- 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.
- 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.
UR Admission Twitter
- RT @urichmond: Going on a #CampusTour? Let @URAdmission student tour guides help you figure out the best ?s to ask. https://t.co/MeUtY82fS7…
- Early Decision II applicants: letters left our building yesterday afternoon. The closest ones should start arriving today. #richmond2020
- All this cold weather has us dreaming up new places to go. Check out our blog to see how study abroad works at UR: https://t.co/8o6qOymUdf
- Registration for our next Preview Richmond open house (Monday, March 21) is now open! Come check us out! https://t.co/CjasXJQLGm
- We're doing our best anti-snow dance in hopes of good weather for Winter Visit Week (Feb. 13-20). Looking forward to seeing so many guests!
- Application review is in full swing for #richmond2020. The admission committee mantra right now: just keep reading, just keep reading...
- Spider Diarist and Virginia native, Ellie, '19, weighs the pros and cons of staying close to home for college: https://t.co/i8Ccq9m7Bh
- 2 more weeks until UR's deadline (2/15) for high school seniors to apply for need-based financial aid. Details here: https://t.co/gSZRALWrGR
- Go Spiders! Our game last night snapped GW's home winning streak. https://t.co/L4aAnyjTqp
- At this point, all Richmond Scholars Semi-Finalists have been notified. From two years ago, but still relevant: https://t.co/IuckfbDAUY
- The Admission Blog reflects on why uncertainty is okay - and even exciting - for those starting the college search: https://t.co/xGGJjs02l9
- Snowy days remind us of how beautiful campus is in winter. See for yourself during "Winter Visit Week" (Feb. 13-20). https://t.co/AV5YHKEIIb
- Remember, please be patient in checking for supporting materials on MyApp. It will take a few days for us to match and process documents.
- Heads up, visitors! Due to the winter storm, the Office of Admission will close today at 10:15 a.m. Stay safe and warm! #snowmaggedon2016
- Excited to report the highest number of @urichmond applications ever received in University history for the Class of 2020!
- Bio, chem, and...makeup! A double major in Bio & Theater, Liz, '17, shares what goes on behind the scenes in class: https://t.co/zdKS5VgBoU
- It's here. The big one. January 15. Your last chance to apply for Richmond's Class of 2020! https://t.co/73mid7VEHw
- Why put off until tomorrow what you can do today? Put the finishing touches on those apps and submit before Jan. 15. https://t.co/pJgqkEiXwP
- RT @URNews2Use: Dir. of @URAdmission Nate Crozier in @CVS_Extra "Grow With Us" newsletter article on prepping teens for college. https://t.…
- UR's student-first mission means you're a top priority today, tomorrow, and for many years to come. Here's why: https://t.co/gorpkyTbiy
Apply to Richmond
Apply to Richmond via the Common Application online. Deadlines and required materials can be found on the Application Timeline.
Before contacting the Office of Admission to check on your application's status, be sure to read this blog post.
If Richmond is your first choice, consider applying under an Early Decision plan. Contact your admission counselor if you have questions.
Apply for Financial Aid
All first-year applicants wishing to apply for need-based financial aid must submit the 2015-16 FAFSA and CSS PROFILE by February 15, and copies of 2014 tax returns by March 1. See the Financial Aid website for more information.
Winter Visit Opportunities
Campus visits are available to all prospective students on most weekdays and select Saturdays throughout the winter; however, due to final exams and winter break, student-guided tour availability is not guaranteed from December 7 to 23. The University will be closed from December 24 to January 1.
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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
A timeline of what a typical day looks like as a study abroad student in Morocco
So I got married while studying abroad in Morocco!? Lol, jk, I'm not that cra. Enjoy this fake wedding hosted by the IES Rabat team. It was a blast!
Harry Potter + Maple Bars + TLC + A 3,000% increase in sentimentality and the desire to hug people.