Admissions FAQs

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Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions. If you require more information, feel free to contact us at

Frequently Asked Questions

We are a Common Application exclusive institution.

The Common Application, along with all required forms, is submitted online at

All application materials should be submitted electronically or sent to Rhode Island College.

Rhode Island College
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
The Forman Center
600 Mount Pleasant Avenue
Providence, RI 02908-1996

RIC will still accept the Secondary School Report with your GPA/class rank. Beginning in Fall 2022, the CommonApp essay and letter of recommendation will be optional. Although the essay and recommendation is strongly recommended.

Once we receive your Common Application, you will receive an email confirmation with instructions on how to log into your MyRIC portal to view your application status.  All required materials must be received before a decision can be made.  Decisions are made on a rolling basis. You will be notified by mail shortly after a decision is made.  Please know we can not release admisisons decisions over the phone.

Each applicant receives careful consideration, including an individual review of your application, essay, high school record, GPA/rank in class, school counselor recommendation, and activities in and out of school. By submitting your Common Application, you affirm that the information you have provided is both complete and accurate.  We believe that your high school record (including level and types of courses taken) gives us the best indication of your potential for success at Rhode Island College. Students must send an official copy of their high school transcript, including senior courses. For others, we may request mid-year grades before making a decision.

We expect students to have completed a full college preparatory program of at least 18 required units (courses) including the following: 4 units of English, 3 units of mathematics (Algebra I, II, and Geometry), 2 units of laboratory science, 2 units of the same foreign language, 2 units of history or social science, 5 additional academic units from the arts, mathematics, language, social sciences, science.

We’re test optional! SAT/ACT scores are not required for Admissions to the College or for Merit Scholarships.

The Feinstein School of Education and Human Development still require students interested in Education to take and pass the basic skills tests (FSEHD suggests the SAT/ACT exam).

For traditional first-year applicants, interviews are not required. Students are welcome to request an interview to discuss their application. We may invite you for an interview if we have questions about your application. Interviews may be required for nontraditional programs such as Performance Based Admission (PBA) and the Preparatory Enrollment Program (PEP).

Students who have a 3.8 GPA equivalent or greater, or who are ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class may be up for Honors consideration.  Some merit scholarships are available.  Priority deadline for Honors and Merit Scholarship consideration is December 15th.

Visit the Honors Program website.

Students accepted for the fall have until May 1 to pay their $200 enrollment deposit. If you are interested in living in one of our residence halls, you should also pay your housing deposit online. Once your enrollment deposit is paid, you will receive a RIC email address.  This is the email to which you will receive additional information regarding campus sure to check your RIC email. You will also be contacted by New Student Programming regarding orientation and registration.

Incoming first-year students who pay their deposit by May 1st will be guaranteed housing. First-year students who pay a deposit after May 1st will be placed on a first come first serve basis.

With six residence halls that accommodate approximately 1200 students in single, double and triple rooms.  Residential Life and Housing offers a living community that strives to meet students’ social needs as well as their academic ones. We support a community based on individual responsibility, where there is an appreciation of individual differences and a respect for individual rights. Our staff offers a wide variety of activities and events. They are designed to offer not only fun, but also opportunities for student interaction, development, and leadership.

Visit Residential Life and Housing.

Yes. There are no restrictions for cars. Students are asked to register their vehicles with the Campus Police located in the Welcome Center. The campus is only 10 minutes from downtown Providence and about 25 minutes from the airport. 

Priority for funds administered by Rhode Island College is given to students who apply early as funds are limited. To ensure you are considered for the maximum amount of institutional aid available, students are encouraged to submit your FAFSA as soon after October 1st as possible.  

Incoming first-year students must have their Common Application on file with the Admissions Office  and your FAFSA on file by March 15th for priority consideration.  

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can be found on this webpage. RIC's Federal School Code is: 003407. Visit the Office of Financial Aid for more information.

Students who have taken college courses should request an official copy of their college transcript(s) be sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Credit will be awarded based on Rhode Island College's current transfer credit policy.

An official copy of any AP or CLEP exam can be sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Current equivalencies for AP and CLEP exams are listed on the RI state transfer website at

Rhode Island College is a great place to visit in any season and we encourage all prospective students and families to visit our campus. We offer on-campus tours weekly throughout the year with some select Saturdays, as well as our annual Open House in the fall and Junior Spring Preview in the spring. 

Visit our campus to reserve your spot.

No. Some students begin taking a class or two as a non-degree student, maybe just to try out a class, or if they are too late to apply for regular admission. Non degree students pay per credit tuition and fees.

This simply means the student is not yet in a degree program. Credits earned are the same as if taken as a degree student. However, priority registration goes to current and new RIC degree students. Non-degree students are generally not eligible for financial aid (except in a limited number of certificate programs).

To register as a non-degree student, you may simply create an account through our online course registration system and register during your assigned appointment time. For more information, contact the Records Office at (401) 456-8213.

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