URI: 2020 Requirements, Scores & GPAs

This is the go-to guide for getting into University of Rhode Island. 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 URI, but we’ll also offer creative ways to help your application stand out from the pack. We breakdown URI statistics better than any article out there and show you how these have changed over time. Also, make sure to check out University of Rhode Island on CampusReel to see what it’s really like here. If you're interesting in transferring to URI, the read our transfer guide. You can also use the below calculator to help determine your likelihood of acceptance at URI

What are your chances at URI?

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  • Your GPA*
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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 University of Rhode Island?

    University of Rhode Island’s average GPA is 3.56. University of Rhode Island does require GPA. This average GPA means University of Rhode Island is very selective. Often times, schools in this range are trying to increase their selectivity and “prestige”. We can’t read the minds of URI application readers, but they likely want to increase the average GPA from 3.56 to 3.74 this year - to play it safe, we recommend striving for the 3.74 GPA.

    *BEFORE CONTINUING PLEASE NOTE: GPA and “prestige” DO NOT mean a college is right for you. University of Rhode Island 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 URI’s campus. These URI admission statistics do not sufficiently tell you what a college or university is like.

    What is University of Rhode Island’s acceptance rate?

    Last year University of Rhode Island’s acceptance rate was 73.55. However, check out how the acceptance rate has changed over time.

    2016 2017 2018
    Acceptance Rate 73.0 % 70.0 % 73.55 %

    As you can see, University of Rhode Island is a little easier to get into than last year.

    Acceptance rate alone does not indicate your likelihood for getting into URI - 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 URI?

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  • Your GPA*
    on a 4.0 scale

    *gpa score is required

    This free college chances tool calculates your acceptance chances at URI 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?

    Does University of Rhode Island Require Test Scores?

    University of Rhode Island requires that you either take the SAT or ACT. See the table below for how University of Rhode Island’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.

    University of Rhode Island SAT Requirements

    University of Rhode Island’s average SAT score is 1070 - 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 University of Rhode Island is getting more or less competitive.

    25th Percentile 75th Percentile Average
    Math 490 590 540
    Reading 480 580 530
    2019 Total 970 1170 1070
    2018 Total - - -
    2017 Total - - -

    University of Rhode Island’s average SAT score is 1070. To be a competitive applicant for University of Rhode Island your SAT score should come close to the average. If you’re closer to the 970, you’re likely going to have a tougher time getting accepted. To consider University of Rhode Island a “target” school (one that you are likely to get into) you should aim for a score of 1170.

    University of Rhode Island ACT Requirements

    University of Rhode Island’s average ACT score is 72. To be a competitive applicant for University of Rhode Island your ACT score should come close to the average. If you’re closer to the 64, you’re likely going to have a tougher time getting accepted. To consider University of Rhode Island a “target” school (one that you have a good chance of getting into) you should aim for a score of 80.

    25th Percentile 75th Percentile Average
    Math 21 26 23
    Reading 21 27 24
    Writing 22 27 24
    2019 Total 64 80 72
    2018 Total - - -
    2017 Total - - -

    University of Rhode Island Requirements

    Now you know where you need to be for getting into University of Rhode Island 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 Considered but not required
    GPA Required
    School Record Required

    How to get into URI

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

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

    1. Score at least a 1070 on the SAT or 72 on the ACT.
    2. Maintain a GPA of at least a 3.56.

    Join Extracurriculars that Align with URI’s Values.

    1. Join your school band, a sports team or another group activity. If University of Rhode Island values music heavily, for example, then try to participate in an organization related to that topic.
    2. Volunteer in your hometown. Kingston has tons of ways to be involved beyond just the college. University of Rhode Island wants applicants that are also good ambassadors for the school - they want students who will give back to the local community and broader Kingston area in general.
    3. Spend your summer doing something that speaks to your values, personal growth, leadership qualities and other less quantifiable characteristics. URI 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 University of Rhode Island 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 URI 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 URI’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 URI?

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    *gpa score is required

    This free college chances tool calculates your acceptance chances at URI 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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