Richmond and Westhampton Colleges
Undergraduate students at the University of Richmond are members of an academic school: the School of Arts and Sciences, the Robins School of Business, or the Jepson School of Leadership Studies. Male-identified students are also members of Richmond College; female-identified students are also members of Westhampton College. The colleges serve as dean of students offices and manage academic policy matters, thereby providing a holistic approach to students. The college deans report to both the vice president of student development and the dean of arts and sciences.
Each college has its own staff, residence life program, student government, activities, and traditions. Deans’ staff members focus on students’ personal development, crisis management, judicial policies, and matters that involve the University’s honor code. The deans’ offices also oversee popular student traditions that recognize and celebrate the smaller college community and heritage, including Westhampton College’s Junior Ring Dance and Richmond College’s Investiture. The residence life programs organize programming within the residence halls and living/learning initiatives that make important intellectual and personal connections between students and faculty members, e.g., the Richmond College’s "Spinning Your Web" program.
The two student governments - the Westhampton College Government Association (WCGA) and the Richmond College Student Government Association (RCSGA)- afford students valuable leadership opportunities and guarantee students participate equally in the governing process. Meanwhile, students make connections between their curricular and cocurricular experiences in college-based programs such as Westhampton College’s Women Involved in Living and Learning (WILL) program.