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January 17, 2017
Richmond Scholars Semi-Finalists
Tom Nicholas

It's official: all Richmond Scholars semi-finalists have been notified. Approximately 6% of students who applied by December 5 advanced in the process.

January 10, 2017
For Those on the Fence
Beth Anne Spacht

The start of January brings my colleagues and me to a critical crossroad in the admission cycle; the past months of intense travel and preparation for the Class of 2021 are more or less behind us, and the formerly far-flung reality of weeks and weeks of application review (we call this “reading season”) is suddenly, fully, and unequivocally upon us.

The professional challenge for Admission Officers at the start of a new year isn’t just digging deep to review all application files by April 1. It’s the knowledge that, with an application deadline of January 15th, there are still students we’ve gotten to know and appreciate who have not yet applied to Richmond. And that, to me, is not so much a crossroad, as it is a colossal impasse.

For those of you rounding out your college lists, still making decisions on where to apply, I know there’s not much I can do or say at this point to get Richmond definitively added to your list. But with a few days left until January 15th, a new year deserves a new attempt to show you why Richmond just might be the very place you belong.

November 28, 2016
Don't Freak Out 2016-17
Tom Nicholas

With the Richmond Scholars deadline coming up soon, we're starting to get a lot of phone calls and emails. Students who have recently submitted applications are reaching out to ensure that we have everything needed, or wondering why they haven't heard anything from us, as is typical around all of our application deadlines.

August 15, 2016
Tips for Writing Supplemental Essays
Tom Nicholas

Ah, those pesky supplemental essays. Just when you think you’ve got your college application pretty much all together, you realize that several colleges where you’re applying want you to write another essay. How should you approach this additional task?

April 13, 2016
20 Moments that Define Your Richmond Experience
Beth Anne Spacht

Each year during the month of April, we enjoy coming up with some sort of list corresponding to the incoming students’ class year. In recent years, we've shared “17 (Hidden) Reasons to Join the Class of '17,” “18 Phrases You’ll Never Hear at Richmond,” and for the Class of 2019, "19 Things you Could do with $4000 From Richmond."

This year, in honor of the Class of '20, Nadine Saint (Class of 2010), presents...

November 30, 2015
Don't Freak Out 2015-16
Tom Nicholas

With the Richmond Scholars deadline coming up soon, we're starting to get a lot of phone calls and emails. Students who have recently submitted applications are reaching out to ensure that we have everything needed, or wondering why they haven't heard anything from us, as is typical around all of our application deadlines.

November 12, 2015
Why Richmond? Virginia Edition
Beth Anne Spacht

Guest post by: Nadine Saint, '10, Assistant Director of Admission

If you are a Virginia resident, most likely you live a stone’s throw or short drive away from a college or university. As a prospective student growing up in the Commonwealth, you can find institutions large, small, private, public, urban, and suburban – all offering excellent educational opportunities. I grew up in the Tidewater area of Virginia, and many of my classmates chose to stay in-state for their college experience. However, I was the only student in my graduating class to choose Richmond, which, now that I look back, seems strange. As an alumna and now staff member of the University of Richmond, I can easily reflect on the many reasons why Virginia students should choose to become a Spider. For those of you on the fence about applying, I’d like to share some of the aspects that helped to shape my decision.

October 30, 2015
10 Reasons Why Richmond is Secretly Hogwarts
Beth Anne Spacht

Each and every Halloween I’m reminded that there are some pretty striking similarities between Richmond and the fictional wizarding school made popular by J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series (Daniel Radcliffe, by the way, was just in town filming his latest movie). I hear the comparison a lot, but rarely does it travel beyond comments on our physical campus grounds. So, in the spirit of the season, here are 10 not-so-surface-level reasons why Richmond is secretly like Hogwarts. Hope you enjoy, and Happy Halloween!

September 14, 2015
5 Tips for Getting Insider Insight from Students
Beth Anne Spacht

Along with the greatly anticipated return of college football and pumpkin-spice-everything to the East Coast, the arrival of September means one very important thing for the faculty and staff at Richmond: students are (finally!) back on campus. As excited as we are for the change of pace, it’s great news for prospective students, too.

July 19, 2015
5 Spots on Campus You May Not Know Exist
Beth Anne Spacht

At Richmond, there’s always more to discover when you travel to the lesser-known corners of campus. Over the course of the University’s 185-year-old history, we’ve been fortunate to accumulate some really amazing things. From an Egyptian mummy in the Classics department, to a massive collection of florescent rocks and fossils in the Harnett Museum of Art, to a floor-to-ceiling pendulum in the Gottwald Center for the Sciences, new surprises wait around every corner of our 365-acre campus. Since we can’t cover everything in our 1.5 hour campus tours, here’s a quick look at a few hidden treasures you might be surprised to find at Richmond:

Tom NicholasTom Nicholas
Senior Assistant Director of Admission 


A Richmond alumnus (Class of 2007), Tom has been working and blogging for the Office of Admission since he graduated. He loves his alma mater and the city that shares its name.

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Beth Anne SpachtBeth Anne Spacht
Assistant Director of Admission


Beth Anne was a double major at Richmond (English and Latin American & Iberian Studies) and now enjoys helping prospective students discover the best of her alma mater.

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