I am a former student at Richmond, the American International University in London, graduated fall 2001. I noticed several occasions’ of impropriate relationships between student and tutor at the department of Fine arts and Theatre. In one occasion, I was offered the opportunity of a short weekend journey for art studies but when it was obvious that I did not share the same kind of sexual orientation with the professor another student suddenly had his “attention”. And, no student dared to stand up against or question the conduct by the faculty member. But, we students indeed often asked our self how this was possible to go on without to draw any attention. We students were often afraid to face reprisals if we dared to question or to make any remarks. Some students tried but they just vanished a short after their complain was established. And, the trust to the board or anyone within the school of authority were none. Few years later I wrote a letter to the board of trust, and the only reply was threats and warnings to be sued by the univeristy. The faculty and the board of trust have always protected eachother.
This is just a brief list of things to consider if you are planning on coming to Richmond.
1. Its very small so theres many cliques and tons and tons of drama. AND everyone knows your business
2. Students (mainly girls) dress like their going to a fashion show or out about town when really they just walk from their dorm to the classroom which is probably between 30 -50 ft maybe even less.
3. Lots of kids come from money, it can be intimidating if your not that wealthy.
4. If you don't smoke cigs you should probably start now just so you dont look like an idiot and cough when you come, because so many people smoke cigs here or start to smoke to be cool
5. There's way more girls than guys, so lots of guys think their the s***
6. Some of the faculty is really dumb.
7. The cafeteria food sucks apart from breakfast ( thats not that unusual tho in uni)
8. The dorms in the main building are very small except for in George House the rooms are pretty nice. Parkview and Munford are the best places to live on the Richmond campus.
9. This school is after your money
10. The classes are small so the popular ones fill up quickly and they rarely allow extra people in
11. You can only miss class 4 times 2 if it meets once a week and then you fail it
12. Lots of kids just come to party and dont care about their studies (there are some who do though)
13. There's lot's of Americans and Arabs
14. There are no sport teams but there is a basketball court and the front lawn is big to play football on
15. Security guards can be ****
16. Kensington campus is way better than the Richmond since your right in London
17. There are some chill people there
18. London is an amazing city so much to do
19. Richmond is nice but boring there are several pubs to go to but its about 40 50 mins from central
20. You would most likely love this school if your outgoing and love to party and still have a high school mentality
I have been accepted to the Richmond MA international relations program. I have been reading a lot of negative reviews about the University. Can anyone give me any feedback on the the MA program or Richmond in general? A lot of the negative reviews I have read are from years ago. Has the school improved much over time? I don't want to invest money and time into a program that is a bad one! Thanks.If you could email me back at firstname.lastname@example.org with any information that would be great.
To the author of the latest review on Richmond (user name ?????):
As a recent Richmond graduate, I'd like to respond to the criticisms you outlined in your review:
1."Its very small so theres many cliques and tons and tons of drama. AND everyone knows your business"
Yes, it is a small private university. If you choose to get involved with people who are immature and concern themselves with other people's business, you will find "drama." If you are a good judge of character and are set in your goals, you will find yourself with like-minded people and a fabulous group of friends.
2. "Students (mainly girls) dress like their going to a fashion show or out about town when really they just walk from their dorm to the classroom which is probably between 30 -50 ft maybe even less."
There is some truth to this. Many of the wealthy students choose to dress this way for class, but the vast majority do not. More importantly... who cares what other people wear? What a childish criticism. Why do you care what other people wear to class?
3. "Lots of kids come from money, it can be intimidating if your not that wealthy"
This is true, but there are also a lot of students who aren't from wealthy backgrounds. I'm one of them, and I got on just fine.
4. "If you don't smoke cigs you should probably start now just so you dont look like an idiot and cough when you come, because so many people smoke cigs here or start to smoke to be cool"
Are you serious? We're a little old for school yard peer pressure, don't you think? I'm sorry that you felt pressured to smoke, or that you were afraid of not being "cool," but I am a non-smoker and I never EVER had any issues with people not accepting me because I don't smoke. How ridiculous.
5. "There's way more girls than guys, so lots of guys think their the s***"
Again... who cares? Are you 13 years old?
6. "Some of the faculty is really dumb."
All of my professors had PhDs or were PhD candidates. They were experts in their field and very active in academia on an international scale. Seeing as how did not back up this claim with any evidence, I'm assuming you didn't do well in some of your classes and am now bitter.
