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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.

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.

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.

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 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).

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.

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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