Spider Chat Program

The Spider Chat Program is designed to invite a group of University of Richmond alumni to share the Richmond experience with applicants in target cities throughout the country. The program began in winter 2004 as a pilot program in Washington, D.C., and has since expanded to include 33 regions nationwide and London.

While the Spider Chat is voluntary and not a requirement for admission, it does provide a personalized channel for an exchange of information. The Spider Chat gives applicants the opportunity to learn more about Richmond from our alumni volunteers. It also provides students with a chance to share information about their interests and experiences that we can use to better communicate with them. We think of Spider Chats more as a recruitment tool than a way to make admission decisions. For example, if a student mentions applying early decision, we can communicate earlier with that student and to make him or her aware of the early decision process and deadlines.

Coordinated by the Office of Admission the program seeks to:

  • Involve alumni in a meaningful way in order to achieve Richmond's admission goals
  • Provide the Admission Committee with additional information that may assist the staff in the recruitment of prospective students and in their application review
  • Increase a highly qualified student's likelihood to enroll at Richmond from cities where Spider Chats are offered
  • Provide additional opportunities for interaction between the University of Richmond, prospective students, and alumni

Interested in Spider Chats? Apply here.

Definition of a Spider Chat

Most importantly, Spider Chats focus on the exchange of information between the applicant and the alumni volunteer. It is a tool used to convey the value of a Richmond education and excite the applicant about the areas in which he or she may have great interest. Conversation in a Spider Chat should focus on sharing information about Richmond that meets the student's needs while learning about his or her distinctive experiences and what he or she can uniquely contribute to the Richmond community.

Tools for Spider Chat Volunteers

Alumni volunteers can access the following materials: