Undergraduate Admission

Office of Admission

The Office of Admission strives each year to enroll a diverse undergraduate class of freshman and transfer students from the state of Rhode Island, as well as from other states and countries. We seek to enroll students who are prepared to be successful at the University, who possess a variety of talents and strengths, who are committed to becoming contributing members of the community, and who will be stimulated and challenged by doing undergraduate work in an environment that includes scholarly research and graduate study.

Students are selected for enrollment on the basis of a holistic review of all application materials; without regard to race, sex, religion, age, color, creed, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation; and without discrimination against veterans. The University has been authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant foreign students.

Prior to Admission

Information Sessions. The Admission staff offers information sessions and campus tours for prospective students and their families. Most of the academic colleges also offer information sessions. For details, check the website, uri.edu/admission/visiting. Follow the instructions on how to view the tour and information calendar, login, and register.

Campus Tours. Student tour guides conduct walking tours of the campus for visitors Monday through Friday and most Saturdays from September through May. There is also a self-guided tour on the website. Group tours for high schools and other organizations may also be arranged. For more information, call 401.874.7100 or refer to the Special Tour Request Form.

Tours of the Narragansett Bay Campus and the Graduate School of Oceanography may also be arranged. Call 401.874.6211 for details.

Freshman Admission Requirements

Admission to the University of Rhode Island is competitive. Each applicant is given individual consideration. In the evaluation process we consider the rigor of the high school curriculum, academic performance, standardized test scores, extracurricular activities, employment, leadership, community service, and unique talents. The students offered admission for the fall of 2014 had an average GPA of 3.59/4.00, with an average SAT Math, Critical Reading, and Writing combined score of 1,663, and an average ACT composite score of 25.

A minimum of 18 units of college preparatory classes in high school are expected as follows: 4 in English, 3 in algebra and plane geometry, 2 in a physical or natural science, 2 in history or social science, 2 in the same foreign language, and 5 additional units to total 18. See uri.edu/admission for more specific information.

All students are encouraged to select their additional units from areas including English, foreign languages, mathematics, social sciences, or laboratory sciences. The strongest applicants take the most rigorous secondary school curricula available to them.

Certain programs at URI are highly selective due to limited enrollment capacity. The following are additional requirements related to specific colleges and majors:

• We recommend that applicants to Engineering, Business, Chemistry, Computer Science, and Physics complete 4 units of mathematics (including precalculus or trigonometry).
• Engineering applicants must complete 4 units of mathematics (including precalculus or calculus), 3 units of physical science classes with hands-on laboratories (including 1 unit of physics, 2 other physical sciences, and chemistry is recommended).
• Nursing, Pharmacy, and Engineering applicants who submit complete applications by the December 1 Early Action deadline will be given preference for admission.
• Applicants to all music programs must audition and should contact the Department of Music at 401.874.2431 for audition dates and requirements.

Applications are not reviewed until all materials are received by the Office of Admission. These materials include:

• A completed Common Application
• Application fee of $65
• Official high school transcript (sent by the school)
• List of senior courses (admission is contingent upon successful completion of all senior course work and graduation from high school)
• Official SAT or ACT Scores (MUST be sent electronically by the testing services: the URI ID code is 3919 for SAT and 3818 for ACT)
• Essay (pharmacy applicants must include an additional statement explaining their choice of major)
• At least one letter of recommendation (please limit to two); pharmacy applicants are required to provide two letters of recommendation

The Common Application sends an email confirming that a student’s application has been submitted to the University of Rhode Island. URI then sends a letter acknowledging receipt of the application with instructions on how applicants must check the status of their application online (e-Campus). It is recommended that applicants check their status regularly to see whether any additional materials are requested, such as mid-year grades.

Standardized Tests. All domestic candidates for freshman admission must take the SAT or ACT. Applicants who have been away from formal studies for three or more years should contact the Admission Office about entrance requirements or refer to “Feinstein Providence Campus” in the “Undergraduate Admission” section of this catalog.

Applicants are encouraged to take the SAT or ACT as early as possible in their senior year; taking the test after January reduces the likelihood of a timely decision. Students are required to have their test scores submitted electronically to the University by the testing services. Full information concerning these tests may be obtained from local high schools and is available online at collegeboard.com or actstudent.org.

