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Applying as a Transfer Student


Admission Requirements

Second Degree Students

Readmission to URI

Applying to a Competitive Major

Online RN to BS Program

Application Process

Notification of Application Status

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We are no longer accepting transfer applications for the 2015 fall semester, with the exception of the Online RN to BS Program.

A transfer applicant is one who has attended another regionally accredited college or university in any capacity after graduating from high school, regardless of whether any credits have actually been earned. If you have earned college credits while still enrolled in high school, or in a "dual enrollment" program, please refer to information for "freshmen with advanced standing."


Transfer Admission Requirements

Admission preference is given to applicants who have completed college-level, academic courses covering a range of subjects including mathematics, communications, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and fine and performing arts. Remedial/developmental courses and vocational courses (e.g. culinary, applied technical science) are not transferable.

All transfer students who do not have a recognized Associate or Bachelor's degree must meet basic college-preparatory unit requirements (typically completed in high school): 4 in English, 3 in math (Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry), 2 in science, 2 in history/social science, and 2 units of the same foreign language.

All transfer students must be in good standing and eligible to return to institutions attended previously. The required grade point averages noted below are based on a 4.0 scale.

  • If you have attempted less than 24 transferrable credits, you must earn a minimum 2.8. The admission review for transfer students who have attempted fewer than 24 semester credits includes assessment of the high school transcript and test scores (refer to our Freshman Admission Requirements for information). Students who have been denied admission as entering freshmen for the fall semester must earn 24 transferrable credits before re-applying as transfers.

  • If you have attempted at least 24 transferrable credits, you must earn a minimum 2.5 GPA.

  • If you have an Associate Degree in General Studies or Liberal Arts you must earn a minimum GPA of 2.4.

Second Degree Students

You are considered a transfer if you've completed an undergraduate degree and wish to complete a second degree, or if you wish to complete additional undergraduate course work for career enhancement or for graduate/professional school preparation. In addition to meeting the general transfer guidelines, you must:

  • have successfully completed a first bachelor's degree in a degree program similar in content to what is offered at URI with a grade point average of 2.4 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • select a specific major (i.e., applicants cannot enter as "undecided")
  • select a major that does not duplicate the first degree

Readmission to URI

If you are seeking readmission to a degree program at the University, or have already received a baccalaureate degree from URI, do not submit the Common Application. Contact Enrollment Services for the proper forms to be completed (or call 401-874-9500).

Applying for a Competitive Major

The following competitive majors may require additional course work and/or a higher grade point average. Completion of the requirements does not guarantee admission to these majors. If you are admitted to URI with another major there is no guarantee that you will eventually be admitted to the major of your choice.

Application Process

Applicants for admission for the spring term are encouraged to submit completed applications beginning in September and not later than the posted deadline:

  • Spring Semester - December 15

Applicants for admission for the fall term are encouraged to submit completed applications beginning in January and not later than the posted deadlines:

  • Fall Semester - June 1
  • Talent Development - December 15
  • Kinesiology Exercise Science (fall only) - March 1

A complete application packet includes:

  • Completed Transfer Common Application submitted online.
  • Electronic or official printed transcripts from all post-secondary institutions whether or not you desire or expect to receive credit for such work. Electronic transcripts should be e-mailed to
  • Official high school transcript unless you have an Associate or Bachelor's degree (B.A. or B.S.).
  • If you do have fewer than 24 credits, you must have your SAT or ACT scores sent electronically to URI by the testing agency.

All students are required to submit an essay as part of the Common Application. Please use your essay as an opportunity to tell us why you are interested in transferring, as well as provide an explanation for any poor grades you have earned. The essay also provides you with an opportunity to address academic challenges you have faced and the steps you have taken to overcome them.

Notification of Application Status

You are expected to check your application status online for the most current information. We will send you instructions regarding how to check your status within 72 hours after we download your application to our system.

Applications are reviewed in the order in which they become complete. We review each application thoroughly; some applications take longer to review than others, and additional information may be requested before a decision can be rendered.

We review each application thoroughly; some applications take longer to review than others, and additional information may be requested before a decision can be rendered.

Please note e-mail is the primary communication tool for Admission, so it is important that you do the following:

  • keep a valid e-mail address on file with the Office of Admission at all times
  • check your e-mail at least twice a week during the admission process, and
  • make sure you can receive e-mail from by adding that address to their address book and/or safe senders' list.

More Questions

If, after exploring our website, you find that you have additional questions or need assistance on some specific issue, please don't hesitate to contact us at

A limited number of information sessions will be held throughout the fall semester. These sessions explain the benefits of attending URI as well as the admission process. Sessions do not include an evaluation of previously earned credits or in- depth financial aid information.

Please note: admission decisions are based on academic performance, course selection, the essay, and the letter of recommendation. We do not offer interviews as part of the admission process.

To schedule a session, please click here.