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Spiders Are Everywhere...And That's a Good Thing

By Beth Anne Spacht

October 24, 2019

Guest post by Erica Riesbeck, Associate Director of Admission

They’re creepy and they’re crawly
Eight-legged spooky bodies
They’re all together scary
The Spider Family*

October is our university mascot’s favorite month. Why? Halloween, of course! It’s the one time of the year when you can find spiders everywhere. Whether you’re buying decorations, costumes, or candy treat bags, our University is thrilled to see Spider Pride shared outside our community. (Parents: it’s also a great time to find spider-themed gear for those aspiring Richmond Spiders.)

October is also a big month for high school seniors. If you are applying under an Early Action or Early Decision plan, you’re focused on finishing essays and submitting applications. So here are our 5 tips and tricks to survive the dreaded November 1 deadline.

1. The last possible moment to submit your Early Action or Early Decision I application: November 1 at 11:59 p.m. for your local time zone.

2. The credentials deadline is different than the application submission deadline. Supporting materials such as transcripts, recommendation letters, and standardized test scores can arrive after the application deadline. Check your specific application plan to find out the final credentials deadline.

3. Self-report SAT or ACT scores. Save time by uploading your SAT or ACT scores. Instructions are located in your Spider Portal, available after you submit your application.

4. Verify that you submitted the Richmond Essay. Every year students forget to submit our supplemental essay, rendering their application incomplete.

5. There is no perfect or preferred word count for your essay. It’s up to 650 words and we do not count. Just remember to be thoughtful and thorough for all essays.


*Apologies to Mr. Andrew Gold for butchering his TV theme song.

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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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