Undergraduate Admission

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Freshman Admission

As of Monday, April 17 we are no longer accepting freshman applications for fall 2017.

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 areas of English, foreign language, mathematics, social science, or laboratory science. 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). Chemistry is recommended. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by the Early Action deadline (December 1).

    Admitted Engineering Profile for 2016

    SAT (CR & M)
    Old: 1217
    New: 1290*

    *Based on College Board concordance table.

    • We enroll approximately 380 freshmen each fall in our College of Engineering.
    • Applicants who are not admissible to the College of Engineering who may be admissible to other programs at URI will have an opportunity to request consideration for admission to another major.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by the Early Action deadline (December 1). Those who have demonstrated strength in math and science will be given preference.

    Admitted Nursing Profile for 2016

    SAT (Reading & M)
    Old: 1147
    New: 1220*

    *Based on College Board concordance table.

    • We enroll approximately 180 freshmen each fall in our College of Nursing.
    • Applicants who are not admissible to the College of Nursing who may be admissible to other programs at URI will have an opportunity to request consideration for admission to another major.
  • Applicants to the music major must audition. See the audition dates below. Please contact the Department of Music at 401.874.2431 for requirements or questions. Please note: if you’re admitted to URI prior to auditioning, your acceptance to the music major is contingent upon a successful audition.

    • December 3, 2016
    • February 25, 2017
    • March 11, 2017
    • April 1, 2017

How to Apply

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.
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Freshman Application Deadlines

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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 Oct. 1 and March 1.
December 1February 1 May 1November 1October 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. As part of our holistic review, we also consider the disciplinary record of each applicant. We seek to enroll students who will treat all other members of our community with respect. 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 applicants (except international students), and their performance on the tests is taken into consideration. We do not require the writing section of the ACT.
  • We “superscore” your SAT and ACT results. This means that if you send us all your test results, we will take the highest combination of scores from each section of the SAT across all test dates.  This eliminates the need to use the College Board’s option for “Score Choice.” Likewise, we also superscore your ACT results using the English, math, reading and science sections.
  • Beginning in March 2016, the “new” SAT will be offered and will include an optional essay section.  The University of Rhode Island does not require applicants to take this portion of the SAT. We will also no longer require the writing portion of the ACT.
  • Applicants with both “old” and “new” SAT scores: if students submit results from both the old SAT (pre-March 2016) and the new SAT, we will superscore the old and the new results separately and use the highest total score for both admission and scholarship consideration.
  • 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 2016

SAT Total

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.

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 at the end of your junior year, as well as a minimum required SAT score of 1130 or ACT score 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. 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.

Additional important scholarship information

  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.

Students enrolling in fall 2017 must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the Honors Program.

1. Your cumulative high school GPA must be a 3.5/4.0 or higher AND combined new SAT scores must be 1300 or higher in Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Mathematics (or you must have an ACT composite score of 27).


2. Your cumulative high school GPA must be a 3.8 or higher.

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. Also, learn more about how URI credit will be granted to enrolled students who have obtained certain scores on Higher Level International Baccalaureate exams.

 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.

Early Enrollment/Early Admission

Students who have completed their junior year of high school with superior records may be eligible for early admission.

Early admission students must have completed (by the end of the junior year) three years of English, three of mathematics (Algebra 1 and 2 and geometry), two of the same foreign language, two to three of social studies or history, and two of natural or physical science with at least one laboratory science. Students must have the endorsement of their high school counselor or principal. High school administrators must be willing to accept credits earned during the first year at URI toward remaining high school graduation requirements. Those interested should plan with their high school counselor early in their junior year, and direct further inquiries to the Office of Admission. An interview may be required. Please note: Early admission is not a dual enrollment program; these students are no longer enrolled at their high school and are fully matriculated at the University.

Early admission candidates should apply by the December 1 Early Action Deadline. These applicants may be considered for merit scholarships. Because early admission candidates have not yet graduated from high school, they are not eligible for need-based aid. After receiving their high school diploma, they may apply for financial aid.

A part-time study program (dual enrollment) may be arranged for students wishing to begin college study in their senior year while continuing their high school work. Students may register for appropriate classes through the Office of Enrollment Services.

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 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.

Deferral and Reactivation

How to postpone (defer) enrollment after being admitted:
» Deferral policy and instructions

If you applied to URI in a previous semester and:

  • withdrew your application, OR
  • were denied admission, OR
  • were admitted but attended another college

and would now like to reactivate your application, please read about our:
» Reactivation policy

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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