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June 25, 2013
Richmond Question: Do and Don't
Tom Nicholas

As you may have read in my last post, we have a new Richmond Question this year. In the near future, I plan to share some general thoughts and tips for college essay-writing, so be on the lookout for new blog posts. But in announcing the new Richmond Question, I thought it would be appropriate to share some advice specific to our prompt. Here are a couple of “do” and “don’t” suggestions as you begin to think about your essay.

June 14, 2013
New Common App and Richmond Essay Questions
Tom Nicholas

Have you heard the news? The Common Application is changing its essay questions this year. When the 2013-14 Common App is released on August 1, there will be five brand new questions, from which you choose one. If you’re getting started on your essays early – something I highly encourage – here are the new prompts for you to start thinking about:

May 15, 2013
Mythbusters: Rankings and Guides
Tom Nicholas

College rankings tend to be a pretty hot topic, for a myriad of reasons. Year after year, the national media runs stories and op-eds calling attention to the rankings and their controversial nature. Philosophically, universities and admission offices often struggle with how to react to rankings (as you’d expect, colleges will tend to boast about rankings when they’re favorable and ignore or decry them when they’re not). But I’m more interested in the practical. Should you use rankings in your college search/decision-making process? If so, how, and to what extent? That’s what we’ll be mythbusting today. If I have time, I'll also include a subsequent post with some specific examples I frequently encounter.

April 24, 2013
The Significance of 16
Tom Nicholas

For high school seniors, the time is drawing near. We have one week remaining before the national decision deadline, May 1, arrives. Many admitted students have already enrolled in Richmond's Class of 2017; many others remain undecided. It's to those on the fence that I address this post. Please take a few minutes, if you will, to consider with me the significance of one particular number: 16.

April 12, 2013
Spinning a Web in the Real World - Reflections of a First-Year Spider Grad
Beth Anne Spacht

Congratulations and welcome to the University of Richmond! As an Admission Counselor and Class of 2012 graduate, I am so excited to introduce you to the next and best four years of your life. This May, I will celebrate my one year alumna anniversary in somewhat unusual fashion. Rather than toss my cap in the air, I prepare to welcome a new set of Spiders into my old University home.

April 4, 2013
17 (Hidden) Reasons to Join Richmond's Class of '17
Tom Nicholas

Congratulations to all those students admitted into our Class of 2017! This year’s applicant pool was our most qualified and competitive ever. If you’ve been admitted, it’s a reflection of an impressive application and extremely strong qualifications. It also means you’ve probably heard a lot from us in the past year or two, if you’re on our contact list.

March 4, 2013
Seven Questions to Ask Colleges
Tom Nicholas

As spring rolls around, the college search process progresses toward campus visits for many high school sophomores and juniors, even as it progresses into its final stages for seniors, who will soon be considering where to enroll. There are lots of potential questions to ask of colleges when visiting campuses and narrowing down your list. I’ve been asked thousands of different questions by prospective students and parents throughout my time in admission, and I thought this would be an appropriate time of year to share some of the most perceptive ones I’ve heard. Here are seven questions to consider asking of colleges – questions that get past some typical misconceptions and reveal a little more about what a college has to offer.

December 11, 2012
Fall Early Decision 2012
Tom Nicholas

Attention all Fall Early Decision applicants: keep an eye on your mailboxes. Decisions were mailed on Friday via the U.S. Postal Service, and they should be arriving soon.

November 30, 2012
Don't Freak Out 2012-13
Tom Nicholas

With the Richmond Scholars deadline upon us, I thought I'd follow in the tradition of previous years and tell all those applicants out there to take a deep breath and... relax. It's going to take a few days for us 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 Application.

April 13, 2012
16 Reasons to Join Richmond's Class of '16
Tom Nicholas

In each of the past few years, I've come up with a list of reasons admitted students should choose Richmond, with the length of the list equivalent to the last two digits of the class year. Three years ago, people raised their eyebrows at my notion of carrying on the practice annually; "Won't that get repetitive?" they asked. "And won't it just get longer and longer?"

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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