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Important Common Application Update

Please note that when you are completing the Common Application, you must indicate that you are a "transfer student" if you have attended (or are attending) another university. On this application you will be asked to provide the name and email address of the registrar at your current university so that he/she can submit a "Transfer Registrar Report." The University of Rhode Island does not require this report. In order to bypass this question, simply enter the following information: for name of registrar, enter "Transfer" (first name) "Admission" (last name). For registrar email address, enter: transferadmission@uri.edu. Thank you!


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Freshman Admission

Merit Scholarship for Outstanding Freshmen

Transfer Admission

Document Evaluation

Conditional Admission

English Proficiency Requirement

Office of International Students and Scholars/I-20 Information

Frequently Asked Questions

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The University of Rhode Island is unable to accept faxed, scanned, or photocopied documents.

All academic documents must be submitted directly by the institution or issuing authority in an envelope that is stamped and sealed by an official representative of that institution or authority. Academic documents may also be uploaded to the Common Application by such officials.

Click here for examples of how an official document should be received by mail.


Freshman Admission

How to Apply

A completed application includes the following:

  1. Completed common application, including the $65 application fee
  2. Copy of passport
  3. Official secondary school transcripts in native language (or certified true copies) and official English translation. If the documents are not in English, you must submit both an official copy and a certified English translation. If applicable, you must provide official results and certificates of completion from national secondary examinations
  4. If English is not your first language, you are required to demonstrate English proficiency. You must submit the official results of the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or the Pearson Test of English.  The minimum requirements for the TOEFL are paper-based 550 or iBt score of 79.  Minimum requirement for the IELTS is a 6.5, and the minimum requirement for the Pearson Test of English is 53
  5. Personal Essay (Pharmacy applicants must include an additional paragraph explaining your choice of major)
  6. SAT or ACT scores are optional, but recommended for scholarship consideration. Scores must be submitted electronically (SAT code: 3919/ACT code: 3818)
  7. One letter of recommendation; two are required for students applying to the pharmacy program
  8. Final transcripts of all work in progress must be submitted immediately upon completion.  It is expected that such study will be concluded satisfactorily

Freshmen Deadlines:

  • Spring admission (January): December 1
  • Regular fall admission (September): February 1

Please Note: Early Action applicants will be notified of their admission decision on February 3, 2014. If mid-year grades or other information is requested, applicants may not receive a decision until end of March.

Merit Scholarships for Outstanding Freshmen

Merit scholarships are available for international students with a record of outstanding academic achievement. For scholarship consideration we recommend that students take the SAT or ACT; however, we understand that not all students are able to take these exams. Students who do not submit these test scores will be considered for merit awards on an individual basis.

Transfer Admission

How to Apply

All transfer requirements should be completed along with the following:

  1. Transcripts of post-secondary work. These documents must be formally evaluated by a credential evaluation agency in order for URI to determine transfer credit.  Please refer to the Document Evaluation section below.
  2. Statement of activities from secondary school and from graduation to the present.


Transfer Deadlines:

  • Spring admission (January): December 1
  • Regular fall admission (September): June 1

 

Document Evaluation (for transfer credit)

If you are an international transfer student, your transcripts of university studies must be formally evaluated by one of the following credential evaluation agencies.  Please request a course-by-course evaluation and have an official report sent directly to URI.

URI will accept evaluations from any NACES certified agency. Please visit NACES.org for a list of approved credit evaluators. Also, please note that official course descriptions (in English) may be requested by the head of your department before transfer credit is awarded.

Conditional Admission

STUDY ENGLISH by attending the A.C.E. Language Institute located on the URI campus.  You can receive conditional admission to URI if you meet the academic requirements, but do not meet the English proficiency requirement.  Study intensive English at A.C.E. through Level 6 and then enter URI directly with no TOEFL score required. Click here to learn more about A.C.E. English Language Institute. Applicants seeking admission to the 0-6 PharmD program are not eligible for Conditional Admission.

Remember that as a conditional admission applicant, you are not required to send the following:

  • TOEFL or IELTS scores
  • SAT or ACT scores
  • A personal statement or essay

If you are applying to the A.C.E. Language Institute at the University of Rhode Island, you will need to apply directly to the university and receive conditional admission using the Common Application.

Option 1:

Apply online to the University of Rhode Island for conditional admission using the Common Application.


Option 2:

Apply to the University of Rhode Island for conditional admission by downloading a paper application.

How to Apply for Conditional Admission

A completed application includes the following:

  1. A completed Common Application
  2. One letter of recommendation
  3. $65 application fee
  4. Copy of passport
  5. Official secondary school records; original documents or certified true copies of originals are considered official. If the documents are not in English, you must submit both an official and a certified English translation. If applicable, students must provide official results or Certificates of Completion from national secondary examinations.
  6. Students who have graduated from secondary school and have completed university level work must have transcripts of all university level coursework evaluated by a credential evaluation agency in order for URI to determine transfer credit.  Please refer to the Document Evaluation Section above.
  7. Essay not required. Students seeking conditional admission to URI are not required to submit a personal statement in English. Insert the following phrase into the essay portion of the Common Application "I am applying for conditional admission to URI and want to attend the A.C.E. Language Institute."

