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University of Richmond

University of Richmond, VA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate24%

Richmond Admissions

University of Richmond is very difficult to get into. Around 24% of applicants get into University of Richmond each year. Last year, 14,364 students applied to University of Richmond and 3,501 were admitted.

If you are applying to University of Richmond, the deadline for Fall 2024 admissions is 1/1 and the application fee is $50.

Students who apply to University of Richmond for fall semester should anticipate a decision by April 1.

University of Richmond Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of University of Richmond's admissions stats.

University of Richmond 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.8
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 56%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 22%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 18%
Waitlist Yes

University of Richmond Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for University of Richmond.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 1 December 15
Early Decision II Yes January 1 February 15
Early Action Yes November 1 January 20
Regular Decision Yes 1 1 April 1

Want to Apply Early to University of 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.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision I applications are due by November 1 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 15.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision II applications are due January 1. ED II Applicants will recieve their decision before February 15.

πŸ—“οΈ The Early Action deadline is November 1. University of Richmond will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 20.

The early decision acceptance rate at University of Richmond is 44%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 24%.

University of Richmond accepts approximately 28% of early action applicants and 24% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2022, University of Richmond admitted 379 of the 865 students who applied early decision. Last year, University of Richmond admitted 2,321 of the 8,196 who applied early action.

Some students apply to college early because they hope it will boost their chances of getting in. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of acceptance, since it shows your interest in a school.

➑️ Discover a list of some selective colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on University of Richmond Admissions

Transferring to University of Richmond

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

For Students Waitlisted to University of Richmond

University of Richmond has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does University of Richmond Look For in an Applicant?

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

Admissions Factors at University of Richmond

Curious about the factors that are considered by University of Richmond during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Class Rank Important
Application Essay Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Standardized Test Scores Important
Talent/Ability Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
State Residency Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with University of Richmond for more information on admission factors.

University of Richmond 2022-2023 Application Requirements

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

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

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into University of Richmond?

Students admitted to University of Richmond have an average unweighted GPA of 3.8. University of Richmond considers weighted GPA scores from incomging students.

Out of all students that were admitted, 20% submitted a class rank. At University of Richmond 56% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 86% were in the top 25% and 98% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At University of Richmond, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 21.65%
3.75 and 3.99 42.71%
3.50 and 3.74 26.71%
3.25 and 3.49 6%
3.00 and 3.24 1.41%
2.50 and 2.9 1.18%
2.00 and 2.49 0.35%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to University of Richmond directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

University of Richmond has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 22% of University of Richmond's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 18% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for University of Richmond?

To be competitive with other University of Richmond applicants, you should strive to score between 1410 and 1500 (or higher!) on the SAT. At University of Richmond 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1500 and 25% of scored lower than 1410, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of University of Richmond students scored 780 or higher and 75% of students scored 687 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of University of Richmond students scored 750 or higher, and 75% scored a 687 or higher.

To be most competitive at University of Richmond, you should strive to earn between 32 and 34 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 34 means you fall in the 75th percentile for University of Richmond's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 34, and three out of four students scored lower than 34 on the ACT.

A 32 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for University of Richmond students. Only one out of every four students scored below 32.

More Information on Transferring to University of Richmond

For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to University of 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 University of Richmond during the following terms:

β€’ Fall Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Spring Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Summer Term

University of Richmond Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to University of Richmond?

βœ… Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to University of Richmond.

Does University of Richmond accept transfer credits?

βœ… University of Richmond accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. University of Richmond accepts:

β€’ CLEP subject tests β€’ DSST/DANTES

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

βœ… University of Richmond accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to University of Richmond?

❌ No, University of Richmond is test optional, so you can choose if you want to to send your test scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you may want to send them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is University of Richmond's acceptance rate?

βœ… University of Richmond's acceptance rate is 24%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at University of Richmond?

βœ… University of Richmond's early decision acceptance rate was 44% in 2021.

What is the early action acceptance rate at University of Richmond?

βœ… The early action acceptance rate at University of Richmond was 28% in 2021.

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Richmond Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into Richmond? Richmond is a very selective institution. The Richmond acceptance rate is 24%. This means that the institution accepts 24 out of every 100 applicants.


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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1410 - 1500


Math SAT Range

710 - 780


Reading SAT Range

687 - 750

Richmond GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Richmond, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.78. 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.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases Β© 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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