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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. The school prides itself on its low student-faculty ratio 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).
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
FALL 2020 PLAN: The University of Richmond is offering both in-person and remote classes this fall. When students returned to campus, they had to take a COVID-19 test, and there will be daily screenings throughout the semester. There won't be a fall break this year, and students are expected to return home before Thanksgiving. After that, classes will continue remotely.
costs
Est. Full Price 2020-2021
$68,500
% of students who get any grants
72%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$25,700
Average price for low-income students
$10,200
admissions
Acceptance rate
30%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1380/32
SAT/ACT Required for Fall 2021?
no
Enrollment
3,220
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
97%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
19%
Average merit grant
$23,160
student success
Graduation rate
87%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$19,990
Average salary within 5 years
$55,700
% earning more than $28,000
91%
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.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

coronavirus update

FALL 2020 PLAN: The University of Richmond is offering both in-person and remote classes this fall. When students returned to campus, they had to take a COVID-19 test, and there will be daily screenings throughout the semester. There won't be a fall break this year, and students are expected to return home before Thanksgiving. After that, classes will continue remotely.

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

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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