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Freshman Admission Requirements

Important COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

The health and safety of all visitors to our campus is of utmost importance. At this time, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions has decided to postpone our admissions events. Please stay turned as we create new ways for students to connect with us.

In order to provide our future anchors with ample time to enroll at RIC, we have extended the $200 enrollment deposit deadline from May 1st, 2020 to June 1st, 2020. Until further notice, we will continue to review qualified applications on a rolling basis.

We thank you for your patience and continued interest in Rhode Island College.

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Admission decisions are based primarily on an applicant's academic record, including completion of required high school coursework, grades, and class rank/GPA. Most accepted students rank in the top 50 percent of their graduating class and have at least B/B- average.

High School Course Requirements – 18 college preparatory units

  • 4 units/years of English
  • 2 units/years of the same foreign language
  • 3 units/years of mathematics (algebra I, algebra II, and geometry)
  • 2 units/years of history or social science
  • 2 units/years of laboratory science
  • 5 additional college preparatory units (additional coursework in any of the above subjects, or other college preparatory elective courses offered by your high school)
The following factors will also receive consideration:
  • the college essay
  • SAT/ACT scores​
  • academic potential
  • recommendations
  • extracurricular activities

Applications are reviewed for decision once all required materials are received.

Important Deadlines

December 15 Presidential Scholarship priority consideration (requires completed application for admission)
March 15 Application deadline for fall
March 1 Financial Aid deadline (FAFSA and Rhode Island College Financial Aid Form)
December​ 15 Application deadline for spring

Page last updated: March 19, 2020