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June 29, 2018
Top 5 Reasons to Start Your Essays Early
Beth Anne Spacht

There’s no time like the present. The early bird catches the worm. Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today. Just do it.

We dole out advice frequently and exhaustively throughout the college search process. And I mean the collective We – teachers, counselors, admission professionals, classmates, friends, family, and strangers who find out that you are a high school senior. Whether helpful or not, offering advice is what we [Admission] do.

So here are our top 5 reasons to start working on your college essays early.

April 13, 2018
Hidden College Costs
Tom Nicholas

Admission decisions are out, the long months of anticipation are over, and it is finally time for our newly admitted students to choose a college home. The ball is in your court, future Spiders! Here are a couple of the most common areas you might find yourself accruing unwanted financial add-ons over the next four years – and, more importantly, how Richmond subsidizes many of these extra costs for our students.

March 20, 2018
Regular Decision Admission and Merit Scholarships
Tom Nicholas

On Friday, Regular Decision letters left the Office of Admission, en route to thousands of applicants waiting to hear from us in our final round of admission for the year.

February 26, 2018
Richmond's Statement on Peaceful Protests
Tom Nicholas

In light of recent and ongoing national events, the following statement was released yesterday by the University of Richmond via the @urichmond Twitter account:

"In recent weeks, we have all shared in the heartbreak of the devastating loss of life at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and we are all wondering what might be done to stem the tide of gun violence that has taken many young lives.  What we know we can do right now is to ensure that those who choose to peaceably participate in civic protests regarding gun violence will not be impacted negatively in any way in the admissions process to the University of Richmond. We all seek a better way."

January 19, 2018
Early Action Decisions
Tom Nicholas

An overview of the Early Action applicant pool and the three different types of decisions that were recently released.

January 10, 2018
For Those on the Fence
Beth Anne Spacht

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 2022 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.

December 1, 2017
Richmond Scholars Selection 2017-2018
Tom Nicholas

A quick rundown of how the selection process works for our prestigious Richmond Scholars awards.

October 27, 2017
After You Submit Your Application
Tom Nicholas

As our first application deadline (and the first major deadline nationally) approaches, I can almost sense the thousands of nervous fingers getting ready to click the application “Submit” button. Submitting your college application is a milestone in this process, and brings with it both a sense of relief and, perhaps, a new nervousness — "Did I do everything correctly? Does the college have everything they need? What happens next?"

July 21, 2017
Hot Topics: Internships!
Tom Nicholas

Everybody's talking about them. But what make Richmond's internship opportunities unique?

March 2, 2017
To EA or not to EA?
Beth Anne Spacht

The college admission process offers a plethora of application options: Rolling, Early Action, Restrictive Early Action, Single-Choice Early Action, Early Decision, sometimes Early Decision I and Early Decision II, and Regular Decision. There are also scholarship deadlines and priority deadlines, and don’t forget separate deadlines for financial aid forms such as the FAFSA and CSS Profile. Are you tired just reading about the many options? Be prepared. You are going to need a lot of organizational tools.

Richmond is excited to announce that we are offering Early Action (EA) for the 2017-18 admission cycle. This opens up a completely new timeline for you. Apply by November 1 under the Early Action plan and hear back by mid-January. It’s non-binding, so you will still have until May 1 to enroll.

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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