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Complete admission application due, including all items on the checklist below.

Application Checklist
  • Common Application or Coalition Application, including the Richmond Question. For the Richmond Question, please choose one of the two essay prompts: (1) Sometimes asking the right question makes all the difference. If you were a college admission counselor, what essay question would you ask? Please craft and answer your own essay prompt – in your response, reflect on what your chosen question reveals about you; OR (2) Tell us about Spiders.
  • Early Decision Agreement
  • $50 application fee or acceptable fee waiver form.
  • Official high school transcript(s) showing grades 9-11.
  • Secondary School Report Form: Any report form is acceptable, including a Common Application or Coalition form or a form provided by the high school.
  • Required recommendation from school counselor or official (principal or teacher): Only one recommendation is necessary, ideally from a school counselor. Additional recommendations will be reviewed with the application but, given the volume received each year, cannot be tracked or acknowledged individually.
  • First quarter/trimester senior grades.
  • Standardized test results: Scores from the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT must be submitted. Richmond's testing code is 5569 for the SAT and 4410 for the ACT. Standardized test scores should be reported directly from the testing agency. For more information about how Richmond will accept the redesigned SAT, see our SAT Policy.
International Students and Non-U.S. Citizens
Students in Non-Traditional High School Settings
  • Students who have completed at least two years of high school in a home-schooled environment or in online classes or programs must submit additional documentation.

Need-based financial aid application deadline.


Early Decision I applicants automatically considered for Richmond Scholars (multiple stages of consideration last through mid-March, so ED I students must deposit and enroll before Richmond Scholars are selected).


Approximate notification date of admission decision.

Financial aid notification sent (if all application materials received on time). Presidential Scholarship recipients notified.


Enrollment confirmation and deposit due; per University policy, all enrollment deposits are non-refundable.


One week after high school graduation, final high school transcript due (with raised school seal or school official's original signature).