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Just thought it would be good to start a thread to share experiences about the whole admissions experience at Richmond. Ours was not good.
Maybe they will learn from it and improve it for others.
My son was selected as a finalist for the Oldham Scholarship, the only full-ride merit scholarship they offer. During the process, they treated him like royalty. He came away from Richmond with U of R as his second choice school, a very close second to Notre Dame, which looked like a financial long-shot. Consequently, the Oldham would have likely had him at Richmond.
During the competition days, he was told they would call the scholars over the coming weekend to let them know the results. Sure enough, on this site and others, people from India, Hong Kong, etc. started announcing that they had gotten the call. My son, who lives all the way out in the Chicago area, did not get a call. No call of congratualtions. No call of consolation. No call period. Some two and a half weeks passed, when finally an envelope showed up in the mail with a photocopied form letter telling him he did not get the scholarship. It didn't even carry an original signature from the Advisor for the Oldham
There were only 23 kids competing for this scholarship. So it is not as if it would have taken a monumental effort to make the phone calls. And to send a photocopy of a letter was nothing short of insulting. My son crossed Richmond off the list a week or two before that letter arrived, realizing he didn't get the scholarship and that they didn't care enough to have the decency to call the kids that had missed three days of school to attend the competition. I imagine other kids did as well. As my son said, "I can only imagine the caste system that must exist on campus once you get there, if this is how they treat you while they are recruiting you."
I would imagine the Oldham family would be appalled at the way the University is caretaking the money that has been entrusted to them, if they knew of the follow-up process that is in place. I also think it is appalling that they are using the money to give a free education to international students, when their are American students that are deserving. It is not as if the economy is soaring these days.