About the University

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  • Mission Statement
    The mission of the University of Richmond is to educate in an academically challenging, intellectually vibrant, and collaborative community dedicated to the holistic development of students and the production of scholarly and creative work. A Richmond education prepares students for lives of purpose, thoughtful inquiry, and responsible leadership in a diverse world.
  • Organization and Accreditation

    Five academic schools and two 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.

    SACSCOC Accreditation

    The University of Richmond is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools 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.

    To request a copy of our letter of accreditation, contact: Office of Institutional Effectiveness, 28 Westhampton Way, University of Richmond, VA 23173; Phone: (804) 484-1595; FAX (804) 484-1596.

    AACSB Accreditation

    The Robins School of Business is fully accredited at the undergraduate and graduate levels in Business and Accounting by the Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB).

    ABA Accreditation

    The T.C. Williams School of Law is fully accredited by the recognized standardizing agencies in the United States. It is a member of the Association of American Law Schools; it is on the approved lists of the American Bar Association and the Virginia State Board of Bar Examiners; and its Juris Doctor degree is fully accredited by the Regents of the University of the State of New York. Although each state has its own requirements for admission to the bar, a law degree from the School of Law qualifies the holder to seek admission to the bar in any state in the nation and in the District of Columbia. Additional information about accreditation may be found at abanet.org/legaled/resources/contactus.html.

    Virginia State Board of Education Certification

    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.

    American Chemical Society Accreditation

    The University of Richmond’s chemistry program is accredited by the American Chemical Society.

  • Environment and History

    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, 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 provide 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.

  • University of Richmond Libraries
    Explore the University of Richmond Libraries and discover the rich collections of digital, print and archival information. Connect with library staff to learn about sources and services, from special collections and rare books to group study rooms outfitted for collaboration. The library offers opportunities for innovation through its digital library services, research and instruction program, rare books and special collections and the Digital Scholarship lab. Library locations include Boatwright Memorial Library (main library), Parsons Music Library at the Modlin Center for the Arts, the Curriculum Materials Center in North Court and the Science Reading Room in Gottwald Science Center.

    Students and scholars can start their research at library.richmond.edu. The Libraries offer access to over 400 databases, 100,000 full-text journals, 300,000 electronic book titles, 11,000 videos, 1,500 audiobooks and numerous other electronic resources. Research guides and chat services offer online assistance and many library services, such as interlibrary loan, are available on the library’s website.

    The libraries offer the services of expert librarians whose mission is to help students, faculty and staff with their library and information needs. Librarians are available through personal research appointments, walk-up assistance, email, phone and chat service.
  • Computing Facilities
    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.

  • Undergraduate Colleges
    Though Richmond is composed of five academic schools as well as two colleges, this catalog provides specific program information about only undergraduate study in the School of Arts and Sciences, Robins School of Business, and Jepson School of Leadership Studies. Pertinent information about Richmond College and Westhampton College is also presented in this catalog. Detailed information about each of the other academic schools is available upon request to the respective dean’s office.
  • Academic Schools

    School of Arts and Sciences

    All students begin as part of the School of Arts and Sciences. Approximately two-thirds of the University’s students (2,300) then continue their study in arts and sciences, pursuing Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in the more than 40 disciplines offered by the school.

    The School of Arts and Sciences is a blend of studies from all areas of life - health, fine arts, natural and urban environments, government, technology, cultures, emerging scientific studies, and literature are a few examples. Though the fields of study in the School of Arts and Sciences are diverse, each discipline pursues the common goals of challenging students to think critically and independently, to make decisions based upon their assessments, to communicate effectively, to gather and evaluate information and others’ opinions, and to work collaboratively, expanding their understanding of others to better comprehend the systems and situations around them. The programs ask rather than tell. Working together across disciplines, the faculty and students explore how things work, ask why they operate as they do, evaluate what has been successful, and consider possible solutions or advancements. Faculty collaborate with students to research and create data or art, encouraging them to build their own knowledge and skills and demonstrating how to most effectively communicate and apply what they learn.

