More than 800 first-year students are arriving to Richmond’s campus this week. Within the class of 2020:

  • 28 percent are U.S. students of color, the eighth consecutive year in which more than 20 percent of Richmond’s student population will be students of color.
  • 10 percent are international students. They come from 34 countries – from Bangladesh to Rwanda and Brazil to Romania.
  • 94 are first generation college students.
  • 44 states and U.S. territories are represented.

More than 10,400 students applied for the spaces. “The admitted students represent the most academically accomplished and diverse pool in the university’s history,” said Gil Villanueva, dean of Admission.

The students also bring a wide breadth of leadership experience.

  • 33 students served in student government or as class president
  • 27 students were editors of school publications
  • 28 were Eagle Scouts or Girl Scout Gold Award winners
  • 262 served as athletic team captains
  • 328 were members of the National Honor Society

“The new Spiders are accomplished in and out of the classroom,” Villanueva added. “We’re looking forward to what they will achieve while at Richmond.”

He cited several students, including one who served as first chair cello at his school and has performed with Sting and Paul Simon. Another first-year student is ranked 16th in the world for competitive Irish step dancing. Another is a junior science Olympiad representative for Vietnam.

Students will move in Aug. 17. President Ronald A. Crutcher will again assist students with move-in between 9 and 11 a.m.

Classes begin Aug. 22.

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