First-Year Students

RIC Students at Orientation

Consistently recognized as a the best value in higher education in New England, Rhode Island College is one of the top 10 Best Regional Public Universities in New England, according to U.S. News and World Report, 2021.

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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. 

Become part of the Rhode Island College Community

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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.
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RIC prides itself on being ranked the most affordable four-year college in the Northeast.
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We have flexible programs with online, in-person and hybrid options to help you achieve your goals on your own terms.

First-Year Students Admissions Process

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:

  • Rhode Island College is TEST Optional regarding standardized testing. Rhode Island College does not require applicants to submit test results for initial admission to the College. If an applicant believes the results from the SAT or ACT supports their candidacy for admission, Rhode Island College encourages candidates to submit them.  Candidates to Rhode Island College’s teacher education programs in the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development must submit standardized test results for consideration.
  • the college essay​
  • academic potential
  • recommendations
  • extracurricular activities

Admission Materials

You must submit

  1. A completed Common Application. This includes the required 250-word college essay and $50 nonrefundable application fee. The Common Application may be completed online at www.commonapp.org.
  2. Official high school transcripts and School (Guidance) Counselor Recommendation
  3. Rhode Island College is TEST Optional regarding standardized testing. Rhode Island College does not require applicants to submit test results for initial admission to the College. If an applicant believes the results from the SAT or ACT supports their candidacy for admission, Rhode Island College encourages candidates to submit them.  Candidates to Rhode Island College’s teacher education programs in the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development must submit standardized test results for consideration.
    SAT code: 3724
    ACT code: 3810

Important Deadline Dates

  • Scholarships and honors: December 15th
  • Regular Decision: March 15th
  • Enrollment and Housing Deposit: May 1st
  • Spring Admission (January): December 15th
  • Financial Aid (FAFSA): October 1-March 15th

Home-schooled students should

  1. Submit transcripts from an accredited correspondence school, plus any transcript(s) showing earned college credit (if applicable).
  2. Those whose curriculum is not provided by an accredited correspondence school, may submit scores on the GED (minimum score of 50 is required). 
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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.