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Talent Development

The Talent Development Program at the University of Rhode Island serves RI high school graduates who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. A majority of Talent Development students are students of color. Students admitted to TD have taken the required core academic courses in high school, but their overall academic profiles do not allow them to be admitted through the regular admission process. The TD program includes an intensive summer experience prior to the start of the fall semester during which students take college courses and live on campus. Those who successfully complete the program continue with their enrollment at URI in the fall.

TD students receive academic and individual support of from TD advisors and mentors, and most receive the Hardge-Forleo grant (based on demonstrated financial need). To be considered for the TD program, students apply for admission to URI indicating their interest in TD, and are then considered through a competitive review process.

To be considered for Talent Development, you must:

1)  Be a Rhode Island resident and a high school graduate or GED recipient
2)  Be a disadvantaged student
3)  Have a minimum of 13 core college preparatory units:

  • 4 in English
  • 3 in algebra and plane geometry
  • 2 in a physical or natural science
  • 2 in history or social science
  • 2 in the same foreign language

    The following are additional requirements related to specific colleges and majors:
  • Engineering, Business, Chemistry, Computer Science, and Physics applicants must complete 4 units of mathematics (including precalculus or trigonometry)
  • Engineering applicants must also complete chemistry and physics
  • Nursing, Pharmacy and Engineering applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by the Early Action deadline (December 1)
  • 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

4)  SAT or ACT (a minimum score is not required)
5)  Minimum GPA 2.3/4.0

Click here for information on how to apply.

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