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Richmond Scholars: Where Do We Go From Here?

By Tom Nicholas

December 9, 2013

For all students who applied by December 6, consideration for our full-tuition Richmond Scholars program is automatic. This year, we received about 5,000 applications by the deadline. 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.

How can I tell if my application is complete?

Relax, don’t freak out, and read this blog post.

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 6, 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. Keep in mind that we will be closed from December 24 to January 1, so we’ll need to work around the winter holiday.

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 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?

Around 400.

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. It takes us a while to review 5,000 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 (for Regular Decision) or February 15 (for Early Decision II).

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Tom NicholasTom Nicholas
Senior Assistant Director of Admission 


A Richmond alumnus (Class of 2007), Tom has been working and blogging for the Office of Admission since he graduated. He loves his alma mater and the city that shares its name.

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Beth Anne SpachtBeth Anne Spacht
Assistant Director of Admission


Beth Anne was a double major at Richmond (English and Latin American & Iberian Studies) and now enjoys helping prospective students discover the best of her alma mater.

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