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  1. When your students can expect a decision
    We will begin to release admission decisions between the middle and end of January for those Early Action candidates who submitted complete applications by December 1. After that, decisions will be released on a rolling basis until the end of March. Some students who apply Early Action will be asked for mid-year grades and deferred to the regular decision pool. Students who are denied admission during the Early Action time frame are not deferred to the regular decision pool.
  2. Rhode Island Residency
    Residency information for your "undocumented students living in Rhode Island."

  3. Students who choose to participate in dual-enrollment programs at their local community college during their senior year of high school (such as the Jump Start program at CCRI) are still required to submit SAT or ACT scores.

  4. Foreign Language Requirement
    Admission to the University of Rhode Island requires two years in the same foreign language.  This requirement is not waived for students who attend high schools that do not offer foreign language. These students may complete the language courses at a local community college or through their local comprehensive high school.  Two years of American Sign Language will be accepted as a substitute for the foreign language requirement, as long as these courses and grades appear on the students' transcripts.

  5. The Centennial Scholarship - Merit Scholarships for Outstanding Freshmen
    No separate application is required for our merit-based scholarships, but all students who would like to be considered for any merit award must apply by the December 1 Early Action Deadline (all required application materials must be received by this date). URI offers a variety of merit scholarships to entering students. Those who fall short of the Centennial Scholarship criteria may qualify for these other awards.  These scholarships are awarded to students who live anywhere in the US, as well as to international students. Most Early Action applicants will begin to receive admission decisions in mid-January.  Students receiving merit scholarships will receive notification of these scholarships in their acceptance letter. Click here for more information.

Does URI Superscore the SAT and the ACT?

Yes. URI takes the single highest score from each section of the SAT and the ACT (across all test dates) and calculate the highest total for the student.

Resources for the Common Application:

If you are not yet familiar with the Common Application, they offer a variety of online tutorials, presentations, and more.  Simply click here and you can choose the resources that are most appropriate for you.  Also, please share with your fellow counselors and teachers that letters of recommendation submitted through the Common Application cannot be customized for different colleges. 

Please note: If your students see that we have requested mid-year grades, please be sure to submit

Admission Requirements for Specific Majors:

  • We recommend that applicants to BusinessChemistryComputer Science, and Physics complete 4 units of mathematics (including precalculus or trigonometry)
  • Engineering applicants must complete 4 units of mathematics (including precalculus or calculus), 3 units of physical science classes with hands-on laboratories (including 1 unit of physics, 2 other physical sciences, chemistry is recommended)
  • Engineering, Nursing and Pharmacy applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by the Early Action deadline
  • Nursing applicants who have demonstrated strength in math and science will be given preference
  • Applicants to the Bachelor of Music degree program must audition and should contact the Department of Music at (401) 874-2431 for audition dates and requirements

Admission to Pharm.D.

Due to the large number of applications we receive for a limited number of spaces, admission to the College of Pharmacy's Pharm.D. program is highly selective. The Admission Office carefully evaluates each candidate’s strength in the following areas:

  • High School Transcript including the rigor of the high school curriculum and academic performance
  • Standardized Test Scores (we review only SAT or ACT results)
  • Personal Essay (including an additional paragraph required of all Pharmacy applicants – details are available on the URI Supplement of the Common Application)
  • Letters of Recommendation (we require a minimum of two letters: one from a science or math teacher and one from a guidance counselor or a teacher from another subject area)
  • Extracurricular Activities (including employment experiences) and interests outside of the classroom
  • The College of Pharmacy web site provides detailed information regarding standards required for continuation in the Pharm.D. program, as well as graduation requirements
  • Please note: The average SAT score (combined Critical Reading, Math, and Writing) of students offered admission for the fall of 2012 was a 1938, the average ACT score was a 29 (composite score), and the average high school grade point average (computed at the completion of the junior year) was a 4.1 on a weighted scale of a 4.0.

We strongly encourage Pharm.D. applicants to submit all of their application materials by the December 1 Early Action deadline.  The Admission Committee makes every effort to notify Pharm.D. applicants of their admission status by mid January.


All incoming students, including Pharmacy, begin in University College, URI's designated academic advising college. Our Doctor of Pharmacy is a 0-6 program. To maintain eligibility, students must successfully complete 2 pre-professional years of coursework and a formal interview. The interview with faculty from the College of Pharmacy assesses the students' verbal and written communication skills, understanding of the pharmacy profession, and commitment to patient care. Within the pre-professional curriculum, there are 19 specific general education courses that students must take, passing each with a minimum GPA of 2.5 and receiving no other grade less than a C-. The required Communications and Writing courses must be completed by the end of the third semester (fall of the second year) at which time students must successfully complete the formal interview to proceed into the first professional year (P1) of the curriculum.

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Along with our student-led tours (approximately 90 minutes), you will see listings for Information Sessions (45 minutes), which are hosted by a member of the Admission staff. Information Sessions are followed immediately by a full tour of campus. We are unable to offer individual interviews.


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