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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.

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.

July 21, 2017
Hot Topics: Internships!
Tom Nicholas

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

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.

October 8, 2014
Celebrating 100 Years: The Coordinate College Explained
Beth Anne Spacht

If you’ve done your research into the University of Richmond, you may have encountered an unfamiliar term: “coordinate college system.” The coordinate college system is one of the defining features of the University of Richmond. Born from our history as a separate college for men (Richmond College) and for women (Westhampton College), the idea of two distinct schools within the University of Richmond umbrella can be a bit confusing in this day and age. What does it mean that we’ve maintained bits of this structure within our overarching University, and how does it impact University of Richmond students today?

July 16, 2014
What would you do with $4,000 from Richmond?
Beth Anne Spacht

This summer, the buzz around Richmond is twofold: the new state-of-the-art student housing on the Westhampton side of campus, and the second cycle of our UR Summer Fellowship program. In case you haven’t heard about the latter, I’d like to take a moment to share with you what it means for students and why it is, quite frankly, awesome.

September 20, 2013
Hot Topics: Study Abroad
Tom Nicholas

Over the past decade, study abroad has become somewhat of a given among selective colleges (and somewhat of an expectation among students applying to those colleges). You’ll hear about study abroad at almost every college you visit, and you’ll find that some pretty high percentages of students are studying abroad. It’s tough to stand out in area that everybody is talking about – but the University of Richmond does. In the realm of international education, Richmond has long been seen as a nationwide leader, going all the way back to the 1980s when we were among the very first colleges to begin investing heavily in direct exchange programs. Here are a couple of reasons Richmond is different and (I would argue) a cut above many of our competitors.

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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