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UR: Small College, Big Sports

By Tom Nicholas

August 30, 2018

Guest Post by Charlie Broaddus, Admission Counselor

If you know anything about the University of Richmond, it’s probably that we’re a highly selective liberal arts school. You might have heard of our prestigious Robins School of Business, our renowned Jepson School of Leadership Studies, or our diverse School of Arts and Sciences. It’s likely that you know our academics are top-notch and our student body is diverse.

What people don't always recognize as quickly is that our 17 Division I sports teams are the real deal. Our athletics facilities were recently ranked No. 10 in the country by the Princeton Review, alongside the likes of Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, and Georgia Tech.

Our men’s basketball team, arguably our most popular, plays in the newly renovated Robins Center. The 7,201-seat arena draws rowdy crowds and gives students a chance to show their school pride – a major advantage when our biggest rivals come to town.

Our basketball team competes in the Atlantic 10 conference against Virginia Commonwealth University, Davidson, Dayton, and other schools known for their hoops. The Spiders, representing a school of about 3,000 undergraduates, regularly compete against (and beat) schools eight to ten times our size. Our team has a history of being the triumphant underdog with wins as the 12, 13, 14, and 15 seed in the NCAA tournament, and we’ve reached the Sweet 16 twice.

Our football team isn’t too shabby, either. Competing in beautiful Robins Stadium in front of almost 9,000 fans, Spider football has played in three of the last four NCAA FCS tournaments. They’ll be helped out this season by a brand new Student-Athlete Performance Center, including renovated locker rooms and strength and conditioning rooms that are both on par with some of the best in the country. Our latest star was quarterback Kyle Lauletta who, after guiding the Spiders to two straight playoff appearances, is now an NFL rookie and the backup quarterback for the New York Giants. The Spiders open this season on September 1 against UVA (who we beat in 2016).

How about lacrosse? Our men’s and women’s teams also play – and win – at Robins Stadium. Last year, both teams made it to the conference finals.

We regularly get winning seasons from our other teams as well, especially our strong women’s teams. Our field hockey team has been dominant, winning eight of the last 16 Atlantic 10 conference tournaments. The swimming and diving team has won five Atlantic 10 championships in just the past eight seasons, and our tennis team has won nine conference titles since 2002! And P.S. ... all of their fields and facilities are really nice, too.

In all, our teams have won 59 conference championships since UR entered the Atlantic 10 in 2000. We take our athletics seriously here at Richmond. It’s just another reason this place is so unique. Expect big wins from our teams this year, and if you happen to catch an NFL game this fall, watch closely to see if a former Spider is making plays!

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Tom NicholasTom Nicholas
Associate 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.

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Beth Anne SpachtBeth Anne Spacht
Senior 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.

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