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Student Services & Academic Support

The University of Richmond and the School of Professional and Continuing Studies offer the following services and support for students pursuing degrees in the School.

Support Services & Programs
Academic Skills

Academic Skills Center

The Academic Skills Center provides academic support to all students (i.e., undergraduate, graduate, etc.). Operating from a holistic vantage point, the Center incorporates counseling and academic skills (i.e., test preparation, critical reading, note-taking, critical thinking, information processing, concentration, time management, etc.) via techniques that address the academic performance and social adjustment to the University environment. Visit the Academic Skills Center website for details.


Advising and Program Planning

An academic advisor will help you plan a program suited to your needs. You are urged to use this service since information about programs and University regulations is important to your academic success. To make an appointment with an advisor, call the School (804) 289-8133. Visit the Academic Advising page for advising assignments and additional information.


Alumni Association

The mission of SPCS Alumni Association (SPCS AA) is to support the School, students, and alumni through the adoption of projects that provide scholarship assistance for our students and will provide service and social opportunities for alumni. We strongly feel that a cooperative partnership between students, faculty, alumni, and staff advances our mission and creates a culture of fellowship and giving that benefits the entire SPCS community. If your contact information has changed, please update your UR Online online alumni profile to ensure you receive information from the association. Visit the SPCS Alumni Association online.



The University Bookstore carries textbooks for all courses scheduled for a given term at the University. A comprehensive selection of reference books and general reading materials is also available. The store offers academically priced software, computer and office supplies, greeting cards, gifts, clothing and health and beauty aids. Services include UPS shipping and faxing. Visit the UR Bookstore online.


Career Services

The Office of Alumni and Career Services provides all degree-seeking SPCS students with access to free career consultations, events, and resources, including SpiderConnect, UR’s exclusive online database, which gives you access to job and internship opportunity listings. Students may also utilize the Career Services website, which contains comprehensive career resources including resume samples, guidance on various career paths, and interviewing skills. The career resources library is also available on the third floor of Tyler Haynes Commons. Degree-seeking SPCS students and alumni can schedule an appointment with their dedicated career consultant by calling (804) 289-8547. Visit SPCS Career Services online for more information.


Dining Services

University of Richmond Dining Services consists of a wide variety of dining venues, retail stores and catering.

The main dining facility is the award-winning Heilman Dining Center and is located across the lake from the library. The ‘d-hall’ as students like to call it, provides a wide variety of unlimited food options including many cook-to-order selections with continuous service from breakfast to dinner during the week, and brunch through dinner on the weekend. For weekend early risers the Heilman Dining Center offers an early morning continental breakfast. Off the main lobby in the Dining Center is the fully stocked campus convenience store, ETC. Central to campus in the Tyler Haynes Commons are Tyler's, a quick serve style restaurant; and The Cellar, a late-night pub-style eatery. On the Richmond side of campus in Boatwright Library is Eight-Fifteen at Boatwright, a coffee shop serving specialty coffee beverages, assorted desserts, and pastries. For something with an international flair, try The Passport Café in the Carole Weinstein International Center, or grab a quick sandwich wrap, soup or gourmet cupcake and a hot or cold beverage at Lou’s in Queally Hall. Late night grab-and-go snacks and beverages are available in the Dean’s Den, which is on the lower level of the Whitehurst building. When attending events or classes at University of Richmond Downtown, be sure to stop by the Richmond on Broad Café for a locally roasted coffee or gourmet sandwich, soup and salads.  It is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Richmond on the corner at 7th and Broad Street.

Hours of Operation and Other Services

When classes are in session, food is available somewhere on campus as early as 7:00 a.m. during the week, 8:00 am on weekends, and every night until 1:00 am. A wide variety of additional services including nutrition counseling, meals to go, and catering services are also available. For a complete list of hours, menus, and services visit the Dining Services website.

SPCS students are eligible to purchase the convenient and flexible Spider Red meal plan which saves over 12% for each purchase at any University Dining Services location including Richmond on Broad Café. Please look for more information on the website under Meal Plans.

The University of Richmond's Dining Services team is committed to providing each and every individual with exemplary service, outstanding quality food prepared with passion, and commitment to excellence. We hope your dining experience with us will be both relaxing and enjoyable.

One Card

Identification Card/One Card Services

Each degree-seeking student will be issued a picture identification card (One Card) upon request. This card verifies that the holder is eligible to receive University library and certain other campus privileges. A campus ID is required for check cashing and access to athletic facilities and serves as your meal card if applicable. Neither the card nor its privileges is transferable. Students must present a form of identification (i.e. driver's license, military ID, passport) when applying for their University of Richmond One Card. New students may upload a photo for their One Card after activating their networking ID (netID).

