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Rank: 113

University of Richmond

The University of Richmond is a private liberal arts college situated on a 350-acre suburban campus, six miles from downtown Richmond and 90 miles from Washington, D.C. With a graduation rate of 71%, the school prides itself on its low student-faculty ratio of 8:1 and the small size of its undergraduate classes. The university also brags that it's the only school in the country that has a spider as its mascot; in 2014, it obtained a live tarantula and placed it in a plastic container so it could watch over the basketball team's warm-up sessions. (Today, Tarrant supervises the men's basketball home games, while Ginny Lew hangs out at the women's games.) Spiders -- the students, not the arachnids -- enjoy the University of Richmond's fantastic weather, which allows them to play sports, lounge, and study on the many grassy lawns around campus. Greek life is a big deal at the school, where students say they both work hard and play hard. Looking to go beyond the bounds of classroom work? The college offers the Richmond Guarantee, which makes all undergraduates eligible for fellowships to help cover the costs associated with internships or research projects (up to $4,000).
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$67,800
% of students who get any grants
63%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$26,200
Average price for low-income students
$11,130
admissions
Acceptance rate
33%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1370/31
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
3,165
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
98%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
18%
Average merit grant
$23,009
student success
Graduation rate
88%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$21,060
Average salary within 3 years
$57,900
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
37%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 1
Regular application
Jan 15

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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