University of Rhode Island will offer test-optional admission for 2021

KINGSTON, R.I. – July 9, 2020 – Recognizing the challenges faced by students who will be submitting college applications this year, the University of Rhode Island has announced that it will implement a test-optional admission policy for 2021.

“Our goal is to help reduce the level of anxiety for our applicants during what we know is a stressful time, even under the best of circumstances,” said URI Dean of Admission Cynthia Bonn.

As part of the policy for spring 2021 and fall 2021 admission cycles, students will not be required to submit standardized-test scores (SAT or ACT) as part of the application process, or after being admitted. The admission review process will continue to be holistic and will consider students’ grades earned during high school, the level of challenge of courses completed (including senior year courses), letters of recommendation, essays, special talents, and their involvement and leadership in school and/or community.

Bonn stressed that the URI Office of Admission recommends that students continue to pursue a rigorous course of study, including during their senior year of high school. This may include honors, International Baccalaureate programs, dual enrollment, and/or Advanced Placement courses, as well as advanced coursework in college preparatory subjects such as math, science, foreign language, social sciences, and the humanities.

All applicants who meet minimum GPA requirements will be considered for merit scholarships with no separate application required.

The University received a record 23,831 first-year applications for fall 2020. Interested students are encouraged to visit to learn more and explore the virtual tour and other virtual visit options.