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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.

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.)

June 1, 2019
A Summer Guide to Nailing Your College Apps
Beth Anne Spacht

Rising seniors, while we hope (and expect!) you’ll enjoy some downtime this summer, there are a number of items that you can easily check off your summer to-do list.

Unsure where to start? We’ve got you. Here are a few recommendations on where to begin as you start your college application prep. Just breathe deep and take it one step at a time.

March 18, 2019
Regular Decision Admission and Merit Scholarships
Tom Nicholas

On March 14, to commemorate #NationalSpiderDay (yes, we have the only mascot bold enough to compete with a day dedicated to pi(e)!), Regular Decision letters left the Office of Admission on their way to thousands of applicants waiting to hear from us in our final round of admission for the year.

November 2, 2018
A Parent's Perspective on the Admission Process
Beth Anne Spacht

As a 7-year veteran in the world of higher education, I’ve watched many families tackle the college admission process. Parents help their students in very different ways but the one thing they all have in common –the hope that their child will be happy, healthy, and successful.

So, what is the best way for parents to help their students during this momentous time? I am not a parent and do not pretend to understand the complexity of parenting a high school senior on the precipice of one of the biggest investments of time and money in their lifetime. Luckily, I have two uniquely qualified colleagues to dole out advice: Gil Villanueva, Associate Vice President and Dean of Admission; and Marilyn Hesser, Executive Director of Admission. Together, they have a combined 62 years of admission experience. Gil is parent to one college sophomore and one high school student. Marilyn is the parent of three young adults.

July 13, 2018
Mythbusters: Increasing Your Chances of Admission
Tom Nicholas

“How can I improve my chances of admission?” I usually start to hear that question around this time of year. By October, I’m hearing it on an almost daily basis. It’s understandable that this is one of the most common questions we get from high school seniors beginning the application process – guidebooks, web searches, and the media would have you believe that there are a myriad of hidden tricks that can significantly boost your odds of getting in (if you could just figure out what they are).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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