Student Life

The University of Richmond, through the Office of Student Development, provides a variety of cocurricular and extracurricular programs and student-support services. These are designed to enrich the quality of the collegiate experience by creating an environment in which the student can grow intellectually, emotionally, physically, socially, and spiritually. The ultimate purpose of this environment is to help each student fulfill his or her potential.

The deans' offices for Richmond College and Westhampton College, the University's coordinate colleges, are focal points in student life matters. For the University, the offices are centers for closely knit smaller communities within the whole.

On a more personal level, a student may find the dean or staff member serving as a counselor, advisor, mentor, or collaborator. If questions remain after reading this section of this catalog, a dean's office usually can provide a more complete explanation or indicate where more information may be found. In all cases, the deans' offices are contact points to provide assistance. Each student is encouraged to make full use of these excellent resources.

Student Resources

Counseling and Psychological Services

CAPS staff members are licensed doctoral-level mental health professionals who help students derive the greatest benefit from the educational opportunities at UR. Services offered include short-term individual psychotherapy, crisis intervention, outreach, training, consultation, and referral to other on- or off-campus resources as needed. Services are offered from about mid-August to about mid-June and are available to full-time students (except for SPCS students). Common reasons students come to CAPS include stress, anxiety, depression, relationship concerns, academic difficulties, grief, family concerns, traumatic events, eating problems, substance abuse, and sleep disturbance. Appointments can be made by visiting the CAPS office (Brunet Hall during all of the 2016-17 academic year) Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Confidentiality is assured to the full extent allowed by law. The CAPS website ( has additional information on CAPS services, links to anonymous online screening surveys, and a variety of other mental health information. Phone: (804) 289-8119; FAX: (804) 287-1227.

Intercollegiate Athletics

The University of Richmond is a proud member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the Atlantic 10 Conference, and the Colonial Athletic Association. All of the University's intercollegiate athletics sports are NCAA Division I, including Championship Division football. All teams participate in the Atlantic 10 Conference; the football team is a member of the Colonial Athletic Association. The intercollegiate athletics program offers seven sports for men and 10 for women. The men's teams include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, and tennis. The women's intercollegiate athletics teams compete in basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, and track (indoor and outdoor).

International Students and Study Abroad
The Office of International Education, located in the Carole Weinstein International Center, serves all students, undergraduate and graduate, in arts and sciences, business, leadership studies, continuing studies, and law. It offers advising on opportunities and procedures for study, internships, and work abroad; a wide variety of services for international students such as orientation, visas, work, health insurance, and taxes; and a broad range of cultural and social activities focused on cultures and countries around the world as well as cross-cultural issues.
Multicultural Affairs
The mission of the Office of Multicultural Affairs is to support the ongoing enrollment and retention of ethno-culturally and socio-culturally diverse American students and promote a campus climate that celebrates diversity. Working in collaboration with a variety of other offices and departments campus-wide, the Office of Multicultural Affairs develops, implements, and advocates for programs that are designed to enhance the overall personal development and growth of University students.
Recreation and Wellness

The mission of the Department of Recreation and Wellness 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 and Wellness 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, game room, and racquetball and squash courts, as well as locker room and sauna facilities. Participants have the opportunity to experience a full range of cardio and strength equipment, in addition to a wellness resource center and computer lab. Outdoor playing fields and lighted basketball and sand volleyball courts are available for recreational use. Thirteen tennis courts, a 400-meter track, and cross country trails are also available for recreational use when not scheduled for intramurals, intercollegiate athletics, or special events. The campus recently added an 18 hole disc golf course available for recreational use.

The fitness and wellness program offers group exercise, indoor cycling, and other fitness programs throughout the day. In addition, special screenings, assessments, and services are offered to address health and wellness topics. Services often include massage therapy, personal training, cholesterol screenings, blood pressure checks, and fitness assessments.

The intramural sports program offers a wide range of major and minor sports at a variety of skill levels. More than 25 sport clubs provide student leadership opportunities as well as competitive options for students who are not part of the varsity athletic program. The Natural High and Outdoor Adventure programs offer activities and trips throughout the year, often including whitewater tubing and rafting, camping, skiing, rock climbing and hiking. The Odyssey high ropes course is one component of a much larger and long term departmental goal for developing a comprehensive Outdoor Experiential Education program.

For more information about recreation and wellness programs or the Weinstein Center, please visit or call Member Services at (804) 289-8361.

Student Activities and Organizations

No matter what your interests, you'll be able to pursue them with passion at Richmond. Find your niche within our approximately 275 student clubs and organizations and our unique Greek system. If there is no existing club that meets your interest, you can create a new one (

You'll never run out of things to do at Richmond. The Office of Student Activities and other programming entities make sure of that through a wide variety of on-campus entertainment options ranging from concerts to movies to comedians.

Student Government
To as great an extent as possible, the University places the governance of students in the hands of students. The coordinate colleges and the schools of business and leadership studies each have their own elected student government association which responds to the needs and interests of its specific students. In addition, student representatives are chosen to sit and vote on certain committees of the Board of Trustees and of the faculty. Each college has its own honor council and its own judicial council composed entirely of students.
Student Health Center

The Student Health Center offers a comprehensive program in health education and health maintenance, as well as treatment for illness and injury. The Health Center staff includes board-certified family practice physicians and registered nurses. Services include acute care for illness and injury, general medical care, women's health, men's health, allergy shots, and immunizations. The telephone number is (804) 289-8064 and FAX is (804) 287-6466. Students and parents are encouraged to visit the Health Center's website for general information and timely messages and the Health Center can be reached by email at

Rather than walking in without an appointment, students are encouraged to call and speak with a registered nurse about their concerns through the Dial-A-Nurse system (call 804-289-8700 for the Dial-A-Nurse). After evaluating the history and symptoms of the illness, the nurse will advise the most appropriate treatment. If indicated after the Dial-A-Nurse evaluation, an appointment will be made. Appointments may be made for annual gynecological examinations, doctor-requested follow-up visits, allergy shots, immunizations, and PPD tests by calling (804) 289-8064.

All full time students are eligible for the services provided by the Student Health Center. (School of Professional and Continuing Studies students are not eligible.) The cost of prescription drugs, some laboratory tests, hospital emergency room treatment, hospitalization, x-rays, and referral off campus for consultation with medical specialists are not covered by any student fees. These costs will be billed separately by the provider.

The Student Health Center does not accept insurance assignments. This means we will not bill a patient's insurance company. Any charges incurred at the time of visit will be billed through student accounts or may be paid by check, cash, or Spider Card. The patient will be provided with a medical encounter form itemizing all charges and containing all necessary information to submit for insurance reimbursement.

Information regarding hours of operation, descriptions of services, details of allergy shot procedure, billing and insurance questions, medical information, community facilities, medical referrals, and helpful links can be found on the Health Center's website.

Virginia law mandates that each student submit an immunization record and tuberculosis screening status prior to enrollment. In compliance with this requirement, the immunization record is included in the health history form provided to entering students and is to be returned to the Student Health Center.

All communications between student and Health Center staff are strictly confidential. Information will not be released from the Student Health Center without the patient's prior approval except in an emergency or by court order.