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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In response to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968, and in recognition of the value of his work towards equality, the University of Rhode Island (URI) established a special admission program for Rhode Island’s students of color and students from disadvantaged backgrounds. From a class of 13 students in 1968, Talent Development (TD) has grown to more than 1,300 current students and 1,600 graduates.

Talent Development 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.


Opportunity, Family, and Community: TD Nation.

Summer Program Mission and Vision Statements

Click here to view past Summer Program mission and vision statements.

Here’s what some of our students have to say about TD, in their own words.

The Early Years

The Talent Development Program was built on a program established by Dr. Harold V. Langlois, URI class of 1967. Below are archives of several Talent Development Newsletters that were distributed to current students and the program's alum.


TD Newsletter/Fall 2001
TD Newsletter/Spring 2002
TD Newsletter/Fall 2002
TD Newsletter/Spring 2003
TD Newsletter/Fall 2004
TD Newsletter/Spring 2005


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