Austen Kelso

Senior Assistant Director of Admission
Austen Kelso

Hometown: West Chester, PA

Education: B.A., Environmental Studies and Geography and the Environment, University of Richmond; MBA, University of Richmond

Favorite sports team? Tottenham Hotspur F.C.

Favorite RVA restaurant? The Roosevelt

Favorite part of the application? The "Admit" button

If your life were a pop song, what would it be? "I Just Wanna Dance" by Space Capone

If you could take any class at UR, what would it be?

As someone who is not particularly gifted in the hard sciences and grew up binge watching Law & Order, I would like to take CHEM 113: Catching Criminals with Chemistry.

What is one piece of advice you’d give students for the college search/application process?

You’ll know when you’ve found the right fit. While touring college campus you will have plenty of facts, figures, statistics, and information thrown your way, and it may seem to get overwhelming. However, always trust your gut instinct. You will know when you’ve arrived on the campus that feels like home.

Any D-Hall recipes or hacks you’d like to share?

The most important tools for any D-Hall hack are the panini press and warming trays. Personally, I love to take slices of apple pie, run them under the warming tray until heated through, and then finish it off with a generous scoop(s) of vanilla ice cream. Important note: any pie or cobbler variety will work.

What is your favorite UR tradition, and why?

My favorite is the Candlelight ceremony. The night before graduation, seniors line up around the lake holding candles and have a final sendoff with a class speaker and a fireworks show. It is an awesome way to wrap up four years with friends and family.