The University of Rhode Island offers a wide range of merit scholarships to students who have demonstrated academic success in a challenging college preparatory curriculum. You may be eligible for these awards if you have earned a GPA of 3.2/4.0, as well as SATs of 1050+ (critical reading and math) or ACT of 23+, and have demonstrated leadership and involvement in your school and/or community. All applicants are considered for these scholarships by submitting a complete application by February 1. There is no separate scholarship application. Please note that merit scholarships for freshmen are awarded only to students enrolling in the fall semester.
To be considered for our highest scholarships, we recommend that you apply by our December 1 Early Action deadline. We also strongly recommend that students interested in engineering, nursing, and the doctorate in pharmacy apply by December 1 as spaces are limited in these programs.
Please note: The New England Board of Higher Education Regional Student Program offers discounted tuition to New England Residents for a select group of majors. In most cases, the regional tuition covers all four years of the program. For some majors, however, the regional tuition does not take effect until later in the program. When tuition is reduced from out-of-state to regional, merit scholarships are reduced to the corresponding regional scholarship amount.
Our Honors Program aims to enrich your academic experience with smaller classes, interdisciplinary subjects, and an annual colloquium that explores current, recurrent, or emerging issues. If you are graduating in the top 10 percent of your class, we invite you to learn more!
We offer a pre-freshman Leadership Institute and a Leadership Studies minor. Learn more today!
Whether you know what you want to study or have no idea, URI offers award-winning academic advising to help you explore your options, from deciding on a major to learning about career paths that you never knew existed.