- 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.
- 19 Things You Could Do with $4,000 from Richmond
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...
- What Does Spider Spirit Mean to You?
Congratulations and a warm welcome to the future Class of 2019! Now that admission decisions are released, the big choice of where to attend college is looming in the near distance. To help you get a feel for why our students love Richmond, we thought it would be fun to ask our Spider Diarists about their favorite aspects of campus life. Here’s what they have to say:
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- Check out the latest study abroad vlog from Thamine, '17, currently stationed in Morocco! http://t.co/oAPNlpvIew
- Take a long weekend and join us for a #spidervisit. Our next Preview Richmond open house is Monday, November 9! http://t.co/PvhpiQgS8y
- Don't forget! Spider Diaries is now on Instagram (@spider_diaries). Follow for pics of student life beyond the blog: http://t.co/jr0zK41Ytu
- Not ready to lock into a college major quite yet? Ellie, '19, reflects on why it's okay to be undecided at UR: http://t.co/eD0HdwZExl
- Richmond 101 evening programs coming up in Northern NJ, Philly, and the Bahamas. Find your regional rep for details: http://t.co/xnBQxYtpXn
- Getting lots of great questions on the road about our Richmond Question option ("Tell us about Spiders.") A few tips: http://t.co/n5hjBbeyGG
- The marquee race of the 2015 UCI Road World Championship begins today on the @urichmond campus. #SpiderPride http://t.co/k58hmQcpoO
- Great advice from Ellie, '19: "Top 11 Things in Richmond Every Spider Should Experience Freshman Year" http://t.co/SmMaWCPbAh
- There are lots of questions you should ask when you visit campus. Here are seven that we think are most important: http://t.co/2F4RQ1pwCL
- Richmond admission staff are globetrotting this fall to meet awesome students - will we be visiting your area? http://t.co/vY7jkjjtdF
- Seniors visiting campuses: here are some insider tips to help you with your college fit: http://t.co/uFSHGjiUXd
- Honored to sponsor Penny Deck’s trip to #nacac15. Penny is a counselor at Maggie L. Walker School in RVA. #hssc2015 http://t.co/IOLnc3rj3t
- Curious about study abroad? Thamine, '17, shares her experiences in Morocco through an awesome video series: http://t.co/qHYZfZBeuF
- Looking forward to the Presidential 5K Bike Ride led by President Crutcher this Sunday #NewSpiderPres http://t.co/kbMaTficAd
- Want the inside scoop on a college? Ask someone who's been there. 5 tips to help you connect to current students: http://t.co/HXGMhNWxCa
- Tons of great visit options for the fall semester, including lunch with a student and classroom visits. Check it out: http://t.co/XyJ2QFdSLZ
- New post on the Admission Blog: "5 Tips for Getting Insider Insight from Students" http://t.co/KZHs1C8Mgr
- RT @URNews2Use: Gil J. Villanueva, dean of @URAdmission, named Board of Directors chair for @CommonAp. http://t.co/kg68vexJB3 http://t.co/l…
- Less than one week away from UCI Road World Championships! Over 1,000 of the world's top cyclists are headed to #RVA. http://t.co/CA8iNaEAKN
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.
For High School Juniors and Sophomores...
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University of Richmond Class of 2015 Graduation Day
Graduates from the Class of 2015 share their plans for the future and reflect on their time at the University of Richmond.
A Spider's Guide to RVA
Tracee Carter, '16, takes Spiders on a Richmond adventure, visiting Carytown, the James River, UR Downtown, and more.
First-Year Move-in Day 2014
New students, parents, and orientation staff pause in the midst of unpacking to share their thoughts and reflections on first-year move-in day at Richmond.
Student Blogs: Spider Diaries
Hi guys! I'm studying abroad in Rabat right now. For this video, I am taking you guys along with me to Casablanca, which is known as the economic/industrial capital of Rabat. Hope you enjoy and please like and subscribe for more!
...Duhn duhn duhhhhnnn #ExtremelyOverlyDramaticTitles #CueTheCrimeShowMusic #ImSensingAnAutobiographyTitle. No, seriously, hashtags aside, its just a list of silly differences sprinkled with bits of advice from a nineteen year old kid.
We threw a party, but couldn't decide what to name it.
"Thy beauty haunts me heart and soul, I have a compact to commune A monthly midnight with the Moon; Into its face I stare and stare, And find sweet understanding there"
Keepin' you up to date with the latest, hippest spider-slang that all the kids are using these days.