Academic Policies and Services

In 1914, the Offices of the Dean of Richmond College and the Dean of Westhampton College were created to administer the academic regulations for undergraduate students. At the time, the dean of each College was also the dean of the faculty. When the School of Arts & Sciences was created in 1991, the College deans were given dual appointments as associate deans for the School of Arts & Sciences.

This unique dual appointment is the basis of one of the University of Richmond's distinctive features: personal attention to the development of the whole student. On most campuses, the dean of students' office is focused only on "out of classroom"—or co-curricular—student development. At the University of Richmond, the College deans and their staff provide individualized, whole-student advising, mentoring, and support to students throughout their academic career, from orientation to graduation. The dean’s offices are invested in both academic and out-of-classroom success, and partner with a network of specialized academic, career, wellness, and personal advisors to help prepare students to thrive on campus and to lead a meaningful and successful life after college.

Information to keep in mind about the University of Richmond's Academic Policies:

Students entering the University of Richmond as first-year students must complete 35 units of University of Richmond-approved work toward the undergraduate degree, which includes exchange and study abroad programs, approved visiting away and off-campus programs, and courses taken through dual degree and cross-registration programs.

Students who enroll as first-years may bring in no more than seven units of credit, including credit by examination and transfer credit, to be applied toward their University of Richmond degree. Additional transfer work can be entered on the transcript and can be used to fulfill prerequisite requirements (not general education requirements), but only seven units of credit will count toward a degree.