Freshman Admission Requirements
Admission decisions are based primarily on an applicant's academic record, including completion of required high school coursework, grades, and class rank/GPA. Most accepted students rank in the top 50 percent of their graduating class and have at least B/B- average.
High School Course Requirements – 18 college preparatory units
- 4 units/years of English
- 2 units/years of the same foreign language
- 3 units/years of mathematics (algebra I, algebra II, and geometry)
- 2 units/years of history or social science
- 2 units/years of laboratory science
- 5 additional college preparatory units (additional coursework in any of the above subjects, or other college preparatory elective courses offered by your high school)
The following factors will also receive consideration:
- the college essay
- SAT/ACT scores - In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions goal will provide flexibility and support for the Fall 2021 admissions cycle. Therefore, standardized test scores will not be a factor in determining admission to RIC, the honors program and merit scholarship consideration.
- academic potential
- extracurricular activities
Applications are reviewed for decision once all required materials are received.
IMPORTANT UPDATES - Priority Deadline for merit-based scholarships and honors consideration has been extended for First-Year Students.
Scholarships and honors: January 15th
Regular Decision: March 15th
Enrollment and Housing Deposit: May 1st
Spring Admission (January): December 15th
Financial Aid (FAFSA): October 1-March 1st (FAFSA and Rhode Island College Financial Aid Form)