7. "The cafeteria food sucks apart from breakfast ( thats not that unusual tho in uni)"
I can't confirm or deny whether the cafeteria food was low-quality, as I was not on a meal plan.
8. "The dorms in the main building are very small except for in George House the rooms are pretty nice. Parkview and Munford are the best places to live on the Richmond campus."
Yes, the dorms are small, but it's not meant to be luxury accommodations. It's a university dorm.
9. "This school is after your money"
All universities charge tuition. Not sure what your point is here. If you are a good student, Richmond offers generous scholarships. I had one which covered the vast majority of my tuition. I'm guessing that wasn't the case for you.
10. "The classes are small so the popular ones fill up quickly and they rarely allow extra people in"
I've never had a problem with this. Perhaps you shouldn't register for classes at the last minute. I think you are once again blaming the university for your lack of proactively.
11. "You can only miss class 4 times 2 if it meets once a week and then you fail it"
If you are worried that you can "only" miss 4 classes, maybe you aren't the type to succeed at university anyway. Higher education is not supposed to be a cake walk. I'm assuming since all of your criticisms relate to the Richmond campus, you didn't advance to the Kensington campus or graduate. University is meant to be a challenge--something you dedicate yourself to. If you don't want to come to class, enroll in an online university.
12. "Lots of kids just come to party and dont care about their studies (there are some who do though)"
This is true. The "kids" that do care about their studies, get good marks and are admitted to some of the best universities in the world for graduate school.
13. "There's lot's of Americans and Arabs
If you aren't able to cope with a diverse mix of people from all corners of the world, you don't belong at an international university like Richmond to begin with. P.S. Why are you surprised that there are a lot of Americans? It is an American university, hence the name Richmond the American University in London. Did you read the prospectus?
14. "There are no sport teams but there is a basketball court and the front lawn is big to play football on"
I haven't tried to play football on the lawn, but you're probably right.
15. Security guards can be ****
My guess is that you were doing something immature or disruptive if the guards reported you. Again, this isn't a grade school playground, this is university.
16. "Kensington campus is way better than the Richmond since your right in London"
I agree. That said, the Richmond campus is a good introduction for students who have never lived abroad or been to London. The culture at the Kensington campus is a lot different, too. The students are a bit more mature and people don't meddle in each other's affairs as much because the living quarters aren't as close.
17. "There are some chill people there"
Uh... I agree, I guess.
18. "London is an amazing city so much to do"
19. "Richmond is nice but boring there are several pubs to go to but its about 40 50 mins from central"
This is true. Like I said, it's a good introduction to life in London, but I prefer the Kensington campus.
20. "You would most likely love this school if your outgoing and love to party and still have a high school mentality"
How odd that you didn't enjoy it then, since you seem to have a high school mentality. Caring about what other people wear to class, concerning yourself with "drama," complaining that you can't miss more class, and (my personal favourite) being afraid of school yard peer pressure: "If you don't smoke cigs you should probably start now... because so many people smoke cigs here or start to smoke to be cool."
I'm sorry you didn't get much out of your experience at Richmond, but I find your analysis to be terribly misleading to those who are after a real university education and actually plan on attending their classes.
To Abie: I am a recent Richmond graduate and, like many of my friends, have gone on to pursue graduate study at some of the highest-ranking universities in the world. If you take advantage of what Richmond has to offer (and not worry about petty, immature stuff like what people wear to class), you will come out of it with loads of good career contacts in your chosen field of study and fabulous opportunities for post-graduate study. This person obviously did not take advantage of good opportunities and is trying to bad-mouth the university because he/she was clearly not mature enough to handle his/her undergraduate programme. Judging by the appalling number of spelling and grammatical errors in this author's review, it seems he/she didn't get much out of their university education anyway.
Richmond is known for its IR programmes and I think it would be a good choice for you, provided you don't have the same mentality as the author of the last review. Good luck to you, Abie!
I have been a Richmond student for three years. I have a love/hate relationship with the school. I, and many of my friends, have had classes cancelled on us at the last minute, classes rearranged, and awkward scheduling that has made our lives hell. Also, due to the name and who it draws to the school, there is a huge focus on the International Relations part of the school, perhaps neglecting other areas a bit.
On the other hand, two of the best teachers I've ever had are at Richmond Uni. I also appreciate that they, at least in the psychology department, seem to take an interest in us personally and want us to do well. So the teachers can be spectacular. Although I'm aware of a few intolerable teachers as well, although I've only suffered one of them myself.
