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Application Procedures for RBS 2006

Application Forms

Application Time Lines

The application form for a Rare Book School session is posted at least four months before it begins. You can find the currently available application forms for the upcoming sessions above. For current course offerings and dates, see the RBS Course Schedule.

The RBS staff members acknowledge all applications by email upon receipt. RBS faculty members make their first round of admit decisions exactly three months before their courses begin, and the school then (1) informs students by email of their admit status and (2) puts formal admit letters put into the US post.

Applications received thereafter are processed immediately. RBS accepts applications until the week in which the course runs, but chances of admission are greatly increased if an application is received two weeks ahead of the first round of admit decisions, i.e. three and half months before the course begins.

Admissions Protocols

Shortly after faculty members' admit decisions have been made, the RBS director mails you a letter informing you of your admissions status. Admit letters are accompanied by a Confirmation Form and a Tuition Invoice.

Confirmation Form: In addition to the accept/decline boxes indicating whether or not you will attend, the one-page Confirmation Form prints out your work and home addresses, phone numbers, email address, &c., so that you can check to be sure that we have correctly input this information from your course application.

Tuition Invoice: You provide information on this form on how you wish to pay your $100 tuition deposit and the remainder of the tuition owed.

Immediately after receiving the admit letter and the two accompanying forms, you need either to (1) confirm that you plan to attend the course by returning the Confirmation Form and Tuition Invoice and sending in a deposit, or (2) withdraw from the course, either by checking the appropriate box on Confirmation Form indicating that you must decline and mailing it in, or by sending us an email message saying that you must decline. Please remember that most RBS classes are limited to 12 students, and that many courses have waiting lists. A student who is admitted to a course and who then neither confirms nor withdraws is occupying a space that another student would be glad to have. We assume that students who neither confirm nor withdraw have permanently lost interest in attending RBS courses, and mark their files accordingly.

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Rare Book School
114 Alderman Library
University of Virginia
P.O. Box 400103
Charlottesville, VA 2904-4103

or fax us at 434-924-8824 or telephone us at 434-924-8851 or email us.