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Applying as a Transfer Student

Important Common Application Update

Please note that when you are completing the Common Application, you will be asked to provide the name and email address of the registrar at your current college 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: Thank you!

Essay Formatting and the Common Application

This year's new version of the Common Application is causing many problems for students, guidance counselors, and colleges. One of those problems is that essays are coming to the colleges with odd characters, paragraph issues, and other formatting problems. Rest assured that we will not hold you responsible for these issues, and will focus on the content of your essay. Proofreading your essay is still very important - the Common Application is not causing typos or grammatical issues.

Please refer to our transfer application tutorial for complete instructions on how to apply as a transfer student.





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URI Transfer Admission

Admission Requirements

Requirements by College

How to Apply

Contact Information



Additional Resources


Application Updates:

Please note that the following:

  • Kinesiology (Learn more about other opportunities for those seeking a Doctor of Physical Therapy)
  • Applications for Kinesiology are only accepted in the fall
  • Applications for Nursing (pre-licensure) are only accepted for in the fall

Prospective PharmD Students

  • We are no longer accepting ANY new transfer students into the PharmD program.
  • Students who choose begin their studies in another major should be aware that the PharmD program does not allow for internal transfer.

Admission Requirements for general acceptance to URI as a transfer student:

  • Transfer students are those who have completed 24 or more hours of transferable college coursework (if you have fewer than 24 credits, please see the "Freshman with Advanced Standing" section of the Freshman Admission page. Please note that if you do have fewer than 24 credits, we need your SAT or ACT scores sent electronically from the testing agency.
  • Must be in good standing and eligible to return to institutions attended previously.
  • 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.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 is required, although some majors require higher grade point averages. Please review the lists of requirements by College (below).

Requirements by College:

Click here for Curriculum Sheets listed by major within each college.

How to Apply:

This helpful tutorial on the transfer student application process will walk you through the steps on how to apply.

When you apply, you will receive a confirmation from the Common Application that your application has been submitted. URI will then send a letter acknowledging that we have received your application and telling you how to check the status of your application online. Due to very high mail volume, it may take up to three weeks for paper and electronic documents to be attached to your application. Once they are attached, they will reflect the actual date that they were received. If your "to do" list reflects that we have not received something, we may have in fact received it, but have not yet attached it to your file. We appreciate your patience at this very busy time of year. Please continue to check your status regularly.

Applications are not reviewed until all materials are received by the Office of Admission. These materials include:

A completed application includes:

  • A completed Common Application
  • 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
  • Transfer applicants are required to use the Common Application and submit official transcripts, but they are not required to submit the "School Forms."
  • Official high school transcript
  • $65 application fee (to request a fee waiver, please submit a written request and letter verifying your financial need from a school or community official)
  • Academic letter of recommendation. School forms are not required.

Some programs have limited enrollment.  We encourage you to select both a first and second choice major on the Common Application.  Students who are not admitted to the Doctorate of Pharmacy or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (pre-licensure) and choose to enroll at URI in another major will not be able to transfer internally at a later date.

If you are seeking readmission to degree candidacy at the University or have received a degree from URI, do not fill out this application. Contact Enrollment Services for the proper forms to be completed (or call 401-277-5454).


Important Contact Information

We prefer to receive all application materials electronically, including transcripts and letters of recommendation. Please ask your guidance counselor to submit these forms through the Common Application. If you must send supplemental documents by mail, please be sure to use the following address:

Office of Admission
14 Upper College Road
Newman Hall
Kingston, RI 02881


Spring Semester - Deadline extended to December 30*

Fall Semester - June 1

Kinesiology (fall only) - March 1

* Deadline extension does not apply to international applicants.


There are several housing options for students who wish to transfer to URI. These options include limited on-campus University housing in residence halls managed by Housing and Residential Life (HRL), on-campus housing through our Fraternity Managers Association, and off-campus housing in the community (many of these houses are very close to some of Rhode Island's most beautiful beaches!).

Admitted transfer students who would like to live on campus in the University owned residence halls, should pay their enrollment and housing deposits as soon as possible, and then complete the housing application, which is available on the Department of Housing and Residential Life web site. Students will be notified about residences hall housing midsummer.

If we are not able to offer housing in University residence halls, or if we cannot provide an answer about residence hall housing by the time the student needs the information, the housing deposit will be refunded. If the student's enrollment at URI is contingent upon receiving housing in University residence halls, the enrollment deposit will also be refunded.

Please see the attached brochure for other housing options.

Additional Transfer Resources:

We offer 30-minute information sessions that include an overview of admission guidelines and procedures, housing options, and scholarships. Your meeting will 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, your essay, and letter of recommendation. We do not offer interviews as part of the admission process.

To schedule an appointment, please click here.

Additional Transfer Student Information

Check on your APPLICATION

How to check the status of your application

Continuing Education

Transfer Spotlight

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