Author Archives: Tom

I grew up in Lancaster County, PA (famous for the Amish), and after high school I went on to study German and English at none other than the University of Richmond. I am a proud alumnus of this university – during my undergraduate years I came to love and appreciate so many different aspects of Richmond, from its quality academics to the beautiful campus to an outstanding financial aid program. I am thrilled at the opportunity I now have to represent and contribute to my alma mater, and I find the admissions profession to be an exciting and rewarding field of work.

Outside of the office, I enjoy reading, running, and amateur astronomy. I’m also a bit of a language nut – I speak German and French and I’m learning Arabic, while language history is also an area of interest (I love reading Old and Middle English poetry). I also love living in the city of Richmond; it’s such an awesome place, with an endless supply of places to explore and exciting events going on.

Fall Early Decision 2012

Attention all Fall Early Decision applicants: keep an eye on your mailboxes. Decisions were mailed on Friday via the U.S. Postal Service, and they should be arriving soon. Richmond maintains a traditional postal mail notification process, which means we don’t notify online or via e-mail (except for students living outside the United States, who receive […]

Don’t Freak Out 2012-13

With the Richmond Scholars deadline upon us, I thought I’d follow in the tradition of previous years and tell all those applicants out there to take a deep breath and… relax. It’s going to take a few days for us to sort through the thousands of applications we’re receiving, so don’t pick up the phone […]

16 Reasons to Join Richmond’s Class of ’16

In each of the past few years, I’ve come up with a list of reasons admitted students should choose Richmond, with the length of the list equivalent to the last two digits of the class year. Three years ago, people raised their eyebrows at my notion of carrying on the practice annually; “Won’t that get […]

Decisions Are Out – 2012

It’s official. As you may have noticed the URAdmission Twitter feed announce, decisions left our building Friday afternoon via the U.S. postal service (and began to go out via email for international students). Most will likely be arriving early this week, depending on your distance from Richmond. We had another record-breaking year, and the most […]

Mythbusters: Selecting a Class

One of the most exciting (and daunting) tasks that admission offices face is selecting or creating a class. Each year, admission committees at selective colleges across the country are tasked with reviewing and considering thousands of applications in order to create a unique, exciting, and well-rounded incoming class for the next year. There are a […]