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“Undergraduate research” is something of a buzzword in college admission these days. Like study abroad, it’s something that many prospective students are looking for (and being encouraged to look for) in a college, and it’s therefore something that most colleges are talking about. But buyer beware. Although everyone is talking about research, the reality can vary quite a bit from school to school; and because everyone is talking about research, you need to be an informed consumer and do some careful digging to ensure you’re getting the full picture.
If you’ve done your research into the University of Richmond, you may have encountered an unfamiliar term: “coordinate college system.” The coordinate college system is one of the defining features of the University of Richmond. Born from our history as a separate college for men (Richmond College) and for women (Westhampton College), the idea of two distinct schools within the University of Richmond umbrella can be a bit confusing in this day and age. What does it mean that we’ve maintained bits of this structure within our overarching University, and how does it impact University of Richmond students today?
This summer, the buzz around Richmond is twofold: the new state-of-the-art student housing on the Westhampton side of campus, and the second cycle of our UR Summer Fellowship program. In case you haven’t heard about the latter, I’d like to take a moment to share with you what it means for students and why it is, quite frankly, awesome.
Over the past decade, study abroad has become somewhat of a given among selective colleges (and somewhat of an expectation among students applying to those colleges). You’ll hear about study abroad at almost every college you visit, and you’ll find that some pretty high percentages of students are studying abroad. It’s tough to stand out in area that everybody is talking about – but the University of Richmond does. In the realm of international education, Richmond has long been seen as a nationwide leader, going all the way back to the 1980s when we were among the very first colleges to begin investing heavily in direct exchange programs. Here are a couple of reasons Richmond is different and (I would argue) a cut above many of our competitors.
Senior Assistant Director of Admission
A Richmond alumnus (Class of 2007), Tom has been working and blogging for the Office of Admission since he graduated. He loves his alma mater and the city that shares its name.
Beth Anne Spacht
Assistant Director of Admission
Beth Anne was a double major at Richmond (English and Latin American & Iberian Studies) and now enjoys helping prospective students discover the best of her alma mater.
The University of Richmond is a highly ranked liberal arts university offering an extraordinary combination of the liberal arts with law, business, leadership studies, and continuing education. The university is consistently named a best value in higher education by leading publications.