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Application & Admissions

Create an Account

Course applications must be submitted through myRBS; please log in to your myRBS account or create a new account to begin the application process.

If you have previously applied for or taken an RBS course, applied for a scholarship (other than the RBS-Mellon Fellowship), or given a charitable donation to RBS, myRBS will link your existing record to your account.

As part of your application, you will need to provide information about your education and employment history, and an emergency contact. A one-page personal statement, which can be uploaded online, is required for each course to which you apply.


Applications for spring, summer, and fall 2015 Rare Book School courses are now being considered on a rolling basis until a course has reached enrollment capacity. If you have questions about course availability, contact rbsprograms@virginia.edu.

To be considered for the first round of admissions decisions, submit your application for spring or summer courses by 20 February. To be considered for the first round of admissions decisions for fall courses, submit your application by 1 July. You will receive an email confirmation for each application you submit. When an admission decision has been made, you will also be notified via email. Please keep track of your application status using myRBS.

Confirming Your Attendance

Shortly after faculty members' admission decisions have been made, you will receive an email notifying you that your admission status has been changed.

You must make a decision to accept or decline admission using your myRBS account. To secure your place in a course, RBS must receive a non-refundable $250 deposit within two weeks of receiving the notification of course admission. The remaining tuition is due at least one month before the course start date.

Please remember that most RBS classes are limited to twelve students, and that many courses have waiting lists.

FAQs and Troubleshooting

See the Using myRBS section of the FAQ page if you have any trouble signing into myRBS or submitting an application.