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January 7, 2014
For Those on the Fence
Beth Anne Spacht

January 15th is around the corner, and you know what that means:  it’s almost D-Day.

No, not the historical event (though I know it may feel like a momentous occasion).  I’m talking about “Deadline Day.”  Yes, our Regular Decision and Early Decision II deadlines are quickly approaching on January 15. The good news: your college applications are almost out of your life!!! The bad news: there are still some of you out there waiting to click “Submit.”

December 12, 2013
Early Decision Decisions & The Dos and Donts of Deferral
Beth Anne Spacht

ATTENTION all Early Decision applicants.  It’s official.  ED I decisions have left the building!  

Keep an eye on your mailboxes; we don’t notify online or via e-mail (except for students living outside the United States).  This means, for most of you, that some good, old-fashioned mailbox stalking may be in order. Letters were sent Tuesday afternoon via the U.S. Postal Service and will most likely arrive later this week, depending on your distance from Richmond.  We know you’re excited to hear back, but please don’t go postal on the postal service – especially so close to the holidays.

December 9, 2013
Richmond Scholars: Where Do We Go From Here?
Tom Nicholas

For all students who applied by December 6, consideration for our full-tuition Richmond Scholars program is automatic. This year, we received about 5,000 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 22, 2013
Don't Freak Out 2013-14
Tom Nicholas

Given the myriad of issues that have arisen with the Common Application this fall, and since our Richmond Scholars deadline is fast approaching – if you haven't heard yet, that's been extended to December 6 – I thought I'd follow in the tradition of previous years and tell all those applicants out there to take a deep breath and...


November 11, 2013
Application FAQ
Beth Anne Spacht

As fall travel finally winds down in the Office of Admission, it is hard to believe that two important application dates are already quickly approaching: Nov. 15 Early Decision (EDI) and Dec. 1 (Richmond Scholars Merit Aid Consideration).   Each year, our “road warrior” (i.e. vagabond) status leads to tons of great questions both on the road and in the office, most specifically surrounding our application process.  Sometimes the questions are logistical, but oftentimes they are broadly-based as students seek to discover if Richmond is the right college fit.  We’re glad you’re asking, and we’re here to help.

To guide you as you shift into high-gear on the application front, I’ve polled my coworkers and come up with the following list of the most frequently asked questions we’ve received this fall. (Note: questions whose answers are readily available on the admission website are not included here.)

October 3, 2013
The Search For the Elusive Flagpole
Beth Anne Spacht

Friends, I’ve officially hit week two on the road of my second fall recruitment travel season.  In fact, as I write this post, I may or may not be sitting alone in the parking lot of a Hampton Inn mooching free internet while waiting for an evening college program to begin (hint: that’s most definitely where I am right now).  At least I have a pumpkin spice latte to ease the homesickness of missing another beautiful fall in Virginia.

September 20, 2013
Hot Topics: Study Abroad
Tom Nicholas

Over the past decade, study abroad has become somewhat of a given among selective colleges (and somewhat of an expectation among students applying to those colleges). You’ll hear about study abroad at almost every college you visit, and you’ll find that some pretty high percentages of students are studying abroad. It’s tough to stand out in area that everybody is talking about – but the University of Richmond does. In the realm of international education, Richmond has long been seen as a nationwide leader, going all the way back to the 1980s when we were among the very first colleges to begin investing heavily in direct exchange programs. Here are a couple of reasons Richmond is different and (I would argue) a cut above many of our competitors.

September 4, 2013
Essay Tips, Part Deux: The Importance of Proper Punctuation
Beth Anne Spacht

Correct punctuation can save a person’s life.  It can also save a student’s college essay.  It took me four years as an English major to fully appreciate the nuances of proper grammar and punctuation.  It only took one year (and 1,000 essays) as an Admission Officer to trust that some important idioms bear repeating.  Don’t rely on spell check; proofread your work; think before you speak (or write).

August 28, 2013
Choosing a College Essay Topic
Tom Nicholas

Writing your college essays can be one of the most daunting tasks you face in your high school years. It certainly was for me; I can distinctly recall sitting in front of a blank computer screen for what felt like an eternity, with absolutely no idea what to do. Much of the stress, in my experience, centered around selecting the subject for my essays.

July 17, 2013
Mythbusters: Increasing Your Chances of Admission
Tom Nicholas

“How can I improve my chances of admission?” I usually start to hear that question around this time of year. By October, I’m hearing it on an almost daily basis. It’s understandable that this is one of the most common questions we get from high school seniors beginning the application process – guidebooks, web searches, and the media would have you believe that there are a myriad of hidden tricks that can significantly boost your odds of getting in (if you could just figure out what they are).

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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