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Dear High School Juniors: We Get It. And We've Got You.

By Beth Anne Spacht

May 19, 2020

A guest post by Austen Kelso, Assistant Director of Admission

Every morning, when I put on my same comfy pair of sweat pants before starting work, I am reminded that we are living through a pandemic. But for many of us, particularly rising high school seniors, a more comfortable daily wardrobe is just a silver lining to far more serious changes to regularly scheduled programming.

Classes are online, spring activities are postponed, standardized tests are delayed, and college campus visits are cancelled. As admission officers, we recognize that you did not sign up for any of these disruptions to your life. Neither did we! And we know that the stakes can feel higher for you, especially as you gear up to complete the college search and application process. We’ve seen first-hand the effects on academic and social life while supporting our current Spiders navigate this new reality.

All this is to say;
COVID-19 has greatly disrupted your life. We know.
It may change the way your college application looks and reads. We get it.
And, so, we want to provide this reassurance. We’ve got you.

  • Couldn’t take your standardized tests? Could you only take it once? We’ve got you covered. We are providing a test optional admission path for first-year applicants entering in 2021.
  • Did your school move to a pass/fail grading system for the spring 2020 semester? Rest assured. These changes will not impact your admission evaluation as long as you pass or earn credit.
  • Were your clubs, leadership positions, sports, or extra-curricular activities put on hold? You’re not alone. We know that your activities resume may look different than you expected – so will every other applicant’s. We will not hold you accountable for changes that are out of your control. 
  • Not able to visit before applying to Richmond? Not a problem. We have never used demonstrated interest in our admission evaluation. If your travel plans to Richmond were cut short, this will not affect your application. We hope you’ll still learn about us from afar through our virtual admission events!
  • Do you have questions about applying to Richmond (or college in general) in the wake of a pandemic? We are here for you. Our website is a great place to start your search for answers. But if you would like to speak with someone, our admission officers are a phone call or email away. Please do not hesitate to reach out!

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Tom NicholasTom Nicholas
Associate 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
Senior 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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