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March 30, 2015
What Does Spider Spirit Mean to You?
Beth Anne Spacht

Congratulations and a warm welcome to the future Class of 2019!

Now that admission decisions are released, the big choice of where to attend college is looming in the near distance. To help you get a feel for why our students love Richmond, we thought it would be fun to ask our Spider Diarists about their favorite aspects of campus life.

Here’s what they have to say:

March 20, 2015
Meet the 2015 Admission Committee
Tom Nicholas

What do you think of when you hear the words “admission committee?”

February 13, 2015
One Richmond, One Love: How UR Loves Its Students
Beth Anne Spacht

It’s almost Valentine’s Day! In our neck of the woods, that means one thing: delicious D-Hall desserts.


January 21, 2015
The Excitement of Uncertainty in the College Search
Beth Anne Spacht

If I had to choose two emotions to describe students at the start of their college search, I would pick “excitement” and “uncertainty.” The appeal of the first is apparent. With thousands of colleges and universities vying for your attention, the journey to discover your ideal college home is one of endless possibility. Yes, excitement is the easy part. But it is the latter word – uncertainty – which I find most compelling. In recent years, uncertainty in the college search process has gained a negative connotation of “directionless” and “lost.” In the famous words of J.R.R. Tolkien, “Not all those who wander are lost.” Often, the best outcomes come from those who keep an open mind.

January 5, 2015
For Those on the Fence
Tom Nicholas

Some of you are still making final decisions about where to apply, how to round out your college list, whether to add one more reach school… and whether to finish your application to Richmond. It's to you – those on the fence – that I direct this blog post.

December 12, 2014
Richmond Scholars: Next Steps
Tom Nicholas

For all students who applied by December 1, consideration for our full-tuition Richmond Scholars program is automatic. This year, we received about 5,500 applications by the deadline. We get a lot of questions about the Richmond Scholars process, so I’m going to try to answer the most common ones here. If you have further questions, feel free to post a comment here or give our office a call.

November 26, 2014
Don't Freak Out 2014-15
Beth Anne Spacht

It's around this time of year that I find tensions run high. It's a telltale sign of stress when my email inbox floods with student inquiries on application submissions; have we received A, B, or C? Did my Common Application go through? Did I meet the Richmond Scholars deadline?

We value the time that each and every applicant puts into their submission, and get that you just want to make sure everything is in place and on time. We also understand that this process is exceedingly important to you. So, I thought I'd follow in the tradition of previous years and tell all those applicants out there to take a deep breath and...


I know you're anxious, but it takes us time to sort through the thousands of applications we're receiving. So don't pick up the phone to call us just yet. Here's what to expect after you hit "Submit" on the Common App.

November 13, 2014
Defining Richmond Scholars
Tom Nicholas

If you’ve interacted with any of our admission staff in recent months – whether you visited campus or met with us while we were in your area this fall – you’ve probably heard us highlight our December 1 Richmond Scholars deadline. In order to be considered for Richmond Scholars, our flagship merit scholarship, you simply need to submit your admission application by December 1, and you’ll be considered automatically for one of the 45 full-tuition scholarships we award to each incoming class. It’s not a separate application plan (you’re still applying Regular Decision or Early Decision), and you don’t have to submit a separate scholarship application – just the Common App and required admission materials, by December 1.

October 8, 2014
Celebrating 100 Years: The Coordinate College Explained
Beth Anne Spacht

If you’ve done your research into the University of Richmond, you may have encountered an unfamiliar term: “coordinate college system.” The coordinate college system is one of the defining features of the University of Richmond. Born from our history as a separate college for men (Richmond College) and for women (Westhampton College), the idea of two distinct schools within the University of Richmond umbrella can be a bit confusing in this day and age. What does it mean that we’ve maintained bits of this structure within our overarching University, and how does it impact University of Richmond students today?

September 9, 2014
Introducing: Spider Diaries!
Beth Anne Spacht

Now introducing the latest and greatest group of Spider Diaries! Spider Diaries is a wonderful place to follow in the footsteps of current Richmond Spiders as they share what it’s like to be a student; from class time to after hours to everything in between. Through their blogs, you’ll have the opportunity to share in the ups and the downs, laugh through the quirky and the candid moments, and follow cool campus happenings coming their way throughout the year. It’s my hope that you’ll use these as a gateway to learn about student life at UR – beyond admission facts and figures.

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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