Record number of students apply to University of Richmond; overall academic profile continues to rise

June 18, 2018

The incoming first-year class of 2022 is another one of Richmond’s most academically talented and diverse classes. A record number of 11,881 applications were received for just over 800 spaces.

The overall academic profile of the applicant pool rose with increases in unweighted grade point average, ACT composite scores and mean SAT combined scores. The demographic composition, including number of domestic students of color and international students remained consistent with past years.

“The university remains committed to access and affordability,” said Gil Villanueva, associate vice president and dean of Admission. “The class of 2022 features a 24.5 percent increase in first-generation college students. Additionally, 55 percent of our entering first year students are receiving grants or scholarships.”

As of June within the class of 2022:

  • At over 27 percent, this year marks the tenth consecutive year in which more than 20 percent of incoming first students are domestic students of color.
  • One in six are first-generation college students.
  • One in six are from low-income households.
  • 38 states and Washington, D.C., are represented
  • International students come from 24 countries from Syria to Nicaragua and Myanmar to Morocco.

“Our incoming class of students is highly accomplished, and we are excited to see what they will achieve next,” Villanueva said.

The University of Richmond will welcome new students from around the world to campus for the 2018-19 academic year with classes beginning Aug. 27.

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