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Richmond Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to Richmond, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is January 1 and the fee for the application is $50.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may be eligible for fee waiver for their application.

Students who apply for Fall should hear back from Richmond by April 1.

Richmond Admissions Stats at a Glance

Richmond 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.7
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 50%
Admissions Test Policy Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 59%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 40%
Waitlist Yes

Applying Early to Richmond?

University of Richmond offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing. Early Decision 2 applications are due 1/15.

Mark your calendar!

The Early Action deadline is November 1, which is coming up fast! Richmond will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 20.

The early decision acceptance rate at Richmond is 49%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 31%. Richmond accepts about 34% of early action applicants and 31% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2021, Richmond admitted 358 of the 736 students who applied early decison. Last year, Richmond admitted 2,357 of the 6,896 who applied early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How To Get Into University of Richmond

It is very difficult to get into Richmond. Richmond evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Richmond accepted 31% of students, around 3,727 of the 12,060 students who applied.

Schools that are very difficult to get into, like Richmond, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT.

It is very difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

In 2021, Richmond waitlisted 3,406 students. Of those, 1,717 eventually got in.

What Does Richmond Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Richmond

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Important
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Important
Standardized Test Scores Important
Volunteer Work Considered

Richmond 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Richmond must submit the following items. Double check with Richmond's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Richmond?

Students admitted to Richmond have an average unweighted GPA of 3.7.

Out of all students that were admitted, 20.5% submitted a class rank. At Richmond 50% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 81.9% were in the top 25% and 97.6% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At University of Richmond, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 20.5%

Richmond does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Richmond is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 59% of Richmond's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 40% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Richmond?

To be competitive with other Richmond applicants, you should strive to earn between 1290 and 1440 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Richmond 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1440 and 25% of scored lower than 1290, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Richmond students scored 750 or higher and 75% of students scored 630 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Richmond students scored 710 or higher, and 75% scored a 630 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Richmond?

To be most competitive at Richmond, you should strive to earn between 30 and 33 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 33 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Richmond's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 33, and three out of four students scored lower than 33 on the ACT.

A 30 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Richmond students. Only one out of every four students scored below 30.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

Transferring to University of Richmond

For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to Richmond.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is February 15. Applicants should hear back by April 15.

Transfer students can enroll in Richmond during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term

Richmond Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Richmond?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Richmond.

Does Richmond accept transfer credits?

Richmond accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Richmond accepts:

  • CLEP subject tests
  • DSST/DANTES
  • ACE recommendations for credit

Does Richmond accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

Richmond accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Richmond?

No, Richmond is test optional, so you can make the call whether to include your ACT or SAT scores. If you have higher than average scores, you may want to send them. If you scored lower than a school's average,, you may want not want to include them in your application..

What is Richmond's acceptance rate?

Richmond's acceptance rate is 31%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Richmond?

Richmond's early decision acceptance rate was 49% in 2021.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Richmond?

The early action acceptance rate at Richmond was 34% in 2021.

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Richmond Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective

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How hard is it to get into Richmond? Richmond is a very selective institution. The Richmond acceptance rate is 31%. This means that the institution accepts 30 out of every 100 applicants.

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Richmond Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Feb 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Richmond is Jan 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Richmond is Feb 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Richmond ACT Scores

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ACT Range

30 - 33

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

33 and Above

Good

30 to 33

Avg

30 and Less

Low

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Richmond SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

1290 - 1440

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Math SAT Range

650 - 750

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Reading SAT Range

630 - 710

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Richmond GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

3.67

GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Richmond, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.67. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

4,057

Campus Setting

Suburban

Acceptance Rate

31%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$56,860

Out-of-State

$56,860

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Application Deadline

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