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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.
With the Richmond Scholars deadline coming up soon, we're starting to get a lot of phone calls and emails. Students who have recently submitted applications are reaching out to ensure that we have everything needed, or wondering why they haven't heard anything from us, as is typical around all of our application deadlines.
What do you think of when you hear the words “admission committee?”
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.
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?”
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.