While You Wait: An Applicant's Guide to Productive Discontent

November 18, 2021
A post by Austen Kelso, Senior Assistant Director of Admission

Congratulations! You’ve just applied to Richmond. High fives, pats on the back, and maybe a well-deserved sigh of relief are in order. You have now entered the next rite of passage for all college applicants – the uncertain and potentially agonizing period of waiting to hear back.

We acknowledge that this wait can be difficult (we do apologize). You worked hard on your application and we’re working just as diligently to give your application the careful review it deserves. And, we hope you’ll agree, this is just one of those things that is well worth the wait…



So, although we cannot change the time that it takes to review your application (nor will we try), we have compiled some tips and tricks for turning this time hanging out in the college application “waiting room” into a period of productive discontent.

Check your Spider Portal. Waiting becomes easier when you’re confident your application is complete. Cue: The Spider Portal. Be sure to review (and re-review) your checklist for completeness and provide any missing documents on time. Once you’re good to go, no need to refresh daily – we’ll email you a heads up when decision day is around the corner.

Don’t stop scrolling. Suggesting you take time away from social media would be a tough ask. Instead, might we suggest some Richmond accounts to fold into your feed? What better way to continue to get to know us than through Instagram…

  • Follow @emmettofurwellbeing for daily updates from Emmett, our 3-year old Goldendoodle who serves students as a full-time campus therapy dog. If you’re on campus, stop by the  Wellbeing Center to see him in person. We can confirm – he is a GOOD boy who never turns down a belly rub.
  • Follow @urichmond for beauty shots of campus, stories about Spiders (human…mostly), and an inside look at day-to-day life at Richmond. We know we’re biased, but we have to admit, this account is definitely worth your time.
Eat like a Spider. No, I don’t mean insects (although, I hear they’re nutritious). Dust off your quarantine cooking skills and try out some recipes from the University of Richmond Test Kitchen. These are some of the same meals current students feast on during the year. Your family will thank you, and maybe you can even impress that special someone in your life. As a bonus, when you arrive for your first day as a Richmond Spider, you’ll know exactly what dishes to order.

And, finally, if you just cannot bear the wait any longer – check out our intended decision release dates. Star them in your calendar. Sear them into your mind. And be waiting by your computer for the email from our office that decisions will be released.