- 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.
UR Admission Twitter
- Have you followed @spider_diaries on Instagram yet? A great way to picture student life at UR, straight from Spiders. (Excuse the bad pun!)
- If you could describe UR in three words, what would they be? Our answer: challenging, creative, & collaborative. Best question this week.
- Shout out to our international crew traveling this week to England, Canada, Norway, France, Switzerland, and Greece! #findingfuturespiders
- Apply by Dec. 1 to be considered for Richmond Scholars: 45 *at least* full-tuition scholarships. More details here: https://t.co/n4k5ML0tvA
- UR Admission is on the move again! This week's domestic travel includes: TX, NJ, NY, TN, IN, CA, UT, OH, WA, OR, VA, MA, and PA.
- If you happen to be visiting campus this weekend, don't miss this great event! An annual favorite. https://t.co/GxSZUYqcUt
- #TBT video to this year's freshman move-in day. #SpiderPride all around! Check out the video here: https://t.co/Bjnc22nx0Z
- This week UR’s Admission staff will travel to CA, VA, MA, NH, NY, TN and London, England. #wherearewewednesday #travelseason
- Cory, ‘19, sheds insight into life as a transfer student at UR. Read about his road to Richmond here: https://t.co/pWEjjEg0C3
- RT @URNews2Use: .@USNewsEducation ranks University of Richmond (@urichmond) 27th on the national #liberalarts college ranking https://t.co/…
- The newest Spider Diaries bloggers are here! Maria from Nicaragua, Tracy from Vietnam, & Cory from Midlothian, VA: https://t.co/mUeFEajQUf
- 12% of #richmond2020 identify as the first in their family to attend college. Read more #spiderfirst stories here: https://t.co/5vjr7ZsmtK
- In case you missed it, the Admission Blog offers BKMs (best known methods) for how to approach supplemental essays: https://t.co/ulny4d22Rt
- The Class of 2020 admitted student profile is now live! One of the most accomplished classes we've ever seen: https://t.co/1iwu6jYtxw
- RT @URNews2Use: What a wonderful start to the season! Go Spiders! #BeatUVA #OneRichmond https://t.co/hnNYjD1AWw
- The Office of Admission will be closed on Monday, September 5th in observance of Labor Day. Enjoy the long weekend!
- When itsy bitsy Spiders come to visit... https://t.co/4pugjSrLwc
- Check out the latest Admission Blog post for insider insights on essays: "Tips for Writing Supplemental Essays" https://t.co/tdaQ0Q4J5J
- URAdmission staff is ready to host 300+ #futurespiders and families on campus today! #spiderpride #previewrichmond https://t.co/JsEz4xSHB4
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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University of Richmond Class of 2016 Graduation Day
Graduates from the Class of 2016 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.
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