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Testing Requirements for 2021 Applicants

The University of Richmond is planning a temporary change in its admission practice by providing a test optional admission path for first-year students entering in 2021. Students who wish to do so may still choose to submit standardized test results or other materials to support their applications for admission. In addition to utilizing a holistic review process, the University of Richmond meets the full-demonstrated financial need for all admitted students, ensuring that talented students from all backgrounds have access to the exceptional education and experiences available at the university.

Should I submit a standardized test score?

We welcome the submission of standardized tests such as the ACT, SAT, Classic Learning Test (CLT), AP, and IB examinations if you believe these tests support your application and provide additional context and data used in a holistic review process.

Will I be considered for merit scholarships if I don't have a test score?

All applicants will be considered for merit scholarships, such as Richmond Scholars or Presidential Scholarships, as long as they apply no later than December 1. All submitted admission materials are considered in our holistic review process; additional academic assessments such as success on standardized testing, published research, and other state and national academic accolades can influence the highly competitive selection process for merit scholarships.

Do I need a test score if I plan to participate in Division I sports?

Because test scores are required for the 2021 NCAA eligibility process and as part of our recruiting process, prospective student athletes are expected to submit an SAT or ACT score.

Do I still need to take the TOEFL?

Test optional does not eliminate the need for demonstrated language proficiency. Students for whom English is not the native language will still be required to submit the TOEFL or qualify for a University-approved waiver for language proficiency. For more details, please see our English Proficiency Policy.

Are standardized tests required for home schooled students?

Students attending non-traditional high schools (such as home schools and online high schools) may choose to apply as test optional. However standardized testing is recommended for students from non-traditional high schools if they have not taken classes that provide broader academic context, such as community college coursework. Standardized tests such as the ACT, SAT, Classic Learning Test (CLT), SAT Subject Tests, Advanced Placement Tests, and International Baccalaureate tests can help provide that context.

For more details, please see our admission requirements for Students in Non-Traditional High School settings

Do you need AP, IB, and other placement exam scores?

Students are welcome to self-report Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and international college examinations such as the Gaokao, A-Levels, and Cambridge Admission Testing Service examinations on their application. If you decide to enroll at Richmond, some scores may result in college credit or exemptions.