Send the materials listed above to:

URI Undergraduate Admission

14 Upper College Road

Kingston, RI 02881

Conditional Admission Deadlines:

Deadlines can be flexible and applications will be accepted on a space available basis.

  • For January admission: December 1
  • For September admission: July 1
  • For Summer admission: April 1

English Proficiency Requirement

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit one of the following:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), minimum paper-based 550 or iBt score of 79
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) minimum of 6.5
  • Pearson Test of English minimum of 53
  • EIKEN Test of English Language Proficiency level Pre-1
  • Completion of the A.C.E. Language Institute program on URI campus through Level 6 for undergraduates

Most students will be required to take one of the English language tests listed above. Applicants who have attended a secondary school or post-secondary school where the language of instruction is English may be exempt from submitting these test results, dependent upon their English grades and their Critical Reading SAT score. This will be determined on an individual basis.

 

Office of International Students and Scholars/I-20 Information

The Director of the Office of International Students and Scholars supervises the entire program for students and faculty members from other countries. URI only grants the I-20 after admission. Click here here for more information.

Address inquiries concerning I-20 and DS-2019 forms, health certificates, visas, and financial responsibility forms to:

Office of International Students and Scholars

University of Rhode Island

37 Lower College Road

Kingston, RI 02881-1966 USA

Phone: 401-874-2395

Email: issoff@etal.uri.edu.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Why am I unable to create my E-Campus account?

A. In order to create your account, your internet browser properties must be set to English (U.S.).

Q. Is there a separate application for international students?

A. No. All applicants, both freshman and transfer, should complete the Common Application and URI supplement which you can find at URI Admission web site.

Q. Does the University of Rhode Island require applicants to submit official documents?

A. Yes. All applicants must send official secondary school records (and if you are a transfer student, post-secondary records). Original documents or certified true copies of originals are considered official. If the documents are not in English, you must submit both the original and a certified English translation. If applicable, students must provide official results and certificates of completion from national secondary examinations. These must arrive in an envelope that has been stamped and sealed by a school official or uploaded electronically to the Common Application by that official.

Q. Must freshman applicants submit official results of an SAT or ACT?

A. Freshman applicants are not required to submit the results of an SAT or ACT. However, for merit scholarship consideration we recommend that these scores be submitted.

Q. Must I take the TOEFL or IELTS examinations if I want to be considered for regular admission?

A. For regular admission, applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in English. URI will accept the official results of a TOEFL, IELTS, or Pearson Test of English. If you completed 4 years in an English-speaking school and earned high grades in your English courses, this proficiency requirement may be waived.

Q. Must I take the TOEFL or IELTS examinations if I want to be considered for conditional admission?

A. For conditional admission, applicants do not need to submit a TOEFL or IELTS. These students will be considered for conditional admission based upon their academic achievement. Conditionally admitted students will be required to study English at the A.C.E. English Language Institute on the URI campus and complete up through level 6 of the English language program  before they can enter URI directly.

Q. Will the University of Rhode Island accept faxed, scanned, or photocopied documents and/or standardized test scores?

A. No.

Q. Will I receive transfer credit for foreign university coursework?

A. In most cases, as an international transfer student, transcripts of your university studies must be formally evaluated by a URI-recommended credential evaluation agency. Official course descriptions (in English) may be requested by the head of your department before transfer credit is awarded.

Q. If I already have achieved a bachelor's degree, may I apply for another undergraduate degree?

A. Yes, you would apply as a transfer student.

Q. I am looking for a Master's and/or PhD. Do I send my application to the Undergraduate Admission office?

A. No. You should contact Graduate Admission to apply to these programs.

Q. Is it possible to receive academic credit for high scores on the AP exams or IB tests?

A. Yes. See our web site for course equivalencies.

Q. Is it possible to receive academic credit for superior results on certain secondary school-leaving examinations?

A. In some countries, superior results on final examinations demonstrate a level of achievement beyond most standard high school programs. Final credit will be determined by the student's academic department at URI on an individual basis.

Q. What is the process for obtaining a student visa?

A. If you are accepted to URI and choose to enroll, you will need to provide documented proof of financial responsibility to the Office of International Students and Scholars. Once the Office of International Students and Scholars receives the required information, they will send you an I-20 student visa form. You must then make an appointment to apply for a student visa at an American embassy or consulate.

Q. Is housing on campus guaranteed for international students?

A. Yes. All international students who pay their enrollment and housing deposits on time are guaranteed on campus housing.


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