Richmond Scholars FAQ

For all students who applied by December 1, consideration for our full-tuition Richmond Scholars program is automatic. This year, we received about 4,900 applications by December 1. We get a lot of questions about the Richmond Scholars process, so I’m going to try to answer the most common ones here. If you have further questions, feel free to post a comment here or give our office a call!

I just got a letter with my BannerWeb login information, and BannerWeb says I’m missing part of my application. Help! Can I still be considered?

As long as your Common Application was submitted by December 1, you can be considered for the Richmond Scholars program. Just contact our office and discuss how we can get the missing piece(s) as expediently as possible. However, keep in mind that we will be closed from December 24-January 2.

What happens next in the selection process?

The admission and faculty committees will spend December and January selecting students to move on to the semi-finalist round. Semi-finalists are notified via e-mail and postal mail; they have the opportunity to select up to two designations and submit additional materials in order to compete for those designations.

How many students are selected as semi-finalists?

In past years, anywhere from 500-600 were selected. This year we will be selecting a smaller number of students — likely fewer than 500.

My friend received a semi-finalist notification. Does that mean I wasn’t selected?

No. We send out semi-finalist notifications in batches throughout December and January, so your file may not have been reviewed yet. The first batch has already gone out, but there are more to come. Keep in mind, it takes us a while to review 4,900 applications.

But my friend’s semi-finalist notification gave her a deadline of January 3 to submit new materials.

Each notification batch has its own deadline, giving students in that batch 1-2 weeks to submit materials for the semi-finalist round of consideration. Our faculty committees have a huge task in reviewing hundreds of semi-finalists (in addition to teaching classes!), and they begin that task in early January. So the earlier you are selected, the earlier we ask you to submit your semi-finalist materials.

Is there any order to how applications are read? I submitted mine in September and haven’t heard anything, so does that mean I wasn’t selected?

There is really no explicable rhyme or reason to the order in which applications are reviewed. Because of all the various stages they go through in becoming complete and being reviewed, any initial order like date of submission or alphabetical organization quickly disappears.

I was selected as a semi-finalist. Does that mean I’m admitted to Richmond?

Not officially. Admission to Richmond is not final until you receive official notification from the Office of Admission (and we’ll be looking carefully at your mid-year senior grades!) However, being selected as a Richmond Scholars semi-finalist means you’ve been identified as a top student in our pool, so you can probably expect good news.

If I’m not selected as a semi-finalist, when will I be notified?

We only notify students who advance to the semi-finalist round. All semi-finalist notifications will be sent by the end of January. Students who do not advance simply continue in the review process for first-year admission, with a notification date of April 1.


  1. Komal
    Posted December 25, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

    I have a question regarding the deadline for the Richmond Scholars. I submitted my Common Application and SAT scores in mid-November. On BannerWeb, my application reports that the Common app was processed in November but that the SAT scores were not received and processed until December 15th. Do I still qualify for the Richmond Scholars Program?

    • Tom
      Posted January 4, 2011 at 10:49 am | Permalink


      Yes, your application will still be considered for the Richmond Scholars program. As long as your application was submitted prior to December 1, you will still be considered, even if supporting materials arrived a little bit later.


  2. Gabi
    Posted January 7, 2011 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    In what’s about the Art Scholarships, can it be also for PAINTING? On the official site they described only the materials needed to be submitted for dancers, musicians, actors, studio artists, theatre designers.

    • Tom
      Posted January 31, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Permalink


      Yes, art scholarships can also be for painting. Painting, drawing, sculpture, etc. all fall under studio art.

  3. Cody
    Posted January 26, 2011 at 12:20 am | Permalink

    Have all of the semi-finalists for Richmond Scholars already been notified or is there still a wave of notifications remaining?

  4. Jason
    Posted January 27, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

    Have all the notifications for Richmond Scholars been sent?

  5. Joe
    Posted January 29, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    Have all the semi-finalists been chosen?

    • Tom
      Posted January 31, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Permalink


      At this point in time, all Richmond Scholars semi-finalists have been notified via e-mail and postal mail. It was another incredibly competitive year. See my forthcoming blog post… there are still many scholarships to be awarded, and many students whom we would love to have on campus (and who will be admitted) that did not advance as semi-finalists in this particular program.

  6. sugandh
    Posted February 19, 2012 at 8:25 am | Permalink


    I am an international student from India and am a finalist for the Oldham Scholars designation. Am I not supposed to come on campus for the final interview?

    • Tom
      Posted February 20, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Permalink


      See my more recent post, Richmond Scholars Process Update. Interviews this year will be conducted remotely in order to facilitate the larger group of finalists our faculty committees have selected. Scholarship recipients, including international students, will still be brought for an all-expense-paid campus visit in early April.


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