- 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.
- 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.
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- For all our new Spiders: if you haven't seen it yet, here are 20 things to look forward to next fall: https://t.co/HkFDBHv2Yg
- Ever wonder what those AP and IB tests will get you in terms of college credit? Have a look at UR's 2016 policy: https://t.co/mVc3x7nJSR
- In case you missed it - a breakdown of senior course selection do's and don'ts from the Admission point of view: https://t.co/7HLMMiYBTi
- RT @URNews2Use: Future Spider, Monacan HS senior among final @GatesScholars via @RTDNEWS @ccpsinfo @URAdmission #richmond2020 https://t.co/…
- A #tbt Admission Blog post: "Research at Richmond: Why It's Different (and Awesome)" https://t.co/QJpvwrJGOx
- Planning your summer campus visit? Be sure to take time to explore our namesake city. Here's what RVA has to offer: https://t.co/LitOtaGjzu
- Congratulations to all the graduates of the Class of 2016 who walked yesterday! Can't wait to see the great things you'll do. #spiderpride
- #TBT to last week's admitted student meet-and-greet in Myanmar! It may have been 111 degrees, but smiles all around. https://t.co/YIZMTYyr3N
- What do admission officers really look for in a senior year schedule? A good read from last year's Admission Blog: https://t.co/dwXJpVS3XM
- Still missing our most recent enrolls, but here's your first look at #richmond2020 via the updated Google Map: https://t.co/50H5pwzU45
- Today's the day to make your college choice. (Hint: #Richmond2020 is the way to go!) https://t.co/HyZdsISA3v
- Last up in our #WhyRichmond series: Spider alum, Nadine Saint, '10, shares 20 reasons to join #richmond2020 https://t.co/PzUjnc9qW1
- Barbara, '19 from Brazil: "I felt so welcomed by the students and teachers. I was amazed by how beautiful the school was when I arrived!"
- Jacob, '19: "I love that UR has an East Coast meets West Coast vibe. My favorite experience so far? Performing in the Baltics with choir."
- Shruti, '19, from India: "I absolutely made the right choice coming here. I feel a closeness and contentedness with the Richmond community."
- New Yorker, Bethany, '16: "My coolest experience at UR was skydiving in Switzerland. I was studying abroad in Barcelona at the time."
- Elinda, '16, from Greece: "Why I chose UR? It's a small school in a big city with a distinguished business program." https://t.co/DhspVM2vD4
- Sugandh, '16: "Before UR, I'd never been abroad. Since coming, I've been to 14 countries and learned 4 languages!" https://t.co/XgaWvsI8pw
- Carrie, '16: "With D1 athletics, Richmond is a small school with big school spirit. I'll never forget my first UR vs. VCU basketball game!"
- Marissa, '16, from Colorado: "I chose UR for the academic opportunity. My professors take a personal interest are invested in my education."
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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.
Student Blogs: Spider Diaries
A look at some of the most interesting people I've met while studying abroad! Hint: It is quite a list.
Waiting for Godot is a play about nothing. That's right, nothing, but it's an absurdist play that does convey something.
This semester I've been making my way twice a week to the local High School for my teacher practicum. Here are some of the observations I made of my experience in the classroom.
Yeeeaahh... its a pretty specific title.
So lately I find myself going through old pictures from my semester abroad... I'm assuming that's when you know you have the study abroad blues.