28 Westhampton Way
Richmond, VA 23229
The University of Richmond (commonly known as UR) is a privately owned and funded higher institute of learning
located in Richmond, Virginia. It was founded by Virginia Baptists in 1830 as a seminary for men; ten years later, it was incorporated
as Richmond College, which it would remain until the 1990s.
During the American Civil War, the college was used first as
a hospital for Confederate troops, then
as a Union barracks. By the
end of the war, the college was bankrupt and unable to continue functioning. Fortunately, in 1866, James Thomas
donated $5,000 to the college, reopening the school. In 1870, the T.C. Williams
School of Law was opened, and it is now one of the oldest law schools in
In 1894, Richmond's official mascot became the spider, and it became the only university in the country to have the spider as its official mascot. Also in that
year, the university elected Dr. Frederic W. Boatwright as its professor. Boatwright's 51-year tenure as president of Richmond
College earned him the honor of having the university's main library (Boatwright
Memorial Library) named after him.
In 1914, the Westhampton College for women was opened. Soon after, President Boatwright moved the campus
from its original location in what is now the Fan district, to its current
location, on the far west of the city. This new campus is now considered one of the most beautiful university campuses in the
country. In 1921, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences opened, the E. Claiborne Robins School of Business in 1949, and the School of Continuing Studies in 1962. In 1969, Richmond President George M. Modlin announced that E. Claiborne Robins, a trustee and
alumnus, would be donating $50 million to the college, a record donation to a higher
learning institute at the time. Today, the university's $1.05 billion endowment ranks in the top 40 of the nation.
In 1987, a donation of $20 million by Robert S. Jepson, Jr.
facilitated the opening of the Jepson School of Leadership Studies. In 1990, the missions of Richmond and Westhampton Colleges were combined to form the School of Arts and Sciences, and the
two colleges (Richmond for men and Westhampton for women) combined to form the University of Richmond.
On October 15, 1992, presidential candidates H. Ross Perot, George H.W. Bush, and
Bill Clinton held the first ever "town hall" debate on the UR campus.
The team's athletic programs compete in the Atlantic 10 Conference in all sports; UR is one
of only three schools in that conference with membership in both basketball and football. UR has won the conference's basketball
title many times in the past few decades, and has reached the NCAA Tournament