Meet the Admission Committee

This week, the admission committee will begin to meet. Over the next few weeks, we’ll work through the meticulous, time-consuming process of creating a class. After months of reading applications, it’s finally time to get together and start making the tough decisions.

One of the great things about the committee is that we all bring different perspectives to the table. In selective admission, where we’re weighing dozens of different factors that make each candidate unique in order to create a well-rounded, dynamic first-year class, this diversity of perspectives is a crucial part of the process. Each of us brings strengths (and, yes, weaknesses) to the table. We balance each other and build on each others’ strengths and experience.

You can find out more about each of us individually by checking out our profiles. But here’s a little more that the profiles don’t necessarily say about the 14 of us, and the different perspectives we’re bringing to this year’s admission committee, from the mundane to the highly personal:

4 of us are Richmond alumni, proud to be working for our alma mater.

6 of us have pets.

11 of us hit the snooze button at least once in the morning.

6 of us are married.

4 of us are getting married in the next four months.

7 of us live in the city of Richmond; 5 of us live in the suburbs. 2 of us commute more than an hour to get to work.

4 of us have been in the admission profession for more than 15 years; 4 of us have been in it fewer than 4 years.

10 of us know at least 5 area codes from our recruitment regions by heart.

9 of us enjoy reading applications with colored pens to spice things up.

Since December 1st, 12 of us have spent at least 3 weekends reading applications. 9 of us have done so on at least 5 weekends.

9 of us have managed to read something besides applications within the last month. 5 of us have not.

7 of us are left-brained. 7 of us are right-brained.

1 of us is left-handed.

6 of us were rooting for the Packers. 6 of us were rooting for the Steelers. 1 of us was rooting for the commercials.

11 of us went to public high school.

3 of us were first-generation college students (our parents did not go to college).

5 of us have been through the college process ourselves within the last 10 years.

3 of us have children. One of us has seen our children through the college process; one of us is currently seeing children through the college process. One of us is about to become a new parent.

7 of us remember what we wrote our college essays about. 7 of us do not.

8 of us actually majored in the field(s) we indicated on our college applications. 6 of us did not.


  1. Emily Smith
    Posted February 22, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    I’m currently trying to finish up my transfer application to University of Richmond, and I have a few questions. I’m graduating from NVCC with an associate’s degree in May, so I don’t know if that changes what documents the Admissions Office will need from me. My counselor said he doesn’t think any of the colleges I’m applying to will need a College Official’s report or secondary school information or SAT scores, since I’ll have my associate’s degree by fall. If anyone could help me out, I’d really appreciate it!

    • Tom
      Posted February 23, 2011 at 11:27 am | Permalink

      Hi Emily,

      Even though you’ll have your associate’s, we still require the College Official’s Report and a final high school transcript for all transfer applicants. The high school transcript will be given very little weight since you plan to transfer in as a junior, but we still need it for a full review (and to help place your college coursework in context). SAT scores are completely optional (and you’re correct, not really necessary if you already have two years of college under your belt).

      If you have any other questions, just post or give our office a call.


  2. Pamela Lindsey
    Posted March 8, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    My daughter, Katelyn, is applying to the freshman class for 2011. I received a letter today, 3/08/2011, offering Katelyn’s father and myself to compose a letter about her to incorporate in your review process. We would like to do this, however, I am sure the mail will not get to you by the deadline March 10th. Where can I e-mail this information. ( Your letter was dated 2/21/2011, so the weather must be slowing things down.)
    Pam Lindsey

    • Tom
      Posted March 9, 2011 at 10:48 am | Permalink


      We’ve heard from a couple of parents who received President Ayers’ letter much later than the final mail date of February 21. Apologies for the inconvenience; the U.S. Postal Service is usually pretty reliable for us, but this seems to be an anomaly for some reason.

      We still welcome parent letters; there is plenty of time left for us to include them in our consideration. You can e-mail the letter (as an attachment or in the body of your e-mail, whichever you’d prefer) to

      To any parents in this situation, please also keep in mind that this is a purely optional piece of information — the delay of the mailing will in no way impact a student’s consideration in the admission committee.


      • Pamela Lindsey
        Posted March 9, 2011 at 11:14 am | Permalink

        Thank you so much for the quick response. We loved Richmond this summer when we visited and are very excited about the possibilities of Katelyn attending.

        Pam Lindsey

  3. Susan Creidenberg
    Posted March 28, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

    My son received a letter in the mail notifying him of acceptance and that he would be receiving a packet in the mail soon. We have not received any further information yet. Was just wondering if the packets have been mailed and if not when we should be expecting them.

    Susan Creidenberg

    • Tom
      Posted March 29, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Permalink


      Most official notification packets and letters went in the mail today, so you should be hearing from us very soon. Congratulations to your son!


  4. Karen
    Posted March 29, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    Do you know when decisions will be sent out? Do you only send decisions via mail? We are anxiously waiting to hear!

    • Tom
      Posted March 29, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Permalink


      We only notify via mail — no online or e-mail notification. Most notification letters and packets went out with the mail today. Best of luck to you!


  5. Chris
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    Do all students who will be accepted receive a likely letter? Or is this something that is only sent to a selective portion of students who will be accepted?

    • Tom
      Posted March 31, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Permalink


      No. Only a small percentage of students who were admitted received likely letters this year. The majority did not and are hearing from us for the first time this week.


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