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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!

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.

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.

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.

September 21, 2018
Take a Wrong Turn (And Other Lessons Learned from the Road of Recruitment)
Beth Anne Spacht

Today marks week three of seven on the road of recruitment travel. My life is perpetually packed into a 14 x 22” carry-on, my waistline is suffering from a diet of Oats and Honey granola bars and vanilla mint Tic Tacs, and my distaste for airport travel is only counteracted by the fleeting moments of joy found following TSA on Instagram (an unexpectedly amazing account).

After seven seasons of admission travel, you might wonder why I stick with this job. The reality is that the travel isn’t glamorous, nor is the paycheck large. But each and every year, I am motivated by the possibility of meeting future Spiders who will challenge my way of thinking, reveal new opportunities for empathy, and inspire the ambition I see so prevalent on our campus.

And along the way, I’ve developed a few pieces of advice. Call them words of wisdom or mere musings of an admission counselor. But for what it’s worth, here’s my personal philosophy on how to approach the college search.

September 7, 2018
"How's Your Biology Program?" (And Other Not So Awesome Questions)
Tom Nicholas

We’re still awaiting cooler fall weather here in Richmond, but our students have returned to campus! That also means that our Admission Officers are gearing up to hit the road and visit your high school, college fair, or your neighborhood coffee shop for a quick Spider Chat. Whether you are a senior polishing your admission essay or a junior starting the college search process, fall is a great time to make connections with your admission officer at the University of Richmond and other colleges you might be applying to this fall.

September 14, 2015
5 Tips for Getting Insider Insight from Students
Beth Anne Spacht

Along with the greatly anticipated return of college football and pumpkin-spice-everything to the East Coast, the arrival of September means one very important thing for the faculty and staff at Richmond: students are (finally!) back on campus. As excited as we are for the change of pace, it’s great news for prospective students, too.

January 21, 2015
The Excitement of Uncertainty in the College Search
Beth Anne Spacht

If I had to choose two emotions to describe students at the start of their college search, I would pick “excitement” and “uncertainty.” The appeal of the first is apparent. With thousands of colleges and universities vying for your attention, the journey to discover your ideal college home is one of endless possibility. Yes, excitement is the easy part. But it is the latter word – uncertainty – which I find most compelling. In recent years, uncertainty in the college search process has gained a negative connotation of “directionless” and “lost.” In the famous words of J.R.R. Tolkien, “Not all those who wander are lost.” Often, the best outcomes come from those who keep an open mind.

September 9, 2014
Introducing: Spider Diaries!
Beth Anne Spacht

Now introducing the latest and greatest group of Spider Diaries! Spider Diaries is a wonderful place to follow in the footsteps of current Richmond Spiders as they share what it’s like to be a student; from class time to after hours to everything in between. Through their blogs, you’ll have the opportunity to share in the ups and the downs, laugh through the quirky and the candid moments, and follow cool campus happenings coming their way throughout the year. It’s my hope that you’ll use these as a gateway to learn about student life at UR – beyond admission facts and figures.

September 5, 2014
Seven (More) Questions to Ask Colleges
Tom Nicholas

A little while back, we ran a post called Seven Questions to Ask Colleges, designed for high school juniors as they started to explore colleges and make their first college visits.

As we head into autumn, those questions are just as valid for high school seniors to ask. But with the application process and college itself so much closer, and with more in-depth visit options often available to seniors, there are also some deeper questions that you ought to be asking when you visit campuses now. Here are seven suggestions.

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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