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September 5, 2014
Seven (More) Questions to Ask Colleges
Tom Nicholas

A little while back, we ran a post called Seven Questions to Ask Colleges, designed for high school juniors as they started to explore colleges and make their first college visits.

As we head into autumn, those questions are just as valid for high school seniors to ask. But with the application process and college itself so much closer, and with more in-depth visit options often available to seniors, there are also some deeper questions that you ought to be asking when you visit campuses now. Here are seven suggestions.

July 16, 2014
What would you do with $4,000 from Richmond?
Beth Anne Spacht

This summer, the buzz around Richmond is twofold: the new state-of-the-art student housing on the Westhampton side of campus, and the second cycle of our UR Summer Fellowship program. In case you haven’t heard about the latter, I’d like to take a moment to share with you what it means for students and why it is, quite frankly, awesome.

June 30, 2014
New Richmond Question: Tell us about Spiders
Beth Anne Spacht

Approaching the application process can feel like a daunting long list of things that have to be written, checked, edited, and arranged. So, it can be helpful to compartmentalize your “to do” list into two parts: the things you can control and the things that you have to manage (more on this to come – stay tuned for new blog posts!)

In the meantime, I want to start out with one of the things within your control: the college essay. Although the 2014-15 Common Application won’t be available until August 1, essays are one of those things you can get a jump on ahead of time. Good news, everyone! Richmond’s essay prompts are up and active for fall 2014.

June 3, 2014
5 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Richmond, Virginia
Tom Nicholas

When I travel the country to recruit students, I’m always intrigued to hear how people think of our home city of Richmond. Some know nothing about it; others think of it for its history; most know it’s the capital of Virginia. But more and more each year, I’m hearing people refer to it with words like “cool,” “up-and-coming,” “hip,” and “fun.”

April 21, 2014
UR Defined
Tom Nicholas

(A brief primer in University of Richmond student lingo, for new members of the Class of 2018. This list is by no means exhaustive.)

April 9, 2014
18 Phrases You'll Never Hear at Richmond
Beth Anne Spacht

Congratulations Class of 2018! I know we say it every year, but it’s true. You have worked extremely hard to earn admission in the most competitive application cycle in University history. Take a moment to pat yourself on the back. You should feel very proud of your accomplishment.

For many months (depending on how long you’ve been on our contact list), we’ve hit you with a lot of reasons “why” you should consider our school; the positives and the praises, the ratings and the rankings. So for the sake of changing it up, we decided to highlight for once the “why nots.” And so, without ado, in honor of the Class of ’18, here are 18 phrases you’ll never hear at the University of Richmond. We hope that this helps your decision.


March 31, 2014
Mythbusters: The Wait List
Tom Nicholas

Well, we had another highly competitive year for admission and, as is always the case, we had many more qualified applicants than we have space for in our class. Those of you who have been offered a spot on the wait list are students whom we believe are fully qualified and would contribute greatly to our campus but for whom we don’t, given our size limitations, have space at present. Selective admission is a difficult process for us, as we try to select a class from among many strong, similarly-qualified applicants.

March 3, 2014
Mythbusters: Predicting College Admission
Tom Nicholas

One of the most frustrating myths about the application process to those of us at selective institutions is the notion that admission can be predicted. From students asking about GPA and standardized test ranges all the time, to the “chancing” that goes on in certain online forums, to the frustration of many who match our profile but aren’t admitted and can’t understand why, there’s a lot of misunderstanding about just what it is we do. This isn't an accusation; I understand what a stressful and anxious process this is for students. You want to know what your chances are. And we try to make the admission process as transparent as possible, but there comes a point in selective admission when the process is just opaque — you can’t predict it.

February 20, 2014
Meet the Admission Committee
Beth Anne Spacht

True confession: I’m a huge fan of Tina Fey.  

So when the movie Admission came out around this time last year, I was super excited to watch a movie loosely based around my job featuring one of my favorite leading ladies (if you’re unfamiliar, you can read the IMDB synopsis here). I went in with low expectations, and will confess that I wasn’t totally in love after viewing. But, one good thing did come from the movie. A question suddenly kept cropping up amongst my non-admission friends: “Do you all actually sit around a table and talk about kids like they do in the movie?  Is that what it’s like?”  

February 3, 2014
Richmond Scholars Update
Tom Nicholas

It's official: all Richmond Scholars semi-finalists have been notified; no further semi-finalists will be selected. Fewer than 8% of students who applied by December 6 advanced in the process.

To the semi-finalists: Congratulations! Our faculty committees are already in the process of reviewing your semi-finalist submissions. Finalist notifications typically take place in mid-February; at this stage, all students will be notified, whether or not you advance as a finalist. Finalists will be interviewed via Skype (or, in the case of Artist Scholar finalists, will audition on campus).

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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