Undergraduate, coeducational college of liberal arts and sciences. Founded in 1830.
One of the nation's oldest Methodist-related colleges.
Campus. About 120 acres, bounded by athletic fields and the suburban Richmond
community of Ashland, Virginia. Includes six historic landmarks. New residence hall
and baseball field opening in 2011.
Location. 15 miles from downtown Richmond, Virginia. 90 miles south of Washington,
D.C. 60 miles east of the Blue Ridge Mountains. 100 miles west of Virginia Beach.
Enrollment. About 1,225 students (47 percent men, 53 percent women) from
29 states, the District of Columbia, and 15 foreign countries.
Faculty. 91 full-time faculty members whose main emphasis is teaching. Nearly
98% have a Ph.D. or the highest appropriate degree. Student faculty ratio: 11:1.
Average class size: 16 students.
Library. The McGraw-Page Library provides study space, multimedia workstations,
audiovisual and computer classrooms, 195,000 books and 60,000 e-books, nearly 3,000
journals, and hosts the Writing Center and thousands of electronic databases, books,
periodicals and streaming videos.
Over 25 servers, 100+ Cisco switches providing for 2000+ network connections, 12
miles of fiber optic cabling, and nearly 900 Windows and Macintosh computers in
classrooms, labs, and office are networked throughout campus. Each residence hall
room is provided wired and wireless access to the campus network/Internet. Wireless
connectivity is also available in almost all academic buildings.
Majors. 31 majors: Accounting, Art History, Arts Management, Asian Studies,
Biology, Chemistry, Classical Studies, Communication Studies, Computer Science,
Drama, Economics, Economics/Business, English, Environmental Studies, French, German,
Greek, History, International Studies, Latin, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Physics,
Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Spanish, Studio Art,
Women's Studies. Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees offered for all
Minors and Pre-professional programs. Available in most of the academic fields
listed above. Additional minors available in Astrophysics, Black Studies, Elementary
and Secondary Education, Ethics, and Film Studies. Pre-professional programs offered
in law, medical fields (medicine, dentistry, veterinary, etc.), and engineering
(3-2 cooperative program with Columbia University and University of Virginia).