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September 9, 2014
Introducing: Spider Diaries!
Beth Anne Spacht

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.

July 16, 2014
What would you do with $4,000 from Richmond?
Beth Anne Spacht

This summer, the buzz around Richmond is twofold: the new state-of-the-art student housing on the Westhampton side of campus, and the second cycle of our UR Summer Fellowship program. In case you haven’t heard about the latter, I’d like to take a moment to share with you what it means for students and why it is, quite frankly, awesome.

June 3, 2014
5 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Richmond, Virginia
Tom Nicholas

When I travel the country to recruit students, I’m always intrigued to hear how people think of our home city of Richmond. Some know nothing about it; others think of it for its history; most know it’s the capital of Virginia. But more and more each year, I’m hearing people refer to it with words like “cool,” “up-and-coming,” “hip,” and “fun.”

April 21, 2014
UR Defined
Tom Nicholas

(A brief primer in University of Richmond student lingo, for new members of the Class of 2018. This list is by no means exhaustive.)

April 9, 2014
18 Phrases You'll Never Hear at Richmond
Beth Anne Spacht

Congratulations Class of 2018! I know we say it every year, but it’s true. You have worked extremely hard to earn admission in the most competitive application cycle in University history. Take a moment to pat yourself on the back. You should feel very proud of your accomplishment.

For many months (depending on how long you’ve been on our contact list), we’ve hit you with a lot of reasons “why” you should consider our school; the positives and the praises, the ratings and the rankings. So for the sake of changing it up, we decided to highlight for once the “why nots.” And so, without ado, in honor of the Class of ’18, here are 18 phrases you’ll never hear at the University of Richmond. We hope that this helps your decision.


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.”

September 20, 2013
Hot Topics: Study Abroad
Tom Nicholas

Over the past decade, study abroad has become somewhat of a given among selective colleges (and somewhat of an expectation among students applying to those colleges). You’ll hear about study abroad at almost every college you visit, and you’ll find that some pretty high percentages of students are studying abroad. It’s tough to stand out in area that everybody is talking about – but the University of Richmond does. In the realm of international education, Richmond has long been seen as a nationwide leader, going all the way back to the 1980s when we were among the very first colleges to begin investing heavily in direct exchange programs. Here are a couple of reasons Richmond is different and (I would argue) a cut above many of our competitors.

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.

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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