Colleges in Richmond

Colleges in Richmond

Richmond in the Commonwealth of Virginia is one of the oldest major cities in the states and, as such, played a hefty role in the Revolutionary War, including as the place where Founding Father Patrick Henry gave his “Give me liberty, or give me death!” speech. With its early participation in the founding of the US and being home to the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and 1 of 12 Federal Reserve Banks, it’s unsurprising that Richmond’s economy is largely driven by law, finance, and government. The city features 45 historic districts, with many also landing on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s also a hub for advertising companies, several fortune 500s, and an expanding biotechnology sector.

There are several colleges in the city, both public and private. When it comes to public options, Richmond offers J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, a part of the Virginia Community College System, as well as the Virginia Commonwealth University, a public research university that contributes to the city’s biotechnology, public policy, and health care. Private colleges include the Virginia Union University and the Union Presbyterian Seminary. The University of Virginia, while close to Richmond, is technically in unincorporated Ashland, 20 miles outside of the capital.  

Richmond provides extensive intercity public transport, with multiple runs to big-ticket areas like New York City and Washington, DC, however, the primary daily mode of transport is by vehicle. Local transit is limited, however there are two Amtrak stations.

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