Prospective students who meet Talent Development's (TD) consideration criteria are encouraged to apply.
- Be a Rhode Island resident
- Have a High School Diploma or GED
- Be a disadvantaged student
- Have a minimum of 13 core college preparatory units (see below)
- Minimum GPA 2.3/4.0
- Must be a Rhode Island resident with U.S. citizenship or permanent residence status
- Take the SAT or ACT and have scores reported electronically to URI Office of Admission
- Complete the Common Application ONLINE. Go to www.uri.edu/admission
- Use a TD fee waiver code when applying. Your Common Application will be designated as TD when you enter this TD Fee Code.
- Must have a high school diploma or General Education Development (GED) diploma.
- Have your official transcript sent to URI Admissions, 14 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI 02881
- Write a personal essay as mandatory part of your Common Application and in addition write an extensive supplemental TD essay.
- Provide one required letter of recommendation.
- 4 units in English
- 3 units in math (algebra I, algebra II, and plane geometry)
- 2 units in physical or natural science with at least one lab
- 2 units in foreign language
- 2 units in history or social science
- 5 additional units are suggested
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 and Pharmacy 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
TD recruiters conduct presentations at many Rhode Island high school and organizations, and they are available by appointment to meet with those interested in learning more about the program. Refer to the Staff Recruiters page for more information.
TD also accepts transfers from the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) who have earned 24-30 transferable credits with a 2.30 or higher grade point average. Refer to the Transfer Policy page for more information.
*Prospective students who are missing the required admission units may gain these units by attending CCRI through the CCRI/TD Transfer Policy.
The TD Nation Grows
In 1968, 13 students matriculated at URI through Talent Development. Currently, there are more than 1,300 students and more than 1,600 graduates.