    Robins Schools of Business

    The Robins School of Business enrolls about 650 students. The school’s principal objective is to provide a professional college education that will enable students to meet the challenges of a complex and international business world.

    The degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.) is offered with majors in accounting, business administration, and economics. The business administration major has several areas of concentration that students may pursue. Once a student declares a major, the Robins School of Business provides a number of internal activities in which students may participate in, including its own student government. The Robins School also has a chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, a national honor society. Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest national recognition a student can receive in an undergraduate or master’s program accredited by the AACSB-International.

    The School of Business faculty also provides the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in the Robins School of Business.

    Jepson School of Leadership Studies

    The Jepson School of Leadership Studies offers the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in leadership studies, as well as a minor in leadership studies. The Jepson School uses multiple disciplinary lenses to educate students for and about leadership. As a result, both the major and the minor are broadly based in the liberal arts but highly integrated with leadership as a unifying theme. By engaging students in the classroom and in the world around them, the Jepson School challenges students intellectually and prepares them for future responsibilities of leadership.

    Richmond and Westhampton Colleges

    Undergraduate students at the University of Richmond are members of an academic school: the School of Arts and Sciences, the Robins School of Business, or the Jepson School of Leadership Studies. Male-identified students are also members of Richmond College; female-identified students are also members of Westhampton College. The colleges serve as dean of students offices and manage academic policy matters, thereby providing a holistic approach to students. The college deans report to both the vice president of student development and the dean of arts and sciences.

    Each college has its own staff, residence life program, student government, activities, and traditions. Deans’ staff members focus on students’ personal development, crisis management, judicial policies, and matters that involve the University’s honor code. The deans’ offices also oversee popular student traditions that recognize and celebrate the smaller college community and heritage, including Westhampton College’s Junior Ring Dance and Richmond College’s Investiture. The residence life programs organize programming within the residence halls and living/learning initiatives that make important intellectual and personal connections between students and faculty members, e.g., the Richmond College’s "Spinning Your Web" program.

    The two student governments - the Westhampton College Government Association (WCGA) and the Richmond College Student Government Association (RCSGA)- afford students valuable leadership opportunities and guarantee students participate equally in the governing process. Meanwhile, students make connections between their curricular and cocurricular experiences in college-based programs such as Westhampton College’s Women Involved in Living and Learning (WILL) program.

    For more information regarding Westhampton College see wc.richmond.edu. For more information regarding Richmond College see rc.richmond.edu.

  • Spiritual Life

    This mission of the Office of the Chaplaincy is Inspiring Generous Faith; Engaging the Heart of the University.

    The Office of the Chaplaincy consists of five full-time staff members and eighteen affiliated campus ministers. Together, we focus on five strategic goals to advance our mission:
    • Creating structures of inclusion for the diversity of faith traditions present on campus.
    • Including our eighteen partner campus ministries more robustly in the mainstream of campus life.
    • Providing pastoral care to all members of the university community, particularly students.
    • Developing programming for students to pursue spiritual renewal, reflection, and critical engagement with their own experience and that of others.
    • Animating conversations of meaning across many lines of difference to cultivate our highest ideals of responsible living and learning.

    Some of our yearly highlights include the Pilgrimage program to Israel; our Multifaith Student Council; the Weinstein-Rosenthal Forum on Faith, Ethics, and Global Society; our One Book, One Campus program; our Consider This dinner series; the annual Iftar, Seder, Thanksgiving, and December Candlelight services.

    In addition, a wide range of worship and fellowship opportunities are offered such as weekly Catholic Mass; Kairos, a Christian contemplative service; Shabbat services; Muslim prayer; and Zen Meditation. Additional worship and study opportunities are offered through our campus ministry team.

    Visit our website for detailed information: chaplaincy.richmond.edu.

    The Office of the Chaplaincy is located in the Wilton Center, between Cannon Memorial Chapel and Tyler Hanes Commons. We look forward to meeting you.