The students are, generally, pleasant enough. It depends what you are going for, personally I'm not into the school activities/government etc as it does not appeared to be geared towards any of my interests or concerns. But being in London, one really doesn't need to spend any non-academic time at the school, as there are plenty of more interesting things to do and people to meet outside of school!
Another thing to note is that a large percentage of the upper division students are study abroads. This is a major peeve of many of the degree students. And I suppose they do often hold things up having different previous knowledge, interacting with people differently (too many 'bros' and 'dudes' if you ask me), and academics not being their top priority as many of them are at Richmond on a pass/fail basis. So there is some merit to the degree students feelings on study abroads.
Basically, the school is not as bad as some of the reviews (that I think are outdated by now) here would have you believe, but perhaps not as amazing as other reviews say. Mostly, the setting is ideal (Richmond and Kensington are two of the nicest areas in London!), and you might just be lucky enough to have some of the best teachers ever! (I also agree with the previous statement that the teachers are all qualified, academically speaking. Most have their doctorates, with a few adjunct professors with masters degrees).
Also, I don't dare be too harsh in my review, as I am aware of these same or worse experiences occuring at other well-known universities.
Hello, I have been accepted to St. Andrews in Scotland, and Richmond University in London. I would appreciate any comments on these schools (positive or negative). Why Is it a good/bad school? How is the non-academic life? Are the teachers nice, helpful etc? Please e-mail me at:email@example.comI really appreciate any help!Thank you
I am a current students at Richmond. I am highly involved in Student Government, ResLife, Academics, and the Social scene in Richmond and Kensington. I frankly find some of these VERY OUTDATED reviews ridiculous! Everysingle professor I have been taught by in my Major (IR) has a Doctorate, and not from anywhere, but from LSE! Cambridge! Harvard! Evenmy GenED requirement in Math prof had his MA and Doctorate from Oxford! Those reviews are outdated!
I am attending Richmond in London within five days.. Richmond is relatively a small university, but if it did not offer outstanding educational programs it would not cost 20 grands per semester.. im going to major in finance and i have seen in the university webpage that richmond students get to make it to harvard, KINGS, and many gr8 institutions.. anyways try and if its not what you want.. just transfer
I am thinking about enrolling at Richmond the american international University in London in fall 2007. I live in Germany and I`m wondering whether I should invest that much money and start at Richmond as a international business administration student or not.
Reading the many negative reports about the university I was somewhat shocked, but all of them were written like 5 years ago or more and there are a few positive reports as well that state that the negative comments are not valid.
I hope that someone who currently attends or just graduated from Richmond can tell me what he thinks.
This isn't a review so much as a request. I want anyone...someone who has some solid knowledge on Richmond to give me a detailed review on the university. I'm attending in the fall and based on the reviews i've read so far, I'm downright scared! I've already took out loans to pay (the $31,000 tuition) and preparing to leave in late August. Can someone tell me what the uni is like, the people and the classes? Are you challenged in the classroom?
Also, if I get to the university, try it out, and end up not enjoying it, what are some other uni's I can try in England?
Hi...I was doing a search on the university i graduated from and I came across this and was shocked by the reviews. It seems obvious that those that gave negative reviews are just negative people in general because they are way off. Richmond is great in terms of diversity and the quality of academics. If Richmond is so bad, why did my friends who I graduated in go on to such Universities as Cambridge and LSE? Are these third rate institutions? Why did my friend land a great job at Accenture? Not a good company? Why was I accepted unconditonally into Goldsmiths and University of Westminster? Not because I am rich, I can tell you that because I had to work myself through school and relied on a scholarship which I earned by studying hard. For those of you looking for a school, do you expect people to hand things to you on a plate? When you go to college its really up to you to make the most of things. If you really engage with the material you are studying and take advantage of the knowledge of students and faculty (who by the way almost all have Phds) from an amazing array of backgrounds and use London as a classroom, Richmond is a great choice. If you give into gossip and laziness then you will probably have a bad time any where you go.
