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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, including all items on the checklist below.

Application Checklist
  • Common Application or Coalition Application, including the Richmond Question. For the Richmond Question, please choose one of the two essay prompts: (1) Sometimes asking the right question makes all the difference. If you were a college admission counselor, what essay question would you ask? Please craft and answer your own essay prompt – in your response, reflect on what your chosen question reveals about you; OR (2) How will you use your Richmond Guarantee?
  • 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, 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).