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University of Rhode Island 2020-2021 Admissions: Acceptance Rate, Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

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University of Rhode Island admissions are available in seasonal inarkes of Fall and Spring for its nearly 100 bachelor’s degree programs, 76 graduate degree programs and 22 certificate and non-degree programs. The institute is a coveted choice in the US Education System that provides courses in an array of fields such as Biology, Business Administration, Oceanography, Public Administration, among others.

Admissions at the institute are moderately selective with an acceptance rate of 69% and consider the record of academic achievement of great importance when offering letters of place. In the latest factual year, total 16,852 students got enrolled during st the organization, 14,687 out of them were undergraduates and 2,165 were graduates.

Salient pointers regarding admissions at University of Rhode Island for prospective aspirants of the institute are as listed below.

  • The institute observes different application deadlines for both undergraduates and graduates for its 2 seasonal intakes
  • Applicants may upload the supporting documents while making the online application on their official website.
  • Every year, 86% of students are provided with a financial aid package of 19,311 USD, in the form of loans and scholarships.
  • Merit scholarships are available for international students with a record of outstanding academic achievement.
  • Transcripts must be sent in a sealed envelope or must be electronically mailed for all educational institutions attended.
  • Admitted students are required to submit a final high school transcript showing proof of graduation by July 15.
  • High school curriculum, academic performance, standardized test scores like ACT/SAT or GMAT/GRE, extracurricular activities, employment, leadership, community service, and unique talents are the driving factors of the admission process at the university.


Application PortalUG: Common Application
PG: Online Admission Portal
Application Fee (International Applicants)UG: 65 USD
PG: 65 USD+ Centralized Application System (CAS) fee
Acceptance rate69%
Average GPA3.52
Average SAT score1180
Average ACT score25
Mode of PaymentCredit Card, Cheque or Money order
Academic CalendarSemester-based
Intake SeasonsFall/Spring
Work ExperienceRequired for Professional courses
Financial AidWork-study, Loans, Grants, and Scholarships available

Admission Deadlines

The university offers a range of courses for international students and provides similar application procedures for domestic freshmen and international applicants, but observes different deadlines for both kinds of applicants. In case of graduate applicants, deadlines vary by program. Here are the deadlines for the enrollment seasons:

SessionDomestic Freshman ApplicantsInternational Freshman Applicants
FallFebruary 1June 1
SpringNovember 1December 1

International Students Admissions

University of Rhode Island makes it mandatory for the students to complete secondary education with a college preparatory curriculum, fulfill the minimum grade point equivalency, provide required official academic records, meet the appropriate deadlines, and verify financial support for one academic year. The application process is similar for both international and domestic applicants. However, international applicants need to meet some additional entrance requirements.

How to Apply?

Application Portal: Common Application

Application Fee: 65 USD

Admission Requirements: International applicants must satisfy the following requirements in order to be eligible for University of Rhode Island admissions:

  • A completed formal application with all the required details.
  • All official academic transcripts, certificates, or grade records from the institution that you received your secondary education.
  • Official translations of secondary school documents.
  • Submit ACT/SAT scores for proper placement.
  • Minimum IELTS, TOEFL scores for proof of English proficiency.

Optional Requirements: Letters of recommendation and statement of purpose

Students must mail the admission materials to the admission office of the university also:

Office of Admission

Newman Hall, 14 Upper College Road
Kingston, RI 02881

Phone: 401.874.7000

Fax: 401.874.5523


English Proficiency Test Scores

International applicants are primarily required to present TOEFL, IELTS and Duolingo English Test scores to demonstrate English proficiency. However, the institute also asks students to submit some other test scores to demonstrate English proficiency in some cases. The minimum required scores by the university are:

