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Transfer Admission

Transfer Students and Credits

A transfer applicant is a student who has attended another regionally accredited college or university in any capacity after graduating from high school, regardless of whether any credits have actually been earned. If you have earned college credits while still enrolled in high school, or in a dual enrollment program, please refer to information for Advanced Standing and Dual Enrollment.

If you have earned credit at another regionally accredited college or university, your transcript will be evaluated for transfer credit within 21 days after your acceptance to the University of Rhode Island. For more information about transferring credits, visit the Transfer Resource Center website.

General Requirements for Transfer Students

Admission preference is given to applicants who have completed college-level, academic courses covering a range of subjects including mathematics, communications, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and fine and performing arts. Remedial/developmental courses and vocational courses (i.e. culinary, applied technical science) are not transferable.

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Transfer Application Deadlines

Spring SemesterTalent Development
(Fall admission only)
(Fall admission only)
Fall Semester
(open programs)
Fall Scholarship
*Please note: Applicants for admission for the spring term are encouraged to submit completed applications beginning in September and not later than the posted deadline. Applicants for admission for the fall term are encouraged to submit completed applications beginning in January and not later than the posted deadlines.
Dec. 15 Dec. 15March 15June 1June 1

Special Requirements for More Competitive Majors

In some of the University’s more competitive majors, there is a limited capacity for admitting transfer students. The following competitive majors may require additional coursework and/or a higher GPA, as outlined below. If you are interested in any of these Colleges/majors, please review their specific requirements. Please note: We are no longer accepting transfer applications to the 6-year Doctorate in Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program.

Those who meet the minimum requirements are eligible to apply, but admission is not guaranteed, given the extremely competitive selection process. If you are admitted to URI with another major, we cannot guarantee you will eventually be admitted to the major of your choice.

We no longer have any transfer appointment times available for the fall 2015 semester.

Walk-in Counseling is available for quick questions during the hours of 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm, Monday through Friday. Students are served on a first-come, first-served basis. Walk-in Counseling is limited to ten minutes and is appropriate for general questions only.

Online Chats for Transfer Prospective Students
Take part in our online chats to have your questions answered regarding education at the University.

Chat Dates & Times:
November 24, 7:30pm – 8:30pm
November 25, 9:00am – 10:00am

Transfer applicants are required to use the Transfer Common Application and submit official transcripts. Submitting “School Forms” is not required. A completed application includes:

  • Completed Transfer Common Application submitted online
  • $65 application fee
  • Electronic or official printed transcripts from all post-secondary institutions whether or not you desire or expect to receive credit for such work. Electronic transcripts should be e-mailed to transferadmission@uri.edu.
  • Official high school transcript unless you have an Associate in General Studies or Liberal Arts or Bachelor’s degree in a subject similar in content to what is offered at URI.
  • If you have fewer than 24 credits, you must have your SAT or ACT scores sent electronically to URI by the testing agency.
  • Students with more than 60 credits must choose a major other than “Undecided.”

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.

To check the status of your application online, use e-Campus, the University’s electronic student access system.

If you are a first-time user, see Registering for e-Campus.

See Admission Deferral and Reactivation for information and forms regarding Deferral of Enrollment and our Reactivation Policy.

No separate application is required for our merit-based scholarships, but all students who would like to be considered for any merit award must apply by June 1 for fall and December 1 for spring, and submit all supporting documents by June 15 for fall and January 15 for spring. Merit awards are not available to students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree.

Transfer Merit Award
Preference for our highest-level awards will be given to students with:

  • A minimum of 24 transferable college credits (based on a semester system) in a diversified program of study.
  • A cumulative grade point average of 3.3.

Meeting the minimum criteria does not guarantee a scholarship—the overall applicant pool determines the degree of competition for these awards. Depending upon available funding, other scholarships may be awarded to students with a strong record of academic achievement who fall slightly below these criteria. Scholarships are renewable for up to six consecutive semesters, as long as the student maintains full-time enrollment and a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarship
Awarded to Phi Theta Kappa scholars holding an associate degree who have achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.5. Additional eligibility requirements include:

  • Current membership in Phi Theta Kappa (documentation must be submitted along with your academic credentials)
  • URI must be your first four-year institution
  • Confirmation of an earned Associate in Arts (AA), Associate in Science (AS) or an Associate of Fine Arts (AFA)
  • Scholarships are renewable for up to four consecutive semesters, as long as students maintain full-time enrollment and a grade point average of 3.0 or higher

Scholarship amounts will change if residency changes. Please refer to New England Regional Student Programs for more information.

Contact Us

If you have additional questions or need assistance on a specific issue, please contact us at transferadmission@uri.edu or URI:
14 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI 02881

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