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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.

February 13, 2015
One Richmond, One Love: How UR Loves Its Students
Beth Anne Spacht

It’s almost Valentine’s Day! In our neck of the woods, that means one thing: delicious D-Hall desserts.


January 5, 2015
For Those on the Fence
Tom Nicholas

Some of you are still making final decisions about where to apply, how to round out your college list, whether to add one more reach school… and whether to finish your application to Richmond. It's to you – those on the fence – that I direct this blog post.

April 21, 2014
UR Defined
Tom Nicholas

(A brief primer in University of Richmond student lingo, for new members of the Class of 2018. This list is by no means exhaustive.)

April 4, 2013
17 (Hidden) Reasons to Join Richmond's Class of '17
Tom Nicholas

Congratulations to all those students admitted into our Class of 2017! This year’s applicant pool was our most qualified and competitive ever. If you’ve been admitted, it’s a reflection of an impressive application and extremely strong qualifications. It also means you’ve probably heard a lot from us in the past year or two, if you’re on our contact list.

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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