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Freshman Admission

Thank you for your interest in the University of Rhode Island!

You are considered a freshman applicant if you are:

  • a first-time college student who has graduated from high school and never enrolled in college
  • a first-time college student who has been home-schooled
  • a first-time college student who has attended high school and college during the same time period (dual enrollment) or has taken some college courses during high school

Admission to the University of Rhode Island is competitive, and each candidate for admission receives individual consideration. All applicants must complete a minimum of 18 units of college preparatory work:

  • 4 in English
  • 3 in mathematics including Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and geometry
  • 2 in a physical or natural science (including at least one laboratory science)
  • 2 in history or social science
  • 2 in the same foreign language*
  • 5 additional college preparatory units to total 18

All students are encouraged to select their additional units from the arts, humanities, foreign languages, mathematics, social sciences, or laboratory sciences. We consider students who complete the most rigorous secondary school courses available to them the strongest candidates.

The foreign language requirement is not waived for students who attend high schools that do not offer foreign language. These students may complete the language courses at a local community college or through their local comprehensive high school.

Additional Requirements by Major

The following colleges/majors have additional requirements (or recommendations) as noted below:

  • Applicants must complete 4 units of mathematics (including precalculus or calculus), 3 units of physical science classes with laboratories (including 1 unit of physics, 2 other physical sciences). Chemistry is recommended. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by the Early Action deadline (December 1).

    Admitted Engineering Profile for 2015

    SAT (CR & M)
    • Approximately 66% of applicants are admitted for a freshman class of about 370.
  • Applicants who have demonstrated strength in math and science will be given preference. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by the Early Action deadline (December 1).

    Admitted Nursing Profile for 2015

    SAT (CR & M)
    • Approximately 40% of applicants are admitted for a freshman class of about 180.
  • Applicants must audition. See below for the audition dates. Please contact the Department of Music at 401.874.2431 for requirements or questions.

    • December 5, 2015
    • February 27, 2016
    • March 5, 2016
    • March 12, 2016
    • April 2, 2016
    • May 6, 2016 *non-scholarship

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How to Apply

To be considered a candidate for freshman admission, you must submit the following materials. We prefer to receive all application materials electronically—including transcripts and letters of recommendation. Ask your guidance counselor to submit these forms through the Common Application. If you send supplemental documents by mail, please include your name and date of birth (dd/mm/yy) on every page.

Your application will be reviewed when the Office of Admission has received all of these materials:

  • A completed Common Application
  • Application fee of $65 (can be paid online)
  • Official high school transcript (preferably through the Common Application)
  • List of senior courses (admission is contingent upon successful completion of all your current coursework and graduation from high school)
  • Official SAT* or ACT Scores (MUST be sent electronically by the testing service: the URI ID code is 3919 for SAT and 3818 for ACT)
  • Essay (pharmacy applicants must include an additional paragraph explaining their choice of major)
  • At least one letter of recommendation (please limit to two). If your guidance counselor writes your letter of recommendation (which is our preference), there is no need to submit a teacher evaluation/recommendation. Pharmacy applicants are required to provide two letters of recommendation.

Freshman Application Deadlines

Early ActionFreshman
Enrollment &
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Admission (Jan.)
FAFSA Filing
*Please Note: Business, Engineering, Nursing, and Pharmacy majors are encouraged to apply by December 1.
FAFSA filing date: We recommend that you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) between Jan. 1 and March 1.
December 1February 1 May 1November 1January 1 - March 1

Application Review

The primary emphasis in our freshman application review process is on your high school record, the rigor of the courses, your grades, and your unique talents and experiences. We are unable to offer individual interviews, but we do offer admission information sessions. We encourage you to use your application essay to share with us information about yourself that is not reflected elsewhere in your application.

Important information about the SAT, ACT, and English Language Tests

  • The ACT or SAT test is required for all freshman candidates, and their performance on the tests is taken into consideration. We do not require the writing section of the ACT.
  • URI “superscores” the SAT and ACT by taking the single highest score from each section of the SAT and the ACT (across all test dates) and calculates the highest total for the student. Therefore, we recommend that you send us all of your SAT (or ACT) scores. If you elect to use “Score Choice,” your November scores may not reach us by the Early Action deadline (December 1).
  • For students taking both the “old” SAT (prior to March 2016) and the “new” SAT (beginning March 2016), we will calculate your best total score for the reading and math portions for each exam (across test dates) and use whichever total score is the highest.
  • Students who choose to participate in dual-enrollment programs at their local community college during their senior year of high school (such as the Jump Start program at CCRI) are still required to submit SAT or ACT scores.
  • Students whose first language is not English are encouraged to submit official TOEFL examination results to supplement the SAT verbal score. A TOEFL score of iBT 79, Computer 213, Paper 550 or higher is required for all international applicants (please refer to International Requirements for further details).