I attended Richmond last year, and believe me it is not worth the almost $30,000 it costs to attend. This university doesn't even rank at the level of some community colleges-- I took classes in high school more challenging then what is offered at Richmond. The student body is far from diverse. True people from a wealth of cultural backgrounds do attend, but if I did learn anything from my experience at Richmond it was that pretentious rich kids are the same worldwide. The student body cares more about supporting their drug habit then their academics. The facilities are awful, often the showers are not functioning, the main building leaves much to be desired, and nothing is ever cleaned properly. Not only are the facilities poor, but the food is disgusting. If one is lucky enough to be placed in one of the satellite residences they may opt to be off the meal plan. However living in a satellite residence also has major downfalls, namely you have no way of contacting security (unless you have a mobile), and it takes longer for requested repairs to be made. Further more the faculty, administration, and general employees of Richmond are well below the standards of any normal university. The administration is often lax on their duties, and never fulfill there promises. Over the semester break, several of my belongings were stolen from my room, though I was told they would be completely safe. The university did little to help find my belongings, though the insurance did cover the monetary cost the sentimental value cannot be replaced. Continuing from there, security leaves much to be desired. Though some of the men are quite friendly and willing to help, most are grouchy and more willing to sit at their computers and play solitaire then to help out. A good percentage of the professors at Richmond do not even hold there PhD- it?s no wonder considering even those with the highest status cannot teach a class to save their lives.
Bottom line? Horrible facilities and administration, a pretentious student body, and poor quality of professors make this university by far one the worst academic institutions around. Don?t waste you?re money.
I go to Richmond and I am shocked by how horrifying it is. Bad facilities, bad Professors (who are full of themselves and don't teach much! One of them got fired for sexual harassment!), bad food.... there are no bright sides other than some of the great friends you make. But making friends alone isn't a reason to pay almost $30,000.00 for this university. A friend of mine left this year after they wouldn't let him re-sit exams, what Richmond doesn't know is that his mother works for the U.S. Government and is in the process of the getting the Department of Education to open an investigtion into several bad things that go on at Richmond. My friend decided to go to another school and couldn't be happier! I've also noticed that this school is full of "cliques" that basically segregate every aspect of the school. You have the Americans, Arab (a category I proudly fall into), African, Asian... and about 50 other groups who only hang out with each other. It's not like a university, it's like a high school. AVOID RICHMOND AT ALL COSTS! London has several other schools that are cheaper, have better recognition, nicer facilities, and when you leave them your education will actually mean something. P.S.- To the person who said that Richmond was great because it offered UK and US degree's, they should also note the fact that it doesn't matter what they offer if no one had heard of Richmond or if the only words they have associated with the school consist of the term "second rate".
I tend to agree with bianca_bird. I attended Richmond for one year as a Theatre Arts Major. Any one considering going to this school for arts, please reconsider. The head of theatre is not very helpful in anyway and I found him to be quite snobbish and often used favoritism. The classes were non-challenging (except for the challenge of staying awake) and often taught by people who had other jobs and not enought time for both. The facilities are poor as well. The toilets dirty and few and the showers often broken. The food also poor, but i let that go, it is school food after all. As for unity in diversity, was it just coincidence that almost all of the american's were clumped together in one area of the residence? I can't vouch for other ethnicities, but it was the case for the americans. I think Richmond is eager to take money and does not really mind who it comes from. They have a very poor application system that allows nearly everyone entrance without proof of aptitude.
As an alumn of Richmond, The American International University in London, I was angered by the statement by "bianca_bird". It seems to me that she does not appreciate the real value of a university. As far as I am concerned, university is about meeting people and learning, not about sitting in my room and talking on the phone. And if the latter is want I wanted to do, I would use my mobile like everyone else. My fellow students at Richmond were like me - of mixed parentage and without roots because of moving to every corner of the earth whilst growing up. Richmond became to me and my friends almost a safe haven, where we could gather to belong and grow up before moving out on our own. Someone commented to me, upon meeting some Richmond alumni, "it is like meeting the United Nations". Every person at Richmond is unique and has his or her own stories to tell. Richmond is a private institution; it is not as cheap as British universities because it does not receive funding from the government as they do. The tuition is spent on the education rather than the building. It is what its students, well, with the exception of "bianca_bird", want - wouldn't you rather have a good present than just beautiful packaging? Richmond was the first university in the world to have accreditation from both the US and the UK. Even today only one other university has achieved that. For the 3.5 years I spent at Richmond, everything was in working order. The staff was friendly and if I needed help I was not kept waiting. I had a scholarship to attend and I would do it all over again if I chose to. It is easy to look at Richmond's success rate. Just visit the website and see where the alumni have gone on to work or study further. As far as I am concerned, "Biana_bird" has probably never before left the US and hasn't seen anything beyond the supposed "big and beautiful" facade that is the US. Furthermore, I am certain that every single other person who considers going to my alma mater is smart enough to make up their own open mind.