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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.

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.

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?

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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