Academic Opportunities and Support

Academic Advising

An important part of a liberal arts education at the University of Richmond is the relationship between a student and his or her academic advisor. All full-time faculty members in the undergraduate schools and some experienced staff members serve as advisors. While some professors advise only majors in their programs, most advise both majors and students who have not yet declared a major. The ratio of students per advisor is intentionally kept low so students can benefit from personal attention as they plan their academic program.

While the University believes that the responsibility for decisions and actions resides with each individual, advisors are available to answer questions about the curriculum and choosing courses and to help students navigate their years at Richmond. They can assist students along the path to choosing a major, examining career choices, and deciding on research studies or internships. Many graduates report that their advisor was a highly valuable resource to them, and many advisees and advisors remain in touch after the student has left the University.

In addition, the Academic Advising Resource Center (AARC) is available to assist both advisors and advisees with any questions or concerns. For more information about academic advising, contact the AARC at advising.richmond.edu.

Academic Support Centers

Academic Skills Center
The Academic Skills Center, located in the administrative wing of Boatwright Library, provides academic skills support to University of Richmond students. Operating from an holistic vantage point, the Center incorporates counseling and academic skills techniques (e.g., exam preparation, critical reading, critical thinking, note-taking, information processing, concentration, time management, etc.), that address the academic performance of students and their social adjustment to the University environment. The Center offers free tutoring in a variety of subjects (e.g., calculus, chemistry, accounting, etc.) to students through its Peer Academic Skills Tutoring program. Both individual and group tutoring options are available. Call (804) 289-8626, visit asc.richmond.edu or come by the Center for more information.
Weinstein-Jecklin Speech Center

Practice and preparation can make the difference between a satisfactory speech and a memorable one. Video recording, review, and peer consultation are available at the speech center to assist students in the development of their oral presentations. Administrators, faculty, and staff rely on the speech center as well to prepare for workshops and to record small group discussions for classroom purposes. The student consultant staff assists client peers with mock interviews, symposia presentations, brainstorming, or conference panel practice sessions.

Faculty and trained undergraduate students conduct consultations daily at the speech center; practice sessions are available evenings and weekends by appointment. Reservations are made through the speech center's Web site at speech.richmond.edu. The speech center is located on the fourth floor of Weinstein Hall between the departments of rhetoric and communication studies and journalism.

Writing Center
The Writing Center offers assistance to students writing papers and reports as well as to those making applications to graduate and professional schools and preparing résumés. Beginning about the third week of each semester, the Writing Center is open on a regular basis and staffed with student tutors. Students may make an appointment using the center's online calendar. The Writing Center also offers typing instruction and special tutoring for international students. The center is located in the Boatwright Library's Administrative Wing, under the bell tower to the right of the library's main entrance. Many of the center's materials and other information can be found at writing.richmond.edu.
Honor Societies

Many honor and professional societies have chapters at the University of Richmond.

Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest undergraduate honor society in the United States. The Richmond chapter, Epsilon of Virginia, was founded in 1929. Phi Beta Kappa members are selected from the Schools of Arts and Sciences and Leadership based upon academic achievement.

Beta Gamma Sigma is the national honor society for business students. The University of Richmond chapter was founded in 1965. Faculty members select students for membership based on distinguished academic record.

Omicron Delta Kappa is the national leadership honor society. Chartered in 1921, Richmond's ODK chapter recognizes academic achievement, leadership, and membership positions

Golden Key National Honour Society recognizes and encourages scholastic achievement. Richmond's chapter was chartered in 1990 and provides academic recognition, leadership and community service opportunities, and educational programs for its members.

Mortar Board  is a national honor society that recognizes college seniors for distinguished scholarship, leadership, and service. Membership is open to rising seniors by invitation.

In addition to these campus-wide honor societies, many departments sponsor campus chapters of national honor societies in their disciplines. Information regarding departmental honor societies can be obtained from individual departments.

WILL Program (Women Involved in Living and Learning)

WILL is a four year, nationally recognized program for women interested in exploring gender and diversity issues both in and out of the classroom. Students strengthen their leadership skills as they actively work to create a more equitable world. The first program of its kind, WILL has been replicated by schools around the country.

WILL consists of three complementary components:

  1. Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) minor
    • The WGSS minor serves as the cornerstone of the WILL curriculum, providing a theoretical framework for the examination of gender, societal institutions, individual beliefs and a wide range of social justice struggles and achievements.
    • The minor includes a supervised internship, which provides invaluable experience for career preparation.
    • The minor in WGSS complements all majors and minors and enhances study abroad opportunities.
  2. Leadership
    • WILL students develop leadership skills and gain real-world experience over the course of the four-year program.
    • Students apply academic knowledge to social problems in the campus community, the city of Richmond and beyond.
    • Students are involved in active decision-making through the WILL student leadership organization, which includes an elected board and student committees.
  3. Gender and Diversity-Related Events
    • WILL sponsors events throughout the year, including an annual speaker series, that bring prominent women and men to campus to discuss gender and diversity-related topics.
    • WILL students meet with scholars and activists in small groups in order to learn more about the speakers' expertise in a more intimate setting.

The WILL program fosters a deeper understanding of gender and its intersections with race, culture, class, sexuality, and other aspects of social identity. By connecting students with one another, and to a strong and supportive network of faculty, staff, students, alumnae, and community mentors, WILL students develop critical thinking, problem-solving, and leadership skills. In addition, WILL provides opportunities for women to explore career and life choices that enable them to excel and realize their full potential.

Applications are accepted during the summer and in the fall of a student's first year at the University of Richmond. Subject to space availability, sophomore women may also apply. For further information, visit WILL's website at will.richmond.edu.

Sophomore Scholars-in-Residence
Beginning August 2009, the University will offer several unique living and learning communities designed to enhance student learning beyond traditional methods. Sophomore students will be invited to live in special learning communities in Lakeview Residence Hall that revolve around a central theme. Residents take a credit-bearing class together that meets in a classroom/kitchen area located on the first floor of Lakeview Hall. Students are actively involved in experiential and social activities outside of class time with the professor. Themes may include politics, foreign language, outdoor adventures, civic engagement, and literature. Questions can be directed to the vice president for student development.