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Admission Process

The University of Richmond practices a holistic, selective admission process in which there is no typical applicant and no simple formula that will guarantee acceptance. Alongside traditional measures of academic success – like grades, rigor of curriculum, test scores, and recommendations – admission officers evaluate each applicant in a holistic manner, assessing essays, involvement, special talents, creativity, independence, and life experience. Our goal each year is to enroll a well-rounded and dynamic first-year class, academically accomplished and diverse in every dimension. (For a comprehensive view of the most recent class, see the first-year student profile.)

Application Plans

Early Action

Non-Binding Application Plan
Application Deadline
Nov
1
Approximate Notification Date
Jan
20
Applications automatically considered for Richmond Scholars and Presidential Scholarships
Richmond's Early Action plan is non-restrictive

Regular Decision

Non-Binding Application Plan
Application Deadline
Jan
15
Approximate Notification Date
Apr
1
Applications automatically considered for Presidential Scholarships
Applicants must apply by December 1 for Richmond Scholars consideration

Early Decision I & II

Binding Application Plan – 2 Rounds
Application Deadlines
Nov
1
Jan
15
Approximate Notification Dates
Dec
15
Feb
15
ED I applications automatically considered for Richmond Scholars and Presidential Scholarships
ED II applicants must have application on file by December 1 for Richmond Scholars consideration

Transfer Admission

Richmond accepts transfer applications for the fall and spring semesters.
Application Deadlines
Feb
15
Fall Priority
Apr
15
Fall (Space-Available)
Nov
1
Spring
Approximate Notification Dates
Apr
15
Fall Priority
Jun
15
Fall (Space-Available)
Dec
5
Spring

Richmond Scholars Program

The Richmond Scholars Program is the University's most prestigious academic scholarship. Up to 25 incoming students receive these awards, which fall under three designations and cover full tuition, room, and board. All first-year admission applicants — regular decision, early action, and early decision — whose applications are on file by December 1 are considered automatically (no separate scholarship application is required, except for students interested in applying for the Artist Scholars designation). The selection process involves several stages of consideration lasting through mid-March.

International Admission

International students comprise approximately 10% of the University of Richmond student body. Non-U.S. citizens and non-permanent residents apply to the University under the same application plans as all other students, with a few additional application materials. While the University meets 100% of demonstrated financial need for non-U.S. citizens, the admission selection process is need-aware.