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Considering Early Decision?

The University of Richmond offers a binding early decision application option to students who consider Richmond their first-choice college and are willing to commit to enrolling at Richmond if admitted.

Some advantages of applying early to Richmond:

  • Your college choice is made early; if admitted, you know well before the end of your senior year that you're going to your top-choice college.
  • You compete against a smaller pool of students. Historically, Richmond's acceptance rate in Early Decision has been higher than in Regular Decision.
  • Early Decision applicants are given full consideration with Regular Decision applicants for all merit scholarships. (However, most merit scholarships are not awarded until late March, well after admitted Early Decision students are required to enroll at Richmond.)
  • Richmond does not disadvantage Early Decision applicants in the need-based financial aid process: we are need-blind in admission and meet 100% of demonstrated need for all students, so your need-based financial aid package will be the same, whether you apply early or regular (i.e. we won't give you less because you're already committed).

The potential disadvantage to applying Early Decision is that it limits your options; by committing to enroll if admitted, you don't have the opportunity to compare offers (including scholarship and financial aid offers) from other colleges.

We welcome you to contact us if you have any questions. Regional admission counselors are happy to help you consider whether Early Decision is the right option for you.

Important Early Decision Dates

November 1
Early Decision I Deadline

December 15
Approximate notification for ED I applicants

January 15
Early Decision II Deadline

February 15
Approximate notification for ED II applicants