Al Green said it best: 
Let’s stay together

We used to write letters to keep in touch. These days, we post links to share our thoughts and tap digital hearts to show our love. We follow each other on social media. I like you, and you like me, whatever kind of “like” that means for us.

So it is with the University of Richmond. With the creation of Spider Pride and a burst of social media activity over the past few years, the university has been working hard to stay in touch with you, share some joy and pride, and make it easy for you to keep up with what your fellow Spiders are doing. And Spiders are responding.

Spider Pride

Since its launch in 2017, Spider Pride has become a must-visit destination. If there’s something for Spiders to brag about, you’ll find it there.

• ~80,000 visitors (as of late June)
• 300+ stories
• 50+ emailed e-newsletters

Rating Richmond

Spiders love knowing all about Richmond’s growing national profile. Here are Spider Pride’s most-read stories since its launch:

1. “Princeton Review names UR among best colleges in the country” (Aug. 1, 2017)
2. “Wall Street Journal ranks UR in top 
10 percent of colleges” (Oct. 2, 2017)
3. “UR earns highest ranking ever from U.S. News and World Report” (Sept. 12, 2017)
4. “UR named one of Kiplinger’s top 20 
best values for 2018” (Dec. 29, 2017)
5. “Richmond shines in Fiske Guide” 
(July 13, 2017)

Spot a trend? But it’s not all about the rankings. Spider Pride’s top five stories about topics other than rankings:

1. “Spiders exceed the national average for studying abroad” (July 24, 2017)
2. “Applications reach an all-time high” (March 5, 2018)
3. “President gives bold challenge to Class of 2021” (Aug. 29, 2017)
4. “U.S. News highlights student’s innovative drive to become a Spider” (Nov. 10, 2017)
5. “Richmond’s record-setting quarterback stuns on the national stage” 
(Jan. 29, 2018)

• Up 34% since summer 2017

@urichmond Instagram’s most-loved shots
With a campus like ours, it’s practically cheating.

Our inbox
Photographs by: 1) @zeadselbbep; 2) @maddog0986

• Up 12% since summer 2017

Facebook’s G.O.A.T.
In April, a herd of hungry goats rampaged through invasive species on the edge of campus. Soon after, a video of them rampaged through our Facebook data analytics. By the end of August, it had 17,882 views, 216 shares, and more than 80 comments, many very funny. Here are some of our favorites:

• Up 9% since summer 2017

(Followers data as of June 26)

Let us know what you think about what you read in the magazine. Email your thoughts to We also welcome your story tips.

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