet music, DVD, audio CD, microfilm and audio books. Since 1900, the University of Richmond has enjoyed status as a depository for U.S. government publications. Boatwright Memorial Library holds more than 500,000 government documents in print and microform and provides access to government information through print and digital documents. The online library catalog (library.richmond.edu) provides access to the collections. The libraries participate in local and state consortia as well as national networks to obtain access to databases and to borrow items not held in the University's collections. The University's libraries are open to the entire University community.
The libraries offer group and individual instruction in how to use these resources effectively. Group instruction is offered in the Boatwright Computer Classroom and other locations. A formal introduction to library services and resources is a part of every Knowledge Management seminar. Individual assistance is available in person and online through various means described at library.richmond.edu/help.
Boatwright Memorial Library offers a mix of study space suitable for individuals working alone or in groups as well as media viewing/listening carrels and rooms and more than 120 public computer workstations. Laptop computers are loaned for in-building use and connect to the University's wireless network. When classes are in session, the first and second floors of Boatwright Library are open 24 hours a day to members of the University community. Boatwright Library is also home to the Eight Fifteen at Boatwright coffee shop.
A separate wing of Boatwright Memorial Library houses the Virginia Baptist Historical Society, a memorial to the Virginia Baptists who struggled to secure religious liberty in America. The library holds thousands of books, church records, manuscripts, and personal papers related to Virginia Baptist history and heritage. The Society also manages the University’s archives, a large collection of books, photos, and memorabilia related to the University's rich history.
The University of Richmond has a strong commitment to prepare students to work in technology- and information-centered environments. The University provides computers, software, and specialized equipment for student use in labs, public areas, classrooms, and residence hall lounges. All students in the residence halls have their own wired network connections, and the entire campus is blanketed with a high-speed wireless network that provides students, faculty, staff, and guests with secure access to a wealth of resources.
The University maintains a robust network infrastructure. A wireless network supports mobile computing in every building on campus, and provides coverage in most outdoor locations and public gathering spaces. Information Services maintains University-owned systems loaded with up-to-date versions of the latest software tools and anti-virus software. All users must have an active University computer account to log into any lab machine. To help ensure the security of the University systems and network, the University requires all users to change passwords regularly in order to maintain an active account. Policies regarding the use of technology and information resources are posted on the Information Services Policies website.
The ground floor of Jepson Hall houses many computing resources, including a general purpose computer lab; five PC classrooms with full multimedia capabilities; and two computer classrooms running Windows, Linux, and Unix designated for use by the math and computer science department. When classes are not in session, the Jepson Hall computer classrooms are open for student use. Jepson Hall is also the location of the Computer Help Desk, a resource that provides assistance with computing-related issues for the entire campus. A listing of the current hours of operation for all of these resources may be found on the Information Services website.
The Center for Technology Learning Center (CTLC) is a unique resource located on the third floor of Boatwright Memorial Library. It is devoted to servicing the multimedia needs of students, faculty, and staff. This area offers PC and Mac workstations equipped with high-end Web development, multimedia, animation, 3-D modeling, and audio-video recording and editing software. Scanners, high quality printers, large-format plotters, digitizers, and digital video and still cameras also are available. In addition, the CTLC contains a photography studio and a small recording studio. The CTLC also supports media production in the Media Resource Center on the second floor of Boatwright Library. Most importantly, the CTLC is staffed by professionals and well-trained student assistants are available to assist students, faculty and staff. Students not only have access to the hardware and software, but also to experts who can help them effectively use the specialized tools.
Technology training for students, faculty, and staff is available in a variety of formats, including books and CDs available in the CTLC and searchable through the Library catalog; online video tutorials; technology training classes offered throughout the school year; and one-on-one training sessions available through appointments at the CTLC. CTLC hours of operation and current technology training classes may be found on the Information Services website.
The Modlin Center for the Arts presents more than 70 performing arts events each year through its Modlin Arts Presents series, the Department of Theatre and Dance performances, and the Department of Music's free concert series. University Museums also showcases annual exhibitions of national and international art and artifacts along with student work in its several locations around campus. Additionally, the Jepson School of Leadership, the WILL program, and other academic departments sponsor diverse lecture series throughout the year. More information can be found at the Modlin Center website.
University of Richmond is committed to assisting all members of the university community in providing for their own safety and security. The annual security and fire safety compliance document is available on the Police website. If you would like to receive a copy of the security report which contains this information, you can obtain a copy online, stop by the University Police Department at Special Programs Building, #31 UR Drive, University of Richmond, VA 23173 or you can request that a copy be mailed to you by calling (804) 289-8722.
The website and booklet contain information regarding campus security and personal safety including topics such as: crime prevention, University police law enforcement authority, crime reporting policies, disciplinary procedures and other matters of importance related to security on campus. They also contain information about crime statistics for the three previous calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by University of Richmond and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.
This information is required by law and is provided by the University of Richmond Police Department.
The University of Richmond Parking Services strives to provide safe, convenient and accessible parking for faculty, staff, students and visitors. All cars, motorcycles, golf carts and mopeds parked on the University of Richmond campus must be registered with Parking Services and will be assigned a parking lot. Parking regulations will be issued with all parking permits and passes and can be found on the Parking Services website.
The University of Richmond University Police Department, a nationally accredited police department, is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for our students, faculty, staff and visitors. The University of Richmond Police Department provides 24-hour uniformed response to calls for service, provides routine and directed patrol activities, performs vehicular crash investigation and performs the investigation of criminal offenses. Additionally, all police officers are Red Cross First Responder/CPR certified. Uniformed security officers also assist with building security and other calls for service as needed. All crimes that occur on the campus should be reported to the University Police in person or by calling 911, (804) 289-8911 or (804) 289-8715. More information about the police department, including crime statistics, can be found on the Police website.
The University of Richmond offers a robust transportation system which offers on and off campus shuttle services, free ridership on the GRTC buses, Zipcar and Zimride programs. The shuttle routes and times can be found in the Transportation Hub in the Tyler Haynes Commons or on the transportation website. All University shuttles can be located online through our GPS Tracking System. Links for the GPS Tracking can be found in the Transportation Hub and online.
SPCS certificate or degree-seeking students are eligible to receive the University bus pass. The UR GRTC bus passes can be obtained on the Police website.