Talent Development

9 Lippitt Road Taft Hall Kingston, RI 02881

TDNation@etal.uri.edu – (p) 401.874.2901 (f) 401.874.5605

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Talent Development Program Description

The Talent Development Program at the University of Rhode Island serves Rhode Island high school graduates who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. A majority of TD students are students of color. Students admitted to TD have taken the required core academic courses in high school. However, the average academic profile for students accepted to the TD program is not the average academic profile for students accepted through the regular admission process.
TD requires an intensive summer academic program prior to the start of the fall semester. During the TD Summer Program students take university courses and live on campus. TD students who successfully complete the TD Summer Program continue their enrollment at URI in the fall. TD students receive academic and individual support from TD Advisors and mentors, and most receive the need-based Hardge/Forleo Grant. To be considered for the TD Program, students apply for admission to URI indicating their interest in TD, and then are considered through a competitive review process.

What We Do

TD recruits students with college potential, admits them through a rigorous Summer Program, provides them with an assigned academic advisor, and retains students with financial and other assistance.

  • three female students smiling and hugging
  • four students smiling
  • male students looking at an iPad
  • male and females students in graduation caps and gowns
  • three male students reading together
  • seven TD staff members wearing TD Nation t-shirts
  • group of students with hands together in the middle


Remembering Mr. D


To view the photos from the event Leo F. DiMaio Jr. A Celebration of His Life and Work click here

TD Prep Orientation

PREP is a mandatory orientation for all incoming Talent Development Program students being held on 3/28. Please refer to the Calendar in the left hand column for additional information including a campus map.

Finish What You Started

You Started with TD Nation. Now It’s Time to Finish with TD Nation. Let TD Nation help you with returning to URI and finishing your degree. Email Sharon Forleo: sfor@uri.edu or call 401-874-2901

The Birth of TD Nation

In 1968, 13 students matriculated at URI through Talent Development. Currently, there are more than 1,300 students in the program.

Computer Lab Hours

Monday: 9am-9pm
Tuesday: 9am-9pm
Wednesday: 11am-9pm
Thursday: 9am-4pm
Friday: 12 noon-4pm

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