RIC: 2020 Requirements, Scores & GPAs

This is the go-to guide for getting into Rhode Island College. We suggest you read until the end... Not only will we layout the exact GPA and test scores you should aim for when applying to RIC, but we’ll also offer creative ways to help your application stand out from the pack. We breakdown RIC statistics better than any article out there and show you how these have changed over time. Also, make sure to check out Rhode Island College on CampusReel to see what it’s really like here. If you're interesting in transferring to RIC, the read our transfer guide. You can also use the below calculator to help determine your likelihood of acceptance at RIC

What are your chances at RIC?

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    *gpa score is required

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    Please note all chances are estimates based on test score and GPA averages.

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    What GPA do you need to get into Rhode Island College?

    Rhode Island College’s average GPA is 3.16. Rhode Island College does require GPA. Rhode Island College is currently selective. However, be aware that oftentimes schools in this GPA range are increasing their selectivity in hope of increasing “prestige”. We can’t read the minds of RIC application readers, but they likely want to increase the average GPA from 3.16 to 3.32 this year - to play it safe, we recommend striving for the 3.32 GPA.

    *BEFORE CONTINUING PLEASE NOTE: GPA and “prestige” DO NOT mean a college is right for you. Rhode Island College may seem amazing on paper, but you may hate it... That’s why 700,000 students transfer colleges every year - they end up going to the wrong school. It’s crucial to watch the videos on CampusReel and make sure you can envision yourself on RIC’s campus. These RIC admission statistics do not sufficiently tell you what a college or university is like.

    What is Rhode Island College’s acceptance rate?

    Last year Rhode Island College’s acceptance rate was 71.62. However, check out how the acceptance rate has changed over time.

    2016 2017 2018
    Acceptance Rate 75.0 % 74.0 % 71.62 %

    As you can see, Rhode Island College is getting more and more difficult to get into. If this trend continue it’s likely that RIC will be even more competitive by the time you apply.

    Acceptance rate alone does not indicate your likelihood for getting into RIC - it’s a very high level understanding of the true competition. Use the acceptance rate as a general guide for curating a list of 10-15 schools that fall into different ranges of competitiveness. Then, use the below data to get a deeper understanding of how your application will compare to the rest of the pool.

    What are your chances at RIC?

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    *gpa score is required

    This free college chances tool calculates your acceptance chances at RIC or any other U.S. college

    Please note all chances are estimates based on test score and GPA averages.

    *or select a school above for a specific calculation

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    Does Rhode Island College Require Test Scores?

    Rhode Island College requires that you either take the SAT or ACT. See the table below for how Rhode Island College’s accepted students have performed on both tests. You may be wondering how many test scores should you submit. Generally, don’t freak out about taking the test too often. Industry consensus is that you can submit up to 6 tests as a reasonable limit.

    Rhode Island College SAT Requirements

    Rhode Island College’s average SAT score is 995 - this is the sum of the math and reading portions of the SAT (the 1600 scale). Check out the below table for a deeper look into how students performed - it’s also very interesting to look at the average test score over time. The trend over time helps give insight into whether Rhode Island College is getting more or less competitive.

    25th Percentile 75th Percentile Average
    Math 440 540 490
    Reading 450 560 505
    2019 Total 890 1100 995
    2018 Total - - -
    2017 Total - - -

    Rhode Island College’s average SAT score is 995. To be a competitive applicant for Rhode Island College your SAT score should come close to the average. If you’re closer to the 890, you’re likely going to have a tougher time getting accepted. To consider Rhode Island College a “target” school (one that you are likely to get into) you should aim for a score of 1100.

    Rhode Island College ACT Requirements

    Rhode Island College’s average ACT score is 53. To be a competitive applicant for Rhode Island College your ACT score should come close to the average. If you’re closer to the 48, you’re likely going to have a tougher time getting accepted. To consider Rhode Island College a “target” school (one that you have a good chance of getting into) you should aim for a score of 58.

    25th Percentile 75th Percentile Average
    Math 16 19 17
    Reading 16 19 17
    Writing 16 20 18
    2019 Total 48 58 53
    2018 Total - - -
    2017 Total - - -

    Rhode Island College Requirements

    Now you know where you need to be for getting into Rhode Island College from a grade and test score perspective. Let’s quickly outline what else you’ll need to provide for your application to get reviewed, and then we’ll move onto the most important section: differentiating your app.

    Recommendations Status
    School Rank Recommended
    GPA Recommended
    School Record Required

    How to get into RIC

    Follow these steps to maximize your chances of getting into RIC. Everything you read above will help prepare you for what you need to achieve to have a shot at RIC, but these steps will take you even further in applying that knowledge and differentiating your application.

    Main Academic Excellence that is in line with RIC admission standards.

    1. Score at least a 995 on the SAT or 53 on the ACT.
    2. Maintain a GPA of at least a 3.16.

    Join Extracurriculars that Align with RIC’s Values.

    1. Join your school band, a sports team or another group activity. If Rhode Island College values music heavily, for example, then try to participate in an organization related to that topic.
    2. Volunteer in your hometown. Providence has tons of ways to be involved beyond just the college. Rhode Island College wants applicants that are also good ambassadors for the school - they want students who will give back to the local community and broader Providence area in general.
    3. Spend your summer doing something that speaks to your values, personal growth, leadership qualities and other less quantifiable characteristics. RIC needs to see past your test scores and grades - they need to know that you will be a valuable and contributing member of their community. You are more than grades and test scores - your experiences should demonstrate that.

    Prepare Your Application

    1. Write a stellar essay that shows Rhode Island College something they can’t figure out from the other parts of your application. For a detailed guide on writing the best college essay, check this out.
    2. Get teacher recs that speak to your character. If you know what you’re majoring in and include that in your RIC app, try to have at least 1 recommendation from a teacher in that department.
    3. Apply Before the Deadline. Too many students wait until the last minute to submit their application, and too much can go wrong during this precious time window. Since many students are applying on the last day, it’s possible that RIC’s own system crashes. Don’t risk the added stress this can cause - submit your app a few days early.

    What are your chances at RIC?

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    This free college chances tool calculates your acceptance chances at RIC or any other U.S. college

    Please note all chances are estimates based on test score and GPA averages.

    *or select a school above for a specific calculation

    Need chances at another college?

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