Application Procedures. Students should discuss their plans for study at the University with their guidance counselors as early as possible to establish realistic goals and program selections. The University is a member of the Common Application group. URI admission counselors will be glad to answer applicants’ questions. Requests for information should be sent to admission@uri.edu. Applicants may also call 401.874.7100, or visit the Admission website at uri.edu/admission.

Students may enroll at the beginning of the fall semester in September and at the beginning of the spring semester in January. Not all programs enroll new students in January. High school seniors are urged to submit applications, including first quarter grades, early in the academic year. Early Action applicants will receive a decision by the end of January. All other applicants will hear by March 31. The deadline for submitting fall term freshman applications is February 1. The deadline for spring term applications is November 1. Enrollment and housing deposits are due by May 1.

Early Action and Merit Scholarships. All applicants are considered for these scholarships by submitting a complete application by February 1. There is no separate scholarship application. To be considered for our highest scholarships, we recommend that you apply by the December 1 Early Action deadline. These scholarships are awarded to students who live anywhere in the U.S., as well as to international students. Minimum requirements for scholarship consideration are:

• A challenging curriculum
• GPA of 3.20/4.00
• Combined SAT score (critical reading and math) of 1050 or ACT of 23
• Involvement and leadership in school and/or community

Satisfaction of the minimum criteria listed here does not guarantee a scholarship; the overall applicant pool determines the degree of competition for these awards.

The latest date that applicants can take the SAT and meet the December 1 deadline is the November test date, and the October test is the latest date for the ACT. URI will always consider the applicant’s highest score on each section of the SAT (to give the student the highest combined total). Scores from later test dates will not be considered for scholarship purposes. Most Early Action applicants receive their admission decision by the end of January. Early Action is non-binding. Merit scholarships are four-year awards (they are six-year awards for for those in the Pharm.D. program), renewable each semester as long as you maintain continuous full-time enrollment (12 credits per semester) and a minimum GPA of 2.80. If a scholarship recipient’s tuition classification changes, the award amount will also change to reflect the amount for the new tuition category.

Early Enrollment/Admission. Students who have completed their junior year of high school with superior records are eligible for early admission. A part-time study program may be arranged for students wishing to begin college study in their senior year while continuing their high school work.

Early admission students must have completed three years of English, three of mathematics, two of foreign language, two to three of social studies or history, and two of natural or physical science. Students must have the endorsement of their high school counselor or principal. 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.

Early admission candidates are encouraged to apply by the December 1 Early Action Deadline so that they may be considered for merit scholarships.

Advanced Placement. Advanced standing for freshmen is granted to students who have completed college-level courses in a high school participating in the Advanced Placement Program and who have passed (with a score of 3 or better on most examinations) the CEEB Advanced Placement Examination. For more information about Advanced Placement credit, please refer to URI’s website at uri.edu/admission/advancedplace.

International Baccalaureate Degree Program. URI awards credit for most higher level examinations taken in high school and passed with a score of 5, 6, or 7. Course credit is awarded at the discretion of individual departments. No credit is awarded for standard level examinations. Refer to URI’s website at uri.edu/admission/advancedplace.

Advanced Standing

In addition, students can take proficiency examinations administered by University departments to be granted advanced standing. Entrance with advanced standing can accelerate the completion of degree requirements or enrich the undergraduate program by allowing for additional elective or advanced courses.

Proficiency Examinations. Students showing evidence of advanced knowledge or who have taken “enriched” programs in high school may be exempt from certain courses and requirements if they take departmental proficiency exams. A student who successfully passes such an exam earns credits as well as exemption from the course. However, students who, by successfully passing proficiency examinations, have the general education requirements waived in writing, mathematics, and/or foreign languages or culture, must still complete the specified number of credits for their degree programs. Students interested in taking these exams should contact their academic dean. New students may obtain further information during orientation from their advisor in the University College for Academic Success.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Students who have been away from formal studies for three or more years may take CLEP General Examinations to demonstrate academically measurable learning acquired in nontraditional ways. URI students must secure prior approval from their academic dean to take the exams for credit. Transfer students may receive credit for CLEP General Examinations taken prior to enrollment at URI, provided that their scores meet URI standards and their academic dean judges that the CLEP credit does not duplicate other transfer credit.