University students who are eligible for the One Card may sign up for the University's Spidercard Account, a declining-balance program which allows students to access previously deposited funds via their University One Card. The Spidercard Account provides students with the ability to make purchases without carrying cash and can be used at the bookstore, at vending machines and at all campus dining locations. Complete information on the One Card is available on the One Card website.


Society of Human Resource Management

The School of Professional and Continuing Studies has a Student Chapter of the Society of Human Resource Management.


Health and Well-being

The Health and Well-being unit is made up of University Recreation, Health Promotion, the Student Health Center, and Counseling & Psychological Services, and provides a holistic, collaborative, and comprehensive approach to supporting the well-being of the campus community.

The mission of the Department of Univerity Recreation is to enhance the lives of its members by providing quality recreational and educational programs in an environment that promotes healthy lifestyles, academic productivity and personal growth.

The Weinstein Center for Recreation provides a comprehensive facility that includes a two-level fitness and wellness center, three-court gymnasium with an elevated walking and jogging track, two multipurpose rooms, pool, racquetball and squash courts, as well as locker room and sauna facilities. Participants experience a full range of cardio and strength equipment, in addition to a wellness resource center and computer lab. Also available for recreational use when not scheduled for programs are outdoor playing fields, eight tennis courts, a 400-meter track and cross country trails. The Fitness program offers a variety of fitness classes that fits every fitness level and offers personal training sessions. In addition, Health Promotion offers special screenings, assessments and services that are offered to address health and wellness needs. Services often include massage therapy, cholesterol screenings, blood pressure checks, nutrition consultation and fitness assessments. The Intramural Sports program offers a wide range of team and individual sports at a variety of skill levels. More than 30 sport clubs provide student leadership opportunities as well as competitive options for students who are not part of the varsity athletic program. The Outdoor Adventure and Recreation (OAR) program offers equipment rental year-round, bike share programs and trips through the academic year, such as kayaking, biking trips, stand up paddleboarding, skiing, and hiking. Participants may also experience the Odyssey Challenge Course, our multi-level ropes course designed to promote confidence, self-esteem, communication and team building. We have a partnership for students with Virginia Commonwealth University for teambuilding programs. The 18-hole HB Clark signature designed Disc Golf Course at the University of Richmond is open for all to play. Many of our facilities are available to reserve for your events. Fees may apply. Visit University Recreation for more information about our facilities, programs and services, or call Member Services at (804) 289-8361.


Speech Center

The Speech Center serves the University community in the pursuit of excellence in public expression. Designed to support undergraduates and graduates in courses emphasizing speech and oral presentations across the curriculum, the Speech Center welcomes students seeking assistance with extracurricular presentations as well. Individuals and groups are welcome to reserve appointments.

For information, call (804) 289-8814, see the Speech Center website, or visit the Speech Center on the fourth floor of Weinstein Hall.


Student Government Association

The mission of the SPCS SGA is to promote student involvement and make the educational experience as memorable as possible. SGA events include the following:

  • Welcoming students at New Student Orientation
  • The Peer Program for New Students
  • Walking Tour for New Students to our campus
  • Monthly Breakfast Forums for academic & career management and networking opportunities
  • Sponsoring Trick or Treat for SPCS Families
  • Participating in service projects like collecting coats for families in need and collecting items for troops serving in Afghanistan

The SGA encourages students to take advantage of the opportunities to meet their peers and members of the SPCS faculty and staff as well as other members of the greater UR community and support each other in accomplishing academic and personal goals and objectives. Visit the SGA page for more information.


Student Identification Number (UR ID)

Each student is assigned a randomly generated University of Richmond ID number as the primary identification for University records when he/she enters the University. This eight-digit number is sent by mail to new SPCS students and is printed on each student's One Card (unless the student requests it not be printed).

A Social Security Number is required to be on file with the University to fulfill IRS and federal reporting requirements.


Writing Center

The Writing Center provides individual tutoring in writing for undergraduate and graduate students in any course or academic discipline. For information visit the Writing Center website. SPCS students may also receive help online from the Center’s Professional and Continuing Studies specialist.

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) is a free University of Richmond service offered exclusively to currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate SPCS students, and also to the University's faculty and staff. Papers of all types and disciplines can be sent via e-mail to a professional writing tutor for assistance at any hour of the day or night. Papers are returned by e-mail to your UR account in approximately 48 hours or less with feedback that's designed to help improve your writing. Learn more on the OWL page.

Contact Us

Special Programs Building
490 Westhampton Way
Univ. of Richmond, VA 23173
Phone: (804) 289-8133
Fax: (804) 289-8138

Monday-Friday: 8:30am–5pm
Closed for University holidays