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The start of January brings my colleagues and me to a critical crossroad in the admission cycle; the past months of intense travel and preparation for the Class of 2021 are more or less behind us, and the formerly far-flung reality of weeks and weeks of application review (we call this “reading season”) is suddenly, fully, and unequivocally upon us.
The professional challenge for Admission Officers at the start of a new year isn’t just digging deep to review all application files by April 1. It’s the knowledge that, with an application deadline of January 15th, there are still students we’ve gotten to know and appreciate who have not yet applied to Richmond. And that, to me, is not so much a crossroad, as it is a colossal impasse.For those of you rounding out your college lists, still making decisions on where to apply, I know there’s not much I can do or say at this point to get Richmond definitively added to your list. But with a few days left until January 15th, a new year deserves a new attempt to show you why Richmond just might be the very place you belong.
Each year during the month of April, we enjoy coming up with some sort of list corresponding to the incoming students’ class year. In recent years, we've shared “17 (Hidden) Reasons to Join the Class of '17,” “18 Phrases You’ll Never Hear at Richmond,” and for the Class of 2019, "19 Things you Could do with $4000 From Richmond."
This year, in honor of the Class of '20, Nadine Saint (Class of 2010), presents...
“Undergraduate research” is something of a buzzword in college admission these days. Like study abroad, it’s something that many prospective students are looking for (and being encouraged to look for) in a college, and it’s therefore something that most colleges are talking about. But buyer beware. Although everyone is talking about research, the reality can vary quite a bit from school to school; and because everyone is talking about research, you need to be an informed consumer and do some careful digging to ensure you’re getting the full picture.
As the National Candidate Reply Date of May 1 creeps closer, we know that a good number of you are still searching for that one final reason why you should choose Richmond. Here in the Office of Admission, there’s not much more we can say or do to convince you why UR is distinct; you’ve heard the facts and the figures, had time to mull over the statistics and the stories.
So for those of you still on the fence, we thought it would be helpful for you to hear from a campus resource you’d be hard-pressed to find at any other school in the nation: The Office of Common Ground.
The University of Richmond's Office of Common Ground supports the school's priorities of diversity and inclusion by providing campus-wide resources and programs that foster community across lines of difference. In celebration of the most talented and diverse class in our University’s history, it's my pleasure to introduce a special note to the Class of 2019 from guest blogger, Ted Lewis, Associate Director for LGBTQ Campus Life in the Office of Common Ground.
A brief primer in University of Richmond student lingo, for new members of the Class of 2019.
This year, in honor of the Class of '19 – and in honor of the new Richmond Guarantee, which guarantees every undergraduate student summer funding of up to $4,000 for a summer internship or research project – we decided to share with you...
Congratulations and a warm welcome to the future Class of 2019!
Now that admission decisions are released, the big choice of where to attend college is looming in the near distance. To help you get a feel for why our students love Richmond, we thought it would be fun to ask our Spider Diarists about their favorite aspects of campus life.
Here’s what they have to say:
It’s almost Valentine’s Day! In our neck of the woods, that means one thing: delicious D-Hall desserts.
Some of you are still making final decisions about where to apply, how to round out your college list, whether to add one more reach school… and whether to finish your application to Richmond. It's to you – those on the fence – that I direct this blog post.
Now introducing the latest and greatest group of Spider Diaries! Spider Diaries is a wonderful place to follow in the footsteps of current Richmond Spiders as they share what it’s like to be a student; from class time to after hours to everything in between. Through their blogs, you’ll have the opportunity to share in the ups and the downs, laugh through the quirky and the candid moments, and follow cool campus happenings coming their way throughout the year. It’s my hope that you’ll use these as a gateway to learn about student life at UR – beyond admission facts and figures.
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.