Princeton Review gives UR high honors for focus on internships

May 3, 2021

University News

The University of Richmond has been named to The Princeton Review’s list of the 200 Best Value Colleges for 2021. The University also ranked No. 2 among private schools on the Best Schools for Internships list. UR ranked No. 6 on this list last year.

From connecting students with alumni to resume review, UR’s Career Services offers numerous resources related to internships. Every undergraduate student is eligible to receive a fellowship of up to $4,000 for a summer internship or faculty-mentored research project through the Richmond Guarantee, a hallmark UR program.

“Internships are more critical than ever in terms of students ability to better understand who they are, what skills they have acquired, and how they see themselves in the world beyond,” said Denise Dwight Smith, assistant vice president for alumni and career services. “It is one of the best forms of integrative learning.”

The National Association of Colleges and Employers surveys and other statistics back up the importance which employers place on internship experience for increased recent graduate employability.

The “Best Value Colleges” ranking annually names undergraduate institutions the education services company recommends as offering the best return on investment. The ranking is determined by a combination of academics, costs, financial aid, debt, graduation rates, and alumni career and salary data.

Richmond is one of only a few institutions that combine need-blind admission with a guarantee to meet 100% of demonstrated need. Additionally, all first-year applicants are considered for merit-based aid, including full-tuition scholarships and a variety of interest-based programs.

"The colleges that we designate as our 'Best Values' this year are truly a select group: They comprise only about 1.2% of the four-year undergraduate institutions in the U.S.," said Rob Franek, editor-in-chief of The Princeton Review. "We recommend and commend them highly for everything their administrators, faculties, staff, and alumni are doing to educate their students and to guide them to post-college success."