Application FAQ

As my colleagues and I travel to all corners of the country (and the globe) each year, we receive lots of questions surrounding our application process. I’ve polled my coworkers and come up with the following list of the most frequently asked questions we’re receiving this fall. (Note: questions whose answers are readily available on the admission website are not included here.)

How do I apply to the Robins School of Business/Jepson School of Leadership Studies/a specific major at Richmond?

You don’t. That would be against our philosophy as a liberal arts college – we don’t want high school seniors to lock themselves into any major or school, wholly or in part. The intended major field(s) you indicate on your application have no bearing on the admission process; they just give us a sense of your interests. None of our majors or schools have quotas, except for Jepson. You can begin pursuing courses in all of our schools as early as your first year, and upper-division courses in all of our departments and schools are open to all students, regardless of what you’re studying.

As high school seniors, students apply and are admitted to the entire University of Richmond, and all enrolled students matriculate into the School of Arts and Sciences for their first year – though introductory-level courses in all of our schools are open to them immediately. If you want to declare a major in the Robins School as a sophomore, there are a few minimal requirements; the Jepson School has a secondary admission process, but this does not take place until the sophomore year and is not hyper-selective (typically around 70-80 students selected from 100-110 applicants).

Where do I indicate on my application that I want to be considered for Richmond Scholars?

Nowhere. There isn’t anywhere you need to indicate this on the application. All applications that we have in our system as of December 1 will automatically be tagged and considered for the Richmond Scholars Program. There’s no box you need to check (it’s not a separate application plan or timeline, so you just indicate whether you’re applying regular or early decision); there’s no additional application; and there are no extra requirements, except for Science Scholars consideration, where you need to make sure one of your recommendations comes from a science or math teacher.

Are we clear on that? Just submit your application by December 1. We’ll do the rest.

Will I receive my admission decision earlier if I apply by December 1 for Richmond Scholars?

No. The Richmond Scholars December 1 deadline is not a separate application plan; it’s just an early deadline so our faculty committees have the time they need to select Richmond Scholars semi-finalists. If you apply Fall Early Decision (November 15), you’ll receive your admission decision around December 15. If you apply Winter Early Decision (January 15), you’ll receive your admission decision around February 15. And if you apply Regular Decision, you’ll receive your admission decision around April 1. We’re not on a rolling system, so you won’t hear from us any sooner, even if you apply by December 1. It takes time and care to select a class from a huge and talented applicant pool, and most of our (RD) decisions are not finalized until March, when we have the entire context and scope of the applicant pool on the table.

No matter what plan you’re under, if you apply by December 1, you’ll hear about Richmond Scholars semi-finalist status by late January or early February.

I applied Regular Decision and now I want to commit under Fall/Winter Early Decision. Is this possible?

Absolutely. Lots of students worry that this will be complicated, but it’s actually really simple to change your application plan from Regular to Early Decision, or from Early to Regular, as long as you do so before the given deadline. Just contact our office and let us know you want to change; if you’re moving from Regular to Early, you’ll also need to submit the ED Contract (and first quarter/trimester grades if it’s Fall ED). That’s it!

If I apply Early Decision, can I submit Regular or Early Action applications to other colleges?

Yes. And if any college tells you otherwise, let me know, because that’s a violation of national policies.

Once you’re admitted under an Early Decision plan, you’re expected to enroll at that institution and withdraw all applications from other colleges. But until you’re admitted, the binding Early Decision contract does not take effect, and you can apply to as many institutions as you’d like (under non-binding plans, of course. You can only apply ED to one college.) This is only fair – if you’re not admitted to your ED school, you’ll need to have your options open at other colleges, and some of those deadlines might come while you’re still waiting to hear on your ED application. Most colleges, including Richmond, will allow ED applicants to apply Early Action to other schools as well, because EA is non-binding.

Will you consider my November SAT/ACT scores if I apply Fall Early Decision?

Yes, but make sure you have them rush-delivered so they arrive in time for consideration.

Does Early Decision improve my odds of acceptance?/How does the binding contract work?/What about financial considerations?

See our Early Decision webpage, and be sure to contact your regional admission officer if you’re thinking about applying ED. We’re glad to answer your questions and help determine if Early Decision is the best option for you.

Any other questions? Go ahead and post them!

12 Comments

  1. Tess Boyle
    Posted November 1, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

    I submitted my application to Richmond using the common app and was just recently selected as president of my school’s english honor society. The application process was pretty competitive and I’d like to have another leadership activity on my application. Is there any way I can add this to my application after I’ve submitted it? Thanks!

    • Tom
      Posted November 1, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

      Tess,

      Easy! Just e-mail your regional officer with a summary of your latest accolade and request that they add it to your file. You can find your regional officer here.

  2. Azmain Taz
    Posted November 4, 2011 at 5:21 am | Permalink

    Hello!

    After graduating from school in 2010 I took a one year gap and decided to apply this year. Do I need to submit the common application Midyear and Final Report?

    Thank you!

    • Tom
      Posted December 5, 2011 at 10:07 am | Permalink

      Azmain,

      No, you do not need to submit the Midyear or Final Report – all of your high school grades will be included on your primary transcript. The Midyear/Final reports are just for students whose senior year is still in progress. Do be sure, however, to include an explanation of why you chose to take a gap year and what you’re doing during it!

      Tom

  3. Ladapo Gbenga
    Posted November 4, 2011 at 9:53 am | Permalink

    Do I need to submit my SAT 2 scores in my application.

    • Tom
      Posted December 5, 2011 at 10:08 am | Permalink

      Ladapo,

      No. SAT Subject Tests are not required for admission to Richmond. You’re welcome to submit your scores, but they are not required for consideration.

  4. Obryan Machado
    Posted December 11, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

    Is there a website where I may check my Application Status

    • Tom
      Posted December 12, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

      No – the University of Richmond does not release decisions online. Decisions are released via the U.S. Postal Service for U.S. addresses, and via e-mail for students living outside the U.S.

  5. Elly Straske
    Posted January 2, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

    How can I check and make sure that all of my application materials have been received by the school? For scores and transcripts and the like, just to make sure they’re there?
    Thanks.

    • Tom
      Posted January 3, 2012 at 10:23 am | Permalink

      Elly,

      Within a few weeks of applying, you’ll receive a letter in the mail with your login and password for BannerWeb, where you can check the completeness of your application. For further detail, see this post.

  6. Lauren Sagl
    Posted January 20, 2012 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    I just finished up my first semester of senior year. I know I need to submit my midyear grade report, but should I do it by mail or by the CommonApp, or both?

    Thanks!

    • Tom
      Posted January 25, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

      Lauren,

      You can have your school submit your midyear great report via Common App or by mail. We’ll receive it either way!

      Tom


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