- Tips for Writing Supplemental Essays
Ah, those pesky supplemental essays. Just when you think you’ve got your college application pretty much all together, you realize that several colleges where you’re applying want you to write another essay. How should you approach this additional task?
- 20 Moments that Define Your Richmond Experience
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...
- For Those on the Fence
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 2020 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.
- Don't Freak Out 2015-16
With the Richmond Scholars deadline coming up soon, we're starting to get a lot of phone calls and emails. Students who have recently submitted applications are reaching out to ensure that we have everything needed, or wondering why they haven't heard anything from us, as is typical around all of our application deadlines.
- Why Richmond? Virginia Edition
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.
- 10 Reasons Why Richmond is Secretly Hogwarts
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!
- 5 Tips for Getting Insider Insight from Students
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.
- 5 Spots on Campus You May Not Know Exist
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:
- The Right Approach to Writing Your College Essays
Recently, I’ve given several presentations to rising high school seniors on writing your college essays. Each time I do this, I always ask students what makes them most anxious about essays, and two answers invariably come up more than any others: (1) "I know essays are really important," and (2) "I don’t really know what colleges are looking for."
- 10 Richmond Festivals You Can't Miss
With summertime in full swing, Richmond is heating up with local events featuring the culinary and cultural flavors of homegrown RVA. From the Richmond Jazz Festival (one of the largest on the East Coast) and Riverrock (the nation’s premier outdoor sports and music festival) to the Greek Festival and Broad Appetite (arguably, the local foodie favorite), there’s never a shortage of things to do all year long in the great city of Richmond, VA. Here's our guide to the top 10 must-see Richmond festivals.
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- While we enjoy sharing pics, we hope you'll come see our new space for yourself. Join us for our Nov. 14 open house: https://t.co/O3qj3rpIe8
- Last but not least: Breed Pavilion. This room is so big we can't even picture it all! It even divides with walls th… https://t.co/AslzKE5ZJ7
- The virtual tour continues with our social media hub, located on the first floor next to the grand staircase. https://t.co/Cajq3FzeBw
- About halfway through travel season. This week you'll find URAdmission traveling to: MD, CA, NM, NY, PA, VA, FL, D.C., Bahamas. #URVisitsYou
- Lobby tour continued...a lounge for prospective and current students to share. https://t.co/VkWGR9yiqA
- Next up on our quick tour, the Moelchert Family Lobby. We love how you can see the architectural features peeking t… https://t.co/8UU4reVYHW
- For those who haven't gotten a chance to see our new admission building yet, we'll share a few pictures this week.… https://t.co/agIgam0R8r
- RT @urichmond: Today we celebrate the dedication of #urichmond's Queally Center, serving our students from offer letter to acceptance lette…
- Wishing our team good luck in the @urichmond homecoming football game vs. Villanova today! #GoSpiders #spiderpride
- Happy Friday, y'all! Looking forward to seeing Spiders old and new for the dedication of our new building today.… https://t.co/IQffAKrMma
- Favorite student study spots on campus, from the eyes of a first year. Maria, '20, reflects on her top picks: https://t.co/sTf1pP3N3m
- Although it's homecoming, we're far from home: D.C., CT, RI, CA, MN, MO, NC, MD, FL, Bahamas, Dubai, Qatar, & Jordan. #findingfuturespiders
- Early Decision is right around the corner. If UR is the right fit for you, consider applying EDI by November 15. https://t.co/XxfJ2LnUnV
- Questions about UR? Our "Contact a Student" page is a great starting point. Filter by location, major, & interests: https://t.co/mnwAg5TH7m
- We're getting lots of great ?'s about our essay prompts on the road. The Admission Blog weighs in w/ some pointers: https://t.co/A4Zc6ARmia
- Can't miss school for a campus visit? Don't worry. We offer a few Saturday morning sessions + tours in Oct. & Nov.: https://t.co/HLNPZMt6Dr
- This week's #wherearewewednesday update includes travel to: PA, NY, CO, CA, KY, WV, VA, NC, FL, Norway and Greece. #findingfuturespiders
- Considering Early Decision? This helpful website outlines the pros and cons (but mostly pros!) of applying ED: https://t.co/sIzsZZzhVD
- Registration for our next Preview Richmond open house (Nov. 14) is now available! Sign up online: https://t.co/NVKuDLmDbr #futurespiders
- Have you followed @spider_diaries on Instagram yet? A great way to picture student life at UR, straight from Spiders. (Excuse the bad pun!)
Apply to Richmond via the Common Application online. Deadlines and required materials can be found on the Application Timeline. To be considered for our full-tuition Richmond Scholars program, be sure to submit your application by December 1.
If Richmond is your first choice, consider applying under an Early Decision plan. Contact your admission counselor if you have questions.
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