- 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.
- Research at Richmond: Why It's Different (and Awesome)
“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.
- Planning Your Senior Year Schedule
This one’s for you, juniors.
- Finding a [new] Home at Richmond
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.
- UR Defined (2019 Edition)
A brief primer in University of Richmond student lingo, for new members of the Class of 2019.
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- This holiday, we're thankful for a University family that cares for students both near and far: https://t.co/ojZzE9sesD
- Happy (almost) Turkey Day! The Office of Admission will close today at 5:00pm and reopen Monday, 11/30, at 8:30am. We'll see you next week!
- Calling all prospective world travelers! Richmond ranks No. 3 for the total number of students who study abroad. https://t.co/esfAz2If3p
- What's a typical Richmond Spider like? Ha An, '16, has the answer: https://t.co/NBQDYJtO7K
- Virginians: think private education is out of reach? Richmond might surprise you. https://t.co/up9X6h32Z5
- From 257 athletic captains to 31 editors-in-chief, there are some incredible people in #richmond2019. Check 'em out: https://t.co/L38ro04uD5
- UR alumna and VA native reflects on why she chose to attend Richmond over other great in-state options: https://t.co/Lqku8HkX7j
- Final reminder! Richmond's EDI deadline is this weekend. Submit by Sunday (Nov. 15) if UR is your first choice. https://t.co/9l7KA4fYnW
- "Defining Richmond Scholars" blog post gives it to you straight (https://t.co/JoA5UW4oY2). Get those applications in by December 1st!
- Way to go, visitors! Awesome #spidervisit photos from this weekend's MOVE and Preview Richmond events. Check it out: https://t.co/noPeEbVGSM
- After a great weekend of open houses, it's time to gear up for EDI applications. A few more days until the deadline! https://t.co/0zktphYmo7
- Did you know Richmond has a Speech Center? Check out how it helped Hunter, '19, conquer his fear of public speaking: https://t.co/gMbb3JiBwP
- RT @racrutcher: #spidervisit I enjoyed welcoming students and parents at Preview Richmond this morning. https://t.co/Bh2v23ZB6G
- Preview Richmond is here! Visitors, we know you'll want to take pics. Don't forget to use #spidervisit when sharing! https://t.co/e85ScIsw0M
- Ready to commit? Some pros and cons (but mostly pros) to our upcoming Early Decision 1 deadline on Nov. 15: https://t.co/Q6D8nbvdE8
- The Class of 2019 student profile has a new look! Check it out to see the company you'll keep at UR: https://t.co/ziC4ZLDqc1
- From Quidditch to a Great Hall, Richmond and Hogwarts share quite a lot in common. Check out our top 10 reasons why: https://t.co/84GhjuliMc
- 45 full-tuition scholarships up for grabs through Richmond Scholars - just submit your Common App by December 1st! https://t.co/FGvje6gPhF
Apply to Richmond
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.
Fall Visit Opportunities
Campus visits are available to all prospective students on most weekdays and many Saturdays throughout the fall. High school seniors may also schedule informational interviews, class visits, and lunch with a student, depending on availability.
For a more in-depth, day-long program, our next Preview Richmond open house will take place on Monday, November 9.
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