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Providence, RI 02903

Phone: 401-277-5000

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Undergraduate Admissions

Overview of Undergraduate Admissions at the Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Continuing Education (ASFCCE)

There are several routes open to students interested in pursuing studies at the Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Continuing Education (ASFCCE).  Students are admitted to a degree program (matriculated into a degree program) for the fall or the spring terms. Follow the links below for the route that best fits you.


Admission of Adult Students

Performance Based Admissions (PBA)

Performance Based Admissions (PBA) is the admissions process by which adult students are admitted into programs at ASFCCE.  This admission process recognizes that many adults do not possess recent evidence of academic work but they have the potential to successfully complete college-level work. PBA is available to applicants possessing a high school (or equivalency) diploma whose last educational experience occurred at least three years ago. It is limited to beginning as well as transfer students applying to an undergraduate degree program at ASFCCE.

Students must successfully complete 15 credits before being granted full matriculated status, and must meet with an advisor each semester prior to course registration until the 15 credits have been successfully completed.

If you are an adult student with no previous college credits
(Performance-Based Admission)

Make an appointment with one of our academic advisors to go over options we offer that best fit your needs.  The admissions process consists of completing an application form, submitting your high school or GED transcripts showing you successfully graduated from high school or passed the GED exam, and meeting with one of our advisors.  We will also encourage you to take a writing sample and math placement so we can advise you about the first few courses you will take with us.
Download the Admission Form

Beginning students who have been away from school for some time with little or no course work beyond high school are encouraged to register in the courses BIS 100, Pro-Seminar and URI 101B, Traditions and Transformation.

For more information, contact the Office of Admissions and Advising at 401-277-5160.


If you are an adult student wishing to transfer previous college credits
(Performance-Based Transfer Admission)

Credits earned through successful completion of courses prior to being admitted into a degree program at URI may be applied toward the degree program after you have been formally admitted (matriculated) into that degree program. 

Credit will only be given for courses with a grade of "C" or better.

"Credit transferred from other schools are limited by the following restrictions: 1) no more than half of the credits URI requires for graduation can be transferred from a two-year institution; 2) students must earn at URI at least one-half of the credits required for a major, at least one-half the credits required for a minor, and at least one-fourth of the credits required for graduation; 3) only grades earned for course work at URI are included in the calculation of a student's grade point average." (URI 2007-2008 Catalog, page 30)

The transfer admission process consists of completing an application form, [same link as above] submitting your high school or GED transcripts showing you successfully graduated from high school or passed the GED exam, submitting official transcripts from each college you previously attended, and meeting with one of our advisors.  We also encourage you to take our writing sample and math placement so we can advise you about the first few courses you will take with us.

Students who have been away from school for some time with little or no course work beyond high school are encouraged to register in the courses BIS 100, Pro-Seminar and URI 101B, Traditions and Transformation.


If you are an adult student who just wishes to take some college classes
(Non-matriculated Status)

Any adult student may enroll as a non-matriculated student (a non-degree candidate) in the Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Continuing Education. All courses at the university are open to non-matriculated students; however, day courses at the Kingston Campus are open only on a space-available basis.
In order to enter you into the University’s record system, fill out this form [download] and send or bring it to the Office of Enrollment Services, URI Providence Campus, Room 205.  You can also send it to the Office of Enrollment Services in Greene Hall on the Kingston Campus.


Admission to the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies

For adults seeking to enroll in the Bachelor of General Studies (BIS) Program [more]

This undergraduate program is for adults who have had no formal schooling for at least five years and is useful both for students who have never been to college and for those who dropped out of college at some point in the past. The BIS program recognizes previous college-level work as well as alternative ways of earning college credit.   Students are admitted to the BIS program under Performance-Based Admissions (PBA) [more].  Because there are several ways to meet admission requirements for this program, the admissions process begins with an interview with a BIS advisor in the Office of Admissions and Advising.


Learning Enhancement for Adults Program (LEAP)

What is LEAP?

  • A semester-long scholarship program for minorities and other adults who meet the entrance requirements and wish to pursue a college degree. This program does not carry college credit.
  • A course designed to help people build confidence and polish their skills in reading and writing.
  • This course helps students learn to use the library, read and study textbooks, take notes, manage their time, and use computers.
  • This course offers academic support, counseling, tutoring, and help in applying for financial aid. It also provides a mentor program for its students.

Admission to LEAP

To qualify for the program, you must have a high school diploma or a general equivalency diploma (GED) and the desire to earn a college degree at URI. Students are accepted into the program on the basis of the strength of their motivation and commitment to personal and academic success.
While the course does not award college credit, it does provide a solid foundation in academic skills that will help adults succeed in future college courses.

When does LEAP Begin?

Every fall and spring semester, two days or evenings a week.

Where are the classes held?

Classes are held on the Feinstein Providence Campus of URI, 80 Washington St., Providence, RI.
For more information and an admission interview, contact Mary Stanley at 401-277-5160.