Talent Development

A Division of Student Affairs

9 Lippitt Road Taft Hall Kingston, RI 02881

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

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1. Who can apply to URI through TD?

  • Must be a person from a disadvantaged background.
  • Must be a Rhode Island resident with U.S. citizenship or permanent residence status.
  • Must have a high school diploma or General Education Development (GED) diploma.
  • Must take the SAT/ACT.
  • Must earn the admission units by the beginning of the TD Summer Program. Refer to the Eligibility page for a list of admission units.

2. Can a student who graduated years ago or has a GED apply to URI through TD?

Yes. However, prospective students who have earned a GED must submit an official copy of their GED scores, along with an official high school transcript of all grades received in high school with their application. Refer to the Apply to TD page for more information.

3. Can a student apply to TD as a transfer?

Yes. TD only considers transfers from the CCRI. Refer to the TD/CCRI Transfer Policy page for more information.

4. Does a GED diploma cover all missing admissions units?

No. The GED diploma does not encompass the foreign language and math units required for admission. A GED diploma holder may be eligible to apply to TD as a CCRI transfer. Refer to the Transfer Policy page for more information.

5. What is considered a completed Talent Development (TD) application?

A complete TD application must contain the following:

    • URI Online Common Application
    • TD Application Code
    • SAT or ACT
    • Personal Statement
    • One Letter of Recommendation
    • Official High School Transcript or GED Score

For a thorough explanation of each item, refer to the Application Requirements page.

6. What is the deadline for TD admission?

The deadline is December 15 for all TD applicants including Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) transfers. Applicants must apply online using The Common Application. Refer to the Apply to TD page for more information.

7. How are applications selected for TD admission review?

The TD Admission Committee begins to review applications in early January. Only completed applications will be reviewed, which must include senior-year grades. Applicants must periodically check their admission status in e-Campus.

8. When are applicants notified of TD’s admission decisions?

Generally, notifications are mailed between February 1 and March 15 prior to the Spring Preparatory Program.

9. Can TD students select any major at URI?

Yes. However, students must meet the requirements for their prospective majors. Refer to the Freshman Admission page for more information about requirements for specific majors and University College page for a list of majors.

10. Are there other options for students who have been denied admission to TD?

The reasons for admission denials are outlined in each notification letter. Students may be able to enroll at CCRI and transfer into the university through the regular admission transfer policy or the Talent Development transfer policy.

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1. Should students file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?

Yes. Each student must file the FAFSA to receive financial aid, which includes the need-based Hardge/Forleo Grant, and other forms of aid for which the student is eligible. Refer to the Financial Aid page for more information.

2. Are there income guidelines for the need-based Hardge/Forleo Grant?

Before the University’s Office of Enrollment Services awards financial aid, students must file the FAFSA, which determines eligibility. Students will be notified by Enrollment Services of their eligibility for the need-based Hardge/Forleo Grant, and other financial aid.

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1. What is the cost of the Summer Program?

TD finances the cost of tuition, fees, housing, meals, and books, but additional supplies may be needed for the Summer Program. Download the What To Bring to view a list of TD’s recommended summer supplies.

2. Can students work during the Summer Program?

Due to the rigor of the Summer Program, TD recommends that students confine employment to the weekends.

3. Does TD provide weekend housing during the Summer Program?

No. The Summer Program is six weeks in-residence at the University of Rhode Island’s Kingston Campus (Monday through Friday the first week and Monday through Thursday weeks two through six). The program does not provide weekend accommodations for students.

4. What GPA is required to successfully complete the Summer Program?

Students must pass ALL classes with a minimum C (2.00) GPA with passing grades in all classes to successfully complete the Summer Program.

5. Are students allowed to bring cars to campus. If so, what is the cost involved?

Yes. There is no cost for parking during the Summer Program. During the academic year, however, the University institutes a parking fee. Refer to the Parking Services page for more information.

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1. What are the essentials of TD membership?

The TD Nation offers opportunity, family, and community throughout the academic year. TD provides intensive academic advisement and key support services through an assigned academic advisor. Eligible students also receive the need-based Hardge/Forleo Grant. Refer to the TD Experience page for more information.

2. What types of supports are available to students at the University of Rhode Island?

The University has a number of supports including the Academic Enhancement CenterCareer ServicesCounseling CenterDisability ServicesGay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) CenterHealth ServicesMulticultural CenterStudent LifeWomen’s Center, and Writing Center.

3. Are TD students required to live on campus for their first two years?

Yes. One of the requirements of the need-based Hardge/Forleo Grant is that students live in University housing during their first academic year. However, this requirement can be subject to certain exceptions. There are no residential requirements for students who are at least 19 years old, married, have dependents, or is an emancipated minor.

4. Is there a full-time credit requirement for TD students?

Yes. One of the requirements of the need-based Hardge/Forleo Grant is full-time registration (i.e., a minimum of 12 credits or more each semester). However, this requirement can be subject to certain exceptions. Exceptions to this requirement are rare.

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Did you know?

The Malcolm X Room in Taft Hall was created as a direct result of student protests in 1992. Many of the students engaging in the protest were Talent Development students. Although the students demanded that Taft Hall be renamed Malcolm X Hall, the university agreed to name the common area the Malcolm X Room.


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