Out of the silence…

Well hello there, content-starved readers of Richmond’s admission blog! (Note that I’m assuming you’ve missed me.)

I didn’t exactly intend to take such a long hiatus from blogging, but you know how it goes… one thing leads to another…

It has been a crazy couple of months that have kept me from the world of blogging – crazy in a good way, of course. To fill you in on a couple of the highlights (and the things that have been keeping me busy):

1.    We have a new Dean of Admission and Director of Admission here at Richmond! Gil Villanueva, our new dean, and Michael Kabbaz, our new director, both started on July 15, and we’re thrilled to have them. Both are hitting the road this fall, so some of you may have the opportunity to meet them soon.

2.    The University jumped up to #30 among national liberal arts colleges in the U.S. News & World Report rankings.  As I always say, any ranking is in large part what you make of it – and how closely you look at its methodology. One thing I love about Richmond is that our administration cares far more about a host of other things (the student experience, academic quality, access and affordability) than it does the rankings, yet Richmond continues to rise, up from #42 when we moved to the national liberal arts category four years ago.

3.    On August 19, we welcomed a hugely enthusiastic first-year class to campus. This class broke a number of records; it is the largest class in the university’s history (but not so large that we can’t handle it!), made up of students from 40 states and 27 countries. About 7% of the class is composed of international students; 23% are American students from underrepresented ethnic populations; and 21% are members of the first generation of their family to go to college. You can find out more on our student profile, which will be updated and expanded in just a few weeks (so check back).

4.    The Spider football season is off to a great start, with three successive wins over Duke, Delaware, and most recently Hofstra – extending our record winning streak to twelve games. (In the FCS, the only time you get to extend a winning streak over multiple seasons is – you got it – if and only if you take the national championship. Which, if you’re not aware, we did last year.) The school took seven busloads of students down to the opener at Duke (not including those who drove themselves)… Spider spirit has never been stronger or louder!

So that’s the news from the past few months. I’m already into my first week of travel season – in Pittsburgh at the moment, off to Arizona at the end of the week – so I’ll keep you posted. The Richmond Admission Blog is back in business!

One Comment

  1. Peter Campfield
    Posted December 6, 2009 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

    Great post about the football team.. I went to the Hofstra game which was a ton of fun. It’s funny you referenced the busloads of people going to Duke– you probably know my interviewer, Kate, who arranged the bus trip! Sounds like everyone had a great time seeing UR pull out a huge win.


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