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Academic Excellence

The University will provide students the knowledge, insight, and skills needed to understand, contribute to, and lead in a rapidly changing world, and it will embrace and support the production of high-quality scholarship.

A University of Richmond education will stimulate intellectual and personal growth, connect theory with practice, and offer the inspiration of the liberal arts and the ability to approach problems thoughtfully, critically, ethically, and creatively. Every undergraduate student will have the opportunity to enter into an intellectually engaging first-year experience based on the University’s values; ascend through living-learning, community-based, and international exposure; and pursue faculty-mentored research and internships to graduate enriched and fully prepared for challenging and fulfilling lives. In every school, a Richmond education will chart a course for transformational learning from student acceptance to graduation. That education will take place within a vibrant intellectual community that supports the production of high-quality scholarly and creative work and engages students as active partners in that work. 


  • Develop a signature first-year experience that will immerse undergraduate students into our intellectual community and set them on a purposeful, ambitious path of inquiry and achievement in the classroom and in their personal development.
  • Ensure that our curriculum provides students with the best possible preparation for lifelong learning, success in their chosen profession, and meaningful contributions to addressing the world’s problems. 
  • Encourage and support the production of excellent scholarly and creative work.
  • Support a robust intellectual community inside and outside the classroom, including innovations in the use of campus spaces, the structures of campus life, and the visibility of scholarly and creative accomplishments.
  • Create institutional structures to support an enhanced culture of writing, so that Richmond graduates in all disciplines are recognizable by their proficiency in this area.
  • Strengthen and expand faculty development opportunities to support inclusive pedagogy and continuing faculty innovation in the classroom.
  • Support areas of academic strength that take advantage of our disciplinary breadth to address the world’s problems from multiple perspectives. Areas of emphasis could include ethics, sustainability, entrepreneurship, data analytics, and areas of law and public policy.