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 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

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  • Counseling and Psychological Services

    CAPS staff members are licensed mental health professionals who help students improve their mental health, and 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 currently enrolled, full-time, degree-seeking students. Common reasons students come to CAPS include anxiety, stress, 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 (138 Sarah Brunet Hall) 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.

  • Health Promotion
    The Department of Health Promotion supports a holistic approach to the health and well-being of students, faculty, staff, and community members. The Health Promotion team partners with departments campus-wide to offer educational programming and prevention services, while creating and building community. The prevention and educational approach to health and well-being focuses on changing behaviors, healthy lifestyle choices, and creating a unified culture to educate the campus community on the lifelong benefits of maintaining a healthy and well-balanced lifestyle. These educational programs and services include the Wellness Graduation Requirements; WELL 085, 086, 090, C.A.R.E. (Center for Awareness, Response and Education), salt therapy, massage therapy and outreach events focused on behavior change and a variety of health and well-being topics.
  • 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.
  • 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 undergraduate arts and sciences 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 (SHC) offers a comprehensive program in health education and health maintenance, as well as treatment for illness and injury. The SHC 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 Student Health Center’s website for general information and timely messages. The SHC may be reached by email at

    Students are encouraged to schedule appointments or speak to a registered nurse regarding any health concerns by calling Dial-A-Nurse at (804) 289-8700. After evaluating the student’s complaint or concern, the nurse will advise the most appropriate treatment and, if necessary, schedule an appointment. Students arriving at the SHC without an appointment may take advantage of SpiderCare. A nurse will assess or triage these students who "walk in" on a first -come first- served basis and recommend a care plan, which may include self-care, scheduling an appointment with a SHC physician or referral to an off campus health care center.

    All full time students are eligible for the services provided by the Student Health Center. 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 the responsibility of the student. 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 student’s insurance company. Any charges incurred at the time of visit to the SHC will be billed through student accounts. 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, description of services, details of allergy shot procedure, billing and insurance questions, medical information, community facilities, medical referrals and helpful links may be found on the Student Health Center’s website.

    Virginia law mandates that any full time student submit an immunization record and tuberculosis risk assessment screening prior to enrollment. In compliance with this requirement, this information is requested from entering students through their patient portal accessed via the Student Health Center website.

    All communications between a student and SHC 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.

  • University Recreation
    The mission of University 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, 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. Outdoor playing fields and lighted basketball and sand volleyball courts are available for recreational use. 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 program offers group exercise, indoor cycling, and other fitness programs throughout the day. 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 OAR, Outdoor Adventure & Recreation, programs offer activities and trips throughout the year, often including whitewater rafting, tubing, camping, skiing, rock climbing, and hiking. The Odyssey High Ropes Course allows for teambuilding that build valuable relationships, and leadership skills in a fun, supportive environment.

  • Well-Being Center
    The Well-Being Center is a comprehensive and integrated facility that includes all campus health care in one location, providing easy access for students and designed to be a collaborative high-impact environment to support student learning, student well-being, and student success. The Well-Being Center plays a critical role in the health and well-being of our campus community. The Center’s staff and resources focus on the "upstream" approach by providing programs and activities that are associated with healthful decision making and prevention. By instilling positive habits ranging from nutrition and sleep to stress management and sexual health, students will be less in need of the "downstream" services associated with intervention and rescue. The Well-Being Center strives to support a lively environment of diversity and inclusion for students with its open and welcoming spaces.