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Richmond Scholars deadline (all applications on file by December 1 will be considered automatically for Richmond Scholars; multiple rounds of consideration last through mid-March). Students who apply by December 1 and later wish to switch application plans (from Regular Decision to Early Decision II or vice-versa) may do so up until the January 15 final application deadline; simply contact the Office of Admission prior to January 15 to discuss necessary documentation.


Admission application due.

Application Checklist
  • Common Application or Coalition Application, including the Richmond Question.
  • The Richmond Question: For 2018-19, please choose one of the following essay prompts: (1) What is an urgent global challenge or social justice topic about which you are passionate? What solutions or outcomes do you hope to see? (2) By the time you graduate from college, there will be jobs that don’t exist today. Describe one of them and how Richmond might prepare you for it. (3) You are required to spend the next year in either the past or the future. To what year would you travel and why?
  • Early Decision Agreement: Common Application or Coalition Application.
  • $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.
  • Standardized test results: Scores from the ACT or the SAT must be submitted. Richmond's testing code is 4410 for the ACT and 5569 for the SAT. Standardized test scores should be reported directly from the testing agency. Richmond does not require the SAT Essay or ACT Writing section. The final test dates accepted for Early Decision II are the December ACT and SAT administrations.
  • First semester/trimester senior grades from school official, as soon as they become available.
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.

Final credentials deadline: all items on Application Checklist above must be on file for consideration.

Need-based financial aid application deadline.


Approximate notification date of admission decision.

Financial aid notifications 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).