Admission

The University of Richmond seeks to enroll men and women who have demonstrated the potential to succeed in a highly rigorous environment and who have shown evidence of their capability to contribute to the University community. Admission to the University is competitive and selective.

Criteria for admission are both objective and subjective. Such qualities as academic ability and achievement combined with personal qualities of leadership, creativity, and independence are sought. For those entering as first-year students, the secondary school experience, the results of standardized tests, and the particular characteristics and personal qualities of each applicant will be considered. Because we know that a family's financial situation has no relationship to a student's preparation, character, potential, or intellect, the University makes admission decisions in a need-blind manner for all first-year applicants who are U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Students who believe that they would benefit from the University's programs but do not have the resources to attend are encouraged to see the section on Financial Aid for more information.

Successful applicants will have pursued a highly rigorous college preparatory program. Successful applicants represent a wide variety of backgrounds. The prospective student is advised, therefore, to complete the most challenging college preparatory program that can be taken at the secondary school attended. Applicants to the University of Richmond are required to earn a high school diploma or its equivalent, including the G.E.D. (General Education Development battery).

For students who have attended other institutions of higher learning and wish to transfer to the University of Richmond, the academic achievement and courses completed at the prior institution will be important to the admission decision. In short, whether first-year or transfer, those students with the potential to be the most successful in this educational environment will be offered admission.

Transfer Admission

A student who wishes to transfer from another college or university may apply for transfer admission. A student must have completed a minimum of 6.82 units of transferable credit prior to enrollment at the University of Richmond. The transfer credit must have been earned at an institution regionally accredited at the time the work was completed. Transfer candidates must possess a minimum grade point average of 2.0 to be eligible for review. Competitive candidates will have well above this minimum requirement. Interested students may wish to visit the campus and talk with an admission officer; however, a personal interview is not a part of the admission decision. In order to receive a degree from the University of Richmond, a student must complete at least 17.5 units at the University, including the work of the senior year.

The deadline to submit a transfer application for fall enrollment is February 15, with a second-round deadline of April 15; the spring enrollment deadline is November 1. The applicant must file an application form, pay the nonrefundable application fee, submit course descriptions for all college courses taken, and have secondary school and college transcripts forwarded directly to the Office of Admission. Students must have left their previous institution in good standing or having been honorably dismissed.

Credit for work completed at another college or university will be subject to the following conditions:

  • courses must be a part of the University of Richmond curriculum and at the level of courses taught at the University of Richmond
  • the grade received must be the equivalent of C (2.0) or better
  • the decisions of credit transfer and application toward degree requirements are made by the Office of the University Registrar in consultation with the appropriate academic department

Credit for all courses is regarded as provisional at the time of the applicant's admission and is not considered final until the satisfactory completion of one semester's work at the University.

International Admission

The University of Richmond encourages international students with diverse cultural heritages and multicultural experiences to apply to the University as both first-year and transfer students.

First-year applicants must complete an academic secondary program which would prepare one for entrance to universities in the country of residence. Secondary study (grades 9, 10, 11, and 12) should include at minimum three or four years of coursework in the native language (or second language), mathematics, social sciences, laboratory sciences, and English language. Refer to the Admission Requirements section.

A student may apply as a transfer candidate after successfully completing at least one year of full-time study at a recognized academic university in the United States or abroad. Refer to the Transfer Admission section above.

The University of Richmond values proficiency in multiple languages and diverse educational experiences across different cultures and countries. To ensure that students are prepared for the rigorous curriculum they will encounter at the University, we recommend that all non-native English speakers submit TOEFL results; however, we evaluate a variety of factors when considering waiving this requirement and we look for consistency in these factors across a student's application.

You can demonstrate English proficiency by:

  • Having been enrolled in an English-medium school for four years and completing four years in an academically-rigorous curriculum.
  • Obtaining a score of 660 or higher on the redesigned SAT evidence-based reading and writing section (administered beginning in 2016).
  • Obtaining a score of 600 or higher on the SAT critical reading or writing section (administered before 2016).
  • Obtaining a score of 27 or higher on the ACT English section.
  • Obtaining a score of 7.5 or higher on the IELTS.
  • Obtaining a grade of A or B in Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or A-Level English course(s).

For applicants submitting TOEFL results, consideration will be given to those with the following minimum scores: 550 on the Paper-based TOEFL or 80 on the Internet-based TOEFL.

Home-Schooled Students

Students who have been educated in a nontraditional secondary school setting are welcome to apply for admission. In addition to submitting a complete admission application, home-schooled students are required to complete or submit the following items:

  1. Standardized testing requirement as defined under Admission Requirements. In addition, students are strongly urged to submit SAT Subject Tests in the subject areas of history and natural science.
  2. Participate in an interview conducted by one of the University's admission officers. The interview is required for students who spend 50 percent or more of their secondary school experience in a home-school setting or are graduating from a home school environment. These interviews are conducted in person or over the phone by appointment.
  3. Submit a narrative description of the home-school environment, such as parental instruction, community teaching, etc. Additional items that could be included are syllabi for all courses taken and a list of the textbooks used.
  4. Optional letters of recommendation, preferably from individuals who have had academic contact with the student, can be submitted.
The Robins School of Business
The Robins School of Business provides a professional education for students who wish to prepare for the challenges of a complex and international business world. This personalized education is offered primarily during the third and fourth years of college study.

