First-Year Students

RIC Students at Orientation

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Rhode Island College is an exclusive member of the Common Application. All students applying for undergraduate admission must complete the Common Application. 

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Student to faculty ratio allows you to have a meaningful learning experience with faculty who take the time to know you. Average class size of 20 .
RIC prides itself on being ranked the most affordable four-year college in the Northeast.
A strong foundation in general education with a broad array of majors that prepares you for the workplace, advanced study, career exploration and experiential learning.

First-Year Student Admissions Process

Application Requirements

  1. The completed Common Application, including the $50 nonrefundable application fee. Submit the Common Application. Select "apply for first-year" if you are applying to RIC after graduating high school. If you have previously attended another college or university, select "apply for transfer" and view our transfer admissions requirements.
  2. Your official high school transcript. Rhode Island College requires at least 18 college preparatory units including:
    • 4 units/years of English
    • 2 units/year 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)

Home-schooled students should submit transcripts from an accredited correspondence school, in addition to any transcript(s) showing earned college credit (if applicable). Those whose curriculum is not provided by an accredited correspondence school, may submit scores on the GED (minimum score of 165 for each test subject is required). 

Additional Application Materials

In addition to the Common Application, $50 nonrefundable application fee, and official high school transcript, you may choose to submit these optional materials for consideration:

  1. The 250-word college essay through the Common Application
  2. School (Guidance) Counselor or Personal Letter of Recommendation
  3. SAT or ACT scores. Rhode Island College is Test Optional. We do not require test results for initial admission to the College. If you believe your results from the SAT or ACT support your candidacy for admission, Rhode Island College encourages you to submit them. (Candidates to RIC's teacher education programs in the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development must submit standardized test results for consideration. View testing requirements.) RIC's SAT code is 3724 and its ACT code is 3810.

Evaluation of Transfer Credit, AP, and CLEP Exams

Students who participated in dual enrollment in high school or with coursework from a regionally accredited institution could be eligible for transfer credit with a grade of “C” or higher. AP exams with a score of 3 or greater and CLEP scores with a 50 or greater are also eligible for transfer credit. Official transcripts and test scores should be sent to the admissions office for review. View more on AP exams and their RIC equivalents

Merit Scholarships & Financial Aid

Over 75% of undergraduates receive financial aid.

Rhode Island College recognizes superior academic achievement through the awarding of scholarships. All candidates are reviewed for merit scholarships at the time of application for admission. 

There are several merit-based scholarship programs available to students at the College. These programs fall into four general categories:

  • Presidential Scholarships
  • Honors Scholarships
  • Special Talent Awards
  • Alumni Scholarships

Important Deadlines

  • Early Action & Priority Consideration for Merit Scholarships: December 15
  • Spring Admission (January): December 15
  • Regular Decision: March 15
  • Complete the FAFSA to Apply for Financial Aid: March 15 (for fall entry) or November 15 (for spring entry)
  • Enrollment & Housing Deposit: May 1

Accessing Your RIC Account

To begin using your RIC account (or to regain access to RIC email, Blackboard, and MyRIC), you will need to set an initial password. Set a new password by visiting Setting your Password.

Note: To further enhance security for students, the system will require strong passwords (i.e., passwords containing 10-14 characters, no names or repeating characters and at least one of each of the following: upper case, lower case, number, and a special character). 

Rhode Island College entrance

Prospective Student Center

The Prospective Student Center is your gateway to Rhode Island College. Schedule a visit or stop by for a student-led campus tour. The Anchor Admission Ambassadors will curate your visit experience and tailor it to your interests.