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It's official: all Richmond Scholars semi-finalists have been notified. Approximately 6% of students who applied by December 5 advanced in the process.
Guest post by: Nadine Saint, '10, Assistant Director of Admission
If you are a Virginia resident, most likely you live a stone’s throw or short drive away from a college or university. As a prospective student growing up in the Commonwealth, you can find institutions large, small, private, public, urban, and suburban – all offering excellent educational opportunities. I grew up in the Tidewater area of Virginia, and many of my classmates chose to stay in-state for their college experience. However, I was the only student in my graduating class to choose Richmond, which, now that I look back, seems strange. As an alumna and now staff member of the University of Richmond, I can easily reflect on the many reasons why Virginia students should choose to become a Spider. For those of you on the fence about applying, I’d like to share some of the aspects that helped to shape my decision.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Beth 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.
The University of Richmond is a highly ranked liberal arts university offering an extraordinary combination of the liberal arts with law, business, leadership studies, and continuing education. The university is consistently named a best value in higher education by leading publications.