Beginning with the class entering in the fall of 2010, students interested in pursuing a major or minor in the Robins School of Business (Business Administration, Economics or Accounting) must have a 2.7 GPA after completing at least 12 units at the end of three semesters of college coursework, including ECON 101, ACCT 201, and MATH 211 or MATH 231 (or their equivalent).
Jepson School of Leadership Studies

The Jepson School of Leadership Studies uses multiple disciplinary lenses to educate students for and about leadership: economics, history, literature, philosophy, politics, psychology, and religion. In so doing, the school provides students with conceptual tools that support the exercise of leadership in a variety of settings. Curriculum goals are achieved through courses such as Leadership and the Humanities and Leadership and the Social Sciences, the gateways to the academic program. Leadership Ethics serves as the capstone course for the major and minor. The gateway courses are designed to introduce students to the intellectual and historical foundations of leadership, so they are also appropriate for non-majors. Required courses such as Critical Thinking and Theories and Models reflect the Jepson School's commitment to studying leadership across disciplines. Courses with experiential components -- for example, Justice and Civil Society and the internship -- help students understand how to use knowledge gained through coursework in the world outside the classroom. Students also have the opportunity to study international leadership and pursue independent research, including a senior thesis or senior honors thesis.

Students interested in the major or minor must submit a formal application in the fall after completing the first academic year of study at Richmond or another accredited college or university. The decision concerning admission to the major or minor rests with the Jepson School of Leadership Studies faculty committee.

Admission Plans

The application deadline for regular decision is January 15; candidates are notified of the admission decisions around April 1.

The early decision plan is designed for well-qualified students who have decided that the University of Richmond is their clear first choice. Two plans are available. Fall early decision has a deadline of November 15. Winter early decision has a deadline of January 15. The applicant must file (prior to the deadline) an application form, an official copy of the academic record through the junior year, first marking period grades from the senior year, and the required standardized test scores. Candidates will be notified around December 15 for fall early decision and February 15 for winter early decision.

Accepted candidates must submit the required nonrefundable deposit to confirm their admission to the University of Richmond. Deferred candidates' applications will be reconsidered under the regular admission plan. In some cases, early decision applicants may be denied admission as well. Further information may be obtained from the Office of Admission.

The early admission program provides for the admission of exceptional students who have completed their secondary school experience in three years, prior to their college matriculation. Additionally, appropriate candidates must possess unusually strong college preparation, as demonstrated through a challenging and rigorous course of study, while presenting required standardized test scores of a highly competitive nature. The student is required to have an interview with an admission officer in person or by telephone and submit a letter from the secondary school counselor endorsing the student's early admission application.

Visiting Campus

Prospective students are invited to visit the campus, participate in the admission information session, take a tour of the campus, and confer with professors, coaches, or other persons in their fields of interest. The information session consists of a group presentation and discussion about the University of Richmond and is led by an admission officer. When the University is in session, student-conducted campus tours usually follow each information session. The campus visit is encouraged because it provides an opportunity for the prospective student to learn about the University, have questions answered, and see the campus.

Plans to visit the campus may be made by calling the Office of Admission, (804) 289-8640 or (800) 700-1662, or by visiting our website at admission.richmond.edu.

While individual interviews are not required for admission, they may be available during your campus visit or with a Richmond graduate in your home city. Visit admission.richmond.edu for more information.

During the candidate evaluation process in January, February, and March, schedules are abbreviated and times vary.

First-Year Admission Requirements

Candidates for admission must have completed a minimum of 16 units of secondary school work. Minimum requirements include four units in English, three in college preparatory mathematics (including Algebra I, II, and Geometry), and at least two each in history, laboratory science, and foreign language (two units of the same language, not including American Sign Language, which will not satisfy the requirement for foreign language). Competitive candidates for admission typically exceed the minimum requirements and have taken three to four units in science, history, and foreign language at the highest levels available in their school setting.

The applicant must have the secondary school send an official transcript of work completed, courses in progress, and the school's recommendation. Students who have taken work at or under the auspices of a college or university must provide a statement describing the work and an official transcript from the college or university must be sent directly to the Office of Admission, University of Richmond.

First-year applicants must submit the results of either the SAT or ACT for consideration. There is not a preference for either test; instead, the evaluation of those who submit results of both will rely on whichever test is comparatively strongest.

Application for admission is made using the Common Application and a Common Application Supplement including a required essay. All forms are accessible from admission.richmond.edu. The nonrefundable $50 application fee must accompany the application for admission.

As of July 1, 2006, Virginia law requires all public and private two- and four-year institutions of higher education to electronically transmit information about applicants accepted for enrollment at each institution to the State Police for comparison to the Virginia Criminal Information Network and National Crime Information Center Convicted Sexual Offender Registry. In compliance with Virginia law, the University of Richmond will submit the requested information for all admitted students to the State Police for comparison to the registry. If the University is notified that an admitted student has committed a sex offense, the admitted student is subject to the revocation of their admission.