Admitted Freshman Profile for 2015

SAT Total


Scholarships / Honors Program

Merit Scholarships
The University of Rhode Island offers a range of merit scholarships to students who have demonstrated academic success in a challenging college preparatory curriculum. You may be eligible for these awards if you have earned a GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, as well as SATs of 1050+ (critical reading and math) or ACT of 23+, and have demonstrated leadership and involvement in your school and/or community.All applicants are considered for these scholarships by submitting a complete application by February 1. There is no separate scholarship application. Please note that merit scholarships for freshmen are awarded only to students enrolling in the fall semester. To be considered for our highest scholarships, we recommend that you apply by our December 1 Early Action deadline.

Additional important scholarship information
You apply by our December 1 Early Action deadline.
We also strongly recommend that students interested in engineering, nursing, and the doctorate in pharmacy apply by December 1 as spaces are limited in these programs.

  1. The latest test scores we will consider for scholarship review are the November SATs and the October ACT.
  2. We consider the single highest score on each section of the SAT (and ACT) across test dates, so there is no need to use “Score Choice.” If you elect to use “Score Choice,” your November scores may not reach us by the Early Action deadline (December 1).
  3. Merit Scholarships are four-year awards, renewable each semester as long as you maintain continuous full-time enrollment (12 credits per semester) and a minimum GPA of 2.8.
  4. Unlike “Early Decision,” Early Action is non-binding.  You will not have to commit to URI until May 1.

Honors Program
Our Honors Program aims to enrich your academic experience with smaller classes, interdisciplinary subjects, and an annual colloquium with distinguished speakers exploring current or emerging issues.

Eligibility criteria for the honors program for freshmen entering in fall 2016:

  • A minimum GPA of 3.8 on a 4.0 scale, with no minimum standardized test scores OR
  • A minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and a minimum combined Critical Reading and
    Math SAT score of 1200 or 27 ACT.

Advanced Placement (AP) & International Baccalaureate (IB)

You can earn advanced placement credit for college if you’ve completed college-level courses in high school and passed specific exams. See our Advanced Placement Chart for details. Also, learn more about how URI credit will be granted to enrolled students who have obtained certain scores on Higher Level IB exams. See our International Baccalaureate Chart for details.

 Advanced Standing and Dual Enrollment

Students applying for admission as “freshmen with advanced standing” must meet the minimum freshman admission requirements. Advanced standing applicants are considered for admission on the basis of the grades they have earned and the types of courses they have taken in both high school and college. Applicants must be “in good standing” (academically and otherwise) at their previous institutions. Due to space limitations in certain majors, admission to some programs is highly selective. When completing the Common Application, students in this category must apply as freshmen, not transfers.

Important information about the SAT, ACT, and English Language Tests

Home-schooled Applicants

Requirements for home-schooled applicants are the same as for students who have followed a traditional schooling profile. There are several ways the home-schooled student can present the required material.

After you Apply / Checking the Status of Your Application

After you apply, you will first receive an email confirmation from the Common Application, followed by a letter of acknowledgment from URI with instructions for checking the status of your application online. Most importantly, the letter will contain your URI ID#, which you must use to check your application status online through the URI e-Campus system.  We ask that you read the letter carefully and save it.

Due to our high mail volume, it may take up to three weeks for paper and electronic documents to be attached to your application. Once the documents are attached, they will reflect the actual date they were received. If your “to do” list indicates we have not yet received something you have already submitted, we may have received it, but it has not yet been attached it to your file. We appreciate your patience, and encourage you to check your status regularly.

New England Regional Tuition

The New England Board of Higher Education Regional Student Program offers discounted tuition to New England Residents for a select group of majors.

In most cases, the regional tuition covers all four years of the program. For some majors, however, the regional tuition does not take effect until later in the program. When tuition is reduced from out-of-state to regional, merit scholarships are reduced to the corresponding regional scholarship amount.

Learn more at nebhe.org or see the New England Regional Tuition chart on URI’s Undergraduate Admission website.

Contact Us

If you have questions about the freshman application process, contact us at admission@uri.edu.

To submit materials by mail, please send them to us at the following address:

Office of Admission
14 Upper College Road
Newman Hall
Kingston, RI 02881

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