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The Dual Degree and Pre-Engineering Programs

University of Richmond offers students with an interest in engineering opportunities to pursue that interest and receive the benefits of a Richmond education including but not limited to small class sizes, liberal arts curriculum, guaranteed funding to pursue a summer research experience, division 1 athletics and active student life. Specifically, Richmond offers two engineering programs. 

  • The Columbia program offers students the opportunity to pursue dual degrees from the University of Richmond and Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science in a five or six-year period.  
  • The UVA program offers students the opportunity to take course work in engineering through a visiting student program with the University of Virginia School of engineering and applied science while completing their University of Richmond degree. 

Types of Programs

Columbia Dual-Degree Program

The University of Richmond in combination with Columbia University offers a 3-2 or 4-2 dual-degree engineering program. Through the Columbia Combined Plan Program, students receive a bachelor’s degree in a major of their choosing from the University of Richmond and a second bachelor’s degree in engineering from Columbia. Students spend their first 3 or 4 years at the University of Richmond taking courses for their Richmond degree and completing suggested courses for admission into the Columbia School of Engineering and Applied Science. Students then spend their last 2 years at Columbia completing their engineering degree. See the program requirements.

University of Virginia Pre-Engineering Opportunity

The University of Richmond in combination with the University of Virginia offers a 3-1 pre-engineering opportunity. At the completion of this program, students receive a bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond during which time they have the opportunity to take engineering courses at the UVA School of Engineering and Applied Science. Students typically spend 3 years at the University of Richmond and 1 year at the UVA School of Engineering and Applied Science as a visiting student.  During their time at UVA students are encouraged to work alongside an engineering advisor to select course work to prepare them to pursue graduate work in engineering.

Other Options

Not all students interested in engineering pursue these programs.  Many choose to complete their Richmond degree and apply directly to graduate programs.  Recent graduates have gone on to graduate to pursue:

PhD in Biomedical Engineering – University of Virginia
Masters in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering – Virginia Commonwealth University
Masters in Electrical Engineering – George Washington University
Masters in Biomedical Engineering – Cornell University
Masters in Chemical Engineering - Virginia Commonwealth University