The "Fiske Guide to Colleges," a leading college guidebook, has selected the University of Richmond for its 2018 edition of more than 300 "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada and Great Britain.

"Business and a unique school for leadership studies are featured offerings, along with a strong international emphasis," the guide notes.

Richmond’s excerpt highlights several of the school’s programs, and concludes, "From first-of-their-kind academic programs to innovative out-of-classroom learning and networking opportunities, Richmond is working hard to push its vision of preprofessional education shaped by commitments to the liberal arts, leadership, and community involvement."

Two programs highlighted are the Integrated Quantitative Science course and the Sophomore Scholars in Residence program. IQS combines one-semester intro courses in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and computer science into one comprehensive course. The residence program is a living/learning program that combines an interdisciplinary course in the fall, a group project in the spring and various opportunities for community-based activities and domestics or international travel.

Also noted is how UR is "at the forefront of the movement called 'digital humanities,' and the Digital Scholarship Lab allows students to mine huge databases in order to look for and generate new knowledge on topics."

Anonymous feedback from students also is included. One student says, "Since many of our classes focus on experiential learning and group projects, we really cultivate a collaborative and supportive environment."

Students also are "enthusiastic" about career-related services such as Spider Road Trips, the guide notes. Students visit major cities to learn firsthand about various industries and network for potential jobs and internships.

Compiled by former New York Times education editor Edward B. Fiske, the guidebook selects colleges based primarily on academic quality. It includes information about each college’s academics, social life, student body, financial aid, campus setting, housing, food and extracurricular activities.

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