Academic departments may use CLEP Subject Examinations as proficiency exams to test the student’s mastery of the subjects taught by the department. A department that judges a CLEP Subject Examination to be a satisfactory proficiency exam decides what credit should be awarded within the department to students passing the exam, establishes the minimum score for credit, decides whether students must answer the optional essay questions supplied by CLEP, and decides whether students must pass a supplementary department test, such as a lab exam.

To register for a CLEP examination, contact 401.277.5160. For more information about transferring CLEP credit, go to http://www.ritransfers.org/how-courses-transfer/how-courses-transfer-for-apclep/.

Home-Schooled Applicants

For those students who have been home-schooled, the requirements are the same as for students who have a traditional schooling profile. Those students who have had an established working relationship with a home-schooling agency that supplies curriculum outlines, and reviews and grades work completed, can submit a transcript from that agency for review. We consider the following information when making an admission decision for a home-schooled applicant:

• Comparative competencies of content through the completion of 18 prescribed units of work displayed on an official transcript (see Freshman Admission Requirements, previous section)
• Earned Grade Point Average
• Standardized testing results (SAT or ACT) that support the content competencies (URI will require SAT Subject exams if specific course content is
unclear)

Students who have not worked with a home-schooling agency can submit the results of SAT subject exams in the following subjects to demonstrate competencies:

• Writing
• American History or World History
• Math Level C
• Biology, Chemistry, or Physics (select 2)
• Any foreign language (two units in the same language)

Other options for demonstrating course competency include transcripts showing completion of college courses covering the subject areas previously listed, results of Advanced Placement exams in those same subjects, or CLEP exam results. Home-schooled applicants are required to complete the Home-School Supplement of the Common Application.

International Applicants

International applicants must meet all admission requirements previously listed, with the exception of the SAT or ACT, which is optional. Students seeking merit scholarships are encouraged to take the SAT or ACT. Policies regarding English proficiency differ for international students. Please review the information listed below.

English Proficiency Requirements. All international applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. Minimum TOEFL iBt is 79 and IELTS is 6.5.  Applicants who do not have the English language proficiency minimum score (or who choose not to submit these scores) may be considered for conditional admission and can take intensive ESL classes through one of our English language partners. Additional information can be found at: uri.edu/admission/InternationalHome.html#Conditional.

Applicants who have attended a secondary school or post-secondary school where the language of instruction is English may be exempt from submitting an English proficiency examination depending upon their English grades and their Critical Reading and Writing SAT and/or ACT scores if submitted. This will be determined on an individual basis.

Document Evaluation. International transfer applicants must have university transcripts and other application materials formally evaluated by a credential evaluation agency. Please request a course-by-course evaluation and have an official report (translated into English) sent directly to URI. A list of approved document evaluation agencies can be found at naces.org.

Financial Documents. After admission, international students are required to submit a completed Certificate of Financial Responsibility or demonstrate with a current bank statement that they possess funds for their first year, and that funds for subsequent years will be available. If government or reserve bank permission is required to transfer funds from the student’s country to the United States, a notarized copy of the permission is required. No financial aid is available to international students, although they are eligible for consideration for merit scholarships. Inquiries from international students concerning nonimmigrant visas, transfers, funding, etc., should be sent to URI’s Office of International Students and Scholars at issoff@etal.uri.edu. Additional information about these documents can be found on URI’s website at the Office of International Students and Scholars: uri.edu/iss/.

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Talent Development

In 1968, the URI Talent Development (TD) program was established to recruit and retain minority and disadvantaged applicants from Rhode Island. TD provides an opportunity for admission to URI, a summer program in residence on the Kingston campus, and consistent academic support throughout a student’s undergraduate program. Financial aid is available for students accepted to TD; need is determined by the filing of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For more information, please visit uri.edu/admission/talentdevelopment. Interested students must submit the application by December 15 of their senior year in high school.

Transfer Admission Requirements

Transfer students are those who have attempted 24 or more hours of transferable college course work after high school graduation. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 is required, but most successful applicants have much higher GPAs. Certain programs may require a higher GPA or specific prerequisite courses.

Transfer applicants must submit official transcripts directly to URI from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not they expect or desire credit for such work after high school graduation. High school transcripts must also be submitted. Transfer candidates must be in good standing and eligible to return to the institutions they attended previously. Credit is not awarded for course work taken prior to admission to URI and disclosed after acceptance. Credit is given for courses in which the student earned a final grade of C or better. For information on deadlines and restricted programs, visit uri.edu/admission/transferrequirements.