TestMinimum requirements
TOEFL-iBT79 (Pharm.D. applicants 100)
IELTS6.5 (Pharm.D. applicants 7.0)
Duolingo English Test105 (Pharm.D. applicants 125)
Cambridge English: Advanced176-184 (Pharm.D. applicants 185-190)
Pearson Test of English53 (Pharm.D. applicants 68)
Eiken Test of Englishcompletion of level Pre-1 (Pharm.D. applicants Completion of Grade 1)

Visa Process for International Students

Students can apply for a student visa to study in the USA after the acceptance. Generally, students are issued with an F-1 visa after the completion of I-20 form documentation and payment of SEVIS fee. Therefore, aspirants will be required the following documents for a visa interview:

  • Two passport-size photos
  • I-20 or DS-2019 form
  • Receipt of SEVIS I-901 payment
  • Letter of admission to the institute
  • Sponsorship letter
  • Financial statement

University of Rhode Island Undergraduate Admissions

The institute offers Undergraduate Admissions in 90 different majors. The university provides similar application procedures for domestic undergraduate applicants as well as international applicants. However, the university asks for different admission requirements from domestic undergraduate applicants with different admission deadlines.

Where to Apply: Common Application

Application Fee: 65 USD

Admission Requirements: Applicants must submit the following documents at the time of admission:

  • Official ACT and SAT Scores
  • Official high school transcripts
  • List of senior courses
  • Essay (an additional paragraph about choice of major for Pharm.D. applicants)
  • At least one letter of recommendation (please limit to two)
  • English proficiency test score for international applicants.

University of Rhode Island Graduate Admissions

The organization offers graduate degrees in various fields such as Business Administration, Accounting, History, International Relations, Nutrition, Oceanography, Engineering and Science to international candidates seeking to study in the USA. The programs require an average GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 GPA. Along with this, it is mandatory for the students to possess a bachelor’s degree in the respective course for all the programs. They are also required to have their GMAT, GRE or MAT scores.

Here are other academic requirements for some of the popular graduate programs offered by the University of Rhode Island:

RequirementsMaster of Business AdministrationMS in NeuroscienceMaster of Public AdministrationMaster of Environmental Science and ManagementMaster of Science in Finance
Application Fee (Non-refundable)65 USD+CAS fee65 USD+CAS fee65 USD+CAS fee65 USD+CAS fee65 USD+CAS fee
GMAT/GREGMAT/GRE requiredNot requiredGRE/GMAT/ MAT requiredNot requiredGMAT/ GRE required
Essay/ SOPSOP requiredSOP requiredNot requiredSOP requiredSOP required
Work ExperienceRequiredNot requiredNot requiredNot requiredNot required
Professional CV/ResumeRequiredNot requiredNot requiredNot requiredNot required
RecommendationsRequired (2 letters)Required (2 letters)Not requiredRequired (2 letters)Required (2 letters)

Graduate applicants are requested to send their transcripts via Credentials Solutions, Parchment, and National Student Clearinghouse (for electronic official transcripts)


University of Rhode Island
GradCAS Transcript Processing Center
PO Box 9217
Watertown, MA 02471

Phone: 401-874-2262


The admissions process is holistic, and students will need to submit high school transcripts, scores from the SAT or ACT, a personal essay, and a letter of recommendation. Early Action applicants will be notified of their admission decision on February 2.

It may take upto 2-3 business days for the successful processing of applications. Students are notified about the application status through an email notification with the confirmation which includes information about the application review process of the university and instruction laid down by it to check the status of the application online.


Ques. Does the University of Rhode Island provide financial aid for graduate and certificate programs?

Ans. Graduate students are eligible for federal unsubsidized loans and federal graduate plus loans but not eligible for scholarships or grants at University of Rhode Island. Whereas any kind of financial aid is provided to students of certificate programs. Hence, graduate students and students enrolled in a certificate program can seek loans from alternative third-party lenders.

Ques. What is the latest placement/employment rate of the University of Rhode Island?

Ans. About 90% of recent University of Rhode Island undergraduates are employed or pursuing graduate studies. The College of Health Sciences boasts a 100% employment rate within six months of graduation.

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