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Welcome, first-generation college students, to the University of Richmond. The University is proud that you have chosen to study here. We value the accomplishments, experiences, and perspectives that you bring. When Richmond offers admission to a student, it means that we believe in your capabilities and will help you develop them as far as they can go, both during your college years and beyond.

Richmond is the kind of institution that confers life-long benefits to its students. The University shows you how to expand your world, then helps you develop the skills you need to succeed in it. You can leave here after four years with a top-notch degree, a career-related internship or research experience, meaningful community service, time spent living abroad, and solid preparation for what lies beyond Richmond, all while accumulating very little debt.

This site provides links to resources that will help you succeed – key people that you need to know, offices that provide the services you need, and allies committed to helping you have a truly fulfilling experience here. It also features stories of other first-generation students already on our campus.

The University of Richmond declared a First-gen Forward Institution  

In the spring of 2019, the University was recognized by the National Center for First-generation Student Success to be a First-gen Forward institution. This recognition reflects the depth of programming offered to first-gen students, the many partnerships that have been formulated with departments around campus to support first-gen students, as well as the commitment of the University to meet 100% of demonstrated need for all students. We take this honor very seriously and are constantly looking for new ways to support our pioneering Spider F1rsts.

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