University of Richmond Moves to Test Optional for Students Applying for Fall 2021

Temporary change in admission practice implemented in response to COVID-19
April 21, 2020

UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND — The University of Richmond is planning a temporary change in its admission practice by providing a test optional admission path for first-year students entering in 2021.

The change is in response to the cancellation of 2020 SAT and ACT test offerings and the probability that future testing also may be impacted by COVID-19.

“We recognize the unique circumstances impacting current high school students, particularly high school juniors who would normally spend the spring and summer engaged in the college search process,” said Stephanie Dupaul, vice president for enrollment management. “By making this temporary change in admission practice we are better able to support students who will be applying to the University of Richmond, and who may not be able to complete testing in time for our early application dates.” 

Students who wish to do so may still choose to submit standardized test results or other materials to support their applications for admission.

“The university is fortunate to have a strong, talented, and resilient applicant pool,” Dupaul added. “We will continue our practice of holistic review, considering every facet of an applicant’s high school experience, focusing on academic preparation, and celebrating students who make the most of their opportunities.”

In addition to utilizing a holistic review process, the University of Richmond meets the full-demonstrated financial need for all admitted students, ensuring that talented students from all backgrounds have access to the exceptional education and experiences available at the university.