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April 13, 2018
Hidden College Costs
Tom Nicholas

Admission decisions are out, the long months of anticipation are over, and it is finally time for our newly admitted students to choose a college home. The ball is in your court, future Spiders! Here are a couple of the most common areas you might find yourself accruing unwanted financial add-ons over the next four years – and, more importantly, how Richmond subsidizes many of these extra costs for our students.

January 10, 2018
For Those on the Fence
Beth Anne Spacht

The start of January brings my colleagues and me to a critical crossroad in the admission cycle; the past months of intense travel and preparation for the Class of 2022 are more or less behind us, and the formerly far-flung reality of weeks and weeks of application review (we call this “reading season”) is suddenly, fully, and unequivocally upon us.

The professional challenge for Admission Officers at the start of a new year isn’t just digging deep to review all application files by April 1. It’s the knowledge that, with an application deadline of January 15th, there are still students we’ve gotten to know and appreciate who have not yet applied to Richmond. And that, to me, is not so much a crossroad, as it is a colossal impasse.

For those of you rounding out your college lists, still making decisions on where to apply, I know there’s not much I can do or say at this point to get Richmond definitively added to your list. But with a few days left until January 15th, a new year deserves a new attempt to show you why Richmond just might be the very place you belong.

January 10, 2018
For Those on the Fence
Beth Anne Spacht

The start of January brings my colleagues and me to a critical crossroad in the admission cycle; the past months of intense travel and preparation for the Class of 2022 are more or less behind us, and the formerly far-flung reality of weeks and weeks of application review (we call this “reading season”) is suddenly, fully, and unequivocally upon us.

The professional challenge for Admission Officers at the start of a new year isn’t just digging deep to review all application files by April 1. It’s the knowledge that, with an application deadline of January 15th, there are still students we’ve gotten to know and appreciate who have not yet applied to Richmond. And that, to me, is not so much a crossroad, as it is a colossal impasse.

For those of you rounding out your college lists, still making decisions on where to apply, I know there’s not much I can do or say at this point to get Richmond definitively added to your list. But with a few days left until January 15th, a new year deserves a new attempt to show you why Richmond just might be the very place you belong.

July 21, 2017
Hot Topics: Internships!
Tom Nicholas

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

April 13, 2016
20 Moments that Define Your Richmond Experience
Beth Anne Spacht

Each year during the month of April, we enjoy coming up with some sort of list corresponding to the incoming students’ class year. In recent years, we've shared “17 (Hidden) Reasons to Join the Class of '17,” “18 Phrases You’ll Never Hear at Richmond,” and for the Class of 2019, "19 Things you Could do with $4000 From Richmond."

This year, in honor of the Class of '20, Nadine Saint (Class of 2010), presents...

November 12, 2015
Why Richmond? Virginia Edition
Beth Anne Spacht

Guest post by: Nadine Saint, '10, Assistant Director of Admission

If you are a Virginia resident, most likely you live a stone’s throw or short drive away from a college or university. As a prospective student growing up in the Commonwealth, you can find institutions large, small, private, public, urban, and suburban – all offering excellent educational opportunities. I grew up in the Tidewater area of Virginia, and many of my classmates chose to stay in-state for their college experience. However, I was the only student in my graduating class to choose Richmond, which, now that I look back, seems strange. As an alumna and now staff member of the University of Richmond, I can easily reflect on the many reasons why Virginia students should choose to become a Spider. For those of you on the fence about applying, I’d like to share some of the aspects that helped to shape my decision.

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.

April 9, 2015
19 Things You Could Do with $4,000 from Richmond
Tom Nicholas

This year, in honor of the Class of '19 – and in honor of the new Richmond Guarantee, which guarantees every undergraduate student summer funding of up to $4,000 for a summer internship or research project – we decided to share with you...

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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