Application Timeline

Regular Admission
December 1

Richmond Scholars deadline (all applications received by December 1, including the elements below, will be considered automatically for Richmond Scholars; this is a non-binding deadline)

January 15

Complete admission application due, which includes:

  • Common Application, including the Richmond Question. For the Richmond Question, please choose ONE of the two essay prompts: (1) From small, faculty-led classes to funded undergraduate research, the University of Richmond offers the benefits of both a liberal arts college and the opportunities and resources typically found in large research universities. Tell us how you would utilize these resources in order to reach your goals; OR (2) Tell us about Spiders.
  • $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 Common Application form or form provided by 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 semester/trimester senior grades
  • Standardized test results: Scores from the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT must be submitted. Where SAT scores are submitted, the University will use the highest subscores on the critical reading, math, and writing sections if the test is taken more than one time. 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.
February 15

For need-based financial aid:

  • FAFSA must be submitted to Federal Processor.
  • CSS PROFILE must be submitted to the College Board.

First semester grades due. All files must be complete.

March 1

For need-based financial aid, copies of federal tax forms must be submitted to the College Board's IDOC service

April 1

Approximate notification date of admission decision

Financial aid notifications sent (if all application materials received on time)

April 30

Bonner Scholars Program application deadline

May 1

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

June 15

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

Early Decision l
November 15

Complete admission application due, which includes:

  • Common Application, including the Richmond Question. For the Richmond Question, please choose ONE of the two essay prompts: (1) From small, faculty-led classes to funded undergraduate research, the University of Richmond offers the benefits of both a liberal arts college and the opportunities and resources typically found in large research universities. Tell us how you would utilize these resources in order to reach your goals; 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 Common Application form or form provided by 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.
  • Standardized test results: Scores from the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT must be submitted. Where SAT scores are submitted, the University will use the highest subscores on the critical reading, math, and writing sections if the test is taken more than one time. 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. Fall Early Decision applicants can submit scores from November SAT tests and/or the October ACT as long as they are sent directly from the testing agency.
  • First quarter/trimester grades
  • If an estimate of need-based financial aid eligibility is desired, CSS PROFILE and copies of previous year student and parent Federal Tax Returns and W-2 forms are due to University of Richmond Financial Aid Office
December 1

All applicants automatically considered for Richmond Scholars

December 15

Approximate notification date of admission decision and estimated financial aid

January 5

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

February 15

For need-based financial aid:

  • FAFSA must be submitted to Federal Processor.
  • CSS PROFILE must be submitted to the College Board (if not previously submitted).
March 1

For need-based financial aid, copies of federal tax forms must be submitted to the College Board's IDOC service

April 1

Financial aid notifications sent (if all application materials received on time)

April 30

Bonner Scholars Program application deadline

June 15

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

Early Decision II
December 1

Richmond Scholars deadline (all applications received by December 1, including the elements below, will be considered automatically for Richmond Scholars; this is a non-binding deadline)

January 15

Complete admission application due, which includes:

  • Common Application, including the Richmond Question. For the Richmond Question, please choose ONE of the two essay prompts: (1) From small, faculty-led classes to funded undergraduate research, the University of Richmond offers the benefits of both a liberal arts college and the opportunities and resources typically found in large research universities. Tell us how you would utilize these resources in order to reach your goals; 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 Common Application form or form provided by 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 semester/trimester senior grades
  • Standardized test results: Scores from the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT must be submitted. Where SAT scores are submitted, the University will use the highest subscores on the critical reading, math, and writing sections if the test is taken more than one time. 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.
  • If an estimate of need-based financial aid eligibility is desired, CSS PROFILE and copies of previous year student and parent Federal Tax Returns and W-2 forms are due to University of Richmond Financial Aid Office
February 15

Approximate notification date of admission decision and estimated financial aid

For need-based financial aid:

  • FAFSA must be submitted to Federal Processor.
  • CSS PROFILE must be submitted to the College Board (if not previously submitted).
March 1

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

For need-based financial aid, copies of federal tax forms must be submitted to the College Board's IDOC service

April 1

Financial aid notifications sent (if all application materials received on time)

April 30

Bonner Scholars Program application deadline

June 15

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

International
December 1

While January 15 is our final deadline, international students who wish to be considered for financial assistance are advised to apply by the December 1 Richmond Scholars application deadline. All applications received by December 1, including the elements below, will be considered automatically for Richmond Scholars; this is a non-binding deadline.

January 15

Complete admission application due, which includes:

  • Common Application, including the Richmond Question. For the Richmond Question, please choose ONE of the two essay prompts: (1) From small, faculty-led classes to funded undergraduate research, the University of Richmond offers the benefits of both a liberal arts college and the opportunities and resources typically found in large research universities. Tell us how you would utilize these resources in order to reach your goals; OR (2) Tell us about Spiders.
  • $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 Common Application form or form provided by 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 semester/trimester senior grades
  • Standardized test results: Scores from the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT must be submitted. Where SAT scores are submitted, the University will use the highest subscores on the critical reading, math, and writing sections if the test is taken more than one time. 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.
  • TOEFL scores (for students whose native language is not English)
  • International Financial Certification
  • Note: Please do not submit application supporting documents in a plastic binder or plastic inserts. Supporting documents can be submitted in an envelope.
February 15

For financial aid, CSS PROFILE due to the College Board

April 1

Approximate notification date of admission decision and financial aid

April 30

Bonner Scholars Program application deadline

May 1

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

June 15
One week after high school graduation, final high school transcript due (with raised school seal or school official's original signature)
Transfer
November 1 - application deadline for spring enrollment

