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Applying to Richmond

We’re so glad that you’re thinking about applying to the University of Richmond. You’re not alone – about 15% of students at Richmond are first-generation.

Here are some recommendations for you as you explore Richmond and consider applying:

  • Find out who your regional admission counselor is, and don’t be afraid to contact them with any questions you have. Admission staff have lots of experience working with first-gen applicants, and they are excited to help counsel and advise you.
  • Check out the Admission Blog, which shares all sorts of great advice, not just about Richmond but about the college admission process in general, from college search to essay-writing and beyond.
  • Consider visiting campus, if it’s convenient. When you visit, don’t just take a tour – register for a class visit to see academics in action, or consider stopping by some of the offices that could be a resource to you as a Richmond student. Admission staff are happy to point you in the right direction.
  • When you fill out the Common Application, or Coalition Application, be sure to accurately enter your parents’ educational backgrounds. Some students worry that it won’t look as impressive if their parents don’t have college degrees, and leave those fields blank – but the opposite is true. We’re looking for awesome first-generation applicants, and we can’t identify you if you don’t let us know!
  • Be sure to stay on top of the financial aid process. Richmond has huge financial aid resources to make your college education affordable, but you need to follow the right steps to apply.