UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND ─ The Fiske Guide to Colleges, a leading college guidebook, has selected the University of Richmond for its 2020 edition.

Each year the guide profiles more than 300 of the “best and most interesting” colleges in the country. The guide notes that Richmond is “a force for progressive liberal arts.”

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

Richmond’s First-Year Seminar with faculty drawn from across the university on topics ranging from bioethics to consumer culture is highlighted in the guide. Enrollment in the program is capped at 16 students to ensure that faculty members can focus on their students’ writing.

The guide also notes, “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.”

Another program featured is the “especially sought-after” Sophomore Scholars in Residence, a living-learning program that combines a yearlong interdisciplinary course, a group capstone in the spring, and various opportunities for community-based activities and domestic or international travel.

The university is touted for its “strong commitment to the City of Richmond.” Seventy-two percent of students are engaged in volunteer programs, donating more than 100,000 hours a year.

The guidebook, compiled by former The New York Times education editor Edward B. Fiske, 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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Fiske Guide Highlights about UR

  • “A force for progressive liberal arts.”
  • “Business and a unique school for leadership studies are featured offerings, along with a strong global emphasis.”
  • “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.”
  • “Especially sought-after” Sophomore Scholars in Residence program.
  • “Strong commitment to the City of Richmond.”