2008 – Letters are out!

By Tom

It is an exciting day for our office: decision letters are in the mail! Well, most of them, at least. April 1 remains our official notification deadline, but we’ve tried to get as many as possible into the mail before then.

This has been an amazing year for admissions here at the University of Richmond. We received a record number of applications – nearly 8000, for a first-year class of 765 students. It has been a long and arduous process of evaluating our largest and most competitive applicant pool ever, but the end result is finally in sight.

Speaking as a new admission counselor, I can’t tell you how excited I am. I walked into Operations as the letters were being prepared, and this is what I saw:


Now, that may be a pretty ordinary picture to you, but I can’t tell you what it means to us here in admissions. The sight actually sent a tingle up my spine. I know that might sound strange, but put yourself in my shoes: for four months, I’ve been reading applications, spending time in committee with my colleagues discussing and making very tough decisions about applications, checking and double-checking and triple-checking applications, and completing a host of other tasks related to these applications. And here before me were bins of letters, ready to go out, the end result of this massive office-wide effort that spans not only the last four months but the last two years of recruitment. That is really, really exciting!

Steve and Letters

Steve Wilborn, one of our Senior Associate Directors, is also excited to see the letters ready to go!

Letters on the Truck

The letters being loaded onto the mail truck, supervised by Terri, Debbie, and Robert (the mailman).

If you have not yet received your letter, don’t worry. The delivery time can vary (once they leave our office, the letters are entirely in the hands of the U.S. Postal Service). We would ask for your patience as you wait; if you have not received notification by April 7, please contact us at that point in time. We do not release decisions online or over the phone, as a matter of policy. However, if you have any questions about your letter after you receive it, please feel free to contact us – we’re happy to help you and answer any questions you may have.

Congratulations to all of our admitted students, and to all of you on the acceptances you are receiving from colleges and universities across the country! And best of luck during this next (and final) phase of the college application process: choosing where to attend. We’re here to help you out in any way we can!


  1. Danielle
    Posted March 28, 2008 at 7:09 am | Permalink

    This is only applicable to the first year students, correct?
    Do you have an estimated time when the transfers will receive notification? Or maybe some demographics on the amount of apps, amount accepted, ect?

    Thanks so much for your time.
    Danielle Lewis

  2. Maria
    Posted March 31, 2008 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for posting a very important question. This information is for first-year applicants. We are still in the process of reviewing our transfer applicants for admission and hope to have all letters in the mail by April 15, our published notification date. This year we have read close to 200 applications for fall transfer. I hope you find this helpful.

    Best of luck!

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