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      28 Westhampton Way
      Richmond, VA 23229

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      The University of Richmond (commonly known as UR) is a privately owned and funded higher institute of learning located in Richmond, Virginia. It was fou... read more

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      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
      the state.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
      frequently.

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