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A Private Education Made Affordable

Richmond is among only 1 percent of institutions in the U.S. with both a "need-blind" admission policy and a guarantee to meet 100 percent of demonstrated need. Forty percent of undergraduates are eligible for need-based aid, with an average aid package of $43,000. Plus, all first-year applicants are considered for merit-based aid, including full-tuition scholarships and a variety of interest-based programs.

Apply for Undergraduate Admission

Richmond practices selective admission and uses a highly personal, holistic evaluation process. Submit the Common Application, the Richmond Supplement, and other supporting documents by Nov. 15 for Early Decision I, or by Jan. 15 for Early Decision II or Regular Decision. All first-year applicants who submit applications by Dec. 1 are considered for merit scholarships through the Richmond Scholars program.

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Richmond Scholars

The Richmond Scholars program awards the University's most prestigious academic scholarships. Given to 45 incoming students, these awards range from full tuition to full tuition plus room and meals. All first-year applicants for undergraduate admission who apply by Dec. 1 are considered automatically.Richmond Scholars

Richmond's Promise to Virginia

For Virginia students with an annual family income of $60,000 or less, the University will provide a full financial aid package equal to tuition, room, and meal plan, with no loans. Students must apply for first-year admission to qualify.


Key Dates


Early Decision I Application and Financial Aid Deadline


Richmond Scholars Application Deadline


Regular Admission Deadline; Early Decision II Application and Financial Aid Deadline


Regular Admission Financial Aid Deadline


Regular Admission Decisions & Financial Aid Notifications Sent


Enrollment Confirmation & Deposit Due

Financial Aid Facts


Percentage of undergraduates eligible for need-based aid


Average need-based aid package


Percentage of students receiving financial aid

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Cost of Attendance (2016-17)

Includes standard costs for tuition, room and meals.