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COVID-19 Admission Policy Updates

The University of Richmond has continued to engage in careful and comprehensive planning as we prepare to reopen our campus and begin the new academic year. Our planning is guided by two fundamental priorities: promoting the health and safety of our entire campus community and ensuring an excellent academic experience for you. For more information about our fall semester plans, view our COVID-19 response page.

Will students begin classes on campus in the fall?

The University intends to resume in-person instruction and the residential educational experience at the beginning of the fall semester, as originally scheduled. Consistent with the published academic calendar, fall semester classes will begin August 24 and the semester will end December 18. We are, however, making two important modifications to the academic calendar, informed by public health guidance. Fall Break will be eliminated and in-person courses and student residency will end prior to Thanksgiving. The final week of classes and the study and exam period will occur remotely after Thanksgiving. For more information about our fall semester plans, view our COVID-19 response page.

Can I defer my enrollment?

The deadline to request a deferral of enrollment by one academic year has passed. If you have an extenuating circumstance that arose after June 1, email the Dean of Admission immediately with your plan for the gap year and reason for your late request. Preference will be given to students who are unable come due to circumstances beyond their control, such as transportation bans or visa status.

Upon written approval from the Dean, a $1,900 enrollment deferral deposit is required, which will be applied towards your tuition payment once you matriculate. When you matriculate at Richmond, your entire deposit is applied to billable charges. Please know that enrollment deposits are not refundable.

Note: you may not be enrolled as a full-time student at any college or university during your postponed enrollment year. Doing so might compromise your first-year student status and you might be required to apply as a transfer student.

I am an international student. Can I defer my enrollment to January 2021?

While we ask that you continue to focus on securing visa and flight arrangements to begin your study at the University of Richmond as planned August 24, 2020, we are also acutely aware of current international visa and travel restrictions. For this reason, the University of Richmond announced on June 17, 2020 that first year international students who are unable to arrive on time for fall semester due to visa and travel restrictions may begin their enrollment in January 2021. Please view this COVID-19 response page for more information on the deferrel procedure process.

Throughout the summer, we will follow up with additional communication to update you on fall semester options and gauge your progress on obtaining a student visa. We also continue to work on other options for your arrival in the fall and look forward to working with you.

Can I defer my enrollment until the spring semester, January 2021?

Traditionally Richmond has not offered opportunities to defer to January as our first-year curriculum is designed for fall-spring continuous enrollment. However, due to the pandemic, we understand that some students may be unable to arrive in August even if they would like to do so. 

First-year students who are unable to get to campus or do not wish to study in-person in Fall 2020 may begin their studies in January 2021. More information about deferring your admission to January may be found here. First-year students who are not able to join us in Richmond in the fall may choose to enroll remotely in a First Year Seminar. Incoming students who wish to take only this First Year Seminar may do so tuition-free in the fall term and begin their full-time enrollment at Richmond in January. Several sections of the First Year Seminar will be offered in remote-only format for those students planning to take this course in the fall before arriving in Richmond in January. Space in these courses is limited, and students who are interested should contact the Westhampton College or Richmond College Dean’s office.

Incoming students may also enroll for a full-time remote course load. Students interested in this option are strongly encouraged to talk with their advisor about their plans to study remotely and choose courses carefully.

For more information about enrollment options, please view our COVID-19 response page.

What if my high school moves to pass/fail or credit/no credit grading?

Despite any alteration to grading policies and academic calendars, we encourage prospective and admitted students to continue to engage with whatever method of learning your school is able to offer. If your school moves (or has moved) to a different grading system (pass/fail, credit/no credit, etc.) or different method of instruction (remote, online, etc.), these changes will not impact UR admission offers as long as you pass or earn credit for your courses and graduate.

What kind of final transcript documents are required, and what if submission is delayed?

While Richmond typically requires a final official high school transcript by July 1, prior to registration, we understand (and anticipate) that documents may be delayed this year. We will work with enrolling students to ensure they are able to register for the fall semester. An electronic copy of the final high school transcript is acceptable from your school official. Please have it submitted through Naviance, SCOIR, Parchment,, or by email with the subject of “Final High School Transcript.”

Will UR offer credit for AP abbreviated exams, IB, and A-Level diplomas?

Many national exams such as Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate have been moved online or cancelled. We will honor the published Credit-by-Exam policy for students entering fall 2020 who take standard or abbreviated AP exams or hold IB higher level certificates. Credit-by-exam policies are updated annually. As a reminder, UR does not require AP scores or IB scores as a condition of enrollment.

What if I cannot arrive in time for international orientation on August 16?

We recognize that some new students may not be able to arrive on time due to the international visa application process and restrictions on international travel, and are exploring how best to deliver orientation and support your enrollment at Richmond. Orientation, as well as the transition programs offered prior to orientation, are being revised to reflect our social distancing guidelines. Please watch the New Spiders website for details as these programs are updated. Both the Office of Admission and Office of International Education will work closely with international students to advise them on arrival details.

Will you reimburse my deposit if I decide to start university closer to home?

Enrollment deposits are non-refundable. If you elect to take courses equivalent to a full-time course load at another college or university, you might compromise your status as a first-year student and you might be required to reapply as a transfer student. Please see transfer admission process for information.