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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.

March 29, 2019
Richmond Cares About Your Well-Being
Beth Anne Spacht

Let’s get one thing straight: Richmond students are ambitious. For some, that means more than one major, or taking classes across schools to pursue multiple areas of academic interest. For others, it means leading student clubs or organizations, volunteering in the City of Richmond, and joining a club sports team.

Regardless of what Spiders choose to pursue (which in many cases is all of the above), we know their health – physically, mentally, and emotionally – comes first.

That’s one of the main reasons we’re building a new Well-Being Center on campus, which is scheduled to open in fall 2020. Attached to the Weinstein Center for Recreation, the new center will be the perfect spot for our students to tend to their health and overall happiness.

August 30, 2018
UR: Small College, Big Sports
Tom Nicholas

If you know anything about the University of Richmond, it’s probably that we’re a highly selective liberal arts school... but our 17 Division I sports teams are the real deal, too.

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."

July 21, 2017
Hot Topics: Internships!
Tom Nicholas

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

October 30, 2015
10 Reasons Why Richmond is Secretly Hogwarts
Beth Anne Spacht

Each and every Halloween I’m reminded that there are some pretty striking similarities between Richmond and the fictional wizarding school made popular by J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series (Daniel Radcliffe, by the way, was just in town filming his latest movie). I hear the comparison a lot, but rarely does it travel beyond comments on our physical campus grounds. So, in the spirit of the season, here are 10 not-so-surface-level reasons why Richmond is secretly like Hogwarts. Hope you enjoy, and Happy Halloween!

July 19, 2015
5 Spots on Campus You May Not Know Exist
Beth Anne Spacht

At Richmond, there’s always more to discover when you travel to the lesser-known corners of campus. Over the course of the University’s 185-year-old history, we’ve been fortunate to accumulate some really amazing things. From an Egyptian mummy in the Classics department, to a massive collection of florescent rocks and fossils in the Harnett Museum of Art, to a floor-to-ceiling pendulum in the Gottwald Center for the Sciences, new surprises wait around every corner of our 365-acre campus. Since we can’t cover everything in our 1.5 hour campus tours, here’s a quick look at a few hidden treasures you might be surprised to find at Richmond:

June 2, 2015
Research at Richmond: Why It's Different (and Awesome)
Tom Nicholas

“Undergraduate research” is something of a buzzword in college admission these days. Like study abroad, it’s something that many prospective students are looking for (and being encouraged to look for) in a college, and it’s therefore something that most colleges are talking about. But buyer beware. Although everyone is talking about research, the reality can vary quite a bit from school to school; and because everyone is talking about research, you need to be an informed consumer and do some careful digging to ensure you’re getting the full picture.

April 27, 2015
Finding a [new] Home at Richmond
Beth Anne Spacht

As the National Candidate Reply Date of May 1 creeps closer, we know that a good number of you are still searching for that one final reason why you should choose Richmond. Here in the Office of Admission, there’s not much more we can say or do to convince you why UR is distinct; you’ve heard the facts and the figures, had time to mull over the statistics and the stories.

So for those of you still on the fence, we thought it would be helpful for you to hear from a campus resource you’d be hard-pressed to find at any other school in the nation: The Office of Common Ground.

The University of Richmond's Office of Common Ground supports the school's priorities of diversity and inclusion by providing campus-wide resources and programs that foster community across lines of difference. In celebration of the most talented and diverse class in our University’s history, it's my pleasure to introduce a special note to the Class of 2019 from guest blogger, Ted Lewis, Associate Director for LGBTQ Campus Life in the Office of Common Ground.

April 21, 2015
UR Defined (2019 Edition)
Tom Nicholas

A brief primer in University of Richmond student lingo, for new members of the Class of 2019.

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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