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.
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%|
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|
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 I applications are due by November 1 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 15.
🗓️ Early Decision II applications are due January 1. ED II Applicants will recieve their decision before February 15.
🗓️ 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.
➡️ See a list of some selective colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.
It is very difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.
Richmond has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.
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.
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.
|Academic GPA||Very Important|
|Rigor of Secondary School Record||Very Important|
|Standardized Test Scores||Important|
Make sure to check with Richmond for more information on admission factors.
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||√|
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%.
At University of Richmond, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.
|GPA||Percent of Students|
|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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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 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?
✅ The acceptance rate for Richmond is 29%.
What is the early decision acceptance rate at Richmond?
✅ Richmond's early decision acceptance rate was 56% in 2021.
What is the early action acceptance rate at Richmond?
✅ The early action acceptance rate at Richmond was 32% in 2021.
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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.
First-Year Applications are Due
Transfer Applications are Due
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
34 and Above
31 to 34
31 and Less
Composite SAT Range
Math SAT Range
Reading SAT Range
Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)
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 © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved
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