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Living-Learning for First-Year Students

In addition to traditional residential options, the University of Richmond offers first-year students a number of living-learning communities in which students with common interests live together and share a number of outside-the-norm experiences that take their education far beyond the classroom. These communities are designed for students to create meaningful bonds and friendships with their fellow classmates, develop a relationship with a faculty member during their first year at Richmond, and connect their interests both inside and outside of the classroom.

We offer living-learning communities for first-year students that are both single-gender communities, as well as co-ed communities. These communities are grouped together in a section of the hall around common spaces and lounges that help facilitate bonding and programming.

No matter the first-year living-learning communities, students can expect to:

  • Enroll in a one–unit course in the fall semester, either a first-year seminar or course that fulfills a general education requirement, led by a faculty member
  • Live together with others participating in one of our first-year residence halls
  • Have a shared Fall Break experience in Richmond that allows students to explore the city of Richmond, as well as engage in their course topic through experiential learning
  • Engage with the University's One Book, One Richmond program in the spring semester by attending the lecture by the book's author, as well as participating in a discussion group in their community
  • Have fun, meet other first-year students, and engage with faculty outside of the classroom

Programs available to Westhampton College students

Moore International: Women, Virtue and Temptation in Literature
Ready for Moore: Leadership and the Social Sciences
Women in Math and Science: Bioethics*

Programs available to Richmond College students

Explore UR World: Across the Continents
Spinning Your Web: Games, Game Theory, and Leadership

Programs available to both Richmond and Westhampton College students (co-ed)

American City, American Culture
Civic Journalism and Social Justice
Live from Russia: Introduction to Russian Language and Culture
Narratives of Identity and Relationship
Wrongful Convictions in Modern America

Richmond and Westhampton Colleges

The University of Richmond was originally established as two colleges, Richmond College for men in 1840 and Westhampton College for women in 1914. Together, the Colleges are dedicated to supporting all students who identify with each College, to help students to become the best versions of themselves, including through the following College-sponsored programming.

Fast Facts

Number of students per community:
16, plus a dedicated resident assistant

Residence Halls:
Co-ed Communities
Wood Hall

Richmond and Westhampton College Communities
Dennis Hall (Richmond College)
Moore Hall (Westhampton College)

Additional cost to students:

Application Information

The deadline to apply to participate in a first-year living-learning community is May 14, 2017. Students will apply through StarRez, beginning April 14, 2017, while they are completing their housing application. Students access StarRez through BannerWeb (through the Housing menu). Please contact us if you have any questions.

More Information on Applying


R–Business is a co-ed first-year community for students who are interested in pursuing business. Unlike living-learning communities, students in R–Business do not live together in the same residence hall, but have interactions and programs with business faculty throughout the academic year.