Credit transferred from other schools is limited by the following restrictions: 1) no more than half of the credits URI requires for graduation can be transferred from two-year institutions; 2) students must earn at URI at least one-half of the credits required for a major, at least one-half of the credits required for a minor, and at least one-fourth of the credits required for graduation; 3) only grades earned for course work at URI are included in the calculation of a student’s grade point average. Additional requirements exist for numerous majors. Refer to the website at uri.edu/admission/transferrequirements.

Joint Admission. The Joint Admission Agreement (JAA) is available to Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) students who, prior to earning 30 credits, matriculate into one of the recognized JAA transition plans. Each transition plan specifies at least 32 credits that transfer to URI in fulfillment of general education requirements.

For first-time college students who intend to begin their college studies at CCRI and complete their bachelor’s degree at URI, the Joint Admission Agreement (JAA) may make the transition more efficient. Depending on their intended major, they may be guaranteed admission to URI by enrolling in the JAA, earning a 2.4 Grade Point Average (GPA), and completing courses listed in a JAA Transition Plan.  A total of no fewer than 60 credits will be accepted at URI through the JAA Program.

To aid students and their advisors in making appropriate selections, JAA transition plans are available on the RI Transfers website (www.ritransfers.org/) and in the Transfer Guide for Students available at the same site. Only programs specified in these publications and sites as JAA programs with transition plans are included in this agreement.

New England Regional Student Program

Through a cooperative plan sponsored by the New England Board of Higher Education, students from other New England states may enroll in a small number of selected programs at URI which are not offered in their own states. Certain programs at other New England state universities are open to Rhode Islanders on a reciprocal basis. Visit uri.edu/admission/newenglandprog to see a list of URI regional majors by state. Students in approved regional programs will be charged tuition at a discounted rate. If at any time a student transfers out of the New England Regional Student Program, out-of-state tuition rates will apply.

Students who are applying for readmission through the Office of Enrollment Services must contact them to check on eligibility for Regional Tuition. They can be reached at 401.874.9500.

Feinstein Providence Campus

Visit uri.edu/prov.

At the University’s Feinstein Providence campus, students will discover several options:

• For the adult student, the Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Continuing Education (ASFCCE).

Applicants to ASFCCE are admitted under “performance-based admission” (PBA). For URI applicants without recent evidence of academic success, but with the potential to successfully complete college-level work, this represents an opportunity to pursue a college degree. PBA is available to applicants whose last formal, full-time educational experience occurred at least three years ago, and who have graduated from high school or earned an equivalency diploma. PBA is limited to students applying to ASFCCE for undergraduate degree programs. For more information, contact an academic advisor at the University’s Feinstein Providence campus, Room 245, 401.277.5160. Visit uri.edu/prov for more information about offerings through ASFCCE. Students intending to transfer from Providence to programs at the Kingston campus should be aware of all requirements and discuss them with their advisor.

• For those interested in a fast track to a career in biotechnology, the Providence campus offers the Biotechnology Manufacturing Program.

The Biotechnology Manufacturing Program is offered as a part of the Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Laboratory Science in an intensive format that culminates in accelerated industry-based employment opportunities. See “Biotechnology Manufacturing Option” for more information or call 401.277.5050. Visit uri.edu/prov.

• For the high school senior seeking an education in an urban setting, the URI Providence campus offers another admission option:

Graduating high school seniors have the option to enroll at the Feinstein Providence campus as commuter students, a good choice for students who want a high quality URI education but prefer a nonresidential campus in the state’s urban center. Because it is smaller and nonresidential, the Feinstein Providence campus has a reduced fee structure that gives commuter students a greater value for their tuition dollars. There are currently three majors for which traditional age students (18-22 year olds) can complete their courses of study entirely in Providence: psychology, communication studies, and human development and family studies. Other majors may require students to register for some or all of their upper-level courses in Kingston. Even if they have not yet decided on a major, students may elect to begin their studies at the Feinstein Providence campus immediately after they have graduated from high school. Application is made directly through the URI Admission Office at uri.edu/admission. Select Apply Now to access the Common Application, where you will be prompted to indicate your interest in the Providence Campus.

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