Complete admission application due, which includes:

  • Common Application, including the Richmond Question. For the Richmond Question, please choose ONE of the two essay prompts: (1) From small, faculty-led classes to funded undergraduate research, the University of Richmond offers the benefits of both a liberal arts college and the opportunities and resources typically found in large research universities. Tell us how you would utilize these resources in order to reach your goals; OR (2) Tell us about Spiders.
  • $50 application fee or acceptable fee waiver form
  • Official college/university transcripts sent directly from each college/university attended
  • List of current courses, including course numbers, titles, and number of credit hours
  • Official final high school transcript
  • Letter of recommendation from an academic source (professor, academic dean, academic advisor) at the college level; additional recommendations will be reviewed with the application but, given the volume received each year, cannot be tracked or acknowledged individually
  • Course descriptions (for evaluating college coursework, provide course descriptions of all academic work completed and in progress; these may be photocopied or copied and pasted into a common document)
  • If taken, Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate official score reports
  • TOEFL scores (for students whose native language is not English)

For need-based financial aid:

  • FAFSA must be submitted to Federal Processor.
  • CSS Profile must be submitted to the College Board
  • Copies of federal tax forms must be submitted to the College Board's IDOC service
December 5

Approximate notification date of admission decision for spring enrollment applicants

Enrollment confirmation and deposit due 10 days after receipt of acceptance letter; per University policy, all enrollment deposits are non-refundable.

February 15 - application deadline for fall enrollment

Complete admission application due, which includes:

  • Common Application, including the Richmond Question. For the Richmond Question, please choose ONE of the two essay prompts: (1) From small, faculty-led classes to funded undergraduate research, the University of Richmond offers the benefits of both a liberal arts college and the opportunities and resources typically found in large research universities. Tell us how you would utilize these resources in order to reach your goals; OR (2) Tell us about Spiders.
  • $50 application fee or acceptable fee waiver form
  • Official college/university transcripts sent directly from each college/university attended
  • List of current courses, including course numbers, titles, and number of credit hours
  • Official final high school transcript
  • Letter of recommendation from an academic source (professor, academic dean, academic advisor) at the college level; additional recommendations will be reviewed with the application but, given the volume received each year, cannot be tracked or acknowledged individually
  • Course descriptions (for evaluating college coursework, provide course descriptions of all academic work completed and in progress; these may be photocopied or copied and pasted into a common document)
  • If taken, Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate official score reports
  • TOEFL scores (for students whose native language is not English)

For need-based financial aid:

  • FAFSA must be submitted to Federal Processor.
  • CSS PROFILE must be submitted to the College Board.
March 1

For need-based financial aid, copies of federal tax forms must be submitted to the College Board's IDOC service

April 15

Approximate notification date of admission decision for February 15 fall enrollment applicants

April 15 - secondary application deadline for fall enrollment

Space may be limited for applications received after February 15

Complete admission application due, which includes:

  • Common Application, including one of the two Richmond Questions: (1) From small, faculty-led classes to funded undergraduate research, the University of Richmond offers the benefits of both a liberal arts college and the opportunities and resources typically found in large research universities. Tell us how you would utilize these resources in order to reach your goals; or (2) Tell us about Spiders.
  • $50 application fee or acceptable fee waiver form
  • Official college/university transcripts sent directly from each college/university attended
  • List of current courses, including course numbers, titles, and number of credit hours
  • Official final high school transcript
  • Letter of recommendation from an academic source (professor, academic dean, academic advisor) at the college level; additional recommendations will be reviewed with the application but, given the volume received each year, cannot be tracked or acknowledged individually
  • Course descriptions (for evaluating college coursework, provide course descriptions of all academic work completed and in progress; these may be photocopied or copied and pasted into a common document)
  • If taken, Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate official score reports
  • TOEFL scores (for students whose native language is not English)

For need-based financial aid:

  • FAFSA must be submitted to Federal Processor.
  • CSS PROFILE must be submitted to the College Board.
  • Copies of federal tax forms must be submitted to the College Board's IDOC service
May 1

Enrollment confirmation and deposit due for February 15 applicants; per University policy, all enrollment deposits are non-refundable.

June 15

Approximate notification date of admission decision for April 15 fall enrollment applicants; enrollment confirmation and deposit due 10 days after receipt of acceptance letter; per University policy, all enrollment deposits are non-refundable.

Final college transcript due for all fall enrollment applicants


Ensuring a Complete Application

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that an application is complete and that the Office of Admission has received all required credentials. After submitting the Common Application, first-year applicants will receive instructions to check for completeness online.

Arts Submissions

If you would like your artistic work to be reviewed by visual or performing arts faculty at Richmond, you are welcome to submit the following materials to the Office of Admission, who will forward them to the appropriate department. Please do not submit materials via SlideRoom and the Common Application.

For actors and dancers, a video audition tape or DVD containing two contrasting solo pieces, lasting no more than five minutes total for both pieces.

For musicians, an audio audition tape or CD containing two contrasting solo pieces, lasting no more than ten minutes total for both pieces.

For composers, an audio audition tape or CD containing two to five personal compositions.

For theatre designers, a portfolio containing up to 12 photographs of theatrical design work (preferably in an electronic format) that includes at least one photo of a realized design or portion thereof.

For studio artists, a portfolio containing up to 12 slides, or CD with 12 JPEG images, or a DVD (all-region, NTSC) or VHS videotape (NTSC) under 10 minutes.