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September 2, 2020
Many Spiders, One Web
Beth Anne Spacht

What do 117 days look like for a Richmond Spider? It’s covered in colorful masks. It’s signs everywhere reminding us to physical distance. It means sharing responsibility to protect our web. We’re also smiling underneath those masks, happy to be together again and ready to make this work.

July 8, 2020
Finding Your College Fit: Virtual Edition
Beth Anne Spacht

Our cookouts are smaller, beach trips turned into stay-cations, and you are wearing a mask everywhere you go. However, you are still beginning your college search. So, in a world where college visits are virtual, how do you find the right fit?

June 16, 2020
How to Make the Most of Informational Interviews
Beth Anne Spacht

Throughout the past few months, many prospective students have reached out to us asking for ways to learn more about the University of Richmond without being able to travel to campus and experience a tour and information session. Yes, you can do research on our website, and yes, you can check out beautiful photos of campus on the University Instagram, but how can you get an authentic feel for what it means to be a Spider? The answer is quite simple: the best way to learn about the student experience at Richmond is to talk with a current student or alum!

June 1, 2020
Five Tips for Crafting an Effective Activities Resume
Beth Anne Spacht

Living in quarantine doesn’t mean life gets put on pause. But it does change the way we consider the definition of “extracurricular.” And to be honest, it’s a change I’ve hoped to see for many years! It’s important not to narrowly interpret extracurricular activities to mean “what I do after school, through my school.” The reality is that we want to know where you dedicate your time.

May 19, 2020
Dear High School Juniors: We Get It. And We've Got You.
Beth Anne Spacht

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.

March 24, 2020
Spiders Go Green: Sustainability at UR
Beth Anne Spacht

Beginning in 2007, we started to seriously consider the environmental, social, and economic impacts of our own activities. Since then, we’ve made great strides and haven’t looked back. Here are just a few ways we’rehelping to become stewards of a more sustainable future.

October 24, 2019
Spiders Are Everywhere...And That's a Good Thing
Beth Anne Spacht

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.)

August 26, 2019
2 Big Things Virginians Should Know About UR
Beth Anne Spacht

If you’re from Virginia, you know that we have dozens of attractive colleges and universities. As a native of Williamsburg, Virginia, I was overwhelmed with the options when it came time to pick a college. With so many to choose from, distinguishing between different schools’ admission processes, financial aid, and overall benefits was tricky. The array of high-profile public universities can make it especially difficult to understand how private universities like UR fit into the mix.

August 25, 2019
An Ode to Richmond's Professor-Student Relationship
Beth Anne Spacht

“Alexis is a chemist.”

During a speech earlier this year, Dean of Richmond’s School of Arts and Sciences Patrice Rankine was speaking about a chemistry student named Alexis. He referred to her as a chemist rather than a chemistry student, and we’ve since used this example often to describe the academic experience at UR.

You can find some pretty intriguing stats about academic life at Richmond on our website, but they won’t tell you the full story of what it’s like to learn here. Instead, it’s important to understand how our professors work with our students, empowering and partnering with them inside and outside the classroom.

August 15, 2019
Make the Most of Your Campus Visit
Beth Anne Spacht

The end of summer is (almost) here. The time has come. You can now begin the final countdown to the start of the academic year – I know we have. We are excited to have students back on our campus with the palpable energy that they bring.

As you begin to trade your beach towel for a backpack, fall marks one of the best times to visit those campuses on your college list. Students are back, classes are in session, college cafes are serving up pumpkin-spiced everything, and campus will feel, well, exactly how it will feel when you are a student. And while we know how busy the fall can be for you, finding some time to sneak away to see schools will absolutely pay off.

So, when you are able to make it for a college visit (and we selfishly hope Richmond makes that list), here are three tips from a washed-up campus tour supervisor to maximize your time spent on campus.

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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