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University of Richmond

University of Richmond, VA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate29%
Acceptance Rate29%

Richmond Admissions

If you are considering submitting an application to Richmond, the regular decision application deadline is January 1 and the application fee costs $50.

Students who submit their applications to Richmond for fall should anticipate a decision by April 1.

Richmond Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Richmond's admissions stats.

Richmond 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.7
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 54%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 59%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 40%
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 January 15 April 1

Considering Applying Early to Richmond?

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. Richmond will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 20.

The early decision acceptance rate at Richmond is 56%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 29%.

Richmond accepts approximately 32% of early action applicants and 29% all applicants for all deadlines. Last year, Richmond admitted 400 of the 715 students who applied early decision. In 2021, Richmond admitted 2,534 of the 8, who applied early action.

Some students apply to college early to help their chances of getting in. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of being admitted, since it shows your interest in a school.

➑️ See 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 Richmond

Richmond has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Richmond?

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 are most important in the admissions process. 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 on the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Richmond

Curious about the factors that are considered by 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
Extracurricular Activities Important
Application Essay Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Talent/Ability Important
Standardized Test Scores Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Work Experience Considered
First Generation Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
State Residency Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

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

Richmond Application Requirements

To apply to Richmond, all applicants 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)
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
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 Richmond?

Students admitted to Richmond have an average unweighted GPA of 3.7. Richmond considers weighted GPA scores from incomging students.

Out of all students that were admitted, 21.6% submitted a class rank. At Richmond 54% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 85.7% were in the top 25% and 95.2% 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 14.6%
3.75 and 3.99 35.4%
3.50 and 3.74 31.2%
3.25 and 3.49 15.2%
3.00 and 3.24 2.7%
2.50 and 2.9 0.9%
2.00 and 2.49 ––

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 Richmond directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects 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

Richmond considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

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

In 2022, 59% of Richmond's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 40% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Richmond?

To be competitive with other Richmond applicants, you should strive to earn between 1320 and 1462 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Richmond 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1462 and 25% of scored lower than 1320, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Richmond students scored 760 or higher and 75% of students scored 650 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Richmond students scored 730 or higher, and 75% scored a 650 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for Richmond?

To be most competitive at Richmond, you should strive to earn between 31 and 34 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 34 means you fall in the 75th percentile for 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 31 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Richmond students. Only one out of every four students scored below 31.

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

More Information on 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:

β€’ Fall Term

β€’ Spring Term

Richmond Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Richmond?

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

Does Richmond accept transfer credits?

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

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

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

βœ… 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 test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you probably want to include them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Richmond's acceptance rate?

βœ… The acceptance rate for Richmond is 29%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Richmond?

βœ… Richmond's early decision acceptance rate was 56% in 2021.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Richmond?

βœ… The early action acceptance rate at Richmond was 32% in 2021.

Want To Learn More About Richmond?

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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 29%. This means that the institution accepts 28 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 ACT Scores


ACT Range

31 - 34

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

34 and Above


31 to 34


31 and Less


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Richmond SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1320 - 1462


Math SAT Range

660 - 760


Reading SAT Range

650 - 730